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Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 9

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 9

WE’VE REACHED the time that every new mummy dreads. The first jags. Now, I know it’s a process of being cruel to be kind and it has to be done, and I should know what ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 8

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 8

HOW TO DEAL with a 2-month-old and the terrible twos? Anyone? We have well and truly entered the dreaded terrible two phase this week. To be honest, I had read about this and been told ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 7

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 7

THANKFULLY we managed to survive a full week without the family helpers. The next challenge however, was to manage an outing with just my two little darlings and me!

This week has ...

Elizabeth Smith
Cricket was a metaphor for how Alex Fergusson lived his life

Cricket was a metaphor for how Alex Fergusson lived his life

THE FIRST TIME l met Alex Fergusson was in April 1999 when he was one of our candidates in the first Scottish Parliament election campaign.

I had spent most of that month being ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: 2 babies - Week 6

The Mummy Diaries: 2 babies - Week 6

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY to our gorgeous boy Jamie! I honestly can’t believe he’s two years old already. Everyone told me to enjoy every second of them as babies as the time goes in so fast. ...

Emma Hargan
The  Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 5

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 5

WELL, it’s now week five and so far we have managed to keep the house from disappearing under a pile of dust and toys and the babies are now starting to adjust to life with ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Scotland should follow New Zealand – and democratise distilling

Scotland should follow New Zealand – and democratise distilling

IT'S BEEN OVER TEN YEARS now since ol' Popcorn Sutton (pictured) ran his last run of moonshine in the Appalachians and over twenty since New Zealand took the hillbilly out of home distillation in a ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 4

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 4

THE HELP IS GONE! I am now responsible for washing, ironing, dinners, dishes, bottles, hoovering, washing floors, cleaning bathrooms, washing floors and oh yeah - keeping two human beings alive as well. I used to ...

Eben Wilson
Our media needs training to avoid Brexit fake news

Our media needs training to avoid Brexit fake news

FOLLOWING the Chequers meeting and publication of the Brexit White Paper we have seen gymnastic somersaults across the body politic. The responses of the chatterati remind me of a group of children trying to find ...

Jonathan Stanley
Nationalist Eurotrash undoes the indyscot narrative – that isn't necessarily good

Nationalist Eurotrash undoes the indyscot narrative – that isn't necessarily good

IT IS PAINFUL to read some of the nonsense the nationalists tweet at times. I should really think of Ross Greer as an incomplete Owen Jones, not quite as bombastic yet just as capable of ...

Brian Monteith
The McNanny State: it’s time to challenge it

The McNanny State: it’s time to challenge it

SINCE the Scottish Parliamentcame into being in 1999 it has passed over 300 bills that have been given royal assent and are now the law of the land. Notably they include a bill to ban ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 3

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 3

THE REALITY of having two babies is now starting to sink in! Jamie is now starting to realise that baby Lily is here to stay. This means that whenever his Daddy or I lift or ...