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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 [...]
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 […]

One award Aberdeen doesn't want

One award Aberdeen doesn’t want

There has been a flurry of indignation about Aberdeen’s latest nomination for a national award. Urban Realm magazine has picked the Granite City as a candidate for its Plook on the Plinth Carbuncle award, an annual prize given to the most dismal-looking town or city in Scotland. This is quite a comedown from the heady […]

Bake Off beats them all

Bake Off beats them all

Why would a homely BBC TV series about baking be thrashing ITV’s big-budget entertainment spectaculars such as X-Factor? That’s the question that has ITV executives worried. Its one-time blockbuster weekend show is looking peely-wally compared to the record ratings being achieved by the Great British Bake Off. I think I have a clue: warmth. There is […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 70

Spik Doric : Lesson 70

Jalouse. Verb. To suspect or guess. Pronounced Ja-LOOZE (hard J and emphasis on the second syllable, rhyming with booze). Many a mother of a misbehaving child has jaloused that something is not quite right. Many a neighbour has jaloused that all is not as it appears next door. Many a boss has jaloused that an […]

Troubled times for Tesco

Troubled times for Tesco

These are troubled times for Tesco. Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, it seems, can hardly get through a week without some fresh hell befalling it. Tumbling sales, hotter competition, an accounts debacle, failed foreign ventures, a board that looks as if it is not on top of the job because so few of them have retail experience […]

Get your tongue round this

Get your tongue round this

I was bowling along the highways and by-ways of Scotland (stuck at a crawl on the A96, to be exact) the other day and listening to the radio when I heard a Radio 4 presenter say that Lord Reith had been born at STONEhaven. She was factually correct, but I felt obliged to shout back […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 69

Spik Doric : Lesson 69

Dicht. Verb, abstract noun. To wipe; a wipe. The CH is pronounced as in loch and the I is flattened slightly, making the combined effect “decht”. I once proof-read a souvenir teatowel printed with Doric words. My reward was a free teatowel, with an accompanying note: “Enjoy dichtin.” My other vivid dichtin memory was the Doric […]

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