Category Archives: Great Scots

The Sins of Salmond

Let us not praise Alex Salmond but rather bury the cocky bastard. Let us do to him what we did to Hugo Chavez, another garrulous so-called democrat who did for Venezuelans what Salmond did for Scotland’s Great Gullible. They first fed them, and … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Don Roberto

An occasional series on eminent Scots unjustly forgotten or overlooked The real Scottish ‘ward’ The great advantage of Scottish nationalism in the twenty-first century is the robust bulwark it provides against unrestrained British neo-colonialism. It offers the last bastion of … Continue reading

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An Independent Novelist

An occasional series on eminent Scots under-valued by the general public or forgotten. There are any number of Scottish-born authors of detective fiction, a few full-time and very successful, but the best of them all is no longer with us, Frederic Lindsay. Not all … Continue reading

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Promoting the Proclaimers

When the Proclaimers manager phoned asking if I’d shoot their first promotional video I refused. “I don’t do pop videos.” Back in the day, pop videos were made by frustrated drama directors, people from art school who could barely draw, or … Continue reading

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The Master Builder

An occasional series on gifted individuals ignored or unknown in their homeland yet celebrated and respected internationally. It is highly misleading to suggest Ian Ritchie is unknown in Scotland. He and his London-based firm of architects are respected among his Scottish … Continue reading

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Investigating Allan Pinkerton

Continuing the occasional series of outstanding Scots ignored or overlooked Allan Pinkerton is not quite in the half-forgotten category of previous personalities illuminated here, but as far as Scotland is concerned readers will find it hard to discover much about … Continue reading

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Indiana Forrest

An essay in an occasional series on outstanding Scots unjustly ignored George Forrest was a great plant hunter, a true renaissance man of the early nineteenth century, with the near perfect name for a person whose whole career was hunting … Continue reading

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