Posts Tagged: Scotland

A night in the cold to end homelessness.

The first thing I did on Sunday morning when I woke up was – as usual – reach for my phone. I checked the time, 6.31 – as usual. Peeking out from behind the blinds I could see that the cars below were covered in thick frost. A glance at my weather app showed that… Read more »

It’s written in the stars…

For those of us who pine for the warmth of summer, the fact that the shortest day of the year is still three weeks away can be difficult to accept. The winter is going to get colder and our days even shorter. It will be months before it is safe to leave the house without… Read more »

I’m with John Finnie, but I did smack my children.

As the debate about smacking has been aired in Holyrood, in the press and on the radio, I have been feeling increasingly uncomfortable. Because although I fully support Highland MSP John Finnie’s Member’s Bill to outlaw the physical punishment of children, and am proud that Scotland will be the first part of the UK to… Read more »

Scotrail needs to step up.

We took a couple of weeks off work at the beginning of the month and it’s fair to say that our holiday was fairly complex in terms of travel arrangements; a train from the Highlands to Edinburgh, a Ryanair flight to the south of France, a return flight to Luton, then a BA flight from… Read more »

Wild Swimming? Don’t knock it till you try it.

What is it that my Mum used to say when I was reluctant to try something new? ‘Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it’. When you think about it, that’s annoyingly good advice for most of life’s situations – without taking that advice I would never have picked up a ukulele (I now enjoy an… Read more »

This place? It gets under your skin.

The thing about the north of Scotland is that it gets under your skin. And it seems to suck people in, regardless of background or age. From the tranquillity of the islands in the heart of Inverness, to the majesty of the Cairngorms, there is beauty at every turn. Where better to walk on a… Read more »

‘Don’t do it…yet’. MS and assisted suicide

Listening to Rona and Colin chatting is like listening to any old friends catching up. They are sitting in Rona’s kitchen on Thursday afternoon talking about mutual pals; they both went to Crown Primary School in Inverness. They talk about growing up on the same Inverness street, and living and working just yards apart from… Read more »