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Eben Wilson
Growth Commission advisers can be both wrong and create mischief

Growth Commission advisers can be both wrong and create mischief

SCOTLAND awaits with bated breath for the delayed publication of the report of the SNP’s Growth Commission – a body tasked with finding some way of improving our wee nation’s lacklustre economic performance. One hopes ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 35

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 35

THESE LAST few weeks of pregnancy are definitely the longest siege in the whole nine month process! I remember with Jamie, once my maternity leave started, I was able to have long lies, washing and ...

Brian Monteith
Go home Kilroy, you’re not wanted in Edinburgh

Go home Kilroy, you’re not wanted in Edinburgh

Graffiti. As long as I can remember it has always been with us. 'Kilroy was here' was fun at first, but it soon tired. As a youth raised in Edinburgh it was Young Leith Team, Lochend ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 34

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 34

ANOTHER WEEK, another hospital visit, another screaming match, lots of cuddles, lots of tears, lots of washing and loads of sensible conversation!

Our bank holiday Monday was a great start to the ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 33

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 33

HELLO, my name is Emma. I have been married for nearly three years and we have a wee boy of 22 months called Jamie. So for my first blog, I’m going to tell you my ...

Jackie Anderson
Restaurant review: The Kitchin, Leith – Sheer heaven

Restaurant review: The Kitchin, Leith – Sheer heaven

A VISIT to the Kitchin in Edinburgh is always a much-anticipated treat as my hubby and I have had some outstanding meals there over the years. 

My husband’s first visit was November ...

Effie Deans
Why the black shirt fits both left and right

Why the black shirt fits both left and right

UNTIL RELATIVELY RECENTLY I thought that anti-Semitism was more or less dead in Britain. Popular fiction from before 1939 regularly contains the sort of casual unpleasant remarks about Jewish people that are rarely heard in ...

Brian Monteith
Right of reply? Unite show how not to do it

Right of reply? Unite show how not to do it

Unite cannot ignore Sikorsky fatalities by pointing only to the Super Puma

Stuart Crawford
Talking ‘bout my generation

Talking ‘bout my generation

“The things they do look awful cold

I hope I die before I get old”

I’D LIKE TO BE ABLE to claim that the catalyst for this article was ...

Eben Wilson
Our liberal culture is smarter than failed planners such as Blair

Our liberal culture is smarter than failed planners such as Blair

A FRIEND OF MINE who knew Tony Blair when he was a young barrister described him to me as “a chameleon, a snowball and a prat”.   I disagree; I think Blair has a worldview that forces ...

Jeremy Balfour
The Christian meaning of Easter  today

The Christian meaning of Easter today

ANOTHER Easter Weekend has come and will soon be gone – and too many Easter Eggs eaten. Why in 21st Century Scotland do we still celebrate Easter? For Christians the meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ's victory ...

Jackie Anderson
Death by misadventure? It's now all about the money

Death by misadventure? It's now all about the money

A TRAGEDY HAPPENED at Buncrana, Co-Donegal in 2016 when Sean McGrotty decided to drive down a harbour pier covered with algae and was unable to stop the car sliding into the waters of Lough Swilly. ...