In 2011, the residents of Scalpay said "yes, please" when the businessman who owned the island offered it to them as a gift.
How will Alex Salmond pay for it all?
It is sobering to be confronted with the extent to which Scottish public services depend on IT systems.
Norman John Gillies, one of the last remaining native St Kildans, who has died aged 88, will be sorely missed.
It seems the spirit of the Enlightenment is alive and well in the capital.
It is a desperately upsetting case for all concerned.
If bankers have been dismayed in recent years at watching their profession fall in public esteem then the Clydesdale Bank's recent behaviour will have them squirming in discomfort.
The broadcaster and columnist Tam Cowan has apologised for a column he wrote about women's football which caused widespread offence.
LONG-TERM unemployment, much more than the "bedroom tax", deserves to be a central issue in the 2015 General Election campaign.
There is a degree of spin involved in the suggestion that 185,000 women could die by 2030 unless gaps in breast cancer research are addressed.
They were regarded by many 15 years ago as both a blot on the landscape and a danger to human health.
Ever since Lord Carloway recommended the abolition of corroboration - the need for two separate sources to support crucial evidence in a case - a great many lawyers have voiced grave doubts about the move.
IT has been a very long time coming, but suddenly Labour looks interesting again.
TAM Cowan has been given the red card by the BBC over remarks about women's football in a column for the Daily Record newspaper.
In an age of identikit out-of-town multiplexes, the preservation of the beloved and unique Campbeltown Picture House could not be more meaningful.
Winter is always the least beloved of seasons but for those working in Scotland's accident and emergency departments, and patients who might have to use them, the prospect is particularly daunting.
The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was, sceptics told us, going to confirm climate change itself was "on ice".
Fair Isle South in Shetland was Scotland's last manned lighthouse, losing its keepers in 1998.
The link between how poor a pupil is and how poorly they do in school was established a long time ago, but it is still shocking to see new evidence of the baleful impact of the link and frustrating to realise there is still precious little progress being made to improve the situation.
The name's Boyd, William Boyd:
So Scottish women are working hard, but not paid as well as men.
June 2010 was a grim moment for the UK economy.
Good luck Dundee, you deserve this.
He had delegates on their feet four times, though the applause was warm rather than rapturous.
Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) has had a difficult gestation.
It is hard to be offended by street art.
Do we need a wi-fi revolution in schools?
Pensions have become a pressure point for the campaign for Scottish independence, ever since chartered accountants' professional body ICAS reported in April that a Yes vote could open up a potential funding black hole.
Anyone who has ever been a student will know how financially difficult it can be - and, in recent years, it has become even harder.