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.
In a year's time, the people of Scotland will go to the polls not only to decide their own destiny but to decide the route we all take as a united country. The United Kingdom for Wales is simply too important to dismiss.
The introduction of devolution in Scotland and Wales and its re-introduction in Northern Ireland was one of the major achievements of the Labour government. Yet its aspirations for fostering devolution in England largely came to naught.
Scotland is positioning itself as a potential hub for Islamic finance and ethical banking following a major conference held by leading Scottish law firm Tod Murrays and the Islamic Finance Council UK.
When Jeanie Finlay first heard the story of Silibil n' Brains, she didn't believe it. Two guys from north-eastern Scotland who pretended to be American rappers, fooling one of Britain's most successful pop music managers and one of the world's biggest record labels?
Among certain sections of Scots, then, social attitudes surveys reveal a lingering undercurrent of anti-Englishness which is not always jovial. This is concerning.
I understand that you can't get reception in the many caves and basements of this city - I get that, I really do. But my flat's on the third floor, centrally located on The Meadows, and I have to go to the park if I want to make a phonecall, like I'm in The Wire or something. At least it didn't rain in Baltimore. Today I had to sit on a plastic bag.
The lure of the filthy lucre is strong in the upper echelons of the classical music industry. Dangled before genius, the contract that promises to make musicians rich can unmoor and pollute. But only if caution is not exercised. Money, in this respect, can be poisonous, and Nicola Benedetti agrees...
Putting on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe is like getting into the hopper that selects lotto numbers and punching the balls until, maybe, the desired numbers come up.
The Festival in Edinburgh is a marvel. There really isn't anything like it anywhere else in the world. But don't forget to sneak off now and then and discover what's made this city a world-class destination ever since the Enlightenment - take a peek beyond the fringe.
These days the Fringe Festival attracts any performer who can pay the fee for entry and can perform whatever they chose.
We fly into Edinburgh in the early afternoon, and the buzz of the Fringe Festival is present from the moment we hit the runway and especially as we begin a walk through the city. The sun is shining, street performers circle the sidewalks, and traffic is exceptionally terrible.
People say that flyering is the single most important thing in Edinburgh in terms of getting people to come to your shows. But really, getting famous works far better. In the absence of getting famous, however, flyering becomes quite important.
There is nothing worse than being enforced 'train pals' with someone who you can't remember whether you slept with the previous year. Last year I pretended to be asleep for a solid four hours to avoid having to talk to a comedian who sat down next to me.
Now all people want to talk about is Alex Salmond. Blah, blah, blah; Salmond, Salmond, Salmond. God, I'm sick of it. He's overshadowed all of the infinitely more interesting things about my country and it's breaking my heart.