New year but starting anew means dealing with the old problem first (2 January 2012)

Welcome to 2012.  A bright new year full of possibilities and new beginnings.  Have you made your resolutions? More importantly, will you keep them? Good luck with everything you promise yourself.Now, away from that it certainly looks like the year has started off exactly where 2011 left off.  The news has been dominated since Boxing … Continue reading New year but starting anew means dealing with the old problem first (2 January 2012)

The Arab Spring: A year of change and more to come (29 December 2011)

The year has, without a doubt, flown by but it's not done so quietly.  Just over a year ago a street vendor in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia set himself alight in protest at the confiscation of his wares.  He was trying to provide for his family and the authorities were making it impossible.  He died a … Continue reading The Arab Spring: A year of change and more to come (29 December 2011)

"Fare Dodger" thrown from a train for not producing a ticket (14 December 2011)

Another week, another video Internet hit.  Previously we had racist rants being filmed, and not covertly either, and this week we have the ScotRail Fare Dodger.  That should read "alleged" fare dodger, obviously.Sam Main is the alleged dodger and he readily admits he was half asleep after being out celebrating after an exam.  He's 19-years … Continue reading "Fare Dodger" thrown from a train for not producing a ticket (14 December 2011)

We’re failing the elderly – again (23 November 2011)

Here we go again. Another report about the poor care and treatment the elderly in this country are receiving from a system that is supposed to care. This time it's not care homes or hospitals it's actually the care that elderly people are receiving within their own homes. Elderly people, whether in their own homes … Continue reading We’re failing the elderly – again (23 November 2011)

Want a cigarette? In you own car? The BMA say NO! (16 November 2011)

I don't smoke yet I am horrified that the British Medical Association has today announced that they are urging governments within the UK to consider banning the public from smoking in all motor vehicles.This means your own private car.  Yes, that car you work hard to pay for probably within a building that doesn't let … Continue reading Want a cigarette? In you own car? The BMA say NO! (16 November 2011)

The Poppy: Not political, not religious, but Remembrance (10 November 2011)

On Monday I spent a humbling hour at the newly opened Field of Remembrance on Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. It's the first such tribute to fallen soldiers in Edinburgh and compliments the established Garden of Remembrance. Strolling along the rows of crosses with individual names, thanks and words of remembrance written on them it's hard … Continue reading The Poppy: Not political, not religious, but Remembrance (10 November 2011)

Fancy getting your legs waxed? Just pop along to Tesco (6 November 2011)

It won't be long until you can spend an entire day in a supermarket without leaving for anything.  This statement comes after the news that supermarket giant Tesco, is planning to open, within their supermarkets, hairdressers, as well as some beauty treatments like spray tanning and waxing among other things.  If you think that will … Continue reading Fancy getting your legs waxed? Just pop along to Tesco (6 November 2011)

Is Rab C Nesbitt telling Scotland to cut down on the drink? (3 November 2011)

I've noticed something this week that may or may not be accurate but it certainly is something which has happened with 'good timing'.My last blog was about Scotland's drink problem and that may be a factor into why I have noticed this interesting thing, which actually happened last night.I was watching Rab C Nesbitt on … Continue reading Is Rab C Nesbitt telling Scotland to cut down on the drink? (3 November 2011)