OUR stories about the lack of religion at Christmas reminds David Martin:
ALISTAIR Cochrane in Prestwick phoned Waterstones bookshop to see if it had a copy of the independence White Paper, Scotland's Future, which has now gone into reprint, but it didn't have a copy.
COMEDIAN Ben Verth in Edinburgh swears to us, and who are we to doubt him, that he saw a neddish looking young man at a supermarket check-out in the capital being asked by the automatic self-service machine:
PRIME Minister David Cameron has changed his mind it seems, and is considering legislation so that cigarettes will have to be sold in plain packets.
OH yes it is ...
THE SNP's White Paper on independence is a big talking point of course.
READERS never realised how educational the BBC was until the BBC Scotland news website told of accidents on an icy Lanarkshire motorway before adding: "It is believed that ice formed when temperatures fell below freezing."
AMERICAN tourists continued.
RECOLLECTIONS of the Kennedy assassination, continued.
MOVEMBER is of course the name given to the scheme that sees chaps grow moustaches during this month to raise money and awareness for men's health issues.
OUR mention of Largs yesterday reminds Marilyn Copland of being in a coach heading from Glasgow to Stranraer when they passed a bus going to Largs.
READER Jim McDougall tells us that one of the joys of leafleting is the signs some folk have attached to their front doors.
A BEARSDEN reader always thought his teenage daughter was a bit of a drama queen when she went on about the most minor of ailments.
ROYAL visits continued.
AYRSHIRE author Ian McMurdo's just published book, The Juniors - The Story of Cumnock Juniors Football Club, includes the tale of Cumnock playing at Lugar where a home player appeared in a pair of grey flannel trousers, tucked into his socks, as he had forgotten his shorts.
KILLJOYS at Glasgow City Council want to spend thousands of pounds putting the Duke of Wellington's statue on a higher plinth in order to deter the larrikins who put a traffic cone on its head.