Monthly Archives: May 2018

Car News: Grilles, Grilles, Grilles

Your weekly guide to all that’s rotten about car ownership, plus some good bits Audi – the car maker whose one-time boss described it in good old Ratner fashion as a “Volkswagen in a dinner suit” and promptly lost his … Continue reading

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Of Scots, Gaelic and Inglis

Only a submissive nation thinks its indigenous language irrelevant   Memories of youth Many years ago, when I hadn’t enough beard to shave nor hair on my chest, a friend complained about Gaeldom being given a couple of million pounds … Continue reading

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Car News: Vanishin’ Windaes

A weekly guide to all that’s rotten about car ownership, plus some good bits Given notice of a radically new Peugeot planned for the Paris Motor Show in September – “something very outstanding and radical” – I took a squint … Continue reading

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The Newspapers Scotland Needs

Reporting the reporters We don’t have many journalists in the Scottish press. We have a lot of reporters. A good journalist offers insight and the benefit of his experience travelling the world. A reporter tells us this or that happened, … Continue reading

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Car News: Fuming

A weekly guide to all that’s rotten in the auto industry, plus some good bits Just as our English cousins thought they’d wrestled £350 million away from the European Union to rejuvenate their ailing National Health Service our friends in the … Continue reading

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Revenge – a review

The creator of this exploitation movie, a woman, is asking us to think seriously about the pornography of sex but is she asking us to think about the pornography of violence? I’m not so sure. I hae ma doots. The film … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Constitution

More myths than fly around a candle. (Inspector Clouseau) In a previous essay I attempted to draw attention to the myth promulgated by latter-day imperialists that Scotland annulled its parliament and sovereignty forever in 1707. (The tediously unreliable Wikipedia also gets it … Continue reading

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