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IT'S beginning to feel a bit like 1937 again. That was the year the Hindenburg crashed, Guernica was bombed and the Dandy first published.
This obsessional attraction to zombie culture may, in fact, be influenced by a seismic shift in socio-political attitudes
WILL the UK - not to mention Germany - follow France, Italy, Spain and Belgium in banning the short-selling of European bank shares? Greece already banned short-selling on Monday.
HERE'S an uncomfortable fact: riots are a staple of urban life. Mix different classes and ethnicities in a confined space and you get friction as well as creativity. And that includes Scotland.
IT'S August, folk are on holiday, and the markets are in turmoil. So what else is new?
IN my day, in the Drumchapel of the 1960s, Higher results did not arrive by text message, a day early or otherwise.
THE hacking scandal at News International has diverted attention from the success story that is BSkyB. In the same week that the UK recorded derisory growth of 0.2 per cent, the Sky TV firm posted revenues up 16 per cent to £6.6 billion, and operating profits up by 23 per cent to more than £1bn.
MY EARS pricked up when I heard that an 18-year-old computer hacker had been arrested in Shetland - not by local bobbies but by the plods of the London Metropolitan Police.
TWO things jump out regarding the latest EU attempt to bail out Greece. First, it has taken nearly 18 months of dithering for Europe's leaders to agree on the only solution to the crisis recognised by the financial markets, namely a bond swap in which Greece's creditors roll over their loans in return for paper guaranteed by the eurozone authorities.
The euro crisis has succeeded in finally unpinning the post-war solidarity on which the European Union was based
Murdoch dominated the headlines but the real story of the week remained the international debt crisis. Equities went down while oil, gold and sovereign interest rate spreads went shooting up.
It may make economic sense to give up on the dream of travelling to the Moon, but at what cost to human endeavour?
THE following secret papers have been leaked to The Scotsman. We cannot vouch for their authenticity.
If Alex Salmond wants an independent Scotland he cannot stay silent forever on policy for its currency, tax, banking and defence
Ignore the negative spin on the latest figures, Scotland is in as good shape under Salmond as it was in the Thatcher years
THE economic news of the week was that British consumers have gone on strike. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that retail sales in May dropped by 1.4 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier.
Political independence would not necessarily saddle Scotland with an insurmountable debt problem
Could America really default on its sovereign debt? It is saying something about the current uncertain state of the US economy that the three major rating agencies are hinting about downgrading the "triple-AAA" status of the world's largest and most productive economy.