Two stories caught the eye and left a sour taste in the mouth yesterday.
The blows just keep coming for the Coalition Government's benefit reforms and the Work Programme which is supposed to underpin them.
I have been following the twists and turns of the medical tribunal into the performance of spinal surgeon Colin Campbell Mainds for many months now.
Anyone who has reached an opinion about independence, for or against, has dealt with one argument above all others.
AS the commissioners to the Kirk's AGM at the Assembly Hall swarmed out on to Edinburgh's Mound the heavens opened up and rain fell torrentially.
There will be those on both sides of the land reform debate who will have been disappointed by the interim report of the Land Reform Review Group, published this week.
A FEW months ago I rang my local cinema to book a couple of tickets.
I was born 15 years after the SNP's breakthrough election of 1974, where it achieved 30.4% of the Scottish vote.
I TURNED up at the BBC Scotland HQ in Glasgow for a stint as the "presenter's friend" on Holyrood Live last week and I have to admit I was more nervous than usual at the prospect of doing an hour of live telly.
One of my lasting memories of my father is coming upon him standing staring out of a window clenching and unclenching his fists, looking like a bear in a trap.
When, after Ukip's success in the English local elections, the Tory leadership decided it would be sensible to stop calling them loonies, I hadn't anticipated that they would go on to apply the same description to their own supporters.
It was in many ways admirable of Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh, to leap to the defence of the disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien.
A NEW acronym has been coined.
While representing the Church of Scotland at a consultation in South Korea I was approached by a representative from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.
Ask anyone at WholeFoods Market, the Texas-based grocer with 350 stores in North America, Canada and London, where and when it is opening its second Scottish store, and you will get the same answer: we're always looking for new sites and we'll know when the right one comes up.
IT'S a measure of how attitudes to Europe have changed in Britain over the last 20 years that anti-Europeans like Nigel Farage of UKIP, who was barracked in an Edinburgh pub last week, are now regarded almost as members of the political mainstream – in England, at least.