Danny Alexander is a senior Liberal Democrat in a coalition government.
I met the ghost of my younger self this week.
CHILDCARE - not a women's issue.
If you were an alien, descending on Scotland (perhaps a little like Scarlet Johansson in the extraordinary new movie...
There is nothing more guaranteed to bring out all the dark, negative, cunning traits of the French than the...
At 2.25pm a text message arrives.
There is a school of thought that falling crime levels must be down to massaging of the figures, or some other...
OUR mention of a dozy Glasgow MP making the error of faxing a letter in Braille to David Blunkett reminds Ian McLean:
THE BBC news covered the opening of a new exhibition on the Vikings dispelling the popularly held view that they wore horned helmets.
RETIRED Maryhill Labour MP Maria Fyfe is launching her autobiography, A Problem Like Maria, this week in which she tells of a Glasgow MP who wanted to send a letter to the blind Government Minister David Blunkett, and went to the trouble of having it put into Braille.
FOLLOWERS of popular Glasgow junior football side Pollok were delighted, but slightly confused, that their Twitter account pollokfc had an extraordinarily high number of followers in Mexico.
COMMISERATIONS to Scots boxer Ricky Burns.
ANTI-sectarian group Nil By Mouth has provoked some ire by saying that west of Scotland golf clubs have been guilty of religious discrimination.
WE mentioned supermarket Tannoy announcements, and a reader tells us he once heard:
GLASGOW International Comedy Festival next month has announced a "Watch With Baby" comedy show when parents can go out on a Sunday afternoon to see adult comedians without the expense of getting babysitters for their weans.
There is a school of thought that falling crime levels must be down to massaging of the figures, or some other statistical sleight of hand.
Edinburgh's galleries, museums, theatres, restaurants and bars rival those of any city of comparable size in the world.
The five years of sustained low interest rates have been good for some.
Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in 2010, David Cameron came north to meet the First Minister and called for a new relationship between the London and Edinburgh parliaments.
The heat is on.
It is 10 years since the overhauled GP contract was introduced, removing a duty to provide out-of-hours care from GPs and, in its wake, the working life of family doctors improved.
Having only two women leading regional college boards in Scotland, out of 12, is a matter of concern not just for women in further education but for anyone who considers that those in positions of power in the public sector should reflect the population they serve.
An action plan to encourage young people to try out their business ideas in seven towns across the UK, including Kirkintilloch, is not instantly going to solve the problems of the high street, but, to borrow the catchphrase of one of the supermarkets that some blame for putting pressure on town centres, every little helps.
The US, UK and Russia guaranteed the territorial integrity of Ukraine as part of the "deal" in which Ukraine, then...
Albeit Robert McNeil's column ("Hope springs eternal ...
Like your correspondent Hugh Lang (Letters, March 7), I am a Scot, and some might describe me as elderly.
I did not vote for Gordon Brown but I welcome his addition to the debate on independence ("Brown might well be the...
It seems Danny Alexander is back in our midst to spread the myth that, in the event of a Yes vote, none of the...
I am an angler who no longer fishes.
The pro-Russian tone of most of your correspondents regarding the Ukraine crisis is deeply disturbing.
I couLd not agree more with Dr Allen Armstrong on the need for the restoration of rail services to Levenmouth (...
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ONE story told about Italians who eschewed poverty in their country and settled in Scotland was of the seven young statue makers from Tuscany, who brought 1000 little figurines of the Virgin Mary to Paisley intent on selling them to make their fortune.
ABANDONED buildings can be objects of eerie, faded beauty.
RECALLING going to the pictures in Glasgow, Irene Robertson remembers sitting in the magnificent Olympia Cinema in Bridgeton watching the desert-set war movie Ice Cold in Alex when the interval seemed longer than usual.
A FOLK musician giving a concert in Glasgow introduced his next song as being about "a Scotsman who loved his wife so much he almost told her." The audience laughed of course, knowing that getting a Scot to express emotion outwith the discussion of football is indeed a challenge.
MANY a parent has chided a child for disturbing a pet dog when it is quietly lying on the carpet sleeping, bothering no-one.
WHEN not writing dystopian fears in his novels 1984 and Animal Farm, George Orwell was on cheerier ground when he wrote an essay after the war on what made the perfect pub.
SPORTS presenter Dougie Donnelly told the tale that his daughter wondered if he was allergic to dinner suits.
PASSING the time at Glasgow's newer bus shelters, you might turn round and notice a series of red squares on the otherwise clear plastic backs which have etched on them a tree, a bird, a bush and a bell.
Pilot and radio technician.
Teacher and naval officer.
Revolutionary and lieutenant of Castro
Former conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Maverick sculptor and visual artist