It was a funny old FMQs today, with half the contributors deputising for someone else.
'What part of No does Nicola Sturgeon not understand?" asked Ukip MEP for Scotland David Coburn yesterday.
If Jim Murphy becomes the leader of the Scottish Labour Party it will be game on for a serious battle for the votes...
It is part of my job to compare health policy in Scotland to what is happening on the ground, for there is...
Having sucked the mainland dry of discernible talent some years ago, the TV juggernaut that is Britain's Got Talent...
The focus of the Smith Commission has naturally been on which financial powers should be devolved to the Scottish...
Creative Scotland was never going to be able to please everyone with its new funding portfolio.
THE most common sights in Scotland's back gardens in the 21st century, are, in no particular order, roses, daffodils...
Scotland's most treasured institution, the NHS, is under unsustainable pressure.
MIKE Ritchie met one of the politest leaflet distributors at Glasgow Art School the other night.
AYRSHIRE crooner and frequent topic in the Diary, it has to be said, Sydney Devine returns next month for two nights in Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre.
ROCK musicians and others have been mourning the death of the great bass player, Jack Bruce, and recalling episodes from his eventful life.
Alas, poor Melvyn Roffe.
QUITE a stooshie over Johann Lamont resigning as Labour leader in Scotland.
SINGER Alvin Stardust has died, which reminds us of when he flew up to Scotland for a charity gig a few years ago from London, and a British Airways official insisted that he needed some photo ID to board the plane.
WE bump into musician Roy Gullane, who tells us:
SO we now have to pay for our plastic bags in the shops, and folk continue to debate whether it is a good idea or not.
THE most common sights in Scotland's back gardens in the 21st century, are, in no particular order, roses, daffodils, starlings, sparrows and trampolines.
Sadly, it has long been known that deprivation and ill-health are closely linked in Scotland.
A POPULAR question in philosophy is this:
If anyone imagined that the incoming SNP leader was laying aside thoughts of Scottish independence for the foreseeable future, they might think again after Nicola Sturgeon's latest shot across the bows of the UK Government.
We know who does not want to lead Labour in Scotland.
A bunkhouse is an unlikely symbol of human progress but, against the backcloth of Rum's sad history, its arrival provides the tiny island community with hope.
WHO would be Lord Smith of Kelvin this weekend?
NICOLA Sturgeon raised the stimulating question - what happens if England and possibly the other UK countries vote...
DUNCAN Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management for RSPB Scotland, does not let the facts get in the way of...
I NOTE with interest your report that the Rev Dr Angus Morrison will take up the role of Moderator of the General...
THE Scottish Government highlights a shortfall in revenue in response to our concerns over the new Land and...
THE 15 per cent increase in use of "bank nurses" who step in to plug gaps in wards by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde...
AS a previous member of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) working group which has been tasked...
PROFESSOR James Pickett brings trenchant realism to his assessment of post-referendum politics (Letters, October 27...
I NOTE that a jogger was arrested (temporarily) for bumping into the Prime Minister ("Prime Minister backs...
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COAXING its temperamental, grating, gearbox, I once drove a minibus of opera singers on a tour of the Highlands where locals would lovingly open ancient village halls for their show and lay out pyramids of home-made sandwiches.
IT'S hard to pin down a precise number of documents held in the Glasgow Archives - the City Archivist, Dr Irene O'Brien, speaks of three or four million related to the city alone - but one thing is sure:
SO I am ascending the stairs of one of Glasgow's oldest and finest buildings beside an army officer whose red-jacketed dress uniform includes silver spurs.
JOAN Neil was actually looking for a job as a cinema usherette.
HARRY Ranken was only eight when his family moved from Maryhill to Irvine because his minister father had been appointed to Irvine Old Parish Church.
THERE are quizzes on the internet which claim to reveal if you are a true Glaswegian.
I have been in the function suite of Glasgow's Radisson Hotel when the behaviour has been brash, raucous and alcohol-fuelled - and loved every minute.
ATTENDING some reception, I was joined by a businessman who tried to impress the young woman opposite by mentioning all the famous people he had met.
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Writer. Born: May 1926;
Died: October 2014
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