Monthly Archives: October 2017

An Independent Novelist

An occasional series on eminent Scots under-valued by the general public or forgotten. There are any number of Scottish-born authors of detective fiction, a few full-time and very successful, but the best of them all is no longer with us, Frederic Lindsay. Not all … Continue reading

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A Scot in Englandshire

Education, education, education It is impossible for the privately educated Englishman, and some state school educated ones too, to accept Scots wholeheartedly as one of themselves for to do so jeopardises their status as Englishmen. The reverse is true for … Continue reading

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The Death of Stalin – a review

Armando Iannucci – let’s not forget the OBE – the creator of this darkly-satirical comedy, is a Scot who likes to be called a Scot. But before anybody cheers remember he is apt to defend the BBC, his alma mater, … Continue reading

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Car News: Dependability

The most automobile magazines will tell you about the car you plan to buy is how well it drives, what space there is inside, and how good it looks. A few provide a bullet point run down of miles per gallon, … Continue reading

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A Confident Nation

The world’s nations are governed by a remarkable clan of women, from Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of cash rich Norway, and Prime Minister Beata Szydło of Poland, to Angela Merkel commanding Germany’s prosperous economy. Like men, some are good at … Continue reading

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Not Unity, but Democracy!

Does the electorate, does anybody in Scotland enjoy the daily dose of tosh beamed at us of Theresa May and the jostle for power in the Tory Party? Who is running the UK? England’s self-inflicted woes erupt on Scotland like … Continue reading

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Blade Runner 2049 – a review

When Blade Runner was premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival it was not the wildly successful film that people fondly assume it was. In fact, it was something of a mystery. Bits of the plot went unexplained, the pace was slow, … Continue reading

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