Author Archives: Grouse Beater

Car News: Jaguar’s Hero

A weekly look at all that sucks in the auto industry, and some good bits Dumfries born Ian Callum CBE FRSE steps down from his 20 year post as Jaguar Cars chief designer. He was trained by the industrial design department of … Continue reading

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Patrick Matthew – the Natural

An occasional series on eminent Scots unjustly ignored or forgotten From the minute we were entranced by a bug on a rug, or wondered why blackbirds are black and gulls are white and live by the sea, we were told … Continue reading

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Collaborators

There is a lot of clearing up to be done when a nation throws off its colonial masters, banishing traces of the old order from indigenous institutions, reopening old mysteries, firing the inept. One among many tasks is to organise … Continue reading

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Arctic – a review

Arctic received a 10-minute standing ovation at its premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, which is to say, actor Mads Mikkelsen won the ovation, the film’s first-time writer-director Joe Penna relying entirely on his outstanding acting skills. Moreover, Mikkelsen … Continue reading

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Car News: Driving Angry

A weekly look at what sucks in the world of automobiles, plus some good stuff Driving in a temper is not a good thing to do. I apologise for stating the bloody obvious. That confrontation with another driver, that argument … Continue reading

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Suckering the SNP

How gullible can you be and still expect respect? There are two ways to treat the electorate: intelligent people, a few uninformed, or badly behaved infants wanting constant discipline. The SNP chose the latter. There’s a certain kind of naivety … Continue reading

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Car News: Holiday Hires

A weekly guide to all that sucks in the auto industry, plus some good bits Readers will have their horror story of hiring a car when abroad. You find a long line at the airport desk waiting to fill in … Continue reading

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