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By John Knox On Friday, November 24th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Film set, or how the world sees Scotland ? Fourteenth century Scotland seems to be capturing the world’s imagination these days.  Not content with “Braveheart” about William Wallace, a new film is being made More...

By John Knox On Friday, November 17th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Our wind-blown future This week Scotland found itself on the world stage as one of the pioneers of renewable energy. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was sharing the limelight with the German Chancellor, the French More...

By John Knox On Friday, November 10th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

My kingfisher. Photo by Derek Brodie. The excitement of the week for me was to see a kingfisher, this particular kingfisher.  He or she (there’s little difference) lives close to a hide in the nature reserve More...

By John Knox On Friday, November 3rd, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Scotland in “The Fall”. The Americans call it “The Fall” …not a reference to Adam and Eve eating an apple from the tree of knowledge, nor a reference to the Reformation which this week celebrated More...

By John Knox On Friday, October 27th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Keep taking the medicine A lot has changed in the century since Dr Findlay and Dr Cameron and dear sensible Janet ran their GP practice in Tannochbrae.  Medical science has leapt forward, the NHS has been invented More...

By John Knox On Friday, October 20th, 2017
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Paisley’s pattern for the future What is culture worth ?  Quite a lot, it seems.  Everywhere which wants to be anywhere wants to be the UK’s next City of Culture.  Even towns like Paisley which is not More...

By John Knox On Friday, October 13th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Seventy years ago work began on building the council housing estate where I now live.  What a different world it was then. But now that housing has come to the top of the political agenda again it’s worth making More...

By John Knox On Friday, October 6th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Fracking – no, nae, never. So, after some hesitation, the Scottish government has set its face against fracking.  The Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse told parliament on Tuesday that the current moratorium More...

By John Knox On Friday, September 29th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Only half a harvest I live in the centre of a city and yet within ten minutes’ walk from my house a combine harvester was chewing up a field of ….well, it is normally wheat but this year I’m told it is field More...

By John Knox On Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Mark Beaumont, home and dry. As a cyclist myself, I can only stand on my pedals in awe at Mark Beaumont’s achievement of cycling round the world in 79 days.  He came freewheeling under the Arc de Triomphe in More...

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