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Peering back almost a century

Some of you might be familiar with a book called The Nor’ East, by W.S. Bruce. It was a 240-page hardback published first in 1919 by James G. Bisset, booksellers, [...]
Times gone by at New Deer

Times gone by at New Deer

Our first old photo of 2015 comes from New Deer. The notes on the frame of the slide tell me that I took it on October 27, 1979, and a gey caul day it looks. It has been taken looking west at a point where Fordyce Terrace becomes Church Crescent, that little loop that works round […]

Spik Doric: Lesson 74

Spik Doric: Lesson 74

Rikk. Noun, verb. Smoke, to smoke. Pronounced exactly as it looks. Strictly speaking, the Scots word for smoke is reek, but I always think that our pronunciation in Doric takes a shorter vowel, so the “rikk” spelling renders it more accurately for us. In the absence of any definitive authority, I’ll be sticking to that. Rikk is […]

Time to part company with BT

Time to part company with BT

One of the Sunday supplements had a piece in its financial-advice section this week mentioning that too many Britons are slow to swap utility providers and that most of us are paying over the odds for power, telecoms and other services because we can’t be bothered to switch. I am one of them. However, I have […]

Sinning my soul with a festive fib

Sinning my soul with a festive fib

I won’t be the first, I know, but I wish you a happy new year. I hope the first few days of 2015 have been peaceful and pleasant and that you are looking forward to a fantastic 12 months. Some of you might remember that my December had been less than peaceful or pleasant. I wish I […]

Farewell, December. Hello, 2015.

Farewell, December. Hello, 2015.

Some of you might be wondering about the dearth of posts here throughout December. The usual Monday and Friday dispatches have not been dispatched. I apologise. December has been a month I don’t care to repeat. As it began, I had an elderly aunt in convalescent care and had to liaise with various agencies about getting care for […]

Chance meeting at Banchory

Chance meeting at Banchory

You know they say you should never meet your heroes because it will spoil the fantasy? I had a chance meeting at Banchory with one of my heroes who turned out to be as charming and delightful as I hoped he would be. I had been roped in as chauffeur to accompany Mrs Harper on various Saturday-morning […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 73

Spik Doric : Lesson 73

Foosion. Abstract noun. Pith, energy, strength or vigour. Stress the first syllable: FOOsion. The S is pronounced as in lesion. There are many ways to spell foosion, but I prefer this one which resembles the phonetics of the spoken word most closely. The variants are fushion and fooshion, whose soft SH sound lacks the SZ hardness […]

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