Posts By: Nicky Marr

Green Freeports? It’s vital one comes to Highland

Opportunity Cromarty Firth – bringing opportunity home Have you heard of Opportunity Cromarty Firth? Sort of? Until recently, that was me too. You’ll have heard of Green Freeports, though? I was a bit vague about those as well. Tax breaks for ports? Surely that’s nothing to do with me. And then I was asked to… Read more »

Honestly? I *love* my phone

Sad, but true. I love my phone. Radio Scotland phoned the other day to ask how much I love my mobile phone. Specifically, does my mobile phone impact my marriage? Because apparently, we are each spending a third of our waking hours each day on our phones, and research suggests that is negatively impacting our… Read more »

To fix the UK, let’s copy the French

When the customs officials searched our motorhome at the Calais side of the channel tunnel last week, they weren’t counting the bottles of wine we’d bought to take home. They were looking for stowaways; people so desperate to get into the UK that they might have snuck into an unlocked cubby hole, be hanging onto… Read more »

Is guilt the cost of going on holiday?

I have written this column in worse places. Right now, I am sitting on the shore of a tiny lake in Normandy. There are fish coasting in the shallows of the water, lazily co-existing with ducks, who are hoping I might spare a few crumbs of the baguette bought fresh from the boulangerie this morning…. Read more »

53 is the new Sexy.

53 is the new sexy. I’ll take it… I am always deeply sceptical of press releases from dating websites. Their marketeers have done enough research to know I’m in the north of Scotland, so there is often a geographical ‘hook’ to entice me in. Statistics might shout that Inverness is the seventh most popular Scottish… Read more »

Old ladies getting inked :)

Tattoo? Don’t mind if I do When I was a teenager in the 80s, it was only bad boys and sailors who had tattoos. Other than one pal with a Madness logo on his ankle, not a single classmate or fellow student was inked. It just wasn’t a thing. Tattoo parlours barely existed. There was… Read more »

Jubilee? It passed us by.

The bunting is down Well, it didn’t take long to get that red, white, and blue bunting down, did it? That might be because we didn’t put any up. Did you? If you did, I didn’t see it. The only house I saw that was displaying any patriotic bunting belongs to the (Conservative) councillor who… Read more »

Positive, and positively furious

There’s nothing like following politics to make me feel depressed. No – scratch depressed, I’m furious. We all did it – we stuck to the rules to protect the NHS and save lives, and at great sacrifice. But there was one rule for us, and another for them. They were laughing at us, joking about… Read more »

Scotland’s *real* central belt

Where’s the centre of Scotland? I was ‘one of those kids’ when I was wee; always curious, always asking questions. My Mum tells me my hunger for knowledge could be exhausting. And as the mother of two who inherited my ‘tell me everything’ gene, I can fully sympathise. Where I could turn to Google to… Read more »

Offensive speaker? The role of the event host.

You’ll have heard the one about the journalist who walked out of an awards dinner because she didn’t like the jokes? There’s not a punchline here, because there is no joke. A female sports reporter walked out of an event that left her feeling unwelcome in her own industry, generating a national conversation about what… Read more »