Thursday, October 23, 2014 Today's Featured Post

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 [...]
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 […]

Well done, Madame l'Artiste

Well done, Madame l’Artiste

Let me tell you about one of Scotland’s oldest artists, Hilda Grant, who is now in her 100th year. Some have called her Scotland’s Grandma Moses, so impressive are her skills and her eye, but to most of us among her family and friends, she is still just “Hilda”. Not so long ago, 70 of us attended an afternoon […]

Times gone by at Ballater

Times gone by at Ballater

Today’s old picture shows Ballater around 1900, give or take a few years. The photographer is standing at the lower end of Bridge Street, looking north-west towards the centre of the village. The original was a popular postcard in late Victorian and early Edwardian times and is said to have made its manufacturers more than half […]

Why did Scotland vote No?

Why did Scotland vote No?

  The separation soufflé has collapsed, but why did Scotland reject the Yes campaign so decisively? Here are the Top 18 reasons as I see them. The Yes campaign didn’t do the work. Spinning emotions and weaving dreams might have suited dedicated nationalists and wooed more-impressionable waverers, but the lack of hard financial fact was […]

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