When it comes to planning the big day, there's nothing so hard as choosing the wedding venue. get it right and the day runs smoothly - get it wrong and you can land yourself with an expensive bill for mediocre service.
'I never asked for autographs when I was photographing celebrities,' Fraser Ballantyne tells me, 'as it seemed unprofessional, but I did on this occasion.' Ballantyne was a staff photographer for almost 40 years on Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, and 'this occasion' was when the Beatles came to town on 19th October, 1964.
Fingal is a slow mover but then he is 85 years old. Fingal is a Belgian barge that somehow ended up rusting in the Corpach boat yard in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, the south-western end of the Caledonian Canal.
I'm currently rereading Catch 22 and, in doing so, have come to realise that the Smith Commission on Scottish devolution - which meets on October 22 for the first time - finds itself in a position with certain parallels to that of Captain Yossarian in his efforts to avoid military service...
If you've been toying a round for a while with the idea of a golf break, then don't putt it off any longer! You'll go a fairway to match a golf weekend - as it's likely to be tee-rific. Even if you're a bit green at the game, this won't handicap the enjoyment you'll get if you pitch in and have a go.
Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.
English whisky? We are in Scotland, right? To be precise we're at the Roxburghe Hotel, a country house hotel near Kelso and checking the bar menu for a drink before dinner. And there it is... an English whisky. And a Scottish vodka, a Bulgarian vodka, Indian, Japanese and Swedish whiskies, and a range of Scottish gins.
The morning of September 19 was a dismal day for those of us who voted yes. I can honestly say, it felt like a death in the family. That kind of despair you feel deep in your soul...will we forever be the tail attached to the arse of the dog that is called Westminster?
NOT easy being a travel writer, for ever stuck with trying to breathe life into these fantastical places, and only words, words, words with which to describe them. To do a decent job, you really need pictures.
Scotland has been completely ignored in this so called debate. It is just another spat between the Westminster parties. Scotland is watching. And those that voted no a few weeks ago won't be fooled or frightened again.
Travelling with a dog or two can be a joy - but there are also times when things don't go to plan and you and your four-legged friend find that a hotel you've booked to stay with doesn't seem to be the dog-friendly place you were hoping for.
The priority now is to build up the SNP, make sure it gets a big majority in the next election and then have another referendum.
Through this referendum the voices of the Scots were heard, and they need to continue to be heard just as loudly in future. The people who are still hung-up on the result need to be mature and respectful and move on from it; but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to fight for change in other ways.
The Kurds face the world's wealthiest and best armed terrorist organisation in Daish (Isil) and are struggling to cope with a 20% increase in its population through a massive influx of desperate refugees and internally displaced people in just a few months...
The SNP membership is up by 75,000 since the vote and already people across Scotland are planning for how we can obtain independence as quickly as possible. When 71% of teenagers vote yes, it is only a matter of time... and how. If anyone seriously believes this matter is finished, it isn't far from it.
Last week the acclaimed Ryder Cup golf competition came home to Gleneagles Hotel, host of the first ever international golf match between Great Britain and the USA in 1921. In honour of the occasion, we have selected six of the most luxurious golf hotels in Scotland.