"Power to the people!
FOR a while, if you weren't paying attention, you might have thought that board games had gone the same way as cassette tapes, eight-track cartridges, VHS videos, Trimphones and bulky TV sets - quaint relics of a bygone and curiously innocent era, now fit only to be consigned to the nearest landfill site or to be given to charity shops.
JAMES Ross, aged eight, threw me an only sidelights smile last week, which was surprising because normally conversation with my little chum produces full beam.
THERE were times during the deliberations of the Smith Commission that its chairman privately feared it would reach deadlock but, thankfully, it all came good in the end.
BEFORE today, few, perhaps, would have guessed Scotland's most popular literary character was a certain Francis Crawford of Lymond.
THERE was welcome news on Tuesday in the latest crime statistics which show that crime is at a 40-year low in Scotland.
EVERY morning, I get down on my knees and praise the Lord that I don't have to get on planes any more.
AS Gaelic-speaking students from Edinburgh, Dingwall and Stornoway battled for honours in the BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools Debate at Holyrood this week, they demonstrated the worth of every penny spent on Gaelic, whether in education, broadcasting or extra-curricular activities.
Scotland's renewable energy sector faces an uncertain future: confidence has been dented by talk of an end to onshore wind by the Conservatives if elected in 2015.
Has Nicola Sturgeon launched a new Highland Land War with her abolition of rates exemptions for sporting estates?
It is all too easy to imagine that science will solve the problem of climate change.
FEW scenarios define desperation as succinctly as three cups of tea in a strange town and the subsequent search for the closest, darn it, ANY public convenience.
It isn't often that I get to combine my role here at the paper with my interest in science-fiction.
From what you hear, Labour has performed another handbrake turn on what it sometimes calls a devolution journey.
In a sudden blast of what feels like old-school politics, Labour has had a go at private schools.
In the last financial year the Scottish Government spent nearly £40 billion on a wide range of important services such as healthcare, policing, education and local government.