Monthly Archives: January 2019

Car News: What’s in a Name?

A weekly look at what sucks in the automotive industry and some good bits Snobbery At some time car owners, finding them self in new company, are asked the ice-breaker question, “what car do you drive?”, meaning the marque or … Continue reading

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Populism and the SNP

The response among liberal governments and their press to the rise of neofascist groups in Europe, England and the USA is to call the development ‘populism’. Fixed in the mind of the electorate, populist is synonymous with hoodlums, thugs, Nazi … Continue reading

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Car News: Design a car

A weekly look at all that sucks in the car industry and some good bits Designing a car has to be one of the most difficult tasks in the annals of creative engineering. Fresh thinking is frustrated governed by regulation … Continue reading

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Mary Queen of Scots – a review

This must be the first Scots historical drama in living memory in which big, bad bearded James Cosmo does notĀ appear. There are lots of fresh Scot’s faces mostly with beards. Let me put aside for the moment the obvious core … Continue reading

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The Wealth of Scotland

Time to spread our wealth among the nation When researching aspects of the Highland Clearances it dawned on me that those dark episodes in our history were the beginnings of capitalism in Scotland. Over ninety percent of Scots lived off … Continue reading

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Car News: Ice and Snow

A weekly look at all that’s rotten in the car industry and some good bits Winter approaches as it tends to late in Scotland’s capital keeping us hoping we reach March without seeing any. Look again and snow already in … Continue reading

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Stan & Ollie – a review

There is a saying that goes: the careers of all politicians end in failure. If true, then the same can be said of fine comedians; their careers usually end in sadness. I think of Billy Connolly in that way, Morecambe … Continue reading

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