Words do, indeed, have consequences.
A couple of years ago I spent a day at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, shadowing a hospital colleague. It had been over 20 years since I had worked there as a senior house officer in the medical unit and I felt it was time to familiarise myself with the services as experienced by all the patients I had referred there over the years.
Catherine Deveney: Rejoice at 50 years of the Open University – but the fight to dismantle inequality goes on
Hearing about the egalitarianism of the Open University at a conference on life-long learning last week, the classics teacher of my all-girls convent school sprang to mind.
Keep yourself active and you will help to keep yourself fitter. It seems almost too obvious these days even to bother stating it.
If there is one thread running through all the wacky political plot lines playing out in London just now it is this: a fundamental misunderstanding of Scotland.
Should the people of North Uist remember a daring and hungry young spaceman who broke the rules and smuggled a sandwich aboard his rocket in 1965?
Travel today might seem complicated – destinations, carriers and nature of travel - but it shouldn’t be complex. Indeed, and despite the ever-growing concerns over the environment, more and more people see travel as a right; every destination of the world a secret to be explored by all.
Lindsay Razaq: There is one thing we can all do to help students’ mental health – molly-coddle them less as children
“Where did you go to university?”
It was the moment I had been dreading.
Catherine Deveney: Stone me, why can’t you see – these toking Tories are blind to injustice and hypocrisy
Given that a side effect of taking cocaine is losing touch with reality, it surely can’t just be Boris Johnson and Michael Gove who have indulged in the Hooray Henry party.
As a busy ranger in the Cairngorms, when you’re working with the public in some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the country, the memorable moments come thick and fast.
Rt Rev Anne Dyer: Thank you to the NHS staff who are stretched like never before but still put people first
Last month a family member had an accident that led to some days in the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. For the first time for a very long time we got to see hospital care of the National Health Service close up.
People are so pernickety. Some put their washing on the line in a certain order so it looks better if any neighbours are having a peek.
Campbell Gunn: Sorry first minister, but the chances of meeting your independence vote timetable look very remote
AS a former Scottish Government special adviser, initially to First Minister Alex Salmond, then to his successor Nicola Sturgeon, I’ve been careful not to comment on government or SNP business in the three years since I left office.
David Knight: Theresa May didn’t fail only on Brexit – just ask the women still fighting to get back their stolen pensions
Stealing handbags from grannies in their 60s is a shocking crime, but easy money for greedy opportunists.
If or when Theresa May follows the example set by several of her 10 Downing Street predecessors and publishes a memoir of her time there, who will she blame for the enforced loss of office that begins today with her resignation as leader of the Conservative Party?
Catherine Deveney: What sort of father does Ivanka Trump see when she peers through the Palace curtains?
This year, my father will have been dead twenty years. I still feel shocked. The original explosion has long gone, but the aftershocks still reverberate through my life.
If there’s one thing we are blessed with in Scotland, it is plenty of remote and rural space.
The BBC lucked out with the scheduling of their documentary series about Margaret Thatcher
Lindsay Razaq: What a sad state of affairs when children are being bullied into trying to change their skin colour
Among my favourite wedding photos, obviously after those of Mr R and I gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes, is one of me with his sister and cousins.
The advent of summer traditionally created a sense of dread for journalists.
I could see a pair of them lurking at the end of the supermarket checkout - another sign that the "Invasion of the Shed Men" is well underway.
Len Ironside: Scotland needs a dose of America’s ‘can do’ culture if opportunities are not to be squandered
I love the brashness of America.
It is the lure of the serendipitous find that takes me to the charity shop at the end of the lane, an Aladdin's cave of "stuff" that I don't need when I walk in but can't walk out without.
Chris Deerin: Kissing guys, hating gravy, sex dreams and Sue Lawley – when being wrong is entertainingly right
A friend made my day recently. "That song of yours," he said (I’m in an unpopular beat combo called Fat Cops), "I really like the line 'I’m a man with a thirst, a thirst on my conscience'. That’s pretty deep, man."
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes.
David Ross: Dounreay shipments may be coming to an end but some of the greatest clean-up challenges remain
Confirmation earlier this month that the transfer of 700kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Dounreay to the USA has now been completed, is seen as an important milestone in the clean-up of the Caithness site.
Learning as we get older used to be a big buzz in Government. It was called ‘Lifelong Learning’ but that phrase seems to have disappeared in the last decade which is not a good thing.
David Knight: That’s not the way to do it – comparing politics to Punch and Judy is an insult to slapstick
Talk about giving Punch and Judy a bad name.
I have no difficulty finding the house as I have been visiting here with increasing frequency over the last months.
Polling must be the one industry where practitioners consistently fail to do their jobs properly, and yet customers queue up to throw more money at them.
Lindsay Razaq: There are no two sides to the argument when it comes to forcing a woman to have her rapist’s baby