Ken Smith's Diary

  • 30 July 2014

    ONE of the many successes of the Games has been the entertainment zone at Glasgow Green, though the need to have bags checked by security does lead to queues.

  • 29 July 2014

    THE Games are just a wave of good feeling rolling over Glasgow.

  • 28 July 2014

    GREAT start for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, Muses reader Bill Smith:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 17 July 2014

    STRANGE excuses, continued.

  • 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: