03 July 2000
In November, my first picture book, Who Is The World For?, will be published. I wrote it while on a writer's bursary...
19 June 2000
"The Microlight - I had to have it," Jim explained, as we drove to the field in northern France where a local farmer...
05 June 2000
Lt Colonel Kevin de Val, a spokesman for the Royal Marines, gave a graphic account of the problems facing the marine...
22 May 2000
The opening mile of the first Dumfries half-marathon, 20 years ago, took the runners along the towpath by the River...
Politics
15 May 2000
Two weeks ago, at the luminous Kibble Palace in Glasgow's Botanic Gardens, the city hosted an 80th birthday celebration...
24 April 2000
Without Day is a recently published anthology of "proposals for a Scottish Parliament". In an invitation for...
Politics
10 April 2000
When Lawrence Dallaglio dived behind the Scottish line, his huge forearms in triumph framing his perfect jaw, many...
Politics
03 April 2000
When I phoned Liz Lochhead last month, she was in hideaway mode. On her own admission, she can be a bit of a depressive...
27 March 2000
It has taken a while for the death of Hercules, the wrestling bear, to fully sink in - to connect with memories of his...
13 March 2000
Whenever I have to deal with my books, I think of Doris Lessing who, at the Edinburgh Book Festival some years ago,...
28 February 2000
Come the snowdrops, the lighter nights and the spring catalogues, my wife looks at me again and repeats: "I'd love you...
14 February 2000
For the usual set of reasons, we were late arriving at the very last lantern-making workshop before the Millennium...
31 January 2000
There is a Scots word to "sorn", meaning to scrounge. It is an idea more than matched by a word from the Pacific...
24 January 2000
In 1996, Dumfries "celebrated" the 200th anniversary of Robert Burns's death by re-enacting his funeral: a first for...
17 January 2000
Dumfries greeted the new millennium as peacefully and as enthusiastically as the big hot spots - with music, dancing...

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