May 31, 2009

DID you enjoy the recent unexpected bout of hot weather? You did? Well, haven’t you seen the warnings about skin cancer from being out in the sunshine?

There again, you might have seen the scientific report that exposure to the sun produces massive amounts of vitamin D –which in turn actually reduces the risk of many types of cancer by as much as 50 percent. Confused? Well, that’s experts for you.

I mean, have the know-all authorities made it clear whether eggs are good or bad for you? What about red wine, coffee, milk or meat?     Read the rest of this entry »



May 25, 2009


FROM TIME to time I puff a cigarette. My choice. But for some reason the Government seem to have it in for me.

I’m a devotee of nicotine even though I am aware that it’s not good for me. In other words, I don’t need a couldn’t-hold-down-a-real-job bureaucrat to tell me the facts – my mother does a good enough job of that.     Read the rest of this entry »


May 18, 2009


ON A RECENT visit to Paris I was struck by the difference between that great city and West Lothian. And I don’t mean the big things; I mean the little things.

Livingston has neither a Louvre nor a big tower that lights up at night, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Any West Lothian town centre at midnight is quiet in terms of numbers, but still manages to be a cacophony of shouting, squealing and breaking glass.     Read the rest of this entry »


May 16, 2009


YOU SPRAY it on, and then the next day you wash it off. I saw the commercial on TV, and I have to say I just cannot understand why anybody in their right mind would want to lather themselves in one of those fake tan products.

Painting yourself is daft enough, but the one I saw advertised proudly proclaimed that it contains caramel – as if that’s something in its favour. Women actually go out resembling a big, sticky lollipop? I would imagine that wasps – the skinheads of the insect world – would find that particularly attractive.     Read the rest of this entry »