Jun

12

IT’S MURDER BEING SCOTTISH

When I lived in New York I never really got to grips with the TV ‘news’. The nightly round-up made the Dundee Courier’s mythical front page for the Titanic disaster – Dundee Man Lost At Sea: Giant Turnip Found in Forres – seem like universal insight. The square-jawed anchormen and professionally-perfect women did cover international events. But only […]

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May

05

A Sticky End

In case you hadn’t noticed, the makers of McCowans Highland Toffee went into administration last week. However, there may still be hope for the 90-year-old brand and its 200 employees. The administrators Grant Thornton have revealed that there are two potential bidders to keep the business going, one of which is a consortium of Scottish […]

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Apr

14

FROM MADMEN TO SADMEN

No doubt you’ve seen the TV series Mad Men – the beautifully realised soap opera set in the 1960s on Madison Avenue, New York’s traditional ‘advertising district’. Over the past few years, it’s been hard to avoid the sleek style and seductive storylines of this award-laden show, and especially its chisel-jawed hero: the brooding, bed-hopping, […]

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Oct

14

“Facts are chiels that wanna ding”

‘Facts are chiels that winna ding.’ That’s a lovely, well-worn phrase, isn’t it? Unlikely bedfellows, Alex Salmond and Michael Gove have both wielded those famous words – ‘dinging’ their political foes with the seeming solidity of Burns’ 18th century Scots aphorism as well as its actual impenetrability. I would be tempted to use this ancient […]

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Mar

27

Goodbye Mr Mackenzie

The note in his hand simply said “I’m sorry”. He was found, in the garden shed at his father’s house, wrapped in a blanket with a family photograph album in his arms. That year, Billy Mackenzie was just one of 655 men to kill themselves in Scotland. Today would have been his birthday. But it’s […]

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Jun
23

Just a Northern Soul

Northern Soul dance steps. This page contains links to step-by-step dance moves for Northern Soul dancing on video – notably demonstrated by a cool young Japanese cult in Tokyo! If that’s what you want – scroll down the page. Originally, this post was about a Northern Soul video I was shooting. Legendary Scottish pop combo, […]

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