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If you have a cushy nine-to-five job you will not understand the anguish that the rest of us go through at this time of year.
In the days leading up to last year's general election the Westminster gossip mill spewed out a story that, while silly, was very telling.
We all expected it and now it is official. Boris Johnson has rejected Nicola Sturgeon’s request for a Section 30 Order giving her the power to hold another referendum on Scottish independence.
One of the many peculiar things I’ve observed since becoming a parent is how sometimes the harder you try, the less grateful your child can be.
If there was one simple thing which could be done in schools to improve young people’s social skills, reduce bullying and mental health problems and, above all, to improve exam performance you would expect schools to embrace it, right?
Something struck me as I watched the terrifying climactic scenes in Oscar-nominated film Jojo Rabbit on a big cinema screen in Aberdeen.
The Flying Pigs: Did the mannie from McKay’s of Queen Street have a wormhole to the 1970s in his stock room?
Ron Cluny, Official Council Spokesman
Jim Hunter: Is farming one of those ‘indispensable’ British industries that will never disappear – just like coal mining?
Might we about to see the emergence of a countryside where there’s little in the way of farming?
Catherine Deveney: Like poppies, the miracle of reconciliation can follow the most heartbreaking loss
I find myself wondering what the very first words were that Georges Salines and Azdyne Amimour spoke to one another when they first met in a café in the Bastille area of Paris.
As we enter 2020, not only a new year but indeed a new decade, our minds might be focused on new beginnings.
Al Pacino has been nominated for an Oscar for his turn as Jimmy Hoffa in the film The Irishman.
It’s when we have really rough weather like this that I always think of the song The Road to Dundee that Calum Kennedy sang in the 1950s and many others have since - but not so well.
James Millar: Listening to the tune the public is singing is how politicians will glimpse the true face behind the mask
Since former Home Secretary Alan Johnson was revealed to be a participant in ITV’s Saturday night madhouse The Masked Singer, the Westminster set has been forced to pay attention to this utterly bizarre show.
“Hello mummy,” giggles a muffled voice behind me.
Labour faces a crucial test as it looks for a new leader after such a crushing general election defeat - the worst since 1935: will it learn the lessons of the past?
I might apply for a job with Dominic Cummings - chief mover and shaker behind Boris Johnson - who is creating a phalanx of free thinkers within 10 Downing Street.
The Flying Pigs: They will still need lookin’ efter if stepping back, ’cos ye can easy tak a heider daen’ ’at
Tanya Souter, Lifestyle Correspondent
Kathleen Robertson: All in the mind – why new year’s resolutions are better for being a little self-centred
New Year’s resolutions - we all make them and gradually we fall off the proverbial wagon.
Chris Deerin: Fancy that, being a grown-up Artful Dodger with Hasidic leanings and a Sex Pistols fixation is rather fun after all
I have friends who leap, screeching with joy, whenever the opportunity to don fancy dress presents itself.
Despite this awful weather, I hope you all had a good new year because I have a feeling it’s going to be a rude one.
Angus Peter Campbell: Oliver Cromwell, the dangerous streets of Inverness and the magical hold of folk memory
A friend of mine left Wick for the bright lights of London in the 1960s, but before he headed south to where the streets were paved with gold, he called in to let his granny know.
Lindsay Razaq: While many people think of 13 as unlucky I’ve always counted it worthy of celebration
I like the number 13. Not because I relish putting superstitions to the test, although my Christmas tree is still up post-Twelfth Night for the second year in a row (cut me some slack, we only got back from visiting relatives in Newcastle on Sunday afternoon).
As a young child I remember being taken to see a kindly, grey-haired doctor called Dr McGowan to be treated for asthma.
Even the numbskulls in our mathematics class knew the problem we were facing was going to end badly.
The Flying Pigs: Right royally entertained by a free panto trip and folks’ rough as onything picters
Kevin Cash – money-saving expert and king of the grips
Catherine Deveney: There is a comfort in marking a chapter of the old year as it heralds a start of the new
Do you believe in Richard Dawkins?
The party poppers have been popped, the drams sunk, the bells rung, and bleary eyes rubbed in an attempt to focus on what’s coming.
It is 2020, 700 years since the Declaration of Arbroath was signed, asserting Scottish identity as a nation and a people.
There was something satisfying about squeezing an election in before the end of 2019.
Iain Maciver: I asked tradesmen about ideas for my pelvic floor – one didn’t even know I was pregnant
This is the best time of year to be a columnist for The Press and Journal. Everybody else is having to go out to their workplaces, but I can work from home. My cousin Ann said to me the other day that she suspected I was sometimes at my computer in my dressing gown. As if.
Christmas is over and done with for another year.