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Charles Harris
The Meeting

The Meeting

DEAR READER, during my absence this past month I have been asked several times why modernist art became so readily accepted, especially in view of the things I have explained. The short answer is – ...

Stuart Crawford
10 Things to thank the Americans for

10 Things to thank the Americans for

BASHING our transatlantic cousins has been a popular sport for as long as I can remember, whether it be for their extraordinary dress sense, extraordinary appetites, or extraordinary rendition – or perhaps all three and ...

Hugh Andrew
How the business rate revaluation threatens small businesses

How the business rate revaluation threatens small businesses

FAR FROM the Madding Crowd is a small bookshop in Linlithgow. But one of some distinction. It runs West Lothian's only literary Festival, organised several school book weeks (and our First Minister's aim is to ...

ThinkScotland
Inevitable fallacies and false assumptions about Ireland fail to persuade

Inevitable fallacies and false assumptions about Ireland fail to persuade

BOOK REVIEW: Kevin Meagher, A United Ireland: why unification is inevitable and how it will come about  (Biteback, London, 2016)

While Kevin Meagher has produced a thought provoking, well-written book it is ultimately flawed; ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: Novels as textbooks?

The Dean's Diaries: Novels as textbooks?

I was arrested last night at a Lecture here in College by dear old Prof. Herbert McCracken describing Melville’s masterpiece Moby Dick as ‘the ultimate treatise on angling.’

Jonathan Stanley
Why Chlorination Chicken is good for us

Why Chlorination Chicken is good for us

THE SCENE: Dr Strangelove is in the war room and so is the President. 

Every member of the European Movement, who signed that letter saying Brexit is catastrophic, has been admitted and ...

David Hoey
A false flag in another corner of our Union

A false flag in another corner of our Union

THE COMMISSION on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition has been established as part of commitments made under the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements. The Commission’s website states that its task is to take forward a ...

Charles Harris
The problem with subjectivity in today's learning process

The problem with subjectivity in today's learning process

Dear Readers,

I WAS MADE AWARE again this week of the real need for 'Objectivity' in addressing the process of working in Art and other creative disciplines. For life often reserves a ...

Martyn Greene
Why we need a National Unity Government – and you can help make it happen

Why we need a National Unity Government – and you can help make it happen

"We call on all MPs to put their party loyalties aside and work together to form a Unity Government to best deal with the Brexit negotiations, austerity economics and terrorism."

THE CONSERVATIVE ...

Charles Harris
Is Art a gift – and non-stop rain...

Is Art a gift – and non-stop rain...

DEAR READERS, I was touched this week by a letter I received talking about the gift of art. However, while very kind, I do not really believe art is a gift. And if it is, ...

Effie Deans
To defend the UK it is not enough to defeat the SNP - we need the Conservatives to win

To defend the UK it is not enough to defeat the SNP - we need the Conservatives to win

THERE IS ONLY ONE THING in politics I really care about. I have lived under Labour Government’s, Conservative Governments and Coalition Governments. These things matter in the short term, but in the long term they ...

Charles Harris
Saturday night's terror attack

Saturday night's terror attack

IN MARCH, following that horrific terror attack at Westminster, I wrote a piece for those circumstances. At that time I spoke about how our communities in Britain hold to the structure of our culture and ...