Ken Smith's Diary

  • 25 July 2014

    VERY moving opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games - apart from that toe-curling pantomime parody at the beginning.

  • 25 July 2014

    IT began with a nun and a conversation about a black pudding in a Glasgow tenement.Doreen Grant, from the Catholic religious order of the Sisters of Notre Dame, had arrived in a run-down estate in an area of Govan know as Wine Alley with a mission to find out why pupils from poorer areas struggled at school.

  • 24 July 2014

    YES, Glaswegians are determined to give a good welcome to Games visitors.

  • 23 July 2014

    VOLUNTEER drivers have begun shuffling officials and dignitaries around for the Commonwealth Games, with distance no object.

  • 22 July 2014

    GREAT excitement about Billy Connolly doing 10 nights at the Armadillo in Glasgow with the concerts already almost sold out.

  • 21 July 2014

    THE Yes and No camps have been going flat out for your vote on September 18, but here's a curious thought.

  • 18 July 2014

    "WELCOME to Glasgow, Commonwealth athletes!" Frankie Boyle tweeted yesterday.

  • 16 July 2014

    CLYDE, the Commonwealth Games mascot, receives a rock star-style welcome from children wherever he goes on the Queen's Baton route.

  • 15 July 2014

    SO Cheryl Cole has got hitched to her French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in a low-key (read:

  • 14 July 2014

    OUR mention of disguising company expense accounts reminds Eric Begbie of working in Edinburgh's education department when a college principal tried for three years running to buy a Land Rover for the biology department to go on field trips, but was refused.

  • 11 July 2014

    THE death of Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano reminds Ronald Arthur of being on holiday on Majorca when he was eight and kicking a ball about the pool area with another young lad.

  • 10 July 2014

    JOHN Marletta spotted a chap in full red metal outfit dressed as film superhero Iron Man in Glasgow's Buchanan Street, where people were slipping him a bob or two to have their picture taken with him.

  • 9 July 2014

    ROBERT White heard a little girl in Dumfries this week tell her mum:

  • 8 July 2014

    SAD to hear of the death of Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano.

  • 7 July 2014
  • 4 July 2014

    OUR train tales remind John Crawford of travelling from Glasgow to London overnight on Paisley Fair Friday when a well-dressed and well-refreshed businessman came on board, threw away the ticket from a reserved seat, sat down and began to sing The Song Of The Clyde before falling asleep.