The Diary

  • IF you are already celebrating Easter you will know that last Sunday was Palm Sunday, commemorating when Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

  • 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.


  • The Co-operative Group has not had its woes to seek in recent years, but they deepened yesterday with the announcement of losses of £2.5bn for 2013.

  • There is a long way to go before we become a nation or renters.

  • WHEN it comes to court dress, Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, had the right idea, though we would not necessarily agree with his choice of words.

  • Historians of the future will look back on the early 21st century as a period of revolution - a technological revolution, certainly, but also a period of accelerated change to the look and feel of our towns.

  • Will Glasgow ever be able to shake off the dubious distinction of being Britain's unhealthiest place?

  • IN the eyes - and ears - of the world nothing evokes Scotland more than the sights and sounds of the pipes and drums.

  • 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.


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Ken Smith at Large