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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 ...

Christopher Anderson
The good shepherd

The good shepherd

MY WIFE Moira is the very proud owner of a lovely little white West Highland Terrier dog called Kirsty. When it appears to Kirsty that I am doing nothing really interesting or useful around the house ...

Jackie Anderson
Being creative with Christmas Mince Pies

Being creative with Christmas Mince Pies

LAST WEEK I gave you a recipe for Mincemeat so that you can make your own Christmas Mincemeat Pies or give jars of Mincemeat as a Christmas gift. This week I would ...

Jackie Anderson
Something for the weekend? The Greek lothario

Something for the weekend? The Greek lothario

POWER IN ANY SHAPE or form can be a heady aphrodisiac, clearly apparent in our corridors of power in recent years. I’ve always wondered how, in this day and age, with the media being what ...

Christopher Anderson
Everything in moderation?

Everything in moderation?

CURRENTLY, there is such a concerted campaign against taking too much salt in food that I feel positively suicidal when I sprinkle a little over my porridge every morning. This pressure to avoid salt makes ...

Jackie Anderson
Delicious filling for Christmas Mincemeat Pies

Delicious filling for Christmas Mincemeat Pies

Mincemeat

YOU SHOULD HAVE STARTED the Christmas Cake, done the Christmas Pudding and got the Advocaat on the way – so now you can prepare your own mincemeat filling ...

Jackie Anderson
Rant from a Grumpy Granny

Rant from a Grumpy Granny

It’s official, I’ve turned into a grumpy old woman, a Grumpy Granny. I watch and read the news with despair and disbelief at the stupidity and lack of common sense that appears to be accepted ...