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Marcus Buist
Perth: how tax and regulation can strangle a proud city

Perth: how tax and regulation can strangle a proud city

LIKE MOST small ‘c’ conservatives, I am naturally inclined to be defensive of my home town. Indeed, it is hard to talk about home without lapsing into a VisitScotland style effusion. So when Perth was ...

Andrew Morrison
Scottish education: learning the hard way?

Scottish education: learning the hard way?

IT HAS OFTEN been said over the past two years that the political classes’ relentless obsession with constitution matters would result in bread and butter issues such as education being neglected.  Research unveiled this week ...

Hugh Andrew
While the world moves on Rivendell falls silent...

While the world moves on Rivendell falls silent...

THE SONGS have fallen silent in Rivendell. That beautiful leafy glade which for the past few weeks has rung to the peel of elvish voices in ever more frenzied chanting now echoes to the sounds ...

Jamie Gardiner
...and now for my next trick...

...and now for my next trick... "Bunga, Bunga"

IN 1910, a handful of Bloomsbury Set tricksters pulled up at Weymouth in bed sheets. Announcing themselves as the court of the Emperor of Abyssinia, they covered up the fact they didn't know a word ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diary: The Union is a force for good

The Dean's Diary: The Union is a force for good

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

     IT BOILS down to this; do we wish to remain at ...

Ewen Stewart
Market reaction shows No campaign was not bluffing

Market reaction shows No campaign was not bluffing

The media is awash with stories about increasing financial panic about the risks and costs of Scottish independence. Economist Ewen Stewart, who wrote the white paper 'Much Cost, Little Benefit' for the Scottish Research Society about the economic costs of independence, believes this is a signal we can't afford to ignore.

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: The Dean's Erse

The Dean's Diaries: The Dean's Erse

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

       It was off to Ireland last week,leaving the College ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diary: My memorial to Mr Dodd

The Dean's Diary: My memorial to Mr Dodd

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

        ONE OF the more melancholy duties of life ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diary: That wee thing that happened in 1603

The Dean's Diary: That wee thing that happened in 1603

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

 

     ONE OF the pleasures of the ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diary: The strange case of the extra large prophylactic

The Dean's Diary: The strange case of the extra large prophylactic

The Dean's Diary:
SS Braemar, at Sea;
off Bear Island,
N. Norway


   I AM CONTINUING to enjoy this foray into the Arctic ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diary: The strange case of the extra large prophylactic

The Dean's Diary: The strange case of the extra large prophylactic

The Dean's Diary:


SS Braemar, at Sea,

Tromsø Fjord,
Norway


   I AM CONTINUING to enjoy this foray into the Arctic Ocean which we ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diary: the admiral sends for his 'woman'

The Dean's Diary: the admiral sends for his 'woman'

The Dean's Diary:
SS Braemar, at Sea,
Tromsø Fjord,
Norway

  Thoroughly enjoying my first foray in to the Arctic, courtesy of the Fred Olsen Line, aboard ...