Monthly Archives: February 2019

Car News: No Licence Needed

A weekly look at all that sucks in the automotive industry, and some good bits Friendly by name, friendly by nature Lay aside the unprepossessing orange and black cubist box. This is the Citroen AMI ONE, probably the slowest concept … Continue reading

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Roma – a review

Roma is a black and white memory belonging to the distinguished writer-director Alfonso CuarĂ³n’s childhood. It is set in the Mexico City of the tumultuous 1970s. He directs, writes and is also behind the camera framing every shot. There are … Continue reading

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Car News: Amazon Goes Leccy

A weekly look at all that sucks in the automotive industry, and some good bits Just as the BBC and UK commercial channels had a convulsion when they heard Amazon and Netflix were moving into the arena of programmes on … Continue reading

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David Douglas

An occasional series about eminent Scots unjustly forgotten or ignored It has not occurred to me to write about plant hunter David Douglas because I’d already written about another plantsman who lived closer to our age, the redoubtable George Forrest, … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Vanity Plates

A weekly look at all that sucks in the automotive industry, and some good bits If I was a dictator I’d close down the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency. (DVLA.) Recently I’ve had two spats with the agency that saw me … Continue reading

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Harvesting Scotland

How the Highlands and Lowlands were exploited to make rich men richer and Scotland subservient   It is remarkable how land described as impoverished and infertile happens to hold vast riches for the few when it is freed of the … Continue reading

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Car News: Giving Up Your Car

A weekly look at all that sucks in the car industry, and some good bits Over years of car ownership I’ve rarely hankered for the new, preferring instead to buy used and keep what I have in good order for … Continue reading

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Defeating English Nationalism

Fighting the British state The dregs of Scotland’s sleazy Anglophiles are at it again, defaming another individual who uses social media as a means of communication; and the SNP runs scared yet again. An individual, particularly one of slender means, … Continue reading

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The Mule – a review

If Clint Eastwood is a master of anything it has to be nurturing his image carefully decade by decade. Here he is at the end of his professional life playing a doddery old codger who gets on the wrong side … Continue reading

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