The Diary

  • A READER on holiday in Argyll popped into a local shop to buy a Herald and found himself stuck behind a local woman who was blethering 19-to-the-dozen with the assistant.

  • A TOURIST attraction in Dunblane is the postbox painted gold in memory of Andy Murray's Olympic victory.

  • STRESSFUL places, airports.


  • It is now five years since an openly gay minister was apppointed at a Church of Scotland parish in Aberdeen, sparking an agonised debate inside the Kirk about gay clergy.

  • The drop in inflation is welcome news to anyone who is trying to live within a budget of any kind and calls into question the mileage left in Labour's campaign against the Coalition on the cost-of-living crisis.

  • THE Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has always had a nose for business.

  • There has been much discussion about the negotiating position the Scottish Government might take in the event of a Yes vote in the independence referendum but a new report from the Centre for Public Policy for Regions underlines both the superficial attractions and the hidden dangers in playing hardball.

  • In discussing the Evidence2Success survey of pupils, it is worth pointing out that children often understand a lot more than we give them credit for.


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Ken Smith at Large