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Unexpected taste of wartime

I don’t know how you’re getting on with the BBC’s new Sunday-Night drama: SS-GB. Len Deighton’s tale of what Britain would have suffered if the Nazis had won the last [...]
Spik Doric: Lesson 99

Spik Doric: Lesson 99

Pooch. Concrete noun, transitive verb. A pocket, to salt away. Rhymes with mooch. Nothing to do with dogs, this is the Doric word for a pocket. A pair of trousers without decently deep pooches or a decent number of pooches is not a proper pair of trousers. Pooch doesn’t just apply to tailoring, however. If […]

Just a slip of the tongue

Just a slip of the tongue

I was among a group of old media colleagues the other day and the conversation got round to funny tales from our long ago. One denizen of the newsroom at Grampian Television recalled a tale about Reflections. You remember Reflections: two-minute homilies, usually presented by a minister, occasionally a priest, and very rarely by someone from another religion or […]

Dashcam captures a near-miss

Dashcam captures a near-miss

Nearly a year ago, I wrote here about deciding to fit a dashcam in my car after I had witnessed a horrendous example of dangerous driving. A young blonde in a Mini had shot past me at 55mph in a 30mph zone, followed closely by another car being driven just as stupidly. Since then, my dashcam has recorded a few trivial incidents that […]

Spik Doric: Lesson 98

Spik Doric: Lesson 98

Saps. Common noun. A mix of torn bread/buns and warm milk. Pronounced exactly as it looks. There was almost a ritual belief throughout northern Scotland in the first half of the 20th century and before in the restorative powers of a bowl of stale bread or buns soaked in warm milk. Saps were the first resort of grandmas […]

Wishing you a tip-top 2017

Wishing you a tip-top 2017

So, here we are again. It seems like only a couple of months ago that we were wishing each other well for 2016. Did your year turn out well? I hope so. Mine was steady until roughly the middle of August, and then events overtook me. Regular readers might have been wondering about my four-month silence here. It […]

Wullie and Dode at the vet

Wullie and Dode at the vet

Wullie and Dode discovered one morning that another two of their pet rabbits had died in the night and that three more were looking poorly. “That’s it,” Wullie told Dode; “we’ve lost 45 rubbits this past fortnicht. We’d better mak an appointment tae see the vet.” The vet took them into the consulting room where […]

Spik Doric: Lesson 97

Spik Doric: Lesson 97

Guts. Verb, common noun. To consume to excess, a gourmand. Pronounced exactly as it looks; the same as the English word. Guts means two different things in Doric, and three if you count the widespread usage of the English definition. The English word means your own insides or the entrails of an animal. For instance, the […]

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