The reopened Cluanie Inn has a Bombay cheese toastie on the menu. The chef is from India, as is the owner. The famous tourist stopover and mountaineers’ inn is in new hands, part of the boom in the hotel business across Scotland.
Tom Rice swayed in the wind, his body hanging below a parachute. Between his feet was France. The first time he did this he was 22. The second time he was 97.
God help the poor, as this election won’t.
With news that the Tories are game-planning indyref2, some nationalists are getting out the tap shoes and preparing to dance on the Union’s grave.
Much as weather forecasts are often about things getting hotter than ever, so political news seems to break records in heated lunacy.
The General Election is running along familiar lines because the SNP and the Tories are reluctant to talk about what is really at stake – the future of Britain.
It is often asked when a party needs a new leader: But who can lead? The Scottish Tories do not publish membership figures, but 10,000 seems probable – and they are the only Scots who will get a say on our next prime minister, though a minority compared to the home counties vote.
Sir Alick Buchanan Smith was a wise, kind man who served Scotland as an MP and a Scottish Office Minister. He was MP for Kincardine and Deeside in the late 1980s when I was beginning my reporting career.
Would you rebuild Edinburgh Castle if it burnt down, or King’s College in Aberdeen, or the new V&A?
Where to start? Where will it all end?