Scotland

Soft cell: ‘Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202’, 1970–73, by Dorothea Tanning

Wicked, humorous and high-spirited: Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern reviewed

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Art movements come and go but surrealism, in one form or another, has always been with us. Centuries before Freud’s…

Love is blind, but lust is not; William Boyd’s 15th novel reviewed

6 October 2018 9:00 am

William Boyd’s 15th novel begins well enough. In 1894 Edinburgh, a 24-year-old piano tuner is promoted to the Paris branch…

No whisky for breakfast? But this is Scotland!

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I begin my 87-day reading tour of the US, UK and Canada on a BA flight that will take me…

The myth of the ‘trustworthy’ Scottish accent

8 September 2018 9:00 am

There was once a belief that for TV and radio commercials, a Scottish voice was more ‘trustworthy’. This was particularly…

Give me Shakespeare’s Macbeth over Jo Nesbo’s any day

14 April 2018 9:00 am

It must have seemed a good idea to someone: commissioning a range of well-known novelists to ‘reimagine Shakespeare’s plays for…

Kilchoman isn’t a good whisky; it’s a great one

3 March 2018 9:00 am

‘What seas what shore what grey rocks what water lapping the bow’. So evocative, which seems strange: one would have…

As a trainee teacher, I saw the damage the SNP is inflicting on Scottish education

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Once one of the best in the world, Scotland’s education system has been steadily marching backwards for the past ten…

Notebook

7 October 2017 9:00 am

To Skibo Castle for a four-day wedding, a dream of super-luxury and great good fun. I was struck by how…

Diary

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Diana Spencer has been dead for 20 years. I was a journalist on the Evening Standard in those days and…

Live like a laird: Brodie Castle

The saddest, most romantic view in Britain

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Is there a more forlornly romantic spot in Britain than the moors east of Inverness where the Jacobite dream died?…

In fear we trust: how the Tories became addicted to negativity

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Strange as it may seem, there are still people around David Cameron who regard the Scottish referendum campaign as a…

This really isn’t how Robert Mugabe would run a referendum

16 April 2016 9:00 am

It is not what Robert Mugabe would do. Calm down. These are ‘spiv Robert Mugabe antics’, said the Tory backbencher…

The Sunlight Pilgrims: a chilling tale of the new Ice Age

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Every second novel is fated to be measured against its predecessor; and that comparison is particularly hard when the debut…

Referendum rage: a warning from Scotland

2 April 2016 9:00 am

In Scotland’s grittier pubs, a simple rule has long applied: no football colours and no talking about politics. With enough…

Why the Republican elite couldn’t stop Donald Trump

19 March 2016 9:00 am

If the Republican party were a company, it would now file for bankruptcy. Donald Trump, arguably the most grotesque candidate…

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd on windmill-slaying, North Sea oil and the EU

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Amber Rudd isn’t a flashy politician; her office at the Department for Energy and Climate Change has almost no personal…

Brute force: St Peter’s internal elevation

The embarrassing story of Scotland’s most important 20th century structure

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Finding St Peter’s is not straightforward. I approach the wrong way, driving up a pot-holed farm track between a golf…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Are we really going to try Lord Janner’s corpse?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

At the end of next week, a judge will decide whether the ‘trial of the facts’ can proceed now that…

The shocking truth about the English and the Scots: they agree

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Last year, the United Kingdom came within 384,000 votes of destruction. A referendum designed to crush the Scottish nationalists instead…

Towering will-o’-the-wisp: Agyness Deyn as Chris Guthrie

Sunset Song is close to masterly

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song is the best-remembered title of a short career. Born in 1901, he was dead by…

Why I find women-only exhibitions depressing

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Modern Scottish Men, a new exhibition celebrating the achievements of male artists in the 20th century, opens next month in…

Rugby referee Craig Joubert is just the man to sort out Syria

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Not since Walter Palmer, a cudddly Minnesota dentist, put down his drill and vanished off the face of the earth…

Can the Great British public be made to care passionately about the EU referendum?

17 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s early days, I know, but the Outers have convinced me. Britain will not collapse into chaos and penury if…

Centralising, illiberal, catastrophic: the SNP’s one-party state

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Imagine a country where the government so mistrusted parents that every child was assigned a state guardian — not a…

What Scottish professors have to fear from Nicola Sturgeon’s power grab

17 October 2015 8:00 am

In the grounds of Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University stands a one-tonne sculpture. Roughly hewn and about five feet high, it carries…