Freedom is perhaps one of the most under-rated benefits of living in a western democracy.
Long,long ago, in the days when I was editing this fine newspaper and still had hair, I was often driven to pull out large clumps of it in frustration at the way the police refused to harness the eyes and ears of hundreds of thousands of readers in the fight against crime.
It's official. I am now a pensioner, which means that should I be stupid enough to commit a crime or unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, newspapers will refer to me as "elderly".
When is the Aberdeen bypass going to open? A simple enough question but one which appears to be just a little bit too tough for those who should know the answer.