WE never planned to get a dog.
Watching David Cameron deliver yet another speech at the JCB headquarters in Staffordshire yesterday, jokes about a man deep in a hole and still digging were hard to avoid.
ALMOST 20 years ago, a colleague and I took shelter underneath a boxing ring in a Glasgow hotel, covered in broken glass from the riot escalating around us and filled with the unspoken dread that an already-nightmarish evening had much worse in store.
So what was that all about?
LORD Smith of Kelvin and the 10 party negotiators who thrashed out Holyrood's new devolution deal stepped onto a plush podium at the National Museum of Scotland furnished with Philippe Starck ghost chairs.
"Power to the people!
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.
Late 1973. Scotland, who haven't qualified for a major international final in living memory, play Czechoslovakia in a winner-takes-all World Cup decider. It was live on STV and Arthur Montford was the commentator.
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.