SHOULD Alex Salmond wish to record his displeasure with the Scottish football team, we can assure him that there is a precedent at this level.
YOU'LL know the result of the Belgium-Scotland game by now but we couldn't resist mentioning this invite from Glasgow venue Walkabout, which splendidly combines fatalism and Braveheart-style defiance with a timely reminder of the importance of drink in our national life.
KEEN to replicate Felix Baumgartner's amazing jump from the edge of space, from the comfort of your own home?
TEACHER tales continued.
WE fear this could only happen in Scotland, but a teacher tells us he was discussing healthy eating with his third-year class this week.
WE mentioned the recent return of students to our universities.
OUR tales of folk struggling with technology remind a Larkhall reader of being on holiday in Spain last month with his wife when their camera developed a fault, so he decided to take photographs instead with his mobile phone.
A LATE-NIGHT reveller in Glasgow couldn't fault the logic of the young girl serving in the chip shop last weekend when he asked for a bag of chips and she inquired if he wanted regular or large.
CILLA Fisher and Artie Trezise, founders of the amazingly successful children's show The Singing Kettle, have announced their retirement.
OUR story of the driver who couldn't spell "yacht" reminds Robert McMillan in Paisley of the apprentice in the factory where he worked doing a crossword at lunchtime and asking how you spelled "yacht".
KEN McNab's affectionate compilation of the Fab Four's visits north of the Border, entitled The Beatles In Scotland, has just come out in paperback.
THE new students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – the old RSAMD – in Glasgow can make staff feel a little bit old as they show off their computer skills and abilities in the digital age.
WE mentioned charity Children 1st collecting grandparent stories, and Lyn McLean in Stirling tells us: "In the sixties, my cousin Jimmy was sitting with Granny while she was writing a letter to relatives in Canada.
OUR tale of the politician trying to leave a meeting and choosing a cupboard door by mistake makes Jim Thomson in Bothwell recall the health board meeting in a grand wood-panelled board room.
A GLASGOW westender asked a pal how she got on seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar at the SECC this week.
AND a chap in an Aberdeen pub the other night remarked: "I can't believe how strong the winds are.
THE TALE of the Tory Chief Whip allegedly calling a police officer a pleb has provoked much discussion.
OUR George Square tales remind entertainer Andy Cameron of his early days as a bus conductor on the night service from George Square to Castlemilk.
DOORS Open Day in Glasgow last weekend, and reader Jim Morrison was in the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre where they were being shown a stunning collection of butterflies.
REMOVAL stories, and Mary McNeill tells us that the chap who fitted her new cooker told her about a similar job he carried out the other day for a lady in Oban.
ROADWORKS on Gairbraid Avenue, Maryhill, uncovered an old, below-ground gents toilet.
BBC presenter Kaye Adams, compering the Scottish Law Awards, admitted she is still having problems with Twitter.
AFTER the highs of Andy Murray’s victory we have the lows of the Scottish football team.
ALREADY there is talk on how Andy Murray's Grand Slam victory should be marked.
DOG names continued.
ANOTHER miserable day for Scotland fans on Saturday with a numbing goalless draw against Serbia.
THE Scottish political news is that First Minister Alex Salmond has put Nicola Sturgeon in charge of the independence campaign and promoted no-nonsense Alex Neil in her place.
A QUESTION in the Brown Bull pub quiz in Lochwinnoch the other night was: "What did Thomas Sheraton become famous for making?"