Weed wealth — from the sea

Lunch today had a new flavour, though it was difficult to pin down. A taste of the sea was suggested, but I didn’t get it. All that was reaching my taste buds was nutty homemade bread. The meat with it was good, too, as was the mixed salad.

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We all tended to pong

When young, I spent most of my holidays on the west coast of Scotland — in a place only thirty or so miles from where I stayed. Those of us who stayed in and around Glasgow were lucky to be within an hour or less of the little villages and towns on the coast of the Clyde estuary. A century previously intrepid adventurers had ‘discovered’ this playground on their doorstep. These were the West of Scotland merchants, men who had accumulated enormous fortunes from coal and iron, shipbuilding and trading, thread manufacture and heavy engineering.

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50 Best Scottish Books of the Last 50 Years

In anticipation of Book Week Scotland 2013, literary critic Stuart Kelly and staff at Scottish Book Trust have compiled a list of the top 50 Scottish books of the last 50 years. See if you agree with the selection and vote for your favourite though you may have to do some reading beforehand. See the list at –


Which would be your choice?

Visit again to see which book I decide to vote for.