Author Archives: Grouse Beater

Chippy Harry McNish

An occasional series on eminent Scots ignored or forgotten As true as I can tell it, this is the story of a Scotsman and an Englishman. The Scot was called Harry McNish. The Englishman was called Ernest Shackleton. As the … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Sustainability or Scrap

A weekly look at what sucks in the our car world, and some good bits Car makers are lobbying the UK government again with the insistence of a starving calf nudging a dry cow for milk. They are restarting production … Continue reading

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The SNP’s Moral Stance

An act of resistance is a moral act. When you take a moral stance, you are acting out of conscience. Your imperative, your motivation is to attain justice for a group or an individual, not for the political or the … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Petrol TV Shows

A weekly look at what sucks in our world of cars, plus some good bits Back in the day as a stressed out BBC executive producer going nowhere, I sat around a table with colleagues and endless cups of coffee … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Fall of the Giants

A weekly look at what sucks in our car world, plus some good bits UK car production all but stopped last month. Only 197 vehicles were produced, an unheard of figure since cars moved from horse and carriage to bespoke … Continue reading

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Churchill in Dundee

Whenever a journalist writes a piece on Churchill’s stint as Liberal MP for Dundee – research unearths a skip-full of identikit articles, shallow and derivative – one aspect is mentioned without fail. They begin or end with the loaded statement … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Dicing Dyson

Your weekly look at what sucks in our world of cars, plus some good bits There are so many clever and socially conscious people in the world who make our lives better and yet here I am, just as Margaret … Continue reading

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The Rise of the SNP

I was certain we would lose the first independence referendum, so certain that I placed a £100 bet in William Hill at 7 to 1, to win the vote. I did the patriotic thing, the futile sacrifice. And why not, … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Pandemic Imponderables

Your weekly look at what sucks in our car culture, plus some good things What has been happening in our world of automobiles since the pandemic lock-down? For one thing there are far fewer of them on the road, which … Continue reading

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The Assistant – a review

Depraved behaviour, with the Harvey Weinstein trial in New York seeing the movie mogul jailed for 23 years, a second trial soon to be held in Los Angeles on new charges, The Assistant is a perfectly timed, highly topical study … Continue reading

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