Category Archives: Commerce

Irn Guru

I am no great fan of the Gordon Gecko school of ambition; if everyone plays dog-eat-dog, there’s won’t be much hope for civilisation. That said, most Scots still have some way to go to get the hang of entrepreneurship. In … Continue reading

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Beware the Greeks When Baring Teeth

All results are not yet in but it’s pretty clear that the Greek people have thrown a wobbly after five years of austerity and voted en masse for Συριζα and its leader Tsipras who said: “Today the Greek people has … Continue reading

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Ailment or Oil Mint?

Fate has not been kind to Scottish Labour over the last few years. Under first Iain Gray and then Johann Lamont, they seemed to get stuck in a dreich cycle of politics-as-moanfest. That led to a drubbing in 2011 that … Continue reading

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Market, not Manure

“The most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland” is how Sir Walter Scott described the town of Kelso. Indeed, a visit there is always a pleasure; the town is a friendly streetscape of historic building gathered around … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley’s Culture of Amorality

Unashamedly lifted verbatim from his Nov 23 article in LinkedIn by Tom Foremski, former Financial Times journalist, publisher of Silicon Valley Watcher, and adviser on corporate affairs. For those few readers who may not know, Silicon Valley is shorthand for … Continue reading

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Remembrance

Today being the actual anniversary when 96 years ago the guns fell silent on the Western Front it seems appropriate to not just remember those who lost their lives serving in the British Armed Forces but why they were called … Continue reading

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Sauce for the Gander

Since the referendum, the NO campaign have exuded “well, that’s settled”, based on their 10%-margin win. But actually, they have been keeping their heads down because debate around any agreed devolution settlement—such as the Smith Commission is expected to come … Continue reading

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Wee Blue Book: Economy

This second installment from the Wee Blue Book addresses an area over which considerable debate has raged. The economy underpins every aspect of Scotland’s future. In the interests of objectivity on so crucial a matter, this section has received a … Continue reading

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Dismal Scientist

Yesterday a good friend in California (one of the whip-smart feminists to whom I referred recently) forwarded two Op Ed pieces from the prestigious New York Times. Apparently it is not only the London press corps who have woken up … Continue reading

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Girl Talk

Last night’s TV included 2003’s Mona Lisa Smile, a film I had not seen. As a period piece of cloying post-war American consumerist culture, the location, set design and wardrobe depts get full marks but the screenplay—written by two men—seemed … Continue reading

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