What did illuminated manuscripts ever do for Dundee? This question arises on looking at a colourful medieval book on show at the city’s new V&A, Scotland’s first design museum.
Who knew that death cults were on Police Scotland’s radar? Certainly not the family and friends who went to drink and be merry on Loch Leven, only to find their Sunday night campsite the focus of emergency service searchlights and helicopter swoops.
Roads are political in Scotland. Whether it is Johnson telling us the only good road is the one to England, or General Wade building roads to supply garrisons to suppress us, the road is a symbol of our status.
I have relatives who toasted white supremacists of the US south. The moment occurred decades ago, according to a family tale, a story only recounted once, and in disgust. That it was all a long time ago is the point – we forget our sins.
ALEX BELL: Hamish Henderson, a father of Scotland, was more important than any politician in 50 years
Had Hamish Henderson been English and studied a culture in Borneo, say, he’d be famous and have a gallery in the British Museum.
Sometime in the early 1990s, Scotland’s heroin overdoses passed the 100 mark. The nation was horrified.
Boris sucks in words from all other stories, leaving only the great Bojo show on the news.
The news that Ruth Davidson is thinking of leaving for Westminster confirms that Holyrood lacks the wit and humour of the Commons. She leaves for ambition, but her absence will be felt in the funereal proceedings of a dull chamber.
Let us choose to be normal. Not defiant or angry but as we were and as we choose to be – cool and passionate according to our moods, human and humane, sensible and contradictory as ever – while sending our love to Manchester.