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Brian Monteith
The two Brians: Scotland Matters interviews Brian Wilson & Brian Monteith

The two Brians: Scotland Matters interviews Brian Wilson & Brian Monteith

Brian Wilson & Brian Monteith - What Next For Scotland? - Scotland Matters

With Nationalists set to win the 2020 Scottish Elections how do we stop five more years of incompetent government ...

Stuart Crawford
Musings of a Real Tank Commander – Part 12 Parading, partying and some training

Musings of a Real Tank Commander – Part 12 Parading, partying and some training

ALL GOOD THINGS come to an end, and so it was for my all too brief period as troop leader of 13 Troop, D Squadron, 4th Royal Tank Regiment. It was time for me to ...

Alan Grant
ThinkMovies: Sixty Years of Psycho – would it be made today?

ThinkMovies: Sixty Years of Psycho – would it be made today?

THIS ARTICLE contains significant spoilers for a sixty-year-old film that you should have seen already. 

When I was young, I had a very good relationship with my maternal Grandfather. He was a ...

Stuart Crawford
Musings of a Real Tank Commander – Part 11 Jollies and Adventure training

Musings of a Real Tank Commander – Part 11 Jollies and Adventure training

I WOULDN’T want you to think that the life of a subaltern in the #BARITWE was all work and no play, mind. All that stravaiging around the countryside in big, heavy metal beasts took ...

Alan Grant
ThinkMovies: The Pride list

ThinkMovies: The Pride list

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s celebrations of all things LGBTQIA+ will be, understandably, curtailed and more sedate than usual. As the situation stands currently, there will be little ...

Stuart Crawford
Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 10 Hairy moments, wild mustangs and Medicine Hat...

Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 10 Hairy moments, wild mustangs and Medicine Hat...

THE ULTIMATE training, for us tank soldiers at least, was in Canada, or more specifically at the British Army Training Unit, Suffield (BATUS), in Alberta.  BATUS was, and is, a remarkable training facility which the British ...

Tom Gallagher
ThinkBooks: Uncommon Scottish wisdom from a Galloway shore

ThinkBooks: Uncommon Scottish wisdom from a Galloway shore

Red Rag to a Bull: Rural Life in an Urban Age, by Jamie Blackett

THIS BOOK is balm for the soul. At a time when Scotland is in danger of being overwhelmed by ...

Alan Grant
ThinkMovies: why I miss the movies

ThinkMovies: why I miss the movies

OVER THESE past few difficult weeks, I’ve enjoyed bringing you the fun little lists that have filled the gap imposed on my brand of entertainment journalism, and life more broadly, by Covid-19. It’s been great ...

Stuart Crawford
Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 9 Mojos, Crab Air and cordite

Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 9 Mojos, Crab Air and cordite

AND SO TO RANGES, or firing camp as some other regiments called it. This happened once every year or two years depending on which particular training cycle you found your self on. We took it ...

Alan Grant
ThinkMovies – Quentin Tarantino's five best distractions for lockdown

ThinkMovies – Quentin Tarantino's five best distractions for lockdown

LIKE ANY male movie geek who grew up on a steady diet of movies he was far too young to see, I have a real soft spot, and perhaps a blindspot, for one Quentin Tarantino. 

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Emma Hargan
Cycle one complete, my parent fails & Alexa back in the good books!

Cycle one complete, my parent fails & Alexa back in the good books!

The Mummy Diaries

IT’S BEEN a couple of weeks since my last blog. I’d like to give you a better excuse other than I just didn’t have time, but I can’t. I ...

Stuart Crawford
Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 8 Drinking on the job and getting singed

Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 8 Drinking on the job and getting singed

IT’S HIGH TIME I talked about the boys. Other Scottish regiments might have called them the Jocks, but to us in the 4 RTR Officers’ Mess they were always “the boys”. And they still are, ...