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Christopher Anderson
The code breakers – and code talkers

The code breakers – and code talkers

THE YEAR was 1974 and Captain F.W.Winterbotham was a happy man. After three decades of silence, the secrecy over the wartime activities of the Bletchley Park code breakers was relaxed when the intelligence services of the ...

Charles Harris
The Monarch of the Glen; our culture, art, and identity must be considered afresh now

The Monarch of the Glen; our culture, art, and identity must be considered afresh now

TODAY IN OUR CITIES technology has leaped forward, but unfortunately, culture has been left behind, sadly stagnating. For the shiny decorative railings, we see are not art, they are just shiny decorative railings. The same ...

Jackie Anderson
Black madness

Black madness

FIVE YEARS AGO no one predicted that Black Friday would be a bigger shopping event than our traditional Christmas shopping. Yet another American import that the retailers have embraced with gusto, generating over £7 billion for ...

Christopher Anderson
The good shepherd

The good shepherd

MY WIFE Moira is the very proud owner of a lovely little white West Highland Terrier dog called Kirsty. When it appears to Kirsty that I am doing nothing really interesting or useful around the house ...

Jackie Anderson
Being creative with Christmas Mince Pies

Being creative with Christmas Mince Pies

LAST WEEK I gave you a recipe for Mincemeat so that you can make your own Christmas Mincemeat Pies or give jars of Mincemeat as a Christmas gift. This week I would ...

Jackie Anderson
Something for the weekend? The Greek lothario

Something for the weekend? The Greek lothario

POWER IN ANY SHAPE or form can be a heady aphrodisiac, clearly apparent in our corridors of power in recent years. I’ve always wondered how, in this day and age, with the media being what ...

Christopher Anderson
Everything in moderation?

Everything in moderation?

CURRENTLY, there is such a concerted campaign against taking too much salt in food that I feel positively suicidal when I sprinkle a little over my porridge every morning. This pressure to avoid salt makes ...

Jackie Anderson
Delicious filling for Christmas Mincemeat Pies

Delicious filling for Christmas Mincemeat Pies

Mincemeat

YOU SHOULD HAVE STARTED the Christmas Cake, done the Christmas Pudding and got the Advocaat on the way – so now you can prepare your own mincemeat filling ...

Jackie Anderson
Rant from a Grumpy Granny

Rant from a Grumpy Granny

It’s official, I’ve turned into a grumpy old woman, a Grumpy Granny. I watch and read the news with despair and disbelief at the stupidity and lack of common sense that appears to be accepted ...

Charles Harris
‘The Bathers Asniėres’ by Georges-Pierre Seurat

‘The Bathers Asniėres’ by Georges-Pierre Seurat

DEAR READERS, to explain so much confusion that arises from the use of artistic language that misleads today I am providing an excerpt from ‘Trust Your Eye’ which I hope helps address this fantasy of ...

Christopher Anderson
Who was Joe the Busker?

Who was Joe the Busker?

ONE BLEAK DAY in November 1749, a serious musical crisis occurred, which disrupted the serene and cloistered world of the famous St. Stephen's Cathedral Choir and Music School of Vienna. Two of the pupils, Joe and ...

Jackie Anderson
Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Making your own Advocaat

Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Making your own Advocaat

Making your own Advocaat

I HAVE BEEN making my own Advocaat at Christmas for as long as I can remember and the family always love it. It can be sipped neat or ...