One of the things I remember vividly about Christmases at my grandparents’ house as a child is the recycled wrapping paper.
What a weekend – it was time to put up the Christmas tree and soak up the explosive sensory feelings of the festive season.
It reminded me of the moment in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! when the Dingo Dollar Challenge shutter came crashing down after players failed a task.
Growing up in God’s Country - the island of Great Bernera to uneducated plebs - I did not particularly like sheep, our fabled caora dhubh-cheannach - the blackface sheep.
Calum Ross: There is only one predictable result at this general election – local councils will be the losers
From Brexit to Trump, political shocks have become routine in recent years.
“Now THAT is a winter sound,” I said, as rooks called from starkly silhouetted trees on the other side of the field.
A women’s toilet is often a good place for a poster, given that when using facilities women can take their time.
Manifestos of the 1980s didn’t have environment sections, and no one mentioned mental health in the elections of the 1990s.
We have recently celebrated Halloween followed by Remembrance Day, soon it will be St Andrew’s Day and then Christmas, but of course, the last-named has been hyped up for weeks now.
During National Adoption Week, which has just ended, I had the pleasure of introducing Deputy First Minister John Swinney to a group of adopted children who had written poems about the difficulties they have faced.
Catherine Deveney: Showing journalism’s real purpose – holding power, privilege and the wealthy to account
It has been described widely as the PR car crash of the century – Prince Andrew’s out-of-control navigation of the communication highway.
My story begins in one of those sprawling retail car parks that can drive us nuts, especially at Christmas when it’s pistols at dawn over spaces.
The Flying Pigs: All I want for Christmas is the appropriate section 89 Raised Structure planning permit
Ron Cluny, Aberdeen City Council spokesman
Saturday brings the Scottish Cup third round to three Highland League clubs with designs on progress.
Kathleen Robertson: When it comes to choosing festive food, why not go for quality over quantity this year?
It has been a sad time in the Robertson household as we had to say goodbye to our beloved Border terrier Breagha in October.
Before we headed back to Scotland, we went shopping in Gloucester.
The decision by ITV to exclude Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson from their general election debate is a stinker.
Catherine Deveney: It’s not migrants who deserve to feel our anger, it’s those who are exploiting them
The mobile phone has changed life in so many ways but one of the most extraordinary is in the ability to communicate during the darkest of moments, as death approaches.
Nowadays, when younger school pupils are asked what they want to be in later life, many will reply, “famous”. When pressed about what they would be famous for, there are often no answers. Just famous for being famous.
I was gazing skywards from my customary sunbed position outside our lovely rented holiday villa, with its quaint country-style wall, garden and little gate.
No one of an Aberdeen or Caley Thistle persuasion will have been surprised Graeme Shinnie has finally made his mark south of the border.
Recently I unexpectedly became a “mystery shopper”.
Award-winning Scottish journalist and author, Deborah Orr, has died of breast cancer aged 57.
“When I grow up, I’d like to be…”
Neil Cooper’s departure from Inverurie Locos on Friday would have come as a major surprise to the vast majority of Highland League followers.
Something of a strange atmosphere could be detected at the SNP’s autumn jamboree in Aberdeen where activists, politicians and media gathered this week.
Brrr. It’s beginning to feel a lot like... no, I won’t say that word.
Nicola Sturgeon had much to ponder last night as she put the finishing touches to her keynote speech to the SNP conference in Aberdeen.
If there is a day which says “north-east Scotland” to the world it is today.
Are you like me and find that certain quotes stay locked in your head for years, never to be erased or forgotten?
Ron Cluny, official council spokesman
What do you think of when someone tells you they are a psychologist?