June 28, 2009


“EXCUSE ME, we’re carrying out a survey… would you mind answering a few questions?”

Well, few of us have the time or inclination to stand in some shopping mall answering a long list of questions which – if you’ve been daft enough to give your real address – will mean you can’t get your front door open on account of the mountain of junk mail behind it.     Read the rest of this entry »



June 21, 2009


LIKE MOST people I enjoy a bit of music when I’m driving. And like most folk I have a car radio that has pre-set channels.

However, a few days ago I drove all the way from West Calder to Almondvale Centre, stabbing the radio buttons, hopping from one channel to the next in search of a tune or two. But instead all I got was talktalkrabbitrabbittalktalk.     Read the rest of this entry »


June 15, 2009


MAYBE it’s just me. But it strikes me that people who should know better often follow a course of action either because they can’t be bothered finding a better alternative, or because they just want to mess everybody about.

Take for example our recent elections. On June 4 we had our European Elections. Now, you would think that the actual voting process wouldn’t take up too much of your time. You nip along to the local polling station and put your “X” on the paper and that’s it.     Read the rest of this entry »


June 7, 2009


IT’S NOT FUNNY… And yet it is.

According to a report in last week’s Herald and Post, half a million bees were stolen from a West Lothian farm near Broxburn. I’m not making this up.

The bees were taken in 11 hives, which had been destined to join the 250 hives on the Queen’s Balmoral estate. The report tells us that the police suspect the bee-thieves had specialist knowledge of bees.

The owner of the bees, Mr McGregor told the Herald and Post that “… everybody gets nervous when there’s a bee thief about.”     Read the rest of this entry »