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Jackie Anderson
Death by misadventure? It's now all about the money

Death by misadventure? It's now all about the money

A TRAGEDY HAPPENED at Buncrana, Co-Donegal in 2016 when Sean McGrotty decided to drive down a harbour pier covered with algae and was unable to stop the car sliding into the waters of Lough Swilly. ...

Martin Livermore
Finding the Holy Grail: The pursuit of happiness

Finding the Holy Grail: The pursuit of happiness

Happiness, happiness, the greatest gift that I possess
I thank the Lord I've been blessed

With more than my share of happiness

Ken Dodd 1927-2018

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Murdo Fraser
The Nazi Pug and the limits of free speech

The Nazi Pug and the limits of free speech

THE CASE OF Count Dankula’s Nazi-saluting dog has this week put the Scottish justice system in the international spotlight. On Tuesday, at Airdrie Sheriff Court, 29-year-old Mark Meechan of Coatbridge (aka Youtube comedian Count Dankula) was ...

Stephen ORourke
Book review: Silent, upon a peak in Darien

Book review: Silent, upon a peak in Darien

Darien: A Journey in Search of Empire  

by John McKendrick QC (Birlinn Publishers, 2016 – Paperback, March 2018)

THIS REVIEW begins, I’m afraid, with an apology. ...

Christopher Anderson
Who’d be a policeman these days?!

Who’d be a policeman these days?!

I AM PROUD to say that I have a long family association with the police in Scotland. On the right side of the law, I hasten to add! One of my close relatives, in fact, is ...

Stuart Crawford
Book Review: The Deadly Trade - The complete history of submarine history from Archimedes to the Present

Book Review: The Deadly Trade - The complete history of submarine history from Archimedes to the Present

By Iain Ballantyne. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN HB 978 1 4091 5851 6, 729 pages, £25.00.

Christopher Anderson
The tragic Rembrandt and the waster Hals

The tragic Rembrandt and the waster Hals

ONE SUNDAY afternoon, when I was a very young soldier stationed, for a while, in London, I wandered into the Tate Gallery on the Embankment. I was immediately hooked. I remember standing spellbound before the ...

Jonathan Stanley
Our panic buying comes from learned helplessness... beat the crowd!

Our panic buying comes from learned helplessness... beat the crowd!

ANOTHER PLAGUE of locusts is receding. The Beast from the East is retreating. Mothers and others can all skip gaily to the supermarkets to buy bread and milk again, and fill up on petrol too!

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Christopher Anderson
A sight for sore eyes

A sight for sore eyes

I SUFFER from the eye disease called glaucoma. Using the word "suffer" makes me feel a fraud because the only time this affliction is painful is when I fall over, or collide with the furniture. ...

Jackie Anderson
Another expert, another abuse

Another expert, another abuse

PSYCHOTHERAPIST Sally Brown has published an article arguing that as well as domestic abuse in the home people should have more awareness of emotional abuse. Brown says it can be just as ...

Christopher Anderson
When the elites lose our respect

When the elites lose our respect

ONE OF THE SORROWS and disappointments in life is the frequency that we see rare talent, one might even say, without employing hyperbole, real genius, being wasted by some in our society. I refer, of ...

Christopher Anderson
A matter of faith...

A matter of faith...

I AM NOT a Roman Catholic. For me, this is simply a fact of life. It does not please or displease me and might be called simply an accident of birth. As the issue of ...