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Peter Smaill
Carmen and a tale of two cities

Carmen and a tale of two cities

THE TWO best known syllables in the operatic repertoire provided, in November 2015, a double opportunity to be immersed in that fabulous work of sun, ciggies, song and sex – the tragic tale of the ...

Murdo Fraser
The Rivals - some parallels to consider

The Rivals - some parallels to consider

IN REACTION to the insensitive rule of a distant government in London imposing unwanted policies, the Scottish people rise up in a remarkable national movement demanding change. Ambitious politicians see the opportunity to benefit by ...

Andrew Morrison
The people's flag is deepest blue

The people's flag is deepest blue

"I'm a Tory, why aren't you?"

JEREMY CORBYN is hardly going to be singing this at Labour Party Conference in 2016.  Perhaps because Labour people in the know are already numbering his ...

Iain McGill
San Marino. It's alright.

San Marino. It's alright.

BEING SCOTTISH I obviously cannot get enough of freedom, so a visit to one of the worlds oldest and smallest republics was on the cards for my holidays.   

With a wedding ...

Iain McGill
Faroe Islands: A new route worth exploring

Faroe Islands: A new route worth exploring

ONE OF THE newest routes in and out of Edinburgh is the Atlantic Air route to the Faroe Islands. Sounds far away, but whilst the islands are remote, the flight time is just over an ...

Iain McGill
White knuckle rides and Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

White knuckle rides and Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

I WAS SITTING in Koh Tao, a little diver's paradise of an island in the Gulf of Thailand, trying to find a place on an Air Aisa route that neither my friend nor I had ...

Stuart Waiton
What the 'Named Person' policy really means for the teacher-parent relationship

What the 'Named Person' policy really means for the teacher-parent relationship

A RECENT BLOG and posting on Facebook could be a sign of things to come as the ‘named person’ legislation kicks in. The blog, written by an irate mother of a 13-year-old in Aberdeen, was ...

Rob Murray
Campaigning effectively will be the key to Conservative success

Campaigning effectively will be the key to Conservative success

SCOTLAND is going through a turbulent period just now. We have seen around 1.4 million people of an electorate of 4 million vote for a nationalist party. Whilst it is a great achievement for the ...

Jonathan Stanley
Where now for eurosceptics in Scotland?

Where now for eurosceptics in Scotland?

UKIP’s MANIFESTO LAUNCH in Scotland never really left the launchpad, largely I suspect because there was never fuel in the tank to begin with.  There really was no manifesto and I doubt there ever will ...

Lap Gong Leong
Notes from the #GE2015: part 1

Notes from the #GE2015: part 1

THIS ELECTION was and will be remembered as the most important in a generation. It will be up there with 1945 and 1979. So many problems that were boiling under the surface are now coming ...

Murdo Fraser
New research paper: The SNP's broken promises revealed

New research paper: The SNP's broken promises revealed

A COMPONENT in the SNP’s electoral success in recent years has been the party's perceived reputation as providing competent government in Scotland, during its period of minority rule in the Scottish Parliament in 2007-2011, and ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
How tax cuts get a bad name...

How tax cuts get a bad name...

ONE OF the many reasons why Socialism does and cannot ever work. Please forgive me if you have seen it before but this really should be on the front page of every newspaper during the election ...