In my hot youth, when I was at school studying history, there used to be a lot of store set on the significance of what were considered the great days of British worldwide supremacy.
Last Monday was World Happiness Day. Sadly, I missed it.
Dr Tim Wilson, is the Director of The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, at the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.
I don’t normally watch a lot of telly, apart from James Martin and NCIS (ALL the repeats with Ziva and Tony in them) but I have found myself fairly glued to the old gogglebox over the past few weeks.
Last week I threw my ancient and increasingly considerable weight behind our beleaguered young people.
We live in a world that is changing fast, where technological advances occur with increasing rapidity, and where standing still is tantamount to moving backwards.
Rules, they say, are meant to be broken.
As “blank and dreary” as the northern shores of the Tay might have been to the young Mary Godwin, her time spent in and around Dundee would prove pivotal to her literary legacy.
Always look on the bright side of life, Eric Idle once sang while hanging on a cross at the end of Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
My mother was born in 1927 and therefore has a pretty clear recollection of the late 1930s and 40s and obviously, of the war years.