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Ordeal by Tapas

Ordeal by Tapas

I have a confession to make. I can’t stand tapas. Those little dishes of food placed in the centre of a table for a party to share. I really can’t see the point. Yes, I hear you. I don’t know what I’m missing. Actually I […]

The Dog’s in Charge

The Dog’s in Charge

I seem to have acquired a dog and I’m not quite sure how it happened. Allow me to reassure you. I have not taken in a stray or lured away a neighbour’s pet with doggy treats. Rather, it is the work of my third-born. And, […]

Dundee’s Crime Cafe

Dundee’s Crime Cafe

Dundee is my home town and there is no doubt that its stock is rising. When I was growing up, it was infamous for controversial planning deals and hideous 1970s architecture. But there was no arguing with its situation, the city fanning down from the […]

OF CRIME AND CRIMINALS

OF CRIME AND CRIMINALS

I am a keen reader of crime fiction, particularly series crime. I enjoy returning to the same cast of characters as they endeavour to solve a variety of crimes, while fielding the personal and family issues that we all recognise in our own lives.   […]

IN PRAISE OF ANTHEMS

IN PRAISE OF ANTHEMS

I am a fan of the Scottish Rugby Team. And they don’t make it easy, believe me.   But, this week-end, they made me proud to be a Scot. The annual, Calcutta Cup, played between Scotland and England, as part of the Six Nations Championship […]

DAHLIAS vs CHRYSANTHEMUMS

DAHLIAS vs CHRYSANTHEMUMS

My father grew dahlias and chrysanthemums.   He didn’t just grow them. He showed them, by which I mean he entered competitions.   Always a keen gardener, he announced one evening that he was going out to see a man called Tom.   Tom, I […]

IT’S PIANO TIME

IT’S PIANO TIME

In a former life, I was a pianist.   I started young, as a ballet accompanist when I was just thirteen, often playing in gloves to combat the temperatures in the barely-heated rooms. It was good money and far easier than standing behind a shop […]

IT’S TUESDAY SO IT MUST BE BOOK CLUB!

IT’S TUESDAY SO IT MUST BE BOOK CLUB!

There’s no disputing January is a challenge. It’s grey, cold and, without the brightly-coloured Christmas lights, can be quite cheerless. When the sun is low and the air bitter, it feels as if the only solution is to hibernate until spring. Alas, humans have not […]

COUCH TO CORKSCREW (VIA THE GYM)

COUCH TO CORKSCREW (VIA THE GYM)

I couldn’t put it off any longer.  The tree was down, the decorations packed away – Christmas was officially over and it was time to hit the gym. And so, out came the leggings (thankfully stretchy) and the baggy t-shirt (somehow not as baggy as […]

A CHRISTMAS TALE

A CHRISTMAS TALE

It was a grey day in early winter and the leaden sky was a perfect match for Santa’s mood. “It gets harder every year,” he grumbled to Rudolph. The red-nosed reindeer looked up from the chaise-longue, where he was flicking through a copy of Playdeer […]