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.
“There’s a baby in mummy’s tummy,” my toddler tells a fellow shopper in the department store lift.
I’d never been THIS close to one before and, inches from my face, everything about it was fascinating – the yellow stripes along its side, the electric blue around its abdomen, the fur-like hair on its head.
Susan Brown: November is a month for letting the past and the future change the ‘now’ for the better.
November is a month, perhaps even more than December is, for looking back and for looking forward.
The first snows of autumn have fallen on the Highland hills. And the news has encouraged many a keen skier to start checking their equipment for the coming winter, in hopes of a good season.
Lindsay Razaq: All prejudice is deplorable but racism is among the worst – and should be treated that way
“This my daddy,” my two-year-old declares proudly with an appropriately theatrical accompanying gesture.
Catherine Deveney: Shamima Begum is only a threat to our democracy if we fail to look after her interests now
Of the many books piled in corners of my house as a child, there was one whose illustrations charmed and delighted me most. She may have died in the 1960s but even today, Mabel Lucie Attwell’s illustrations remain iconic.
At last Scotland has become the first in the UK to join other more enlightened countries like Sweden, Norway, Austria Finland and Denmark and banned the smacking of children.
Oh, you’ve got to laugh. Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is causing a stir – see what I did there? – with his wacky views about why women aren’t making it as chefs.
“Not a good idea mummy,” my toddler tells me.
October 15 is the last day for any new submissions to the Scottish Parliament’s petitions committee in respect of PE1637/H.
“What did that nasty Dr Mack just do to you?”
Lindsay Razaq: School should be challenging but enjoyable – my lesson from being told by teacher to do LESS homework
I arrive at my Urdu lesson early to find a group of parents furiously scribbling down tips on getting their children into the area’s best private schools.
Through the fog we could see a cairn drifting past to our right, perhaps 100m away and on slightly higher ground than where we were. Was that the summit?
Anne Dyer: It is not just that words themselves can hurt -they can make people pick up sticks and stones too
Words matter very much. They have the power to build people up, and the power to pull them down. Words must be chosen carefully.
Westminster MPs returned, some dragged screaming and kicking, to work last week.
“Look mama! Men jumping in the sandpit,” my toddler shouts.
Lindsay Razaq: Green beans, supermarket tantrums and why we all need to be a bit nicer to each other
One of the allotment regulars waves to me as I push my daughter’s buggy up the steep hill to our flat.
Applications for an intriguing new job were due to be submitted last week.
According to my daughter, she became my mother round about the age of 10.
Dr Miles Mack: Being awake through the night is a frequent cause of misery and weekend lie-ins will not help
I am just back from three days away in the great outdoors.
Lindsay Razaq: Let sleeping monsters lie – why I for one never want to know the ‘truth’ about Nessie
“Nessie ‘relative’ spotted in Kenya”, read the headline.