I DON'T as a rule visit pubs.
With anti-smoking aids, as with dieting products, it's wise to be cautious.
Let it be known that I am not a heckler.
Tradition holds that the vice-president of the United States matters about as much as an anonymous body double in an all-star movie.
As the Olympic juggernaut rolls on to Rio, the rhythm of British national life takes on a more predictable cadence.
THEY worked themselves to the bone so we could sit around today watching the world through screens and eating ready meals.
I know, I know, the weather's been appalling for most of the summer, and now we're facing a winter of discontent fuelled by inadequate flood defences and reduced potato supplies, all thanks to the interminable rain.
There are few more romantic or ancient professions than the shepherd, the keeper and protector of the flock.
I DON'T know much about Bronze Age Logboats, but I know what I like.
Head in hands they sit and watch, scared to look, too in love to look away.
I COULD lie to you.
There are some who will baulk at the notion of praising instant coffee granules.
There are many descriptions thatcould apply to Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe: actress, idol, tragic figure.
STATELY as a galleon she sails through Embra's streets.
HIS historic Tour de France victory may have garnered Bradley Wiggins considerable column inches, but his trademark bushy sideburns have gained almost as much attention.
IF YOU live in Edinburgh you'll know who I mean by Maisie.
When I was 16 I went through a football phase.
I GET a warm feeling inside when I open the papers and read of the fire chiefs swanning around in fleets of new cars that cost more than a first-time buyer's flat.
Ah, summer, the season when we are offered the chance to flirt with the idea, if not the reality, of a new diet every week.
I'D never thought much about my spine.
As a child of the 1980s I grew up watching Ruby Wax on television with a mixture of fascination and fear.
I'LL BE up front with you here: I know of only one 50-year-old gibbon.
First a major sponsor of the London Olympics found to be importing 90% of its beef from Brazil until it was forced to do a U-turn and use British.
Despite being associated with cowardice and Coldplay, whose best- known song is named for it, the colour yellow has many positive connotations – sunlight, for instance, and bubble-permed Scottish goalkeeper Alan Rough, who wore a yellow shirt in the 1978 World Cup when Scotland bested the so-called "total football" of the Dutch.
WAS Oscar Wilde anticipating text, email and the internet?
I REFER not to painting as in art.
They always say you want what you can't have.