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Christopher Anderson
A short story: Paddy and the Night Court

A short story: Paddy and the Night Court

PADDY'S HOME TURF was the High Street in central Edinburgh and he had a great relationship with the locals, including the local police who had to arrest Paddy frequently for being drunk and disorderly. Paddy’s ...

Charles Harris
A Perthshire tale of life and nature

A Perthshire tale of life and nature

DEAR READERS,

This weekend I would like to concentrate on nature again, as I believe everybody should seek an opportunity for regular encounters in whatever form, to help cherish and remind us of ...

Brian Monteith
Obituary: Chris Anderson – famed piper and ThinkScotland contributor

Obituary: Chris Anderson – famed piper and ThinkScotland contributor

IT IS WITH SADNESS that I write to inform ThinkScotland readers of the passing of one our former contributors, Chris Anderson, who died suddenly on 5th September at the age of 84. Chris was a ...

Effie Deans
Why Wallace must fall – and Charlie and Rabbie too

Why Wallace must fall – and Charlie and Rabbie too

BY AN AMAZING piece of good luck the Aberdeen branch of the Wallace Must Fall Campaign has discovered a hitherto unknown letter between William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. One of the problems of medieval ...

Stuart Crawford
East Lothian and its social stereotypes

East Lothian and its social stereotypes

AS I’VE SAID often enough before, East Lothian is a nice place to live.  It is a county of contrasts; lovely beaches and douce wee coastal villages; stark, ugly former mining communities struggling out of ...

Charles Harris
Trust your eye and behold the wonder of Perthshire

Trust your eye and behold the wonder of Perthshire

DEAR READER,

Thank you again for your patience with these pieces, and for the kind lady who was inquiring about the charm and obvious pleasure there is for me with a beautiful ...

Charles Harris
The Meeting

The Meeting

DEAR READER, during my absence this past month I have been asked several times why modernist art became so readily accepted, especially in view of the things I have explained. The short answer is – ...

Stuart Crawford
10 Things to thank the Americans for

10 Things to thank the Americans for

BASHING our transatlantic cousins has been a popular sport for as long as I can remember, whether it be for their extraordinary dress sense, extraordinary appetites, or extraordinary rendition – or perhaps all three and ...

Hugh Andrew
How the business rate revaluation threatens small businesses

How the business rate revaluation threatens small businesses

FAR FROM the Madding Crowd is a small bookshop in Linlithgow. But one of some distinction. It runs West Lothian's only literary Festival, organised several school book weeks (and our First Minister's aim is to ...

ThinkScotland
Inevitable fallacies and false assumptions about Ireland fail to persuade

Inevitable fallacies and false assumptions about Ireland fail to persuade

BOOK REVIEW: Kevin Meagher, A United Ireland: why unification is inevitable and how it will come about  (Biteback, London, 2016)

While Kevin Meagher has produced a thought provoking, well-written book it is ultimately flawed; ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: Novels as textbooks?

The Dean's Diaries: Novels as textbooks?

I was arrested last night at a Lecture here in College by dear old Prof. Herbert McCracken describing Melville’s masterpiece Moby Dick as ‘the ultimate treatise on angling.’

Jonathan Stanley
Why Chlorination Chicken is good for us

Why Chlorination Chicken is good for us

THE SCENE: Dr Strangelove is in the war room and so is the President. 

Every member of the European Movement, who signed that letter saying Brexit is catastrophic, has been admitted and ...