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Fife

The snooty views of Christopher Harvie

Oh dear. SNP MSP Christopher Harvie has found himself in a spot of bother for comments he has made about Lockerbie and the Scottish yoof. On getting to Lockerbie, I discovered that the place is a dump – it was Tescotown. It should really have a certain attraction of a rather sombre kind as a […]

End of a GNERa

On Saturday evening the last GNER train departed from London Kings Cross on its journey to Newcastle. They had to give up the East Coast franchise after their parent company ran out of cash to pay the government. Reading about the company’s history on Wikipedia, I find it difficult to believe that it had only […]

At last — a useful Windows Sidebar Gadget

If you are a user of Windows Vista, you will no doubt be aware of Windows Gadgets. For the uninitiated, they are basically tiny little applications that run on your desktop (you might also know them as widgets or, in the world of Facebook, applications). You will also be aware that none of the sidebar […]

Those rumours about Salmond standing in Kirkcaldy can’t be true

BBC News: SNP leader Alex Salmond said Gordon Brown was a “big feartie from Fife” who had lost credibility. Excuse me! I guess that’s put the final nail in the coffin of the rumour that Alex Salmond was thinking about standing in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. Any more of that kind of patronising from the Edinburgh […]

Salmond to face Brown in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath? Please, no

Iain Dale has heard a rumour that Alex Salmond is planning on standing against Gordon Brown at the next general election. I live in Gordon Brown’s constituency, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. If an election were to be held tomorrow, I would vote SNP. This is not because I support the SNP’s policies, because I don’t. If […]

Facebook apps are revealing their potential

Sorry about my absence over the weekend. I was here all along. In fact, I was here more than usual. It was one of the least busy weekends I’ve had in a while. But I somehow misplaced my blogging mojo and I was distracted by other things. Other things like my latest internet addiction, Scrabulous! […]

Why I hate The Proclaimers

Nothing against them personally, you understand. I’m sure they are perfectly nice gentlemen. But their music… oh my goodness. Despite being ostensibly a pretty average folk-pop band, The Proclaimers are, for some reason, held up as some kind of pseudo-Gods in Scotland. Living legends, if you will. I mean, if you were to do a […]

Jinx!

It seemed to be going so well too. In 2006, Scotland’s rail service was pretty good from my perspective. The route I take — Fife to Edinburgh — is meant to be one of the worst in the country, but I think it is fine. Granted, I no longer have to go at peak time […]

Why I am not in favour of independence

This is the post about independence that I have been threatening to write for months. I am seriously considering voting SNP at this year’s Scottish Parliament elections. But I will probably stand in the voting booth thinking long and hard about it, with my hand quivering. And it will definitely be only for the constituency […]

The last duel

Probably a bit late, but if anybody’s interested there is a programme on BBC Two at 2100 tonight about the last recorded fatal duel to be held in Scotland. It happened 200 years ago on a field just outside Kirkcaldy. Should be an interesting programme.