It seems a light year ago, but there was a time when many Unionists seriously believed that Alex Salmond had set the referendum for September 2014 in order to exploit a surge of nationalist emotion that would follow the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Should I have tried to take my children to the Commonwealth Games?
The sheer logistics of moving thousands of visitors around our fair city during the Games was always going to be the biggest challenge.
The contrast could not be greater.
Basil Fawlty, anticipating the arrival of German tourists to his hotel, famously warned his staff:
THE spirit of Scotland's wbiggest free multicultural festival, the Glasgow Mela, has been evoked at the Live zone at Glasgow Green.
As befits the august Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney even manages to explode with rage in a measured sort of way. It is plain that he's furious. It is also clear that he's choosing his words with a certain care.
IT won't have escaped your attention that Britain has been marking the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war in August 1914.
At least 150,000 Syrians are believed to have died in battles between government forces and rebels since the civil war began in March, 2011 and there is no end in sight for this increasingly savage and cruel conflict.
One does not immediately associate the Highland Games circuit with the literati.
GIVEN my all-consuming interest in food and related matters, it may surprise you to learn that I'm not inclined to glue myself to the box when The Great British Bake Off is on the air.
As befits the august Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney even manages to explode with rage in a measured sort of way.
ONE of the most exciting aspects of the Commonwealth Games has been the way the event has engaged and enthused children:
The young businessman was annoyed.
Of all the risible suggestions that have emanated from British politicians recently, the most ludicrous is Nick Clegg's suggestion that Russia should be prevented from hosting the 2018 World Cup.
SOME people have more money than sense.