In leafy East Lothian, a group of well-heeled women has met regularly over the years to talk about life, and - half an hour before the evening draws to a close - to pay cursory attention to the book that nominally they've gathered to discuss.
The 11th-hour bid by the No camp to offer the possibility of new powers to Scotland absolutely does not include devolving powers over foreign, military and nuclear affairs.
Poverty has played a significant role in the independence debate.
In a recent memoir Michael Ignatieff reflected on his ill-fated spell as leader of the Canadian Liberal Party.
THE dinosaurs have gone too far.
Over the past few days I've had the pleasure of interviewing two inspiring, if disparate, people - Eleanor, Duchess of Argyll, and the composer James MacMillan - and they have brought it home to me once again that food and the arts are inextricably linked.
It has been fashionable for some time now to pooh-pooh "Great Britain." To many it smacks of empire and Colonel Blimp and Maggie Thatcher riding in her tank.
ON Thursday, if you reside in Scotland, you can participate in the only vote on independence the country has ever been allowed.
Scotland stands on the edge of history this weekend; 4.2 million of us, the largest registered electorate in Scottish history, are weighing up the arguments, considering the implications, calibrating the risks.
I AM not, thanks goodness, an economist.
MUCH of the debate over the last months has centred on economic issues.
NOBODY I know has ever seen anything like it.
DAYS before the biggest event in recent Scottish history it's hard to know if either side can say or do anything that will substantially change the result.
So here we are - a few days away from the most historic vote in Scotland's history and the British establishment and Westminster have finally woken up to what is going on here.
MELANIE Phillips accuses Alexei Salmonella of "xenophobic opportunism".
It's been a good week for ...