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Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 13

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 13

WELL, IT’S OFFICIAL! I’ve been outsmarted by a two-year-old. My mistake? Treating my toddler like he has the intelligence of a baby. He’s not a baby – he’s a toddler! Boss baby doesn’t even have ...

Charles Harris
The sad truth about Pablo Picasso and the need for true standards

The sad truth about Pablo Picasso and the need for true standards

DEAR READERS, It has been some time since I have last written. My apologies. The delay, and an inability to the find the time, were caused directly by my work outside in the challenging Scottish weather last Winter. We did not experience a ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 12

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 12

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, tears and strops. No, I’m not talking about my kids – that’s me! D-Day for Jamie and I finally arrived on Friday. The day I had to leave him for a couple of ...

Stuart Crawford
The greatest pop song – ever?

The greatest pop song – ever?

MY 12-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER came in to the kitchen the other night and said “Do you mind if I play something on the iPod?”  She then proceeded to play “Hey Jude”, a song written and recorded by ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 11

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 11

THE TIME HAS COME for me and Jamie to part ways. As dramatic as that sounds, it's for two mornings a week at a local creche. The idea came to me on a whim – ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries:Two babies – Week 10

The Mummy Diaries:Two babies – Week 10

NOTHING quite presses buttons like a toddler on a mission. This week we’ve been pushing boundaries in more ways than one. My patience has been tested to the limit and I’ve never seen determination in ...

ThinkScotland
A letter from Jacob Rees Mogg MP – why we should “Chuck Chequers”

A letter from Jacob Rees Mogg MP – why we should “Chuck Chequers”

Jacob Rees Mogg MP, Chairman of the backbench European Research Group, has written to Conservative Association Chairmen in response to the Prime Minister's letter to all Conservative members – we thought it deserved a wider readership...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 9

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 9

WE’VE REACHED the time that every new mummy dreads. The first jags. Now, I know it’s a process of being cruel to be kind and it has to be done, and I should know what ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 8

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 8

HOW TO DEAL with a 2-month-old and the terrible twos? Anyone? We have well and truly entered the dreaded terrible two phase this week. To be honest, I had read about this and been told ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 7

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 7

THANKFULLY we managed to survive a full week without the family helpers. The next challenge however, was to manage an outing with just my two little darlings and me!

This week has ...

Elizabeth Smith
Cricket was a metaphor for how Alex Fergusson lived his life

Cricket was a metaphor for how Alex Fergusson lived his life

THE FIRST TIME l met Alex Fergusson was in April 1999 when he was one of our candidates in the first Scottish Parliament election campaign.

I had spent most of that month being ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: 2 babies - Week 6

The Mummy Diaries: 2 babies - Week 6

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY to our gorgeous boy Jamie! I honestly can’t believe he’s two years old already. Everyone told me to enjoy every second of them as babies as the time goes in so fast. ...