What you should know about the Brexit bunch (Part II)
When Emma Thompson dared to suggest that it would be 'mad not to stay in the EU' – a sentiment endorsed by the Euromidgie – the Sun published a front-page splash dominated by the words, 'Shut Yer Cakehole'. Another contribution to enlightened discussion by those civilised people, the Brexit bunch

Mystery of the week
Why, despite everything, BBC goes on showing repeats of the grisly 'Top of the Pops' with its background chorus of under-age girls

Natalie McGarry award for silliness
Natalie McGarry (again)

Three good things about this year's Oscars
1. Best film was not the ghastly 'Revenant' but a quiet, serious study of how good journalism works – or worked before the age of social media when, suddenly, everybody became a journalist
2. The emotionally incontinent Kate Winslet cut short her interview on the red carpet
3. Er, that's about it, really

BBC Scotland's idea of news
Falkirk stadium was 'evacuated' after the Bairns' home tie with Queen of the South had finished, because of a suspicious package wrapped in gift paper. Since most people had already left the ground, and the suspicious package turned out to be a box of chocolates, the Midgie wonders why a national public service broadcaster found this non-news so fascinating

Changes of names reported last year by the UK Deed Poll Service
Bacon Double Cheeseburger
Penelope Pitstop
Happy Birthday
Mr and Mrs Amazing
The Midgie is also gratified to note that a Mr Cock changed his name to Mr Cox and that a Miss Smellie is now Miss Smiley.
The Midgie is thinking of changing his name to Sir Tom Devine

How the Midgie will feel to be re-named Sir Tom Devine
Fab. The Midgie will enjoy being a national treasure (even if an inconsistent one)

Word of the week
Hub. Everything is a hub these days. The Midgie suspects that calling yourself a hub is a smart new way of screwing money out of Creative Scotland

Match of the week
A game of walking football between the old guys of Canterbury and Herne Bay – no-one under the age of 50, some as ancient as 70 – which had to be abandoned after a punch-up in the third minute. Even the ref joined in

Meanie of the week
Sainsbury's, which is giving away only 1p of the 5p charge for its plastic bags despite the rule that large retailers should donate the proceeds to good causes after deducting 'reasonable costs'

Other news from the supermarkets
Tesco has stopped selling the traditional crescent-shaped croissant because its lazy, good-for-nuttin customers can't spread their jam on it

Click here to return to Home page


It's easier than ever to access talkScot, SR's quality radio. You can find all our podcasts on the SR site simply by clicking here. Why not have a browse?

Contents
THE LINE GOES DEAD
Maggie Mellon

FOCUS:
A homeless young man and the callous indifference of public services

FREE THE SCOTTISH SIX
Kenneth Roy

EDITORIAL: For all our grand pretensions, the spectre of Wee Willie McTaggart hangs over the land as grimly as ever

NEWS AS SHOWBIZ
Walter Humes

DIARY: The EU debate is given soap opera treatment with all the delicacy of the Jeremy Kyle Show

THE POWER OF FEAR
Gerry Hassan

POLITICS: The next four months will witness fire and rain but not much clarity

A EUROSCEPTIC STAYS IN
RD Kernohan

POLITICS: We should offer the EU the continued benefit of constructive scepticism

ROUND THE AISLES OF LIDL
Martin Shannon

FOOD: A third of our recommended daily allowance of calories in a single bar? What the hell, I think I'll get two

EMBERS OF A RISING
Andrew Hook

BOOKS: Whatever happened to the 'terrible beauty' of Easter 1916?

Also in this edition

THE MIDGIE

Why I'm changing my name

THE CAFE
Prisoners are not 'them'

AMERICA
Alan Fisher

The Donald marches on

LIFE
Paul Tritschler

Queer folk in the 'Shaws

POETRY
James Aitchison


CARTOONS
Bob Smith

22
For a list of our Friends, Click here
To donate now, click below

88