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Charles Harris
Leonardo and the value of real art

Leonardo and the value of real art

DEAR READERS, a Happy New Year to all, and I would like to begin this year with a complaint I received whilst I was away during the festive period. Namely a sense of outrage regarding the cost ...

Stuart Crawford
Christmas in uniform

Christmas in uniform

WHILST MOST OF US cosied up with family and friends this Christmas time, exchanging presents and sharing the Christmas dinner in, as we can normally expect, relaxed and pleasant company, we should take a moment ...

Jackie Anderson
Merry Christmas from the Nanny State

Merry Christmas from the Nanny State

COUNCILS the length and breadth of Britain are always bleating on that they have little money to provide the services the public expect. Budgets are routinely cut they say, most of them citing poverty as ...

Christopher Anderson
Number crunching? Count me out!

Number crunching? Count me out!

MATHEMATICS, they say, is an exact science. With that claim I cannot argue, although I must confess, to me it is more of an exact mystery. I am, to the precise skill of numerical calculation ...

Jackie Anderson
Royal Icing your Christmas Cake!

Royal Icing your Christmas Cake!

ROYAL ICING

NOW that your marzipan has dried nicely it's time to make your Royal Icing and decorate the cake.

Ingredients

1lb of sifted icing ...

Christopher Anderson
A pain-free toothy tale

A pain-free toothy tale

RECENTLY, one rainy afternoon, the younger members of our family were having great fun in trying to decide who was who in some newly-unearthed very old family photographs. One striking feature they all remarked upon ...

Christopher Anderson
What's in a name?

What's in a name?

WHILE OUT shopping with my wife at our local supermarket the other day, I abandoned her among the baked beans and sidled quietly off to the whisky display, to find out what was on offer. I ...

Jackie Anderson
How to Marzipan your Christmas Cake

How to Marzipan your Christmas Cake

THE MARZIPAN

So, your cake has been stored and fed with brandy over the last few weeks (see my previous recipe here). Now it's time to marzipan your cake. (If you ...

Jackie Anderson
Saint or sinner?

Saint or sinner?

LAUNCHING just in time for Christmas comes a new hangover cure called ‘YourSaint’, and at £35 pounds a bottle it’s no cheap cure. It comes in bottle or shot form and if taken ...

Christopher Anderson
The code breakers – and code talkers

The code breakers – and code talkers

THE YEAR was 1974 and Captain F.W.Winterbotham was a happy man. After three decades of silence, the secrecy over the wartime activities of the Bletchley Park code breakers was relaxed when the intelligence services of the ...

Charles Harris
The Monarch of the Glen; our culture, art, and identity must be considered afresh now

The Monarch of the Glen; our culture, art, and identity must be considered afresh now

TODAY IN OUR CITIES technology has leaped forward, but unfortunately, culture has been left behind, sadly stagnating. For the shiny decorative railings, we see are not art, they are just shiny decorative railings. The same ...

Jackie Anderson
Black madness

Black madness

FIVE YEARS AGO no one predicted that Black Friday would be a bigger shopping event than our traditional Christmas shopping. Yet another American import that the retailers have embraced with gusto, generating over £7 billion for ...