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Gem of Scottish museums

Gem of Scottish museums

If you haven’t yet visited the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, could I suggest you put it in your diaries as soon as possible? We had always intended to spend a morning there, but had never had enough time to do it justice. We put that right this week. It was wonderful. We can’t praise […]

Parking problems at the park

Parking problems at the park

There is a minor kerfuffle in Aberdeen at present involving parking, or the lack thereof, at the Duthie Park. Aberdeen City Council has spent huge sums of money in the past 18 months bringing the park up to 21st-century standards. It seems to have been money well spent because suddenly the park, a Victorian bequest […]

Times gone by at Lossie

Times gone by at Lossie

Today’s old picture comes from Moray; Lossiemouth to be exact. I can remember the trip exactly. It was May, 1980, and I had taken my car all the way up to Elgin to be serviced. Elgin car dealers were just as good as those in Aberdeen and a lot less expensive. Ian, the service manager, had said […]

Spot the mistake

Spot the mistake

I WAS in London on business the other week and spotted this hanging outside the Cocoa Exchange in Belsize Road. I can’t make up my mind if the sign is a genuine mistake or a deliberate mis-spelling to get attention. The staff claimed not to know (but their chocolates are affa fine). Yes, I know […]

How's this for service?

How’s this for service?

I want to share with you what I think is the most amazing example of good service. In fact, I don’t think I have experienced better from any restaurant. I don’t think I’ve even heard of service that equals it. Mrs Harper and I had taken my mother for an early Mother’s Day dinner and […]

Christmas literature and carols on Deeside

Christmas literature and carols on Deeside

The computer went ping and told me another e-mail had arrived. “Would you consider,” it asked, “doing a reading at Crathie Kirk to raise funds for an arts centre at Braemar?” Normally, I have to decline speaking invitations quickly and graciously just because of workload, but this was from Vicky Dawson, who runs Aberdeenshire’s best […]

Employer grabs workers' tips

Employer grabs workers’ tips

What would you think of an organisation that dipped into its employees’ pockets and took their small change? Would you view it kindly if it demanded that its workers handed over any tips in order to boost the company’s bottom line? Or if many of its workers were volunteers, with no income other than the […]

Welcome to the new site

Welcome to the new site

We have been swithering for nearly a year about revamping the site and we decided that crossing into 2012 was finally the time to do it. It was several months in the planning, so we hope you like it. We’ll be tweaking and fine-tuning, too, now that the site is live, so pardon our dust […]

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