Category Archives: General

Popular Essays – 2018

Gie’s a brek, pal Grouse Beater is taking a winter break. With the possible exception of reviewing the Australian born historian John Guy’s filmed version of ‘Mary Queen of Scots‘ the only reason for this site not to relax over … Continue reading

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Too Clever By Half

ON BEING TOO BLOODY CLEVER BY HALF Or writing screeds on why something is not what it’s not – a satire on rushing to judgement and throwing the first stone The furore that has arisen from the unveiling of Francis Bacon’s … Continue reading

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Cars News: Leccy Rules

A squint at the machinations of the car industry and why we’re all suckers for it. UK sales of new cars continue to fall markedly. There are lost of reasons for this, though I’d like to think we are getting … Continue reading

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Car News: Bloody Cyclists

A weekly guide to all that’s rotten about car ownership, plus some good bits The end of the combustion engine? I think we are in a second golden age of the automobile. But this time around we might not be … Continue reading

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Popular Essays – 2017

Edinburgh’s George Street festive illuminations are attractive from a distance, a bit of a disappointment close up, like the promises made by Scotland’s opponents. A year of marking time To my mind the funniest political episode this year was the stramash over Alex … Continue reading

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The Crime of Voting

Cries of shame on EU neutrality are unfounded While I was in Spain last week the Flemish nationalist politician and deputy prime minister of Belgium, Jan Jambon, along with the former Belgian prime minister, Elio Di Rupo, condemned Spain for … Continue reading

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Catalonia Then and Now

“In Spain, the dead are more alive than the living” Frederico Garcia Lorca – poet I’ve lost count of the number of visits made to Spain, to all points of that vast multifarious, humble, exotic land, but not the memorable … Continue reading

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A Bridge Too Far

How did a bridge nobody asked for, festooned with shrubbery, get cancelled losing millions of pounds of public money, including Scotland’s taxes? It’s Scotland’s money, stupid! Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing, built on time and on budget, funded entirely from Scottish sources, attracted … Continue reading

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A Belly Full

If not mixing metaphors, this has been one of those jam packed, bullshit weeks. Andy Murray limped onto Court 1 at Wimbledon from a hip ailment, the great white hope of Brits United and, beaten by a serial American lobber of … Continue reading

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The Trump Backlash

Remarkable how the worst, most incompetent politicians manage to hog the limelight, promoted by the Right-wing press and media pals. Bumbling Boris Johnson is one example, the odious Farage another. For months to come we are to be assailed by the … Continue reading

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