In the London Olympic velodrome last week, David Cameron expressed his love for the Union and called on English citizens to phone a friend in Scotland urging them to vote No to independence.
It is unrealistic to imagine that international sporting events like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games can be divorced from politics.
David Cameron may have injected some passion into the pro-UK campaign with his speech at London's Olympic velodrome, but once again he has opened himself up to calls for a TV debate with Alex Salmond.
Like Elvis, Nessie has left the building.
THE Big Issue has come a long way since its Scottish launch in 1997.
According to Steven Blair, an American professor of public health, Scotland is in danger of sleepwalking into obesity.
More than three years after the Labour MEP Catherine Stihler first raised the question of Scotland's membership of the EU in the event of a vote for independence, there is still more darkness than light on the issue.
PROFESSOR Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is an astrophysicist of great repute, best known for discovering pulsars - rapidly spinning neutron stars.
Scotland has the potential for a very bright economic future.
To call it daunting would be an understatement.
AND now for something completely invigorating.
Already, plans are being made.
The pain of losing in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final to Inverness Caledonian Thistle will not have lingered for Hearts fans.
The most recent deer population estimates for Scotland suggest overall numbers of between 360,000-400,000 red deer; 200,000-350,000 roe deer; 25,000 sika deer and 2000 fallow deer.
That many carers are in debt and rely on overdrafts or credit cards to make ends meet may seem unsurprising.
This year is likely to be a good one for Scottish tourism, with the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the Homecoming festival attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Should a university be fined if it recruits too many students?
There is good news in the report on child poverty published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, but there is danger in it too.
ON Tuesday, in one of the Scottish Parliament's genuinely historic moments, MSPs will vote on whether this country becomes the 17th in the world to legalise same- sex marriage.
FOOTBALL, despite its recent trials and tribulations, financial and otherwise, is still the people's game; and while it thrives on rivalry, it also has an abiding capacity to unite.
If a major shake-up in the way new medicines are approved can give Scotland a truly world-leading system, that is clearly welcome.
MANY of us may, at times, hanker for a mobile -free zone, but we would baulk at the idea of our entire locality being so designated.
There has been a lot of talk this week about economic recovery but, for the poor, there are scant signs of things getting better.
This summer, all over Scotland, thousands of pupils will sit the new National Examinations for the first time but, even among supporters of the new curriculum, there are persistent concerns that the new system will leave many pupils sitting fewer exams than they did under the old Standard Grades.
IN Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Miss Caroline Bingley announces:
So, those pesky slow-downs on the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse will soon be a thing of the past.
In substance, it was a dry technical analysis of the mechanics of currency unions but, in effect, Mark Carney's speech in Edinburgh yesterday was an exposé.
The UK Government's immigration policy is undeniably influenced by Conservative fears about the threat posed by Ukip.
Remember "hug a hoody"?
THERE can be no doubt that the post-war rise of the supermarkets has improved the lives of millions of Scots.