‘Ready for lift-off’
Scotland is threatening a positive-discrimination policy for making access to universities more equal. While its central argument is right, there's more to this than meets the eye.
Ken Currie, The Trials of Thomas Muir, 2015, Oil on Canvas.
(c) Ken Currie; Collection of East Dunbartonshire Culture and Leisure Trust
He was public enemy number one in his day, but Thomas Muir is now being hailed as the father of Scottish democracy.
The SNP first minister has achieved popularity beyond most politicians' wildest dreams, but the problems are piling up.
No' playin' ba'
During the 20th century, English accents began to pick up traits from the capital. In the west of Scotland, though, something different has been going on.
Argyll’s troops recreated at Sheriffmuir.
Had the Jacobites triumphed at Sheriffmuir in 1715, Nicola Sturgeon would now be Scottish prime minister.
Yew only live twice …
The oldest tree in the UK is flirting with a sex change after 5,000 years. The question is whether it will it go the whole hog, or this is just a passing fancy.
Close, but no cigar.
Did you know Scotland were going to lose, or was it just hindsight bias?
Macbeth: I’m not all bad. Honest.
Studio Canal publicity
Shakespeare cast the Scottish king as the ultimate villain, but you shouldn't believe everything you see on stage or screen
10 Red Road Court.
As Glasgow's most famous tower blocks are razed, we're again being asked to celebrate destruction of old notions of housing provision. We should treat it as a different opportunity entirely.
Opening the Scottish Queer International Film Festival: Dyke Hard.
At a time when queer culture is big business in mainstream film and television, two dedicated film festivals have appeared in Scotland this year. Here's an explanation.
From the unique dwellings of Omigachi in Japan to the ruined temples of Angkor, Cambodia, UNESCO status brings great value. Here's why Edinburgh needs to take its status more seriously.
Is there a doctor in the house?
Everyone's favourite BBC sci-fi show is sometimes held up as a model of regional development in television. Don't believe it.
Unitary we are not.
The union can survive its current period of volatility, but moves like English votes for English laws and ruling out a UK coalition with the SNP could yet bring it down.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) hate the BBC, which may sound harsh but makes sense when you think about it. The BBC – the British Broadcasting Corporation – is the ultimate symbol of Union, the cultural…
Edinburgh remains in play.
Twelve months on from the vote on Scottish independence, there are no signs of constitutional healing - nor elsewhere in the UK.
The reds: no longer under the bed.
As the Labour Left's fourth choice of candidate prepares to take the party reins, he may have taken the lead from Scotland's Yes campaign and ushered in a new age in UK politics.
‘I will proceed directly to the intravenous injection of hard drugs, please.’
Danny Boyle's pop heroin fable defined an era and made the careers of everyone involved. Here are a few reasons to be wary of the sequel - and a possible happy ending.
The first minister of Scotland addressing the Edinburgh TV festival .
The Scottish first minister's speech may have been strong on vision, but there were no signs of innovative thinking on how new Scottish services would be funded at a time of BBC cutbacks.
Grey squirrels hate these reclusive, cat-sized predators.
Scotland wants an answer, Jeremy is still thinking.
The left-wing firebrand might be packing out venues in Scotland as much as England, but he's got some thinking to do.