As a scientist, people are always asking me questions such as “Where do neutrinos come from?”, “How does gravity work?” and “Which colour bin does my cardboard go in?”
My foot hits the brake and we jolt to a halt. Maya starts to cry and I get that horrible sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I realise the other car has gone into her door.
It is a sobering thought that today, just here in Scotland, 41 people will die because of a heart condition. And tomorrow, another 41. And the next day, and every subsequent day, the same.
What a great spell of weather we have enjoyed.Out wintered stock are in good condition with plenty of grass in front of them and crops are looking well.
Stepping out of the patient’s house and down the path I could feel tears welling up. By the time I reached the car I was sobbing.
The birth of new hope? Why Tory MPs’ paternity leave plans may signal the start of a brighter party future
Douglas Ross, the MP for Moray, is already the first MP to mention haggis ice-cream in the House of Commons.
IT is said that you never really grow up until you become a parent.
Kevin Cash, money-saving expert and king of the grips
I have a new job. Well, kind of.
M&A deals almost always include warranties – promises by the seller to the buyer about certain matters in relation to the company they are selling.
The A-Team was everything for me and those of my vintage. In the playground we would squabble over who got to play Hannibal, Face, Murdock or BA Baracus.
Given the gallons of the stuff that was consumed on Burns’ Night last week it seems appropriate to compare Brexit to malt whisky: both are best consumed straight.
At least this time there should be no surprises.
What is the Scottish Government playing at with its planned budget cuts to Less Favoured Areas (LFA) support for Scottish farmers?
A number of years ago, while I was on maternity leave with my second child, a promoted post became vacant at my place of work.
As for most people, I’m sure, with the new year comes new ideas, plans, projects and routines here at Rootfield.
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.
OPINION: I’m not ignoring you, just wondering what your brain looks like: a scientist’s quest to combat Alzheimer’s
It is an occupational hazard that when I meet new people, whilst I am genuinely interested in what they are saying, a small part of my thoughts stray into wondering what their brain looks like.
The words “Thank You Andy Murray” were emblazoned on the big screens at the Australian Open on Monday.
The farming industry is under attack.
Predictions are a mug's game at the best of times but in the current political climate they are particularly daft.
The man sitting opposite me is wearing a University of Michigan sweatshirt. I keep looking at it, desperate to tell him that I visited Detroit while covering the 2016 US presidential election and saw Barack Obama speak in Ann Arbor, the campus town.
SO now, the end is near, and 2018 faces its final curtain. Good riddance to bad rubbish as the saying goes.
Cava Kenny Cordiner, the football pundit who takes no bull
I’ve just about survived the past few weeks.
Brexit cast a long shadow over Derek Mackay’s budget when he stood up at Holyrood to announce his tax and spend plans for 2019/20.
Alexander Burnett MSP: This ‘pay more, get less’ budget shows that this SNP government is willing to put economic growth at risk
It was clear from the moment the Chancellor announced in his Budget that he was bringing forward changes to income tax thresholds that Derek Mackay was in a difficult spot.
By the time this is printed, I may well have been proved wrong, such is the lot of a columnist. But so far, this year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, is the perfect antidote to the madness that surrounds us.
Charles Kennedy would no doubt have had a few choice words to say about those in power today, be it on Theresa May’s bungling of Brexit or Donald Trump’s daily diatribes.
Waiting in for a parcel to be delivered is one of the least appealing aspects of our modern shopping habits.
It was rock band Pink Floyd’s founder and short-lived frontman “Syd” Barratt who wrote these immortal lyrics on their debut album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”.
Death, taxes and a post-Budget spat between the UK and Scottish governments.