PROJECT Scotland, the charity which helps young people volunteer, asked teenagers what they would ask Alex Salmond if they had first go at First Minister's Questions.
Among the inquiries about health and employment, we like the chap who asked: "Alex Salmond. What's your recipe for stovies?"
NICKNAMES continued. Andy Jamieson in Bearsden tells us about the newsagent in Kirkcudbright who was fed up with the mayhem and occasional thieving caused by schoolkids at lunchtime. Says Andy: "After the rush he would retire to his local pub where he would regale anyone who would listen about how much he hated these kids, the stress they caused him and what he would do to them if he caught them stealing. He went on to such an extent that the locals nicknamed him Herod."
In the line of sight
GREAT opening ceremony for the Paralympics, with one viewer explaining to his son when he asked why the referee was not visually impaired even though the players were.
He says he perhaps should not have added: "That's why there are no Scottish referees taking part."
THE yarn about the supposed escaped lion in Essex reminds Allan Morrison in Glasgow: "There was a Glasgow veterinary practice which had a large notice outside their premises which stated, 'Veterinary Surgeons and Taxidermists. (Wan way or another you always get yer dug back.)'"
Eat up, petal
SCOTTISH Food and Drink Fortnight was launched yesterday with Michelin-starred chefs, Government ministers and free breakfasts being handed out to passers-by.
One chap took a cup of porridge, refused salt, sugar or milk, and wandered over to Carina Contini's fruit and vegetable display where he scattered flower petals on top and walked away munching happily.
Luckily they were edible nasturtium petals – but did he know that or was he just one of life's risk takers? More to the point, will it catch on?
OUR story about dog names reminds Bob Jeffrey in Eaglesham: "I once had a lovely lab named Randy – after the boxer Randolph Turpin – who liked to take off in the dark of night not to return till the small hours. To encourage him to come home I spent many a long hour at the front door shouting, 'Randy, Randy' into the darkness.
"The dog did return most times but the lack of any female response was damaging to the ego."
One point ahead
EVEN football fans are becoming more health conscious.
A reader attending St Mirren's thrashing of Ayr United in the league cup this week heard a bored Ayr United fan who had taken out a Weight Watcher's points card, excitedly exclaim: "Bovril's only one point!"
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