Posts By: Nicky Marr

Flying Scot and Polyester!

My brother the ‘Flying Scot’ My brother Iain is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Yorkhill hospital in Glasgow. He cycles to work every day from his house near Strathblane – a round trip of about 30K on his fancy pants fixed speed bike. You might have seen Iain (and his bike) if you were watching… Read more »

The joy of holiday cottages, and the terror of gulls

The unexpected joy of a holiday cottage Holiday cottages must be the best way to take a family vacation in the UK. They are much better than camping – if you turn the telly up loud enough you can’t hear the rain, and there’s no need to search for wellies when you are desperate to… Read more »

From The Archers to Assisted Suicide.

I’d like the right to choose my death, please… The joy of radio is that you can get on with your life while it entertains, educates and informs. Whether you are cooking, exercising, driving or just pottering in the garden, its main advantage is that it doesn’t require you to look at it. Of course… Read more »

The worst of the World Cup

Listen to my column here – or read on…I’d love to know if you agree! In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a football tournament happening somewhere in South America – I think they call it the World Cup. Not a natural sports follower, I can take it or leave it. Except that this time round… Read more »

Why didn’t we talk about the war?

My grandparents never talked to me about the war. Papa lived all his life in Aberdeen. He was a tailor by day and an air raid warden by night. My mum still has his tin helmet; I have his silver warden’s badge in my jewellery box. When I was studying the Second World War for… Read more »

Who do ‘they’ poll? And the best baaarbecue.

I’ve never been polled when it matters. But why should it matter anyway? I was approached the other day about taking part in a public debate on the Independence Referendum. The debate clashed with something else in my diary, but it didn’t stop the researcher and I having a good blether about the other participants,… Read more »

Feeling like a Glasgow 2014 nuisance.

Feeling like a Glasgow 2014 nuisance We’re going to Glasgow! In the first ballot for Commonwealth Games tickets Family Marr got lucky, and it was genuinely exciting when our tickets dropped through the door last week. Like many others we had hoped for more, but with the velodrome and athletics so many times oversubscribed, we… Read more »

Monster Assets, Thinking Big, Hens at School

Monster Assets, Thinking Big, Hens at School Are we making the most of our Monster Asset? I popped along to a UHI seminar about Nessie last Friday lunchtime. The aim of the session was to explore whether the north of Scotland is taking full advantage of our most famous resident when marketing our area to… Read more »

Staying Alive, snails, & the wrong trousers.

Picture of a schoolgirl on a bike with arms outstretched

Why I cycle in the middle of the road Let me come clean. My name is Nicky Marr, and I am a cyclist. I know that’s not a popular thing to say in some quarters, and that many road users would prefer to see my bike forever locked away in the shed. But I am… Read more »