Posts By: Nicky Marr

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 »

New Nationals, and 20 years of marriage

Listen here or read on :) New National Exams – but is Scotland Ready? Let’s face it, change is often disruptive. There will always be those who prefer the old ways – those who question why anything should be ‘fixed’ if it ain’t broke. But in spite of protests and controversy, and amid allegations that… Read more »

Slippery Slope to IndyRef & 10 years of Superegg!

Moving on, Our other National Drink, Family Marr sooooo busted!

Listen to the podcast here, or read on :) Opinion about Scots put us on slippery slope We’re just back from a last-minute skiing holiday in France – six glorious days of fresh mountain air and exercise, with copious amounts of molten cheese and red wine in order to maintain the calorific equilibrium. The evidence… Read more »

Sound of silence and demolition

Listen here or read on :) Sound of Silence? Not even in my empty house! I rarely agree with Joni Mitchell, but in at least one thing she was right. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. For 13 years I had daily unfettered access to the studios at MFR. If I needed… Read more »