Monday, June 27, 2016 Today's Featured Post

Bye-bye, Herr Juncker

Why did the United Kingdom decide to abandon the European Union? Here are the main 20 reasons as I see them, in no particular order. Widespread international frustration with the global [...]
Food for Euro-thought

Food for Euro-thought

On June 23, the United Kingdom will make its most important political decision in more than 40 years. If you’re swithering about how to vote, or even are unsure if you’re going to vote at all, have a look at this YouTube link. It is a highly professional documentary, produced by a BBC-trained team, and takes 71 minutes, […]

When funerals lift the spirits

When funerals lift the spirits

One of the depressing things about the years flying by is that you find yourself hauling the funeral suit out of the wardrobe more often than you used to. Mrs Harper has noticed this increasing frequency, too, and her theory now is that as soon the crisp white funeral shirt is ironed, someone else shuffles off the […]

Frank's theory returns to haunt us

Frank’s theory returns to haunt us

I had a sub-editor colleague at The Press and Journal in the late 1970s who was so famously cantankerous that people used to provoke him deliberately for entertainment on a slow evening. Let’s call him Frank. Most of it was low-grade grumbling about the state of the world, the inanity of celebrity and so forth. Truly spectacular […]

Spik Doric: Lesson 96

Spik Doric: Lesson 96

Sclabdadder. Concrete noun. A huge and unmanageable item. Emphasis on the second syllable (sclabDADder). I first encountered this Doric word after my grandfather spotted the eight-year-old me trying to eat what in English would be called a doorstep sandwich. According to family legend, my little hands were trying to keep the entire assembly in ae bit, and the […]

Farmers voting for Brexit

Farmers voting for Brexit

I had an interesting chat the other day with a farmer. I have known him for many years, and while we often disagree about our politics, our attempts to persuade each other are always good-natured and we agree on most other things. I find him highly entertaining company. He had taken a break from afternoon’s work and […]

Coping with oil-industry collapse

Coping with oil-industry collapse

We went out for lunch at a restaurant in Aberdeen a couple of Fridays ago. It seemed remarkably quiet compared to the last time we were there in 2013. The waiter, a bright and breezy lad in his late 20s, hit exactly the right tone of attentiveness, friendliness and efficiency without being overly matey. As […]

Spik Doric: Lesson 95

Spik Doric: Lesson 95

Orts. Concrete noun. Bits and pieces, odds and ends. Rhymes with “sorts”. Not long after I transferred from The Press and Journal newsroom to the Features Department in 1981, I noticed that my new boss, Features Editor Ron Knox, had a four-drawer filing cabinet. I forget what the labels on the top three drawers were, but the […]

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