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Dangers of the solar eclipse

Did you enjoy the solar eclipse? We were lucky enough for all the morning haze and cloud to clear 20 minutes before the show started and had the perfect view. [...]
Lumphanan in the 1950s

Lumphanan in the 1950s

It is difficult to date this picture of Lumphanan. My thoughts tend to the 1950s because, although it is difficult for you to see at the resolution which is possible on a web page, there is a train of goods wagons stopped at Lumphanan Station in the bottom right of the picture. That dates the […]

Paying the price of oil troubles

Paying the price of oil troubles

My grandmother, who died in 1965 a week before my eighth birthday, had two financial sayings which gave away her North-east Scottish roots. The first, which I remember her telling me, was: “Buy cheap, buy dear.” By that, she meant that buying the cheapest possible goods of any sort would be a poorer investment in the […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 76

Spik Doric : Lesson 76

Bigg. Verb. To build. Pronounced exactly the same as “big”. Not so long ago, a reader got in touch to ask if I knew anything of the origin of the Doric word “bigg”. Was it restricted to a particular part of Scotland or was it more widespread? What could the roots be? Most of you […]

How to get perfect service

How to get perfect service

The older I get, the more irritable I become. Mrs Harper now wonders if I have been studying at the Victor Meldrew School of Diplomacy. There is scarcely a trip out these days that doesn’t shorten my fuse, either because of other people’s driving, sullen service in shops, and my pet hate of the moment: the compulsion of […]

When chats go wrong

When chats go wrong

I strolled down to the village with our two Irish Setters, Riley and Max, at the weekend. It was a fine, sharp February morning and they like the four-mile round trip of sniffing and various other things that dogs see as their duty on a walk. Then came an encounter that still puzzles me. In the […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 75

Spik Doric : Lesson 75

Syne. Then, since, ago. Conjunction, adverb, preposition. Rhymes with “line”, with a sibilant S, definitely not a Z. This is one of those Scots words which is known worldwide but which few people can define. The international fame comes courtesy of Auld Lang Syne, a poem written by Robert Burns when he was 29, in […]

Encouraging new talent

Encouraging new talent

Apologies in advance for this joke, but it was inflicted on me a couple of days ago and I don’t see why I should be the only one to suffer. Older readers might remember Hughie Green and his ITV talent show, Opportunity Knocks. Seven variety acts would compete for a place in a grand final […]

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