Monthly Archives: January 2019

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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Car News – New for 2019

A weekly look at all that’s scummy in the car industry, and some good bits What new cars can we look forward to this year that we seem very likely not to buy considering life is getting more precarious by … Continue reading

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The Favourite – a review

This is one long delicious chocolate eclair of movie. I was disappointed it ended. I had been thoroughly entertained for its entire length. The production values are superb. The main protagonists are three women, two are cunning, dexterous. All three … Continue reading

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Vanishing Nationalism

Change without fear January 2019 and Scotland is where it was in January 2014, but in a worse position. All good debates begin with a strong statement. Here is mine: The SNP at Holyrood is afraid of constitutional debate. Over … Continue reading

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