Every country and culture has stereotypes that go alongside it, some truer than others. Scotland of course, is no different. However, what I have noticed is that while Scotland is part of the UK British stereotypes tend to be more closely associated with the English portion of the country. It is a common mistake to think of the U.K. and England synonymously, when this is not true. As a Scot, I have no objection to being called British, but I am certainly not English.
It would be fair to say that Alex Salmond, the SNP, and the YES campaign for Scottish independence have had better weeks than the one just past since launching the White Paper setting out their vision for an independent Scotland in November 2013.
Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War.
Setting up a large film studio in Scotland has long been seen as key to attracting international and British productions. Just two days after this panel in Glasgow, Pinewood announced they were going to build their new studios for film and 'high end TV' in Wales instead of Scotland -- estimated to bring some £90 million to local Welsh businesses alone.
The last two weeks of the debate about Scotland's future remind me of Celtic FC's season. Until recently it was quite one sided - they are undefeated in the domestic league, successfully qualified for the Champions League and were on a good run in the Scottish Cup.
The whole of curling worldwide shares one simple yet geologically significant secret. That secret is held in the smoothed blue/grey stones that are pushed down the ice, known as the 'curling stones'.
Scotland has nearly 250,000 students enrolled in further and higher education. These students currently, and according to the current government policy, will receive free tuition throughout their lives.
My hunch is that, paradoxically, the Swiss Yes to immigration quotas makes a Scottish No to independence more likely. There'll be more warnings of the price to be paid for years of political uncertainty, potential instability and investor nervousness. Pro-independence campaigners will call it bullying; the anti-independence camp will call it setting out the facts.
It is a terrible thing to lose one's faith in one's country, and if I'd not been asked the independence question I might well have kept quiet about it, but I don't want to be queried in future days about what I did during the debate and have to reply, "well, I didn't want trouble so I just kept my head down."
Pumped-storage hydro schemes are the perfect complement for other forms of renewables such as wind and wave power, storing power by pumping water to a reservoir when there is a surplus of energy which is then released when demand is high.
In its white paper, "Scotland's Future", the current Scottish Government undertakes to use the powers of independence to conduct an urgent review of the system for assessing disability benefits, and envisages that the whole system of delivering benefits in the future - including health assessments - will be in the public sector.
Everything from friendships to schools to art and love has been productized and marketized until we no longer have a ready language with which to describe or ascribe value that doesn't have a price. The philosopher Michael Sandel has written brilliantly and extensively on the subject, asking if there is anything left which we aren't willing to buy and sell. Safety? Justice? Freedom? Your children?
I will be voting No in this year's referendum on Scottish independence. I will do so as a statement of solidarity with working people throughout Britain.
Don't walk: two words that most people would never associate with fashion, let alone a fashion show. Nonetheless, it is this very name that has become prominent in the small town of St Andrews, notorious for its infamous parties, fashion shows and most importantly its tendency to raise controversy in a setting of seeming tranquillity.
The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, yesterday set out a common sense approach to a common currency between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK. Mr Carney was clear that he did not seek to influence the decision of the people of Scotland, and stressed that in the case of a Yes vote, the people of Scotland would have sovereignty and the ability to choose the arrangements we wish, in partnership with our neighbours in the rest of the UK.
Burns Night is approaching once more and it's time to raise a glass to Scotland's greatest poet. If you're not usually one to get involved in this annual shindig, the 25th January is the time to don your kilt, get mashing those neeps and tatties and turn your attentions northwards.