Posts By: Nicky Marr

Banning love at work? No thanks!

Mr Marr and I met at work… back in the days when that wasn’t frowned upon. I was a student in Edinburgh and needed a part time job. My flat was opposite The Queen’s Hall, and I popped in on my way home from lectures one afternoon. Renee at the Box Office was lovely, but… Read more »

Surprised to realise I’m 53…

I had a birthday this week – hooray! It fell during the working week, so the day itself, while punctuated with lovely cards and gifts, messages and calls from family and friends, was the usual race against the clock of writing, drafting, planning and phone calls. But Mr Marr was working from home, so I… Read more »

The real impact of organ donation

This story gave me goosebumps – and it is nothing to do with Hallowe’en. I hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you. It’s easy to subscribe to my weekly mutterings, there’s a widget on the home page of my website. It’s free, hassle-free, ad-free and spam-free too :) Feedback and shares always welcome, Nicky I… Read more »

From tattie picking to the next generation of foodie jobs

Walking through the Alvie estate in Badenoch a couple of weeks ago we watched hay being made. Of course, the sun was shining. A tractor was methodically ‘eating’ its way across a field. Freshly cut hay was fed into the baler behind, and beautifully cylindrical bales were ejected in its wake. The sight of the… Read more »

Obsessing about autumn, instead of Brexit

Surely it can’t just be me who’s conflicted by this Brexit guddle? I’m sick to the back teeth of all the wrangling , lies and arguments, but feel obliged to keep up because it’s probably the most important political moment of our lives. And yet… if I give myself a break from it all, will… Read more »

It still pays to use a professional…

So, the story has moved on a bit since I wrote this on Monday. Some holidaymakers have been left out of pocket and some airlines appear to be cashing in on the misfortune of Thomas Cook clients who have been let down. There’s also criticism of the directors. But I still believe it makes sense…. Read more »

Shopping! For Scotland, and second-hand.

It’s all about shopping this week – food shopping, where I’m bossily suggesting you think ‘Scotland first’ to support our fabulous Scottish food and drink sector. Its growth is vital to the continued prosperity of the nation, and particularly important for our rural economy. And while you’re thoughtfully choosing Scottish meat cheese and butter, don’t… Read more »

Returning after 23 years to a happy place

They say you should never go back. Well, whoever ‘they’ are, I’ve got news for them. 23 years after Mr Marr and I found an idyllic little campsite on the west coast of Brittany, we have returned. And while everything is different, it’s all exactly the same. It is perfectly imperfect. 23 years ago, there… Read more »

Kick in the butt from a quadruple amputee

I’d been feeling sorry for myself – still limping three months after an accident. But meeting quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton gave me the kick-up-the-butt I needed to change my mindset and attitude.