It has nothing to do with the Union

I don’t know why some people get so upset about the fact that some Scottish people don’t like to support England. I find it funny how it has become such a big political issue. Some like to pretend that it shows that the United Kingdom is illegitimate and should be split up into separate nations. […]

Journey times mapped

MySociety’s latest really smart thing is Travel-time maps (via Boing Boing). They show you how long particular journeys take. At the moment there are maps for rail and various other journeys from Cambridge. There is also a map for rail journeys from Edinburgh Waverley station. Very interesting, and potentially useful as well. It seems to […]

Excellent live Ae, AFX, BOC, Squarepusher, μ-ziq MP3s

I know there are a few readers of this blog now who are fans of these sorts of artists. Right now the Featured Artists section of WATMM is an excellent place to get your hands on some brilliant live MP3s. Right now I’m listening to a high-quality MP3 of Autechre’s set from last year’s gig […]


Just over a week after I complained about a story on Good Morning Scotland about a service station just outside Glasgow, this morning in exactly the same slot they did a story about something which feels quite local to me (we just need somebody from Aberdeen to complain about its irrelevance now). It was about […]

Blair’s gran lacked respect

“TONY Blair’s gran… helped daub Communist slogans on walls in the 1930s. The revelation mocks the PM’s claim, made as he hosed down graffiti, that older generations of his family would have abhorred such behaviour.” (Via)

Beat 10shit

Last week one of the local radio stations (well, I say local, but its studios are actually in Glasgow — as if enough of the media didn’t already come from Glasgow), Beat 106, changed its name to Xfm Scotland. Snappy. I’ve had quite a rocky relationship with Beat 106. When it first launched in 1999 […]

Statue vandalism

Hmm, this always seems to be happening. The statue of Donald Dewar has been vandalised again. Mind you, Dewar is not the only victim. Last week an amused tourist was taking a photograph of David Hume who had a traffic cone on his head.

Beauty in Glasgow

I went through to Glasgow with my parents today, which is why I’m a bit too tired to blog properly. We went to see Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover. For those who don’t know (like me before I was dragged along), it was an entry into a sort of ‘dream house’ kind […]

Quote of the day

Glasgow claims to be Scotland’s friendliest city but a closer examination reveals that usually means a one-sided conversation at a bus stop leading to a plea for 20p. —Stephen Jardine in the Edinburgh Evening News (via Newsblog). My mother comes from Glasgow and claims it’s a really friendly place. I don’t believe her. The last […]

Scottish and Grampian opt-outs

The SMG channels are planning sub-opts in our local news bulletins. Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s a bit of a sucker-punch — the perception is that Scottish TV and Grampian TV are now practically the same channel in every respect apart from the name (and local bulletin). The problem Scottish TV […]