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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 [...]
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 […]

Memories of Aberdeen, 1965

Memories of Aberdeen, 1965

My latest trawl through the shoeboxes in my loft has produced this 1965 shot of Bridge Street, Aberdeen, taken from its junction with Guild Street and looking north towards Union Street. I have no idea who took it. I don’t recall anyone in my family in the 1960s being so interested in photography that they would take a […]

Care home chancing its arm

Care home chancing its arm

I am not sure if I am entitled to feel as irked by this as I do, so I’ll take advice from you. One of our old family friends has been cared for in a nursing home for the last three years and died at the end of last month. It was the type of passing that left everyone […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 72

Spik Doric : Lesson 72

Mirkie. Adjective. Cheerful or merry. Stress the first syllable: MIRkie This is one of those Doric words which means the opposite of an identically pronounced Scots word. In most of the rest of Scotland, mirky means dull, as in: “The weather’s awfy mirky the day.” In North-east Scotland, mirkie means light-of-heart and cheerful. I first […]

When groceries get TOO cheap

When groceries get TOO cheap

Here’s something you won’t read very often: there is at least one staple food that is now too cheap. I was wandering round a supermarket at the weekend, pushing the trolley and trying to manoeuvre round those shoppers who abandon theirs at a carefully calculated angle and position in the middle of the aisle to cause […]

Grand old lady of Deeside

Grand old lady of Deeside

Here is one of the saddest sights in North-east Scotland: the old Glen O’Dee Hospital/Sanatorium just outside Banchory, which has been lying empty since 1998 and is now on the Buildings At Risk register. I was visiting a relative at the new Glen O’Dee, which was built 50 yards to the right of this picture […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 71

Spik Doric : Lesson 71

  Dowp. Concrete noun, transitive verb. Posterior, rump, backside. Rhymes with cow. A couple of years ago, a research fellow from the University of Derby arrived in North-east Scotland to research Doric. To that end, she visited various people and schools around the region. She asked for examples of Doric words that she could use in […]

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