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The 'Cumbernauld mermaid' and other sad tales

by Charles Harris
DEAR READERS, thank you for your letters, interest and kind response since Christmas. I am encouraged by your words and very pleased that you have clearly grasped how any attempt at visual art is instantly recognisable for what it shows, and not otherwise, ...

Article from Friday 20, January, 2017
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An artist's running diary: Winter Light

by Charles Harris
YESTERDAY there were a number of short snow showers which arrived on a strong North Westerly wind. They were thick with snow at times, but the broken sky returned to blue quite quickly and the snow melted immediately. Visually, it was ...

Article from Friday 13, January, 2017
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Art is not about bright colours - tonality is far more important

by Charles Harris
OVER CHRISTMAS I stayed with my kind friends Tom and Carolyn. I went early on my birthday, but Tom has a new dog and I could not walk the one-to-two hours with my weak foot in the slippery mud. So I purchased some ...

Article from Thursday 12, January, 2017
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Yangtzeshire hotpot – or Lancashire Hotpot made in a Chinese furnace

by Jonathan Stanley
AWAY FROM politics my other real love is authentic cooking, especially from central China. If you fancy a twist on an old favourite then try this yourself. My family is very much of two worlds, one side grounded ...

Article from Friday 6, January, 2017
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Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

by Jonathan Stanley
BREXIT, Europe, EU, Remoanians, immigrants, Single Market… I don't think I'm the only one believing this debate is becoming somewhat stalled. An avalanche of cliches and acronyms gives that away. Scotland has been cut out of the ...

Article from Monday 2, January, 2017
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A Christmas journey

by Charles Harris
IT WAS my birthday and it felt doubly special, despite the early Scottish weather, on the journey down to Durham and my friends Tom, Carolyn and Deborah, for Christmas this year. It was dark as I left ...

Article from Saturday 24, December, 2016
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Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Making your own Advocaat

by Jackie Anderson
Making your own Advocaat I have been making my own Advocaat at Christmas for as long as I can remember and the family always loved it. It can be sipped neat or have lemonade added to make ...

Article from Thursday 22, December, 2016
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Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Royal Icing' your Christmas Cake!

by Jackie Anderson
NOW that your marzipan has dried nicely it's time to make your Royal Icing and decorate the cake. ROYAL ICING Ingredients 1lb of sifted icing sugar (allow a little more depending ...

Article from Saturday 17, December, 2016
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The pursuit of excellence and the Turner Prize

by Charles Harris
I SHOULD like to ask this time, for you the reader to please seriously consider those questions of art and culture that our modern media does not address for us. For this week we all saw and heard still more about conceptual modern ...

Article from Monday 12, December, 2016
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Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Marzipan-ing your Christmas Cake!

by Jackie Anderson
THIS NEEDS to be done at least a week before you ice the cake so that the marzipan dries and is not too moist. Otherwise you will have to buy ready made marzipan. MAKING YOUR OWN MARZIPAN ...

Article from Sunday 11, December, 2016
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