I encountered a new word last week, “solastalgia”, and when I looked it up I quickly realised I’d found the perfect word to explain the general malaise I’ve been feeling all winter.
Last week I was on the train to Glasgow, and sitting across the aisle from me were four friends.
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.
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?
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?
“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?
Christmas is over and done with for another year.
Ben Dolphin: If it really is the thought that counts – then think about getting out for a walk with a smile on your face
The magic of Christmas dissipated a long time ago for me, or at least the side of it that venerates the acquisition of throwaway tat that we’ve neither asked for nor need.
We call today ‘Boxing Day’, but for the Church it is the ‘feast of Stephen’.
Iain Maciver: Here’s one I prepared earlier – oh for the days when Christmas meant making something from nothing
As this is the second last column of the year, nay, the decade, I shall wipe away a tear and think back to these days when I was a kid full of mince pies and expectations about the payback for being such a good wee boy all year long.
Earlier this month, I attended the unveiling of a major new artwork in a museum of religion.
Christmas and Hogmanay is a time when many of us take stock and reassess.
Jim Hunter: There have been very few truly epoch-making general elections – but this may yet turn out to be one of them
Many elections, usually in their immediate aftermath, are described as historic or epoch-making – terms applied widely to Boris Johnson’s victory of last week.
I am thinking of buying the Prime Minister a Christmas present.
In a courtroom in Michigan, USA, last week, a row of five-year-old children, only their eyes and noses visible above the height of the front row barrier, waved pink paper hearts on sticks, like little love lollipops.
Lindsay Razaq: This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give my thoughts to everything special about the NHS
Once bitten and twice shy…
Susan Brown: Never mind chocolates, perfume or gin – this Advent try opening the door to random acts of Christmas kindness
This year the Advent season matches precisely the Advent calendars precisely.
It was not what he said, but the way he said it that interested me.
I am a fan of trains. Not a trainspotter, you understand, just someone who likes railways.
Lindsay Razaq: Captivated animals – the positive impact of humans’ fascination with zoos should not be overlooked
“Look Buddy,” my toddler shouts. “Monkeys!”
People nowadays are constantly making out they are talking about a curiously rare event and then they talk about it non-stop.
Derek Tucker: All the signs point to just one thing… It is really traffic lights we need to make the bypass safer
Searching the news for anything not related to the forthcoming General Election, my attention was caught by the announcement that Aberdeen City Council has awarded a £475,000 contract for new signs relating to the city bypass, which has now been fully open for almost a year.
There’s a standing joke in our family come this time of year about when my sister’s Christmas Tree will go up.
Len Ironside: When hospital is bad for your health – Parkinson’s patients deserve much better from the NHS
My late uncle Stewart was a sign writer with Aberdeen Corporation, as the Council was called then.
Catherine Deveney: Women MPs’ femininity is invariably part of their aggressor’s problem. Why is that?
In the 1990s there was a kind of cheerful militancy about the unprecedented march of women into parliament.
Iain Maciver: Bonfire night is an utterly dangerous display of historical farce and should be banned
Whether it is because some people in this area are becoming very posh or because the youngsters are becoming tech-savvy, we got a shock the other night.
Last month saw two studies of protest in the north.
Lindsay Razaq: Close encounters of the herd kind – animals need protecting from us, not us from them
There’s a cow in the middle of the path and she doesn’t look like she wants to budge.
So, you don’t want to talk about your weight? I’m not surprised and believe me, I share your discomfort.
Memories. They swirl for me at this time of year, like fallen leaves.
I am a person very careful with money and I love a bargain. I am delighted if I can find something that is cheaper than expected.