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If you’re not for us …

The recent protest outside BBC Scotland by the Yes Scotland campaign will have been wearily familiar to anyone who has worked in the media in Scotland in the last half-century. Barely [...]
Spik Doric : Lesson 68

Spik Doric : Lesson 68

Fooshtie. Adjective. Stale, mouldy, beyond safe consumption or use. Stress the first syllable: FOOSH-tee. Few North-east children have not watched their mothers sniff food, then screw up their faces and pronounce it inedible by uttering the one word: “Fooshtie.” Bread which has green-mould spots on the crust; cheese which is almost crawling out of the […]

Make your own rosehip jelly

Make your own rosehip jelly

Many years ago, in my dim and distant primary-school past, my classmates and I would be encouraged every autumn to spend the weekend gathering up rosehips from hedgerows to bring them into school. We were told that this would help raise funds for school outings and equipment. We must have been easily led, for it never occurred […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 67

Spik Doric : Lesson 67

Mamsy. Adjective. Motherly or, more usually, describing an effeminate male. Rhymes with pansy. The original meaning of “mamsy” was to describe a woman who loved being motherly. She cared for all her brood. Her every waking hour was devoted to ensuring their health and wellbeing. “There’s Mina. What mamsy she is. I dinna ken a better mither.” […]

All thanks to Gordon Brown

All thanks to Gordon Brown

You don’t often hear praise for former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The big blot on his record as Chancellor of the Exchequer will always be selling off vast amounts of the UK’s gold reserves when the market price was near-bottom. Yet there is one huge reason why we need to thank him, I have always thought, […]

Times gone by at Insch

Times gone by at Insch

It is difficult to date this old picture of Insch, Aberdeenshire, but the traffic and the state of the development of the village was suggest some time between the wars, possibly closer to World War I than World War II. I’ll take advice from any Insch reader among you. It was taken from the low slopes […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 66

Spik Doric : Lesson 66

Orrals. Concrete noun, plural. Scraps, leftovers. Rhymes with “morals”. Orrals these days are mostly offcuts in butcher shops or in food preparation, but in the deepest history of Doric they were any odds and ends left over from a bigger job. A dressmaker would have orrals of material left after she cut out patterns in […]

Time to call a Gaelic halt

Time to call a Gaelic halt

You find me simmering slightly at the moment. Aberdeenshire Council has just published its plan for the promotion of the Gaelic language. Like all councils, it has to submit such a plan to the Scottish Government by September 30. This is to satisfy the latest brainstorm at Holyrood which seems to be obsessed with Gaelic […]

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