Archive for the 'Personal Journal' Category

The Young Americans Are Coming!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Woo-hoo! They’re on their way. Any day now!

Notre Dame High School For Girls, Glasgow, is in the grip of ‘American Fever’.

Have you heard of The Young Americans? If you live ’stateside’ you probably have.

They’re a touring troupe of American boys and girls aged 18 to 22 who not only tour their native […]

‘Hey, Frank, Where Ya’ Been?’

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

This was the Subject line of an e-mail I received recently. The writer (yes, you’ve guessed it) was American and wanted to know why this blog had dried up.

He certainly had a point. And it got me thinking. Why had I been neglecting the blog?

The first answer came easily (too easily, as […]

Back To Business!

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

You may have noticed!

There have been no posts for a few weeks. Sorry about that if you’re one of the many who have told me you’re enjoying the Blog.

It’s because Grace and I have been soaking up the sun in Texas for the past few weeks. As an author I like […]

Scotland’s Young Braveheart

Friday, September 16th, 2005

I know many people, particularly readers from outside the
UK, have been interested in the story of Rory Blackhall, the
eleven year old Livingston schoolboy who was murdered on his
first day back at school, August 18.

His body was discovered three days later in nearby woods,
and a man, Simon Harris, later hanged himself. The official
line is that […]

Schoolroom Snippets - Or Torture By Chocolate

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Going back to school after the long summer recess is always
a challenge, as much for teachers as for students!

But for me there’s always been one particular aspect that’s
been sheer torture - at least since I started at Notre Dame
over ten years ago. And it’s still the same, even though I
only go there a […]

Heard The One About The Bouncing Baby?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we’re all back to school here in Scotland.

For me that means back to Notre Dame High School For Girls in Glasgow, where I do some part-time teaching in between my writing.

The last two posts have involved bad news about kids, so I’m pleased to pass on a ‘happy […]

Gary And Rory: Update

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

This is where I live. My house is in there somewhere, on the edge of the town of Erskine, Scotland. It’s just before sundown!

So far there’s been no success in tracing the mother of Gary, the new-born baby abandoned in woods near Edinburgh. The search continues.

There has been significant progress in the […]

Back To School

Friday, August 26th, 2005

It’s back to school time here in Scotland.

You often hear Scottish kids complain that English schools go back two weeks later, but everyone conveniently forgets that in England they don’t break up for summer until well into July!

This is our local high school here in Erskine. Not a soul to be seen, as they’re […]

A Trip To ‘The Wheel’

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

On Friday Grace and I decided to have a day off, and we drove to Falkirk (pronounced ‘fall’ - as in ‘to fall down’ - and ‘kirk’) to see the Falkirk Wheel, a contraption that’s the only one of its kind in the world.

My mother is always keen on a jaunt in the countryside, […]

A View From What Bridge?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005