Category Archives: People

Whaling and Victorian Values

Today, the 1st of December 2015 Japan’s whaling fleet sailed from Shimonoseki in south western Japan. The ships will head to the Antarctic and hunt whales from the end of December until March 2016. During that period they will kill … Continue reading

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Poverty and foodbanks

Last night my wife and I watched a programme about the Dundee Food bank. This is where the public donates food to a central point and volunteers distribute it to people who otherwise would starve. Now a reminder here: this … Continue reading

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Heritage of class

The first day of the year, so my wife hung up a new calendar. You know the type: big glossy picture on top and the dates beneath. I happen to like calendars but I have never really thought about the … 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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One of those periods

Have you ever had one of those times when nothing goes right? Life just turns upside down and kicks you in the teeth? I am having one now. Normally when one thing goes wrong, something else compensates by going right, … Continue reading

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Modern true crime and the Glasgow Curse

Hi Folks After months of not blogging, this week I have caught up with a daily blog. It will not last, but here we are again. I would like to thank everybody who has expressed an interest in the blogs … 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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