I have a new job. Well, kind of.
In country after country, schoolchildren have been staging protest marches.
Over my life time I have met many volunteers, without whom our city, and indeed our country would grind to a halt.
“What’s she been in?”
I trust you have been wrapping up warm in the freezing weather - you can't beat a good coat.
“Whose phone is this?” the support worker asks.
Culloden: over 1,000 Jacobites were killed in that disastrous battle but twice that number were butchered on the field or later starved to death in prison.
We’ve grown so accustomed to heroics from Ireland’s rugby team in recent years that their capitulation to England in Dublin was one - or rather 80 - of those rub-your-eyes moments in international sport.
We're doomed. Yes, doomed I tell you, all because no one told us that climate change harms cute little fluffy kittens.
I arrive at a home visit, doctor’s bag in one hand, computer summary printout in the other, and knock.
There is nothing quite like a sense of hope in some future event to make you feel alive: the fevered rush of anticipation; the secret optimism of the unknown outcome.
This week started with the great story of a very ordinary man from Sheffield who has made the difference for 10 families and a grateful United States of America.
Being glad to have some of it all, some of the time: why the supermum model is an unwelcome pressure
“Don’t you miss it?” one of the mums asks.
They say that travel broadens a person's horizons, so as I write this I am planning a trip to Portknockie.
What is the Scottish Government playing at with its planned budget cuts to Less Favoured Areas (LFA) support for Scottish farmers?
“Hiya!” Oh it’s such a small word. Such a simple word. So easy to utter.
We are hearing a great deal about divisions right now.
It’s quiet, too quiet - always a sign Maya is up to no good.
Next week sees the first round of the annual Six Nations rugby international matches, with Scotland taking on Italy at Murrayfield.
Sky News presenter Kay Burley needs a security escort to protect her from pro-Brexit protesters and a Guardian journalist filmed himself being hounded by a gang of men.
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.
The restrictive immigration regime planned by Theresa May’s government ‘completely pulls the rug from under the feet of business and communities in the Highlands and Islands’.
Well the season of goodwill to all is well and truly behind us now - and nowhere is that more obvious than on our roads.
Not too many tourists, just the wrong sort – why “slow adventure” might ease the pressure on Scotland
The issue of pressure at some of the country’s most popular tourism sites has gained much media coverage over the last few months.
“How old are you?” the woman barks at us.
In a fish tank at Dingwall Heath Centre lives a goldfish named Orange.
It is 2019, and a dark moment looms for the Deerin household. This is the year in which daughter number one will fly the coop – to university in the autumn.
There is nothing quite like knowing you are going to miss a transport connection to spark a sense of panic.
Between 24th December and today, the Chinese have landed on the dark side of the moon, Alfie Moon vanished, the US stock market had its worst Christmas eve and also its largest ever rise in one day, Snoop Dog offered to rehome a stray dog from Stoke and Dons player Sam Cosgrove became a cult hero.
As I write this, winter sunshine is streaming into the attic room where I have temporarily shut myself off from the world to think.
Because news is very much about the here and now, it’s not often that a press release prompts much in the way of thinking about the longer-run significance of whatever’s being publicised.
For many people the days that follow Christmas Day have a clear purpose: finding bargains in the sales.