Ken Smiths Diary Archive

  • Thursday 6 March 2014

    THE BBC news covered the opening of a new exhibition on the Vikings dispelling the popularly held view that they wore horned helmets.

  • Wednesday 5 March 2014

    RETIRED Maryhill Labour MP Maria Fyfe is launching her autobiography, A Problem Like Maria, this week in which she tells of a Glasgow MP who wanted to send a letter to the blind Government Minister David Blunkett, and went to the trouble of having it put into Braille.

  • Tuesday 4 March 2014

    FOLLOWERS of popular Glasgow junior football side Pollok were delighted, but slightly confused, that their Twitter account pollokfc had an extraordinarily high number of followers in Mexico.

  • Monday 3 March 2014

    COMMISERATIONS to Scots boxer Ricky Burns.

  • Friday 28 February 2014

    ANTI-sectarian group Nil By Mouth has provoked some ire by saying that west of Scotland golf clubs have been guilty of religious discrimination.

  • Thursday 27 February 2014

    WE mentioned supermarket Tannoy announcements, and a reader tells us he once heard:

  • Wednesday 26 February 2014

    GLASGOW International Comedy Festival next month has announced a "Watch With Baby" comedy show when parents can go out on a Sunday afternoon to see adult comedians without the expense of getting babysitters for their weans.

  • Monday 24 February 2014

    PHIL McCluskey has just returned from a British tour with Texan duo The O's who were supporting Del Amitri.

  • Friday 21 February 2014

    SCOTLAND'S guilty pleasure - quite a few of us have been getting up early to watch the Olympic curling.

  • Thursday 20 February 2014

    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:

  • Wednesday 19 February 2014

    OUR story about Dame Helen Mirren's limited wine options in Glasgow reminds Ronald Oliver in Elie:

  • Tuesday 18 February 2014

    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.

  • Monday 17 February 2014

    THE Clyde-built Queen Mary liner, now berthed at Long Beach, California, has just held its annual Scottish Highland Games.

  • Friday 14 February 2014

    A REMINDER that it's Valentine's Day today - you're welcome.

  • Thursday 13 February 2014

    WE asked for your posh conversations in shops, and a reader says:

  • Wednesday 12 February 2014

    FORGETFUL continued.

  • Tuesday 11 February 2014

    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.

  • Monday 10 February 2014

    Key questions

  • Friday 7 February 2014

    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.

  • Thursday 6 February 2014

    JURY duty continued.

  • Wednesday 5 February 2014

    WILD misspellings continued.

  • Tuesday 4 February 2014

    JURY duty continued.

  • Monday 3 February 2014

    CELEBRITY encounters continued.

  • Friday 31 January 2014

    AS ithers see us.

  • Thursday 30 January 2014

    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.

  • Wednesday 29 January 2014

    PROTEST singer Pete Seeger who has died, visited Glasgow a few times, often as a guest of Labour politicians Norman and Janey Buchan.

  • Tuesday 28 January 2014

    AN expat in Dubai notes on the airline Emirates website, the rule:

  • Monday 27 January 2014

    OLYMPIC champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because she is pregnant.

  • Friday 24 January 2014

    OUR filing cabinet reminiscing reminded retired cop Alan Barlow in Paisley:

  • Thursday 23 January 2014

    WE asked for your jury service stories and a Merchant City reader tells us: