Category Archives: life experience

On this day in Scottish history

03 January 1746 Advertisement in the Edinburgh Advertiser: ‘Any young woman not under 15, nor much over 30 years of age, that is tolerably handsome, and would incline to give her hand to a Black Prince, upon directing a letter … Continue reading

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On this day in Scottish history

O2 January 1971, Sport: Ibrox Disaster. In what was the worst disaster in Scottish sporting history, sixty people were killed at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, home of Glasgow Rangers. Most were crushed to death at Stairway 13 when they were hurrying … Continue reading

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Before the Monster

Of all the monster legends in the western world, that of Loch Ness is probably the best known. This stretch of dark water in the north of Scotland attracts thousands of tourists, year after year, there have been dozens of … Continue reading

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Tweed Memories

There can be fewer more fascinating things than a part-frozen river. The banks are solid with ice, thicker than a hand-span, gleaming silver, white and blue in the winter sun, and great chunks, sometimes six, seven, eight inches thick float … Continue reading

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Scottish Referendum

I am Scottish, born and bred, with countless generations of Scottish ancestors going back to Eve and MacAdam. My wife is Scottish, my children are Scottish, I work in Scotland and I write books about Scotland for Scottish publishers. All … Continue reading

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CHILDREN

Children: the centrepiece of any family. That is obviously a truism for without children there is no family. Cathy and I have three. They are all grown up now, with the youngest at 23, but to us they are still … Continue reading

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The importance of luck

Hi folks I have a very good friend from Baltimore in the USA. She is one of the finest natural writers that I have ever read, yet she has not yet had a book published.  Yesterday I asked myself why … Continue reading

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