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Unexpected taste of wartime

Unexpected taste of wartime

I don’t know how you’re getting on with the BBC’s new Sunday-Night drama: SS-GB. Len Deighton’s tale of what Britain would have suffered if the Nazis had won the last war is undoubtedly chilling. It brought to mind a wee frisson of my own from more than 30 years ago. I was a recently qualified […]

New weekend destination from Aberdeen

New weekend destination from Aberdeen

I wouldn’t normally do travel features here, but I can’t resist mentioning this: in March, 2016, a new international route will be starting from Aberdeen Airport and I can’t recommend the destination enough to you. Icelandair will be starting daily flights between Dyce and Reykjavík. This is good news for four reasons. First, Reykjavík is a wonderful, unspoiled city, […]

Bitten lips of customer service

Bitten lips of customer service

You might have noticed a news story listing the 20 daftest complaints made by holidaymakers in the last year. These included someone who wanted a refund from a coach-tour company because “the guide was too ugly”; someone who went on a fly-drive to Germany and was upset that the road signs were not in English […]

When courtesy works both ways

When courtesy works both ways

This is a story of two customers. Both were airline passengers. Both were due to fly with British Airways from London Heathrow to Aberdeen last Friday afternoon. Both turned up with roughly 90 minutes to spare before check-in closed, and both discovered that the previous BA flight had been cancelled and that its passengers had been […]

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 […]

Memories of Old Aberdeen in 1979

Memories of Old Aberdeen in 1979

Old Aberdeen breathes antiquity. I always think the university quarter is tailor-made for film locations. This is Don Street, a continuation of Old Aberdeen High Street and definitely one of the most picturesque and photogenic parts of the city, especially when sunshine warms the stone colour, as it did here on Wednesday, May 9, 1979. The red-tiled house […]

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 […]

Memories of Powis in 1979

Memories of Powis in 1979

The latest of our old pictures of North-east Scotland shows Powis Terrace, Aberdeen, on Saturday, October 20, 1979. At a casual glance, not much has changed in the decades since the picture was taken, but stand at this same spot today and be astonished by how much has gone and how much has altered. The […]

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