Famous Langtonians

The failing economy of Kirkcaldy

It was revealed yesterday that Gordon Brown will spend part of his summer doing voluntary work in Kirkcaldy, the town where he grew up which forms the major part of his constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. It is also my home town. Some uncharitable people have suggested that his job may involve digging holes, something […]

Queer-like spelling

Tonight is Burns Night — a fact that my dangerously nationalist self keeps on forgetting. I had forgotten once again until James Higham left this in a comment: Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the Puddin-race! Aboon them a’ ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy of […]

Ukip libertarian? I think not

One of the most interesting things about libertarians is how quickly their devotion to free markets and capitalism disappear so quickly as soon as it involves those dirty foreigners getting a piece of the action. The Devil’s Kitchen likes to describe himself as a libertarian (as he did in a self-congratulatory post today) and makes […]

Kirkcaldy duel

The last recorded fatal duel in Scotland took place near Kirkcaldy. A descendant of one of the duellers, BBC political correspondent James Landale, has written a book about it. Interesting article.

Famous Langtonians: Jack Vettriano

Ah, the (very) occasional Famous Langtonians series returns. Today, Jack Vettriano. At the top of Kirkcaldy High Street there is a frame shop. For such a long time, probably years, whenever I looked into the window there would be a frame there with a picture in it. It might even still be there. That there […]

Jennie Lee College?

Students don’t seem to be too happy about the new name for the merged Fife and Glenrothes colleges, Adam Smith College (irony alert: you can’t study Economics there). In what may be a unique move the Students Association will not be named after the college. Instead the economist’s name has been binned in favour of […]

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I’m posting this in every single category to make sure everybody who might need this gets it. I’ve decided that my categories are a mess, and tomorrow I’m going to attempt to clean them up a bit. I’ll be creating new categories, deleting rubbish old ones, and changing where they go. Some posts might end […]

Famous Langtonians

The latest in the stuttering, unpopular and (un)occasional series Famous Langtonians. That’s people from my hometown of Kirkcaldy, in case you didn’t know. I always sort of plan to write these, but never get round to it. This was originally a very short post about Coldplay, which was as follows: Coldplay’s first album was quite […]

Famous Langtonian

I didn’t know this! Jocky Wilson, the 1982 Embassy world champion… the stocky Scot from Kirkcaldy… At times like this, it is nice to know that Langtonians can be good at some sports at least.