PHIL McCluskey has just returned from a British tour with Texan duo The O's who were supporting Del Amitri.
SCOTLAND'S guilty pleasure - quite a few of us have been getting up early to watch the Olympic curling.
OUR tale of Helen Mirren being offered "red or white" when she asked for wine in Glasgow 30 years ago, reminds Jean Edmiston in Prestwick of a friend from England visiting round about the same time and asking in a grocer's:
OUR story about Dame Helen Mirren's limited wine options in Glasgow reminds Ronald Oliver in Elie:
A SOUTH side reader with glaucoma was told that the condition had deteriorated, and he was now being registered as partially sighted, which entitled him to a concessionary travel card.
THE Clyde-built Queen Mary liner, now berthed at Long Beach, California, has just held its annual Scottish Highland Games.
A REMINDER that it's Valentine's Day today - you're welcome.
WE asked for your posh conversations in shops, and a reader says:
WE asked about being forgetful, and Glen Elliot from Elgin recalls parking in an Inverness multi-storey car park and carefully noting they were beside a number 5 on the wall, next to a large pillar.
PAUL Hartley being appointed Dundee manager reminds an east-coast reader of when Aberdeen were looking for a manager and a number of names were being touted.
JURY duty continued.
WILD misspellings continued.
CELEBRITY encounters continued.
AS ithers see us.
AUSTRALIAN singer/songwriter Jordie Lane, appearing at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, grabbed a banana from his hotel room before heading to the O2 venue in the old ABC in Sauchiehall Street to see another act.
PROTEST singer Pete Seeger who has died, visited Glasgow a few times, often as a guest of Labour politicians Norman and Janey Buchan.
AN expat in Dubai notes on the airline Emirates website, the rule:
OLYMPIC champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because she is pregnant.
OUR filing cabinet reminiscing reminded retired cop Alan Barlow in Paisley:
WE asked for your jury service stories and a Merchant City reader tells us:
THE award for cheekiest tenants of the week must go to the folk in Edinburgh's Dalry area who had agreed that letting agents DJ Alexander could inspect the flat while they were on holiday.
A SENIOR citizen on Glasgow's south side was celebrating his 85th birthday the other day with family and friends gathered round when a cake was brought in with candles for him to blow out.
THE Dundee-Hamilton game was called off on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch, which sounds like bad news for the Lanarkshire fans who made the trip.
A STUDENT from Glasgow returning to university in Leeds tells us about the perfidy of mothers.
PENSIONERS love their free bus journeys.
WE mentioned that Celtic Music Radio's folk music benefit gig for the Clutha fund the other day.
MIKE Ritchie was at Celtic Music Radio's Clutha benefit gig in Glasgow where a player of the clairseach - the Celtic harp - told him of being on a late-night train home where a friendly drunk, spotting his instrument, encouraged him to play a tune.