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Mitch Albom: The Time Keeper – a review

Mitch Albom: The Time Keeper – a review

I came across Mitch Albom’s novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven some six years ago.  It was the first novel which I had picked up and read in one sitting for a long time.  That was a credit to the moral premises at its heart: […]

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The Angel that Troubled the Water: exhibition – review

The Angel that Troubled the Water: exhibition – review

Linlithgow’s Line Gallery has opened its seventeenth Christmas exhibition, The Angel that Troubled the Waters, as teasing a title as ever might be imagined for a Christmas show. Perhaps, however, it refers simply to the several portrayals of angels – by Martin Williams, Marjorie Crooks and Hephzibah Kilbride […]

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Walking with Wildness by Peter Wright: review

Walking with Wildness by Peter Wright: review

Linlithgow-based Peter Wright has launched his new book, Walking with Wildness (Luath, RPP £7.99), a guide to walking the Scottish watershed. He produced his first book, Ribbon of Wildness in which he explored the Scottish watershed, in 2010.  It was, for Scotland, a geographical experiment, a review of the topography, the […]

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Photographs by Siljes Elizabet Thorin: review

Photographs by Siljes Elizabet Thorin: review

The Line Gallery in Linlithgow is briefly exhibiting the photography of one of its owners, Elisabet Thorin.  The exhibition, running until 20 November, has recently returned from Da Gadderie in Lerwick where it was part of the Lines of Connection exhibition. Many of the photographs were shot […]

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How my friend Alistair Darling and I went our separate ways

How my friend Alistair  Darling and I went  our separate ways

Alistair Darling spoke recently at the Linlithgow Book Festival about ‘Back from the Brink’ (Atlantic Books, £19.99), his account of the banking crisis and its consequences.

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Edinburgh’s War: Recollections of WW1

Edinburgh’s War: Recollections of WW1

Two years before the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914-18 War, Edinburgh’s Central Library on George IV Bridge has newly opened an exhibition and a series of talks on Edinburgh’s War: Recollections of World War I.  The exhibition runs until 16 January 2013.

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Alexander McCall Smith: Trains and Lovers

Alexander McCall Smith: Trains and Lovers

Alexander McCall Smith, famous for Mma Ramotswe, 44 Scotland Street and Isabel Dalhousie, introduced his new novel, Trains and Lovers (Polygon, RPP £9.99) at the Linlithgow Book Festival.  There is an enormously warm and engaging aspect to Sandy McCall Smith and his audience at Linlithgow hung on […]

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McLeish fails to grasp the popular desire for small nations

McLeish fails to grasp  the popular desire  for small nations

Henry McLeish’s new book, ‘Scotland, the Growing Divide’, is already dated. McLeish’s primary appeal was for a second question, on devo-max, in Scotland’s 2012 referendum.

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The Brothers Grimm at the National Library of Scotland

The Brothers Grimm at the National Library of Scotland

The new exhibition at the National Library of Scotland celebrates the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the fairy tales of Jacob and Wilhelm, the Brothers Grimm, and runs until 18th November.

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A sense of community

A sense of community

A very personal first reaction to Denis Mongon and Charles Leadbetter’s School Leadership for Public Value (Institute of Education, £23.99), was relief that I work in education in Scotland and not England. They describe the drive in England, over the last two decades, towards increasing central control […]

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