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Stuart Crawford
Aargh! Why the joys of travelling have left me

Aargh! Why the joys of travelling have left me

I HAD TO go to Bristol the other day. Well, not had to go, wanted to go. My elder daughter works there and needs to buy a car for commuting in the next month or so.  She had ...

Emma Hargan
The  Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 1

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 1

SHE'S HERE at last! What a week it has been. A planned C-Section? There’s no such thing. So much for the relaxing and calm experience it was to be. All I can say is it ...

Murdo Fraser
Book Review – Flight of Evil: A North British Intrigue

Book Review – Flight of Evil: A North British Intrigue

THE SCOTTISH academic Professor Tom Gallagher has written an entertaining novel that nevertheless contains a serious message, warning of the dangers of political extremism. 

Set in the near future Flight of Evil describes a ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Brexit betrayal – a week we shall never forget

Brexit betrayal – a week we shall never forget

A personal view from Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 38

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 38

WELL IT'S nearly D Day! I’ve spent the week trying to keep myself relaxed and chilled as much as possible for the fear of going into labour early. Jamie’s Granny and Gramps don’t arrive until ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 37

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 37

“I LOVE a good heatwave!” said NO pregnant women - EVER!

Under ‘normal’ circumstances, this fantastic spell of warm weather would be welcomed with open arms. I’d be taking Jamie walks and ...

Jonathan Stanley
Raise a pint of your own to beat minimum unit pricing

Raise a pint of your own to beat minimum unit pricing

MINIMUM UNIT PRICING has threatened to increase the price of cheap wholesome booze for many years now. I can't think of a better response than to defiantly brew our own beer, especially given Edinburgh's fine ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 36

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 36

IT’S BEEN a week of ranting and raving. Definitely more ups than downs but with my pregnancy nearing the end, it’s getting tougher mentally and physically, then add a toddler into the mix and what ...

Eben Wilson
Scottish Government advisers can be both wrong and create mischief

Scottish Government advisers can be both wrong and create mischief

SCOTLAND has awaited 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 ...

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 ...