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My grandfather’s WW1 diary entry from 21.3.1918

One hundred years ago today, my grandfather Sgt Adam Mackintosh 1/5 Seaforths wrote about his capture. 21st March 2018 We got orders late the night before to stand to, at 4.45am as the Germans were about to make this attack, … Continue reading

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Irina Ratushinskaya

I was saddened to hear of the death of Russian poet Irina Ratushinskaya at the relatively young age of 63, but a triumph given the conditions she endured after being sentenced to seven year’s hard labour in 1983 for anti-Soviet … Continue reading

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Unknown Numbers – freedom of speech by the fjord

On a visit to Oslo earlier this month I came across Unknown Numbers, an outdoor artwork in progress paying tribute to freedom of speech, being painted directly onto the Peace Wall outside the Nobel Peace Centre. There is always an … Continue reading

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Bringing it all back home – 1960’s interiors revisited

    A new coffee table book showcasing a cool and kicky collection of 1960’s images from House & Garden magazine’s archives is far removed from the interiors of my childhood. House & Garden: Sixties House by Catriona Gray (Conran, … Continue reading

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Why I’m ditching my Mom Jeans for a denim pouffe

This Saturday sees the last of my interiors pages in The Herald but it’s not the final faux fur curtain – I’ll be blogging on all things for the home on a regular basis. Top Shop’s Mom Jeans If anyone … Continue reading

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Born in the Fifties – Women’s State Pensions – we should’ve known better

 Hundreds of thousands of women aged 55-65 will be hardest hit by changes to the state pensions.Those of us born in the 1950s will have to wait longer than expected to receive our state pension due to rises in the … Continue reading

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Country Christmas Living Fair comes to Glasgow

  Blankets from SoCosy Tomorrow I’ll be stepping into the pages of Country Living magazine when it comes alive at its Christmas Fair in Glasgow’s SECC over 19 -22 November. Although I live in an urban apartment block, that doesn’t stop me … Continue reading

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Soft focus on Scottish Alpaca Label

More often than not, when I’m pulling together my weekly interiors page for The Herald magazine, I come across an independent Scottish business with a global reach. My most recent discovery is the Samantha Holmes label, one of the longest … Continue reading

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Young actress to recreate Highland Heroine

A young actress, not long out of school, is to take on the role of a Highland heroine for a new film project. Last Footsteps of Home is a haunting new short film inspired by the true story of Kate McPherson, … Continue reading

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Goodnight to Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty at the V&A

This is the final day of the Alexander McQueen retrospective, Savage Beauty, at the V&A and it doesn’t surprise me that it has been declared the most visited paid-for exhibition at the museum in the last decade and that demand for … Continue reading

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