SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS WAS HEANEY’S ANNUAL RITUAL

This time of year always reminds me of my father’s annual ritual of sending out Christmas cards. Every December, he approached the task with the rigour and planning of a small military operation. First, and most importantly, was the drawing up of the list – each year, the backbone of old friends, extended family, fellow writers and colleagues would be added to, to include new people he had met over the previous twelve months. … More SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS WAS HEANEY’S ANNUAL RITUAL

A BLACK VELVET SKY STUDDED WITH STARS

I was lucky to spend a few wonderful days with friends in the Haut Languedoc. It’s a quieter corner of France. Stunning mountains with dramatic rock escarpments, beautiful medieval villages with rivers running through them, lush vineyards yielding robust reds and vibrant rosés and mystifyingly, a Scottish person round every corner who has made a home and a life here. I can see some similarity with Scotland, and certainly the appeal. … More A BLACK VELVET SKY STUDDED WITH STARS

DYING NEWSPAPER TRADE IS IN HANDS OF MOGULS

Millionaires own our newspapers, and even the locals have foreign owners Millions got “played”. Every time you buy a copy of 1. “THE SUN” (owned by Rupert Murdoch, personal wealth over $21.5 BILLION), 2. “THE DAILY MAIL” (owned by Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount of Rothermere, personal wealth well over £1 BILLION), 3. “THE EXPRESS” (owned … More DYING NEWSPAPER TRADE IS IN HANDS OF MOGULS

TUNE INTO HOSPITAL RADIO THIS CHRISTMAS

It’s no secret music can have a therapeutic effect on people, and it’s never more important than when you are in hospital. Various studies have shown the benefits to patients – whether that’s to help provide a calming atmosphere before an operation, or to provide them with additional interaction and company during their stay. … More TUNE INTO HOSPITAL RADIO THIS CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM THE HEALTH BOARD

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the staff at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Our staff will be working over the Christmas and New Year festive holiday period to continue providing essential services to our local communities. Please find below important information to help you if you need your local health services over the festive period. … More HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM THE HEALTH BOARD