Archive for October, 2015

Claret and granya

October 20, 2015 Leave a comment

I couldn’t help noticing on BBC Reporting Scotland that the kids in the sports centre in Motherwell were wearing Barcelona shirts. Says it all.

Categories: Sport

Comfort and joy

October 20, 2015 Leave a comment

There is one place, and one place alone, where every printed title on my catalogue is stored and available as a matter of principle.

It isn’t Amazon, and it isn’t Waterstone, and it isn’t WHS. No High Street bookstore has the space to stock over 40 titles, only my officially approved website, where every book sold is signed by me.

Christmas is coming, the turkeys are working their way through their rosaries, and festive dedications are available, on every title ordered by November 28.

Ebooks may be all the rage, but you try signing one.

Categories: General


October 14, 2015 3 comments

Today, after weeks of tinkering and prevarication, I go into full Skinner mode until further notice. That means that I do not open my email inbox, my blog, Facebook, nada, until 2pm at the earliest.

If you need to get in touch with me earlier than that, call my agent. If you really need to get in touch with me, use the phone. If you don’t have those numbers, you don’t really need to get in touch with me.

Categories: General

Thomas Wolfe

October 14, 2015 Leave a comment

On hearing the news that Mark McGhee has been reappointed as manager of Motherwell Football Club, my lifelong team, my instant reaction was, ‘You can’t cross the same river twice.’

This morning, it still is.

Categories: Sport

Words fail me

October 2, 2015 1 comment

I’ve just watched TV news coverage of the latest US college massacre, and the reactions of some of  the presidential candidates. There are occasions on which a tweet is neither adequate nor appropriate.

Jeb Bush says he’s praying for the families of the victims. Is he also praying for the families of future victims?

Sixteen years ago, at the time of the Columbine High School massacre, Jeb’s older brother was running for President. He held that office for eight years and nothing happened. Seven years into Obama’s Presidency, nothing has happened beyond the fuelling of his frustration and anger.

The US constitution doesn’t allow the president to impose sensible gun laws. Only Congress can, but it will never do so, for as long as the majority of its members are so morally bankrupt that they accept money from the blind, blinkered nutters in the gun lobby, who are prepared to tolerate the slaughter of children in schools and colleges just to preserve their right to shoot moose of a weekend, and anyone else who happens to cross their path at the wrong time.

Categories: Politics