EDINBURGH is marketing its Hogmanay party as a great Presbyterian event.
So, no apocalypse then.
Where would we be without league tables?
Gerard Depardieu is off to live in Belgium, a fate you wouldn't wish on anyone.
I have a friend who is suspicious of free-range poultry on the grounds that: "You never know where they've been." She is happier with the thought of the cosy, if crowded, shed the poultry used to live in and the freezer where they were laid to rest.
Can I have a quick word with you about velocity?
The Met plan to cut costs by closing inquiry desks in police stations and working out of counters at Costa coffee, churches and football stadiums.
DUTCH academics writing in the Journal Of Applied Social Psychology say that idle chat can have a positive effect in society.
I EXPECTED more from the newspaper article headlined: "Neighbour from hell, 86, hit with restraining order for shouting medieval insults at couple next door." It turned out the old fellow ended up in court for describing an adjacent house as a midden.
The Army has told most of its soldiers and civilian staff to stay at home for 25 days over Christmas.
By the time you read this Lord Leveson's proposals on press behaviour may have been made public, with interesting consequences for journalists who hack phones, harass parents of murdered children, and bribe police officers.
I don't do Top Gear.
PRIME Minister David Cameron has been pursuing cuts in the European Union budget, particularly the perks received by Eurocrats.
The British Dietetic Association has announced its annual festive list of fad diets to avoid.
Scientific research shows great apes go through a midlife crisis just like homo sapiens.
John Swinney, our Yes Finance Minister, and Alistair Darling, the former Chancellor who says No, are to have a fight over North Sea oil revenues.
TWO topics vie for attention.
An interesting article on the BBC website.
The Scottish Government is to charge ahead with a high-speed rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
GLASGOW City Chambers is now available for wedding ceremonies.
The UK Government has cut the national debt at a stroke.
We're all awfy worried about the European Union budget.
Everybody and their auntie is having a say about our independence vote.
Exam officials are worried that too many pupils sitting Higher English are working from the same crib sheet.
In pursuit of their share of the £3bn Christmas toy market some manufacturers have gone retro.
The Treasury down in London is concerned that motorists are not paying enough road tax.
SCENES in the movie Under The Skin, filmed in Glasgow, required a voluptuous Scarlett Johansson to pretend to fall over and be helped up by passers-by.
The clock goes back tomorrow and there is the usual debate about how it is good news for farmers and people who live in Bournemouth.