The Friday Happy List – 30th October 2015

Hallo! It is Halloween! If you are planning to dress up as a slutty pumpkin, then please leave. If you are carving your lantern from a turnip (aye) and making a den in your living-room, wearing odd socks, leggings and a sequin-festooned jumper, then I wrote this Friday Happy List for you. (Can I come... Continue Reading →

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‘Hardly a Season for Daylight’ – Why I Love Lanark by Alasdair Gray

I hated Glasgow for the first four years that I lived here. Before I moved, I’d been warned that it would rain interminably, but ‘the humour’ would make up for it. The city seemed to me (eighteen years old and fresh from the Highlands, as green as you get) just a big brawling mass without... Continue Reading →

Autumn is Better Than Summer

Summer. It’s such a lie. Grey drizzle prevails throughout June. The sun makes a cameo appearance one icy, blustery day in July, and everyone in Scotland takes off their clothes. We shiver stubbornly, on beaches and in parks, across hills and glens. We go swimming in lochs, and get out quickly and pretend that we’re... Continue Reading →

Autumn is Here. A Guide to Staying Warm

Summer has scarpered, and a couple of days of waking to steely-grey dullness and feeling a little like this: has alerted me to the approach of autumn.  This means getting winter boots road-worthy, digging out the ol' dad jumper (I have an absolute beauty) and putting in the effort now, so that by the time winter rolls... Continue Reading →

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