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How a visit to America has deepened my understanding of Scotland

How a visit to America has deepened my understanding of Scotland

How a visit to America has deepened my understanding of Scotland I’ve recently returned from the United States. My thoughts were often on Scotland: in part it was my holiday reading. Alan Bissett’s ‘Pack Men’, his exploration of sexuality, sectarianism and football in contemporary Scotland, also examined […]

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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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That fighting spirit

That fighting spirit

    That fighting spirit Edinburgh has always been a divided city. Just under a quarter – 24% – of the city’s secondary school pupils are educated in private schools compared to 7% in the UK and 4% in Scotland. Never Give Up, a new book produced […]

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