Monthly Archives: December 2012

Darling is My Charlie

I had every good intention of sitting out the balance of 2012 full of pud and good will and sticking my oar back in the political water once the Hogmanay bubbly was undrinkably flat and more than a few well … Continue reading

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The Auld Adversary

Much ink has been spilled in the dead tree media over how difficult it would be for Scotland to operate economically as an independent country with England no longer bound to support it. Certainly any hostility on England’s part would … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season

If the Three Wise Men had been abroad in England on their mission to follow the star in 2012, they would have a tough time of it. Not only have the skies here been uniformly obscured by rain clouds (except … Continue reading

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The Gross Is Greener

As it has been doing for a number of years, BOS has published its “Quality of Life” List just before Christmas. This rates council areas in Scotland by seventeen parameters, grouped in a half-dozen classes that they believe relate to … Continue reading

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Grey Sea of Grey Seals

Half of the world’s population of the grey seal is found on or around the British coast and it has doubled in number since 1960.¬†Grey seals mainly feed on fish, but will also rarely take squid, octopus and crustaceans. While … Continue reading

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All Struggling Together

One of the joys of spending Christmas with good friends in England is to be immersed in a generous hospitality and a flair for celebrating Christmas that the Scots could well learn from. But it is also an opportunity to … Continue reading

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Native Arts; International Direction

I had been hoping to back off on the politics for the festive season, get out the mulled wine,¬†wish everyone whether nationalist or unionist, flat-earther or chelsea tractor pilot alike good cheer for the festive season, and revel in the … Continue reading

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More Isaiah 9:19 Than Proverbs 22:9

It’s the Sabbath and in bright sunshine beside an unbelievably calm sea (given what transpired on Friday night over into Saturday) I’m assessing the damage to North Berwick’s infrastructure from 24 hours of fury that did more damage than the … Continue reading

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Responsibility Must Trump Rights

It may be 16 years ago but the inexplicable barbarity with which Thomas Hamilton shot 16 innocent primary school children in Dunblane sprang first to mind when the news broke of the equally horrific shooting of 20 innocent small children … Continue reading

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Part of the Job

At this week’s meeting of East Lothian Council’s Cabinet, a draft paper on the Council’s Health & Safety policy was discussed. Not, you would think, the most exciting of topics, especially as H&S has become something of a joke these … Continue reading

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