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A reminder of the left’s rich tradition, now jettisoned

A reminder of the left’s rich tradition, now jettisoned

There’s a new exhibition entitled Scottish Working People’s History at the National Library of Scotland.  I suppose that the first question posed is the title itself.  It is worth noting that almost never will the term ‘working class’ now be used.  Let’s park that thought however. The […]

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Catherine Rayner’s inspirational pets: review of art exhibition

Catherine Rayner’s inspirational pets: review of art exhibition

Prize-winning children’s author and illustrator, Catherine Rayner, has opened an exhibition of new and original art work at the Line Gallery in Linlithgow.  Several of her best known characters, including Miles and Giles, the scurrying pheasants, appear but the largest single set of subjects are Harris, Miriam, […]

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Can You Eat, Shoot and Leave?

Bathgate writer, Clare Dignall’s Can You Eat, Shoot & Leave? (Collins, £7.99) is a sharp, humorous sequel to Lynn Truss’s 2003 masterpiece on punctuation Eats, Shoots and Leaves.  Sloppy punctuation, like sloppy grammar, had become increasingly common when Lynn Truss wrote her little master-piece……   This review […]

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The Purpose of Jazz is Creativity: the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra is playing one weekend a month, with one performance in each of Glasgow and Edinburgh and one in  a third venue.  This month that third venue was Linlithgow…….   payday loan wisconsin This review was originally published in Lothian Life on […]

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Ironstone 3 – a review

Ironstone 3 – a review

Ironstone 3, a collection of writing from West Lothian, has hit the shelves.  The production is professional.  The art work is a pleasure itself.  Much of the writing is excellent. Unfortunately the distribution was less effective.  Two of the identified local retail points were without copies for […]

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Review: Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore

Review: Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore

Kelvin Sewell was Baltimore police officer for 22 years.  An African-American in a predominantly (64%) African-American city, he served in homicide, narcotics and internal affairs.  Stephen Janis is an investigative journalist.  Together they have written Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (Baltimore True […]

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A Time of Tyrants, Scotland and the Second World War

A Time of Tyrants, Scotland and the Second World War

            Trevor Royle’s – A Time of Tyrants, Scotland and the Second World War (Birlinn, £25.00) starts symbolically with the Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in 1938. Glasgow perceived itself as ‘the second city of the Empire’ and with some legitimacy…..   The […]

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Speak and spell oh so well

  Speak and spell oh so well It’s hard to credit that Lynne Truss’s rallying cry for punctuation, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, is now eight years old. At last, with Clare Dignall’s Can You Eat, Shoot & Leave?, a serious (and seriously funny) sequel has hit the […]

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The Scots politician with too many principles to be a Soviet spy

The Scots politician with too many principles to be a Soviet spy

 The Scots politician with too many principles to be a Soviet spy He defines himself as ‘awkward’, and revels in the description. He was one of the best known and most effective of back-bench MPs, yet Tam Dalyell is one of the hardest of politicians to fathom. […]

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