Sunday, February 14, 2016 Today's Featured Post

Extra eye on driver neepery

A few weeks ago, while driving home from Deeside, I became aware of a white Mini Countryman on my tail. The driver, a blonde in her late teens or early [...]
Spik Doric : Lesson 91

Spik Doric : Lesson 91

Haik. Intransitive verb. To roam, to search for. Rhymes with hake. This has its roots in agriculture, like so many Doric words. A haik was originally a cow or sheep that had wandered off and gone missing. In time, it became a verb, meaning to roam, which is the most common usage today. My mother […]

Vanishing Shetlanders

Vanishing Shetlanders

There is a mystery about the BBC’s highly popular Shetland detective series. I grant you, this noir drama is every bit as good as anything coming out of Scandinavia or London. The writing is sharp. The plots are twisty, yet believable, edge-of-your-seat tales. The cinematography is stunning. The Northern Isles are visual perfection for this sort of stuff. Here’s […]

Teacakes for brains

Teacakes for brains

Many years ago, when Michael Forsyth was the Scottish Secretary in one of the Thatcher governments, there was a meeting at Bute House, the Westminster base of the Scottish Office. Mr Forsyth was surrounded by eager young Tory pups and asked if any of them could help him remember the name of a high-tech company […]

Spik Doric: Lesson 90

Spik Doric: Lesson 90

Ca. Intransitive verb. To move, to shift, to transport, to proceed. Pronounced with a hard C: kaa. Doric has so many usages for this simple word that it will be impossible to give examples of all, but the main ones involve movement. We don’t transport, move or shift things. We “ca”. A farmer will ask […]

Best wishes to you all

Best wishes to you all

So, it’s that time of year again. Where did 2015 go? It seemed that one minute I was breaking New Year resolutions, the next I was Christmas shopping. On this final outing of the year, I want to thank all of you who have visited in the last 12 months, and especially those of you who […]

Milking the UK

Milking the UK

Starbucks has been blowing its trumpet about paying £8million in UK tax this year. Its public-relations people say this is the result of higher profits generated by running the business more efficiently. Apparently, it is not a Starbucks PR stunt to try to lure back British customers who have been boycotting it because of the nifty way it arranges its UK tax affairs. Starbucks UK has spent years funnelling […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 89

Spik Doric : Lesson 89

Roadit. Past participle. Fixed, repaired, clear to proceed. Pronounced ROADit, stressing the first syllable. This is Doric’s equivalent of the English phrase “back on the road again”. It applies to vehicles, obviously: “Geordie’s car’s been in the garage for a fortnicht wi the clutch, bit he’s roadit noo.” (George’s automobile was out of service for two […]

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