There are a few places where ancient earth traditions hold true. Some countries have new traditions that aren't more sickening than a full bag of jelly Smurfs. There are certain rituals that are just plain worrying - in Brittany, children light candles in skulls to soothe restless spirits.
The Under-Occupancy Element of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 has created scores of headlines in the media. The obvious unfairness of a policy that penalises tenants in social housing who are deemed to have a 'spare' bedroom instinctively goes against the values of the majority of the electorate...
For Alex Salmond's part, he still clearly has his sights set on a debate with David Cameron, which would fit perfectly with a narrative of 'Scottish Government versus Westminster Government'. Only after Cameron has agreed to this, or else exited the debate altogether, will Salmond debate a "substitute" such as Alistair Darling.
Alex had been right about the hood. 'Driving through Glen Coe in a convertible is an amazing experience,' he'd told us. 'In a convertible you can smell things like the heather, the wild garlic. In a regular saloon you're cut off from all that. With the hood down you're out in the open, enjoying the fresh air.'
This doesn't of course mean that everyone is convinced by Salmond's arguments on independence, but it does mean that the SNP and their leader enjoy considerably more credibility than Blair McDougall is willing to admit.
We were a little unsure of the place at first, as when we checked in and made our way up the grand staircase to our room, there was a kind of reverential hush about the hotel. It was the kind of feeling you might get if you were a guest at Buckingham Palace, I imagine.
Shortly before we were due to stay at the Loch Melfort Hotel, south of Oban in Argyll, the owners were voted Scottish Hoteliers of the Year. They already claimed to have the best views on the west coast of Scotland, and their Asknish Bay Restaurant has won two AA Rosettes every year since 2001.
Dunkeld is one of the most enchanting towns in Scotland, standing in a scenic spot by the River Tay and with the haunting ruins of Dunkeld Cathedral one of its highlights.
Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) is not an obviously Scottish piece of culture. Set in Los Santos, a fictionalised Los Angeles, it has very little in common with the land of Robert Burns. For a start, it very rarely rains in Los Santos. Yet the GTA franchise, which has its roots in the Scottish city of Dundee, has subtley alluded to its orgins over the years.
First of all the colour looked amazing - Mauritius Blue - really striking and secondly, the design looked good too. Getting in and driving off I listed one after the other specific points that I loved - and I really did scrutinise the car from the diamond wheels to double glass sun roof.
There are so many beautiful cities in the UK for a romantic, wintery weekend away. Having just come back from a year travelling the world - I'm fully embracing winter this year, as having spent last year in the southern hemisphere, it was all cider and BBQs last Christmas.
I recently spent a week touring the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and managed to get my hands on some brilliant recommendations and a few accidental finds during my trip. Here are my top tips for where to eat and where to stay in Ullapool, Stornoway and Portree.
I'm looking for a taste of history, authenticity and the real Scottish character from this week - surely that's not too much to ask?
With less than a year to go before Scotland goes to the polls it looks like game, set and match to the pro-union campaign. It's been over six years since the SNP was first elected to government, yet the polls on independence have barely shifted.
The coming week's live listings are ready and waiting for you- so it's time you get yourselves organised. Get your diaries at the ready, because we've got a another round-up of unmissable shows for you to start looking forward to.
Approaching Cameron House, the first thing I can see is the beautiful blue expanse of Loch Lomond. We're only 15 miles from Glasgow airport, but the surrounding green hills and fresh air signal the countryside at its best.