“Ohhhh my God!” Everyone gathered in the wee living room heard the cry but no-one flinched. It was nothing unusual, just the well-renowned, dramatic side of my gran. The world wasn’t coming to an end, the roof hadn’t caved in…she’d only went and burnt her batch of shortbread! You’ve got to understand though, Thursday night … Continue reading A WEE GATHERING


Folks, a bit of a short arty post today and different to my usual… Sometimes, even amidst the madness of a nominee’s campaign, there is a poignant moment. There we were, some of my wonderful Edinburgh Central team and I, standing at the top of the Royal Mile today, ready to knock the doors of the Old … Continue reading OLD TOWN MOMENT


My world has come to an end, I cannot cope, it’s truly awful…ok, it’s just that my laptop has blown up (I’m known for my dramatics)! First world problem, I know, but some violins please. I’m in campaign frenzy mode and the last thing I need is a defunct laptop when potential voters are emailing … Continue reading SPECIAL DELIVERY


‘Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones. They’re the modern stone age family…Yabba Dabba Doo!’ Remember it, even the remake? Good old Fred Flintstone and his family, plus his best pal, Barney Rubble? The tune is bouncing around in my head right now amongst images of these scantily clad characters in their prehistoric costumes, and a wee club … Continue reading ROARS OF A CAVEWOMAN


Covered my walls were, covered! All sorts of crazy cartoon people painted all over them, some with cheesy grins, others with wild hair and studded noses, and an odd one or two looking just that little bit sad. And underneath, colourful graffiti messages stood out to inspire, to provoke thought – short as they were. … Continue reading HUMAN GRAFFITI


Who remembers chuckies? A wee bit of age and Scottish geography will feature here! Anyway, me, well I was reared on chuckies! In fact, I earned the title ‘Queen of Chuckies’ in my Ayrshire neighbourhood, and proud of it I was too! For those readers wondering what the heck she’s havering on about, it was … Continue reading MORE THAN ‘CHUCKIES’!