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Taming Power

When the new culture, the new society has been established in Scotland we shall look back at all the puerile spats, frantic, inane trolls, unionist fabrications and manufactured disputes and insults with a comforting warmth knowing we surmounted them all. … Continue reading

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Peterloo – a review

There is always something suspicious about a cinema trailer that is too short to convey much understanding of the content and tone. Did the advertising department use only the best bits and there were not many of those, or is the … Continue reading

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Black 47 – a review

Seeing Black 47 stays in the memory, and as a personal reaction, makes me furious no one will back a film of the Highland Clearances, no matter how the subject is treated. This attempt to tell the harrowing tale of … Continue reading

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Car News: Grilles, Grilles, Grilles

Your weekly guide to all that’s rotten about car ownership, plus some good bits Audi – the car maker whose one-time boss described it in good old Ratner fashion as a “Volkswagen in a dinner suit” and promptly lost his … Continue reading

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The Sharp Shooter

An occasional series on eminent Scots undervalued by the public or forgotten Alan Sharp (1934 – 2013) Looking at the life and times of Alan Sharp, author and screenwriter, leaves me with an edgy feeling he would have made a … Continue reading

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Of Jocks, Nats and Nazis

Yoons and baboons In my own political writings I avoid using the term ‘Yoon’, the diminutive of unionist. I disliked it the minute it appeared. In past studies of the tragic, illegal Vietnam war waged by the US on a purely agrarian … Continue reading

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Lost in LaLa Land 6

The continuing saga of a sucker’s adventures in Hollywood Flaky contacts A writer with a screenplay in Hollywood is forever on the prowl for good contacts to pitch a sale. Anybody who is a producer with a studio deal is a … Continue reading

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