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Footage from a head camera shows a confrontation between a pedestrian and a cyclist. Picture: Hemedia

Claire Black: Tragedy awaiting innocent cyclists

YOU don’t need to watch every one of the 19-seconds of video (captured by head-cam) of a man verbally abusing and then pushing a female cyclist into the traffic to feel his fury.


Anya Gleizer and Pablo Valcarce hiked around Japan in the footsteps of 17th century poet Matsuo Basho. Picture: Contributed

Roger Cox: Japan trek a celebration of journey

What’s the point of going for a walk? Perhaps there doesn’t need to be a point. Perhaps there shouldn’t be one.

Norwegian national day: 'A study in civilised beauty'

Andrew Wilson: Pull down barriers to build national success

WILLIAM Golding’s Lord Of The Flies is a fine book and many schoolchildren’s introduction to the concept of “allegory”. This is a meaning behind the story, a message that lies beyond the narrative.


Holyroods proportional voting system and Scotlands political upheaval have complicated the selection process for the elections. Picture: Jayne Wright

Euan McColm: The battles before Holyrood election

Unnatural selection or survival of the fittest? Holyrood veterans and new faces for all three main parties are engaged in a bruising battle to be picked for May’s talent contest, writes Euan McColm


Could beards be just a fashion fad or a re-assertion of masculinity? Picture: Getty Images

Claire Black: Beards are here to stay

MY EARLIEST memory is of my dad biting off my finger nails and spitting them on to the grass. It was a 1970s summer day and I was probably about three. The thing I really remember is the prickly feeling of his beard the whole length of my arm as he held my bendy little fingers to his mouth.

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The Impact Team left a message gloating at the exposure of Ashley Madison users. Picture: Getty

Insight: Ashley Madison is a messy affair

After self-righteous hackers dished the ‘dirtbags’ at Ashley Madison in their millions, our trust in technology has taken as big a hit as our faith in fidelity, writes Dani Garavelli


Kezia Dugdale with her deputy leader, Alex Rowley. Picture: Toby Williams

Euan McColm: Lack of nous as Dugdale rebrands

IN POLITICS, as in most things, I prize clarity over certainty.


Corbyn supporters report being told they were ineligible to vote because, among other reasons, they had previously backed other parties. Picture: Getty

Leader: Labour’s blame game

THE sight of Labour party members squabbling over who has the right to vote in the current leadership election is most unedifying. The party’s decision to give voting rights to “supporters” paying as little as £3 was meant to engage people who’d abandoned Labour. Instead, it has caused a rift between moderates and those who look set to elect the unreconstructed left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn as the next leader of the opposition.

The fatal accident inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry crash last December has highlighted shortcomings in the inquiry system itself. Picture: PA

Dani Garavelli: Bin lorry inquiry reveals flawed system

WHO could have imagined in those dark December days after the George Square bin lorry tragedy – when Glasgow wrapped its protective arms around both the families of those who died and the man at the wheel – that eight months later the solidarity would have degenerated into bitter finger-pointing and recrimination?


Scotland womens national team coach Anna Signeul. Picture: Michael Gillen

Alison Johnstone: Girls need a level playing field

CAN you imagine taking your daughter to play a game of football on a Saturday afternoon only to be told that there’s no room for girls on the pitch?

Jeremy Corbyn addressing a meeting during his campaign in Ealing. Picture: AP

Andrew Wilson: Labour hopefuls fail to hear silent majority

LISTEN contains the same letters as the word silent. Listening, one of life’s core skills. My finest friends are world class at it and I am blessed with a rare group of the very best.


Stewart Lee. Picture: Gareth Easton

Brian Ferguson’s Fringe Diary: Stewart Lee | Fringe First

I HAD heard tell of Stewart Lee’s apparent disdain for many of those who buy tickets for his shows these days, as opposed to the “comedy intelligentsia” who have followed him since the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Justin Gatlin, who will come up against Usain Bolt next weekend in Beijing. Picture: Getty

Richard Moore: What if Gatlin beats Bolt in Beijing?

HERE’S a crazy thought. What if Justin Gatlin is clean? Nobody is saying he is not clean – not explicitly.

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Google is creating a new company, called Alphabet, to oversee its highly lucrative Internet business and other ventures. Picture: Getty

Comment: Google’s Alphabet doesn’t spell world domination

FOR an organisation that many see as being hell-bent on world domination Alphabet seems a bit of a limp name. It conjures up images of children’s nurseries and building blocks rather than secret lairs and menacing white cats.

Bill Jamieson. Picture: Jane Barlow

Comment: Normality as elusive as interest rate rise

FOR most of the past year the prevailing view across Western economies has been that we are returning to “normal”.

Nicola Sturgeon is on course to fulfil the promise of SNP success. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Andrew Wilson: Sturgeon set to fulfil promise

STEERING a car is easy enough. You turn the wheel and the car moves instantly; you hit the accelerator or brake and it responds to suit. Ships are more difficult.


Exam results and graduations are out of the way - school-leavers and graduates are now asking 'what next?' Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Comment: Helping young people get the skills employers expect

WITH exam results and graduations out of the way, it’s that time of year when school-leavers and univ­ersity graduates are forced to stop and ask themselves “what’s next?”

The boarding card scandal, revealed to be for VAT and not security reasons, has been a talker this week. Picture: Robert Perry

Claire Black: Consumers taken for ride with boarding card scandal

I CAN’T tell you how many times I have handed over my boarding pass in WH Smiths or Boots at the airport.

Police officers at Deveron Crescent in Hamilton where Dawn Mckenzie was killed. Picture: Hemedia

Dani Garavelli: Cycle of abuse must be broken before it’s too late

Dawn McKenzie was killed at her home in Hamilton in June 2011 by her foster son Child D after an argument over the use of his laptop. A fatal accident inquiry concluded the troubled 13-year-old should never have been put in her care


Michelle Mone flies the flag while modelling Ultimo swimwear in a promotion for British 
Airways. Picture: Dan Kennedy

Euan McColm: Scots Tory cringe over Michelle Mone

Cringing Scottish Tories wish they had been consulted before the Prime Minister chose fugitive bra entrepreneur Michelle Mone as his new business tsar, writes Euan McColm


The 2015 T in the Park festival received government funding. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Euan McColm: T in the Park row too much for Nats

SANCTIMONY is such a risky thing in which to indulge. The danger of being exposed as a hypocrite is incalculably huge.


The Jeremy Corbyn bandwagon rolled into Edinburgh this week. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Drumlanrig: Jeremy Corbyn | Lib Dems | SNP

Stories from the political sphere that you may have missed

Kezia Dugdale has been elected the new leader of the Scottish Labour party. Picture: Hemedia

Leader: Kezia Dugdale | Book Festival

Scottish Labour’s new leader will need plenty of time and a lot of luck in rebuilding her party

Giving in to the demands of toddlers store up trouble in the long term. Picture: Getty Images

Claire Black: It’s irrational to reason with a two-year-old

‘OH WHAT happened?” My son says this a lot. He has just turned two. He also says, “Where are you, pancakes?” when he’s hungry, “Come back, ambulance” when he hears sirens and “I’m running late” for no apparent reason whatsoever. I blame Thomas the Tank Engine.

The bin lorry is cordoned off near Queen Street Station. Picture: Robert Perry

Euan McColm: Questions remain after bin lorry crash

After a week of shocking evidence from the inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy which killed six people, Euan McColm asks what led to the decision that no crime had been committed

Mandarin is being introduced to primary schoolchildren via the Confucius classrooms initiative. Picture: Getty

Insight: Why Scots face a language barrier

Our children’s lack of foreign language skills cry out for a shake-up in education policy, and yet constant upheaval in our schools may be one of the problems, writes Dani Garavelli


Camila Batmanghelidjh guided many wayward teenagers back on to a steady path, but her defence of the besieged charity Kids Company has become increasingly outlandish. Picture: Getty

Dani Garavelli: Lessons learned from Kids Company

YOU only have to look at Camila Batmanghelidjh sitting at the table at the launch of the Big Society – a splash of colour in a sea of suits – to understand why David Cameron liked to have her around. Of all the entrepreneurs he invited to the event in 2010, she was the one that lent most substance and authority to his empty PR stunt. Back then, she referred to the idea as “a lovely, hollow balloon”; if this was true, then she was the one tethering it to earth with her maternal girth and all her good works.


Scottish Labour leadership contender Kezia Dugdale. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Leader: Daunting challenge for Scottish Labour

Scottish party’s new leader must work hard to win over a generation of voters favouring SNP

Picture: Johnston Press

Christine Jardine: Take farmers’ concerns seriously

IT IS farming show season. Rural communities are hosting annual events for farmers, food producers and machinery suppliers.


Home secretary Theresa May. Picture: PA

Andrew Wilson: Compassion for people with autism finds justice wanting

THERESA May will always have a secure place in a corner of my heart. Nearly three years ago, she threw out attempts by the United States to extradite Gary McKinnon, citing the protection of his human rights. He was accused of accessing US government computers online. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is an autistic spectrum disorder.



Yasset Roldan Gargiarena and Ballerina Leidy Marlen Crespo Castillo of Balletronic. Picture: Neil Hanna

Leader: Leith link with Festival makes sense

Persevering with plan to stage shows in the port will bring economic benefits

Picture: PA

Euan McColm: Does our education system pass muster?

READERS of a certain age will recall a time when a Scottish education was considered among the best in the world. Whether this was ever the case is a moot point, but rewind 30 years or more and that’s what we told ourselves.


A man scales a fence in Coquelles. Picture: Yui Mok

Calais crisis a mix of politics and public anxiety

THE humanitarian imperative of helping Channel Tunnel asylum seekers is getting lost in a disastrous mix of British politics, public anxiety and French industrial action, writes Euan McColm


Scientists claim females need more kip than men due to waking hours spent multitasking. Picture: Getty

Claire Black: How was Sleeping Beauty out for 100 years?

FEW things perk me up as much as new research on sleep deprivation. It’s almost as good as a double espresso with a teaspoon of sugar in it. And this time I’m feeling extra frisky because it’s sleep stuff with an added twist of gender. Delightful.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Hong Kong last week. Picture: AP

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s innovation can reap rewards

I OFTEN hear people refer to Scotland as a small country and in comparison to China they are correct. But for a small country we are big players in innovation technology, with some of the world’s biggest countries looking to us for solutions and expertise. Internationalisation and innovation are two of the cornerstones of my government’s economic policy, and their potential to transform our economy has been central to my visit to China and Hong Kong.


Skills shortages are a growing concern. Picture: Getty

Comment: Thank heavens for shopper confidence

HOW ironic that the happier and more confident we feel, the more that economists despair.

Jeff Salway. Picture: Jane Barlow

Comment: Chancellor’s got nothing to shout about

THERE’S been an unsettling familiarity about some of the data filtering out of the Bank of England over the past few weeks.

Scott Reid. Picture: Julie Bull

Comment: Diversity key to reinvigorating high streets

WHAT makes a successful high street? Clearly, a lack of boarded-up shop fronts helps, though it’s not in itself a recipe for success. Not if the only occupiers are charity shops and discounters.

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The devastated city of Hiroshima.  Around 140,000 people, or more than half of Hiroshima's population at the time, died in the first atomic bombing. Picture: Getty

Seventy years on from Hiroshima devastation

SEVENTY years after the first attack with a nuclear weapon, we still struggle to agree upon, or even comprehend, what happened at Hiroshima, writes Hannah McGill


There are more substantial reasons for supporting reform of the House of Lords than the actions of one foolish man. Picture: PA

Leader: Lords must answer to voters

Second chamber is vital, but SNP is right to seek radical reform to end party patronage


We are barely a year out from the last referendum which produced a much closer result than many dared dream. Picture: John Devlin

Andrew Wilson: Premature vote risks losing independence

SUMMERTIME and the living is easy. Fish are jumping and the weather is, well, pretty ghastly really. And amidst all the non-heat we find, panting breathlessly, the silly stories of the silly season.


An NHS nurse checks his fob watch. Picture: Getty

Audrey Birt: We must invest in well-being

IT’S almost 16 years since I worked as a nurse in general practice. It’s work I loved; in the main I worked with those with longer term conditions both physical and emotional and we developed loc­al services that met their needs close to home.

The least we can do is to recognise migrants humanity and avoid pejorative terms such as swarm to describe people who are, after all, simply doing what most of us would do. Picture: AP

Dani Garavelli: Italians and Scots swarm too

IN THE winter of 1962, or there- abouts, my father and his friend Remo boarded a train at Pisa station and set off on a trip across Europe in search of a better life. I never got the chance to ask him how it felt to say goodbye to his homeland. All the same, I can imagine them: two gallus lads – fond of the ciggies and with an eye for the girls – fending off the embraces of a dozen laughing/crying relatives and waving from an open window as the train moved slowly away from the platform.


Jeremy Corbyn is on course to take Labour's top job. Picture: PA

Euan McColm: Corbyn would nail the lie of socialist Sturgeon

HISTORY tells us that there’s nothing those of the political left enjoy more than telling us that they are of the political left. Wearing the badge so often seems more important than participating.


Donald Trump visited the RICOH Woman's British Open at Turnberry. Picture: John Devlin

Drumlanrig: Donald Trump in cross-hairs at Turnberry

WHAT larks there were when The Donald (plus his hairdo) appeared last week at his latest Scottish project – a certain championship golf course and hotel that with his customary modesty he has renamed “Trump Turnberry”.

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