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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 […]

Not a horror at all

Not a horror at all

This might seem like a location for a horror movie, but I was walking along Berryden Road in Aberdeen and going at a fair clip because it looked as if storm clouds were gathering and I had taken no coat. I glanced across the road and saw demolition work progressing on the old part of the Royal […]

Looking for Doric detectives

Looking for Doric detectives

A few weeks ago, I was approached privately by a reader who wanted to know if I could help her trace the origins of a Doric saying. She had done her detective best, but had drawn a blank. I promised I would enlist the help of the Doric mafia throughout the North-east to see if we […]

Trials of buying a £1 book

Trials of buying a £1 book

I found myself in a North-east coastal town recently with a couple of hours to kill on a sunny Saturday morning. I had better not say which town. I went into one of those Johnnie Aa-thing shops which usually yields something of interest and discovered a brand-new paperback by American writer Robert Crais for £1. […]

Wullie and Dode's day out

Wullie and Dode’s day out

Wullie and Dode decided to leave the cares of the farm behind for a day and went for a run in their Morris Traveller. As they approached Huntly, they spotted a large sign at the end of a farm road: All your slurry problems fixed £40 an hour Cheese sandwiches £2 Wullie turned the Morris […]

Cabrach remembers its war dead

Cabrach remembers its war dead

Back in February, 2014, I helped in a BBC programme which documented the sacrifices made by rural Scotland in wartime. My segment consisted of a tribute to the many hundreds of men and boys from the Cabrach, roughly that triangle bounded by Dufftown, Rhynie and Lumsden, who gave their lives in World War I. You […]

All in the delivery

All in the delivery

I was chatting with an accomplished reciter of poetry last weekend. Frank is the go-to man if you need a poem delivered by a pro, but we had a minor difference of opinion on the performance of one of my favourite Doric poems: Bennachie, by Charles Murray. Frank subscribes to the view that it’s a stirring […]

Story of a granite marker

Story of a granite marker

If ever you have travelled the B9119 road from Echt to Tarland, Aberdeenshire, you might have noticed a pink-granite cross on a lonely spot by the side of the road, just before the summit and the slow descent to the Howe of Cromar. There is a sad tale to tell. The cross marks the spot where a promising […]

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