On Friday, it will be a year to the day since Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill allowed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi to go home to Libya on compassionate grounds.
The behemoth is here again, parked in our streets and open spaces like a beached whale spouting forth stuff and nonsense.
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Walter Smith is a phenomenon. At the age of 62, after 44 years in professional football, he has become a Patton without the bluster, a Churchill without the growling. Well, not in public at any rate.
After a quite brilliant first half of the SPL last season in which they lost only twice in their first 16 matches and played some sweet football into the bargain, Hibs fell away in the latter half of the campaign and just scrambled into Europe, finishing fourth in the championship.
The original Beveridge report by the economist William, the first baron of that name, was a brilliant visionary document.
FAR OUT in the Atlantic, the giant liner made its way carefully through the fog. Captain Nick Bates and his crew of Queen Mary 2, the largest Cunard liner ever built at 148,528 tons, were looking for a tiny vessel, slightly less than 24ft long, a mere dot on the map of the ocean.
MY FEARS that Pope Benedict's forthcoming visit to the UK would prove divisive are already coming true.
Most of us have pet hates and aren't slow to carp about them. Some of us even get paid to write about them. Leaving aside the strange nature of the phrase - it's surely an oxymoron to have a 'pet' that is also a 'hate' - I often wonder why we develop PHs, as I call them, and then I realise it's a good way of getting things off your chest.
If omens won matches, Celtic would already be cruising into the final qualifying match for this season's Champions League.
Over the many years that I have lived here, there has been one recurring annual ritual. Each summer, without fail, some relative or friend will ask me for a favour - can I get them tickets for the Tattoo?
ONE of the bigger growth industries in Scottish public life in recent years has been formal inquiries into the conduct of MSPs, councillors, and members of quangos.
IT'S been an interesting World Cup so far, but for those of us who have attended Scotland matches during the greatest football tournament of all, it is just not the same. Some Scots have gone off the tournament altogether, and there's one Edinburgh chap of my acquaintance who has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid it.
IF THERE is one compensation for doing the job of a journalist, it is the fact that, just occasionally, you get to meet your heroes. For instance, in sport I have been lucky enough to interview three of the men I idolised as a youngster, Jock Stein, Jim Baxter and Jimmy Johnstone.
IN THE next 24 to 48 hours, secret consultation meetings will decide the next phase of the trams project. The trams will run eventually, it is just a case of who finishes the work, how long they take and how much they get paid.
IT IS because I know and love the history of this city that I often think that we have become so much smaller than before. Not smaller in size, because just now we have the largest population that Edinburgh has ever had. Yet we are smaller in outlook, and we face serious problems as economic contraction hits.
BOOKMAKERS in Stornoway were flinging themselves in the town harbour last night after the favourite Harris Tweed won the £80,000 Edinburgh Cup before a large crowd at Musselburgh yesterday. The course had taken a massive punt in establishing the new race but were rewarded with a large field of quality horses and a new course record to boot.
THE Scheme. Love it or loathe it, you could not ignore BBC Scotland's devastating exposé of what passes for life on a sink estate in Kilmarnock. I confess I watched it through my fingers, cringing at each successive tableau of sluttish drug-addled debauchery, appalled yet riveted by the human tragedies unfolding in front of our eyes.
NOT the least of the many problems you face when you get older is that you find yourself agreeing with Brian Monteith.
SO NOW we know. All along the Tories were right-wing Liberal Democrats, and the Liberal Democrats were left-wing Tories. With the Boy Wonder at his side, Cameron is now a One Nation Tory ruling over the One Tory Nation that is Scotland.
IF Glasgow had somehow managed to be voted the 21st most popular destination in the world in any sort of poll, you could bet that their city gauleiters would be crowing all over the shop.
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