VERY moving opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games - apart from that toe-curling pantomime parody at the beginning.
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.
YES, Glaswegians are determined to give a good welcome to Games visitors.
VOLUNTEER drivers have begun shuffling officials and dignitaries around for the Commonwealth Games, with distance no object.
GREAT excitement about Billy Connolly doing 10 nights at the Armadillo in Glasgow with the concerts already almost sold out.
THE Yes and No camps have been going flat out for your vote on September 18, but here's a curious thought.
"WELCOME to Glasgow, Commonwealth athletes!" Frankie Boyle tweeted yesterday.
CLYDE, the Commonwealth Games mascot, receives a rock star-style welcome from children wherever he goes on the Queen's Baton route.
SO Cheryl Cole has got hitched to her French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in a low-key (read:
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.
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.
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.
ROBERT White heard a little girl in Dumfries this week tell her mum:
SAD to hear of the death of Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano.
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.