Author: Alan

There are stereotypes about lots of countries and their residents. A widespread stereotype about Scottish people is that we have a sweet tooth. Like many stereotypes, there is perhaps more than a grain of truth to it. As the early dental records of this blog writer...

  If you wanted to take a dour view of matters, 2020 could be thought of as a landmark year for the reputation of Scottish food. As this article in the Edinburgh Evening News illustrates, it has been a quarter of a century since the deep-fried Mars...

The trees are decorated, the lights are switched on and The Fairytale of New York is on 24 hour rotation on the radio. The festive season is well and truly here. Like many other nationalities, Scots will be celebrating Christmas by gathering with friends and family,...

Great nightlife, wonderful history, exciting restaurants - there are plenty of reasons to visit Glasgow. Not least is the year-round program of events and festivals which the city organises. Not for nothing was the city was named Europe’s Leading Festival and Event Destination 2019 at the World...

A few drinks, a chat with friends and, maybe, some dancing. Until recently, a night on the tiles stuck to a well recognised format. But new venues are offering an alternative. Bowling, crazy golf and axe-throwing have all joined the city's nightlife mix. Until relatively recently, painting...

As a big collection of rare whisky goes under the auctioneer's hammer, we ask what is whisky for? Collecting or sharing? Recently, there has been much excitement in the whisky world as Sotheby's have announced the auction of 'The Ultimate Whisky Collection'. Billed as 'the most comprehensive...

[caption id="attachment_5847" align="aligncenter" width="900"] One of The Barras traders, immortalised in neon on the wall at Barrowland Ballroom.[/caption]   The bars, streets and eats around Glasgow's famous Barras market are changing quickly. Asked to name the most famous bar in Glasgow's East End/Calton area and a lot of...