The stuff of nightmares

Andrew Tickell's column in this week's Sunday National is largely given over to the gut-wrenching testimony of those affected by the Post Office 'Horizon' scandal. Hundreds of lives wrecked in the name of corporate greed and arrogance. Thousands if we count the families of those falsely accused of dishonesty because the Post Office management was … Continue reading The stuff of nightmares

Handshake no more

Long before the coronavirus pandemic I had grown uncomfortable with the traditional handshake greeting. My discomfort only being aggravated by the fact that it was so difficult to avoid. And to forsake. The urge to shake hands on meeting friends and acquaintances or being introduced to new people is almost primal. It is close to … Continue reading Handshake no more

A wish for all seasons

This article is published at the precise moment of the Winter Solstice - 2021 December 21 15:59. The moment at which winter officially begins. The moment at which the old year - battered and bruised from the impact of events; bowed and buckled under the weight of its history; worn and weary from its 365-day … Continue reading A wish for all seasons

Look but don’t judge?

There's a lot of meaning packed into the closing pair of sentences of Kirsty Strickland's piece in The National. Much of it, I strongly suspect, very far from what Kirsty Strickland intended. The penultimate one contains an illogic which would be amusing were it not for the fact that it betrays such a worldview so … Continue reading Look but don’t judge?

Those who prey

Most people, I suspect, find it difficult to think dispassionately about such issues. The acts involved are so unspeakably offensive as to automatically provoke revulsion in anyone with a modicum of human decency. This makes it all but impossible to discuss the kind of predatory behaviour so graphically and disturbingly described by Andrew Tickell without … Continue reading Those who prey

Social media and real life

Few would disagree with Ruth Wishart's observation in her Sunday National column that "it's always a mistake to confuse social media with real life" but I have lately begun to suspect that the difference between the two may be rather less than it pleases us to suppose. Ruth goes on to allow that social media … Continue reading Social media and real life

A little difficulty

I didn't attend the AUOB rally in Dundee yesterday. While I don't imagine the St John Scotland volunteers were overwhelmed by people suffering the effects of extreme disappointment, I had assured a few people that I would be there so I really should apologise. I don't like letting people down even in what most would … Continue reading A little difficulty