Westminster MPs returned, some dragged screaming and kicking, to work last week.
I have a friend of an ornithological bent whose feathers are ruffled at the mention of seagulls.
I have never liked gardening.
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.
I have tried manfully to avoid any mention of Brexit in these columns. However, its implications are so worrying for all sections of the UK and Scottish economies that it really can’t be avoided.
End of the peer show: why it’s time the House of Lords was properly reformed (or better still abolished)
AMIDST all the sound and fury of the recent Brexit debates at Westminster, a surreal event has been taking place there virtually unnoticed.
THE 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Hugh Munro next month makes me wonder if he could have known the impact he would have on the great Scottish outdoors so many years later.
Next week sees the first round of the annual Six Nations rugby international matches, with Scotland taking on Italy at Murrayfield.
Fed up with Christmas? If you are it’s hardly surprising, as it seems the celebrations have been going on since the summer, and appear to advance a few days annually.
There's an old, probably apocryphal, story, which tells that in medieval Glasgow, workers downed tools if they were fed salmon more than three times a week, so plentiful were the fish in the River Clyde.
In a few weeks’ time, the media will be full of stories marking the 30th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever perpetrated on Scottish soil. The downing of Pan Am 103 on December 21, 1988, killed 270 people – 243 passengers on the flight, 16 members of the plane’s crew, and 11 Lockerbie residents.
Earlier this month, I was on the coast road in the north-west of Sutherland.