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Man of the Hour

                         If he’s remembered at all, Charles Piazzi Smyth, born in Naples on 3 January 1819, is either the astronomer who first showed the increased clarity from mountain-top stargazing, or the mystical pyramidologist with bizarre theories about the Great Pyramid of Giza. However, in Edinburgh – […]

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Scotland’s Literary Resurrectionists

                         Back in 2012, the Scottish author and screenwriter Ewan Morrison introduced at least a few Guardian readers to a literary phenomenon with an pedigree older than most probably had thought: “fan fiction”, or “fanfic”. In its simplest form, fanfic is when people write their own […]

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#edbookfest2018

                         During August 2018, I was the in-house journalist at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, responsible for providing a succession of press releases based on festival events I attended. Here are links to the 50+ PRs I wrote during those 17 days in Charlotte Square Gardens… […]

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Mackintosh and Muse

                         Was Margaret MacDonald the overlooked inspiration behind Glasgow’s best-known artist architect? It used to be said that behind every great man there must be a great woman. So what about the marriage between Scotland’s most famous artist architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and one of the […]

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Driving Force

                         Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie is looking forward to a whole new game of golf. Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie isn’t particularly one for looking back, despite the British Open Golf Championship returning this year to Carnoustie, the site of his win in 1999. “Well I remember, […]

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A Scot’s Strategic Plan?

                         Paternity suits are nothing new but, with the Royal Air Force celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, it’s been suggested in some quarters that its first Chief of Air Staff, Taunton-born Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard, doesn’t actually deserve the long-applied moniker of “the Father […]

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20 Signs of Spring

                         PLANTS 1: PURPLE SAXIFRAGEBen Lawers National Nature Reserve,Perth & KinrossMarchScotland’s 10th-highest Munro is renowned for its arctic-alpine flora, including more than 500 types of lichen. “Purple saxifrage is the first alpine plant to flower, heralding spring in the uplands,” says Ranger Naturalist Andrew Warwick. “It’s […]

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