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Green light for film studio near Straiton

When I was a young journo I was at a reception and got talking to Bryan Forbes, who was making films with young British talent.

I asked him why he didn’t make them in Scotland. His reply: ‘I’d love to but you don’t have a sound stage.’

Fifty years later …….

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-39486904

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Open season

Outstanding evening in Driftwood, Cala Montgo. Lasagne to kill for, magic chips, and a top rated Provençal pink wine. Great to be back.

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Our local on a quiet evening

March 31, 2017 3 comments
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Shambles 

March 22, 2017 1 comment

I went to Edinburgh today. I had two meetings, so I took my car, to see if it was as bad as I had heard.

It wasn’t. It was much, much worse. 

I can only hope that they let the lunatics take over the asylum, for they have to do a better job than the councillors.

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Colourful

March 22, 2017 3 comments

I’m pleased to announce that Somewhere Over the Rainbow, my political folly, is now available on Amazon, in paperback format as well as in Kindle. Soon, it will be available also in audio, physical and download, published by Isis.

Here’s a link.

I know, I think Jeff Besos is  the Anti-Christ, but he’s driving and my young friend Matt works for him.

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Unite’s Len McCluskey: Tom Watson a low-budget Godfather

Please, Unite members, get rid of this dangerous man.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39334657

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Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, dies aged 86

March 21, 2017 1 comment

RIP. One of the great character-builders.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39342698

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George Osborne appointed new editor of London Evening Standard

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More than a Concert Hall

March 15, 2017 3 comments
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Cleft stick

March 14, 2017 2 comments

Here’s the way it is.

In the Independence Referendum, I voted Yes, because I’m passionately Scottish, and I believe that my nation can not only survive but be a force in the modern world.

In the EU Referendum I voted Leave, because I do not wish my grandson to be a citizen of the monstrous, ungovernable, riven Federal European State that I believe is  inevitable. There’s already talk of the French ceding control of its nuclear deterrent to Europe.

Now Nicola wants me to vote again. She’s asking me to choose between remaining British or remaining European. The dozy mare is asking me to vote for the lesser of two evils.

Sorry lass, my grandson will always win.

 

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Fall of the dinosaurs

Time to stick my head above the parapet, re Muirfield.
First, I’m pleased the HCEG has reached the decision it has, for its own sake. It’s the people who know least who have had the most to say about the issue. Ignorance is never a good a starting point for a debate, but much of what’s been written on social media has been mere abuse. Even in the wake of a positive vote that hasn’t changed.
I don’t know the whole story but I know some of it, having lived more or less next door to the place for 46 years. In that time I’ve played the course twice, but I know several Muirfield members and none of them are dinosaurs. Today is the second occasion on which theyve voted to admit lady members, having been hangstrung by their constitution first time around.
Golf is a competitive game played largely by men against men and women against women, so it’s not unnatural that separate men’s and ladies’ clubs have evolved over the years. They were what they were but some were more exclusive than others. In the case of Muirfield, when the first lady member tees off she will not be the first lady to have played the course, not by a long chalk. There’s a legend of another club where ladies were not permitted to walk in front of the clubhouse windows.
As for the Open, Muirfield doesn’t need it financially, and I’m told that many within the club would prefer if it remained off the Championship rota. But it will be returned, and every twelve years or so Muirfield’s members will continue to enable the substantial contribution to the Scottish economy that it brings.
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Jose: Pogba the best player

He must have confused him with another Frenchman: wee guy, blue shirt, number 7. The tall guy with the blond dye job and the red shirt hardly kicked a ball all night.

http://www.skysports.com/share/10801372

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Jeremy Corbyn Blames ‘Mischievous Misreporting’ For Labour Scottish Independence Referendum Row

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The future of commuting? First pics of 500mph ‘Hyperloop One’ test track

March 8, 2017 3 comments

Wow. Gullane to North Berwick in half a second. Beam me up, Captain.

http://news.sky.com/story/the-future-of-commuting-first-pics-of-500mph-hyperloop-one-test-track-10795009

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Thanks, regardless

March 8, 2017 1 comment
I’m going to say something here that I say often at events. I don’t understand why people pay any attention to reviews of anything that could be called, however loosely, art, be it written, spoken drawn or painted.
 
My interest is books, and this is what I believe; every time a story is consumed, that is an intellectual experience unique to that reader. There can be no such thing as a bad book; one that doesn’t work for you or me will be a rollicking good read for someone else. No two individuals read exactly the same work.
 
What are reviews about, and what drives people to post them unsolicited on Amazon, blogs or anywhere else? Ego? Attention-seeking? A genuine desire to help and guide others?
 
Probably all three.
 
This, however, is undeniably true. Those Amazon stars do influence buyers and I’m grateful for everyone I score.
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Trump fans Diamond and Silk: ‘My president never says anything that’s stupid’

‘I blame the media.’ Articulate idiocy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39186644

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Donald Trump accuses Obama of ‘wire-tapping’ his office before election

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