Reforms to the Scottish Parliament's committee system are much needed.
THE public has a significant stake in the future plans for Prestwick Airport.
IT IS a sad reflection on the continuing polarisation of opinion over what constitutes sound and humane deer...
MARCO Biagi, the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central, took to Twitter this week to take a swipe at Sarah Boyack, the...
HOW early is too early for Christmas?
Scotland's language teachers - the good, the curious, the battle-scarred and the plain worn-out - gather today to...
As you might have heard, Scottish Labour have had a bit of a leadership problem.
More than 150 years after the links between Scotland and Malawi were first established by Dr David Livingstone they...
YES Hallowe'en tonight, and hands up those who have already eaten the mini Mars bars you picked up for the guisers at the supermarket at the weekend.
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:
IT IS a sad reflection on the continuing polarisation of opinion over what constitutes sound and humane deer management that the family of the late Lea MacNally feel they have to launch a fund to finance challenges to Scottish Natural Heritage's approach.
Had the referendum on independence gone the other way, it would have produced revolutionary change in Scotland's constitutional arrangements.
It is worth remembering sometimes that, while Scotland has deep-rooted social problems such as communities mired in deprivation, huge health inequalities and in some parts the sort of life expectancy more associated with developing countries, there is also much to celebrate.
MUCH has been said about the need to preserve the nation's built heritage.
Scotland's most treasured institution, the NHS, is under unsustainable pressure.
Creative Scotland was never going to be able to please everyone with its new funding portfolio.
WHO would be Lord Smith of Kelvin this weekend?
THE SNP were on the losing side in the referendum, but their tails are up and they are full of enthusiasm.
LIKE Audit Scotland, we too have many concerns regarding the ability of NHS boards to meet waiting-time targets for...
THIS week's bad weather has demonstrated the weaknesses of our outdated and worn-out infrastructure.
CHRIS McAllister is, understandably, an angry man (Letters, October 31).
JOHN Urquhart (Letters, October 25) is right to state that the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority's...
Scandal after scandal continues to batter the former Scottish banks.
AS a non-member of the Labour Party I listened as an interested voter to Jim Murphy announcing his intent to run for...
I AM delighted to learn that the speed cameras on the A9 are now active ("A9 speed cameras are switched on", The...
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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.
Co-founder of travel agent AT Mays