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Time to bring back the 12 days of Christmas

It’s barely 8.30 a.m. and already I’m hearing The Darkness’ Christmas song for the second time.

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Judy Murray  Pic: Ian Georgeson

Judy Murray: how to be the perfect parent

There are random things in life which tend to upset my sense of equilibrium.

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Comment: Why Wonder Woman was wrong call for UN figurehead

Comment: Why Wonder Woman was wrong call for UN figurehead

If there’s an award for ‘‘PR Gaffe of the Year’’ then expect the United Nations to be on the shortlist.

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Donald Trump (pic courtesy of Gage Skidmore/flickr)

Clinton’s Trumped, God help America

Well, blow me over with a feather, Trump will be the 45th president of America.

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Why private schools should take a long, hard look at themselves

Regulation is an increasing challenge for schools in all sectors, including the independent sector. Where 20 years ago regulations were minor requirements for schools, now they have hundreds of regulations with which they must comply, or face the risk of sanctions – or even closure. This is where a regime of self-reflection and assessment can really come into its own. A school which competently self-assesses need not fear the threat of regulatory inspection, because they are pre-empting and mirroring the inspection process internally and are therefore always ahead of the game. The fallout from regulation breaches is considerable – as well as the financially measurable penalties, there is the far less measurable impact of increased staff workload, reputational harm and possible damage to staff/pupil morale to consider.

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Allan Crow had a visit to St Andrews at the weekend, and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships was in full swing. Pictured: Scott Jamieson drives at the eighteenth hole of the Old Course. Pic: John Stewart

Columnist: Trump and takeaways...

Had a wander up to St Andrews at the weekend.

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Columnist: How does a woman get elected in the US?

Columnist: How does a woman get elected in the US?

Politics has to work hard to be interesting to the ordinary punter in the street but even here attention has been grabbed by the US presidential race. But sadly not in a good way.

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Billy Elliot played by Nat Sweeney. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

Columnist: Wa-ay man! It’s all in the accent

It’s confession time.

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Columnist: That post holiday feeling...

Columnist: That post holiday feeling...

You know that post-holiday feeling when you get back to work and all you want to do is book another holiday?

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Columnist: Is a better ‘online world’ a possibility?

Columnist: Is a better ‘online world’ a possibility?

I once saw a cat headbutt a car in Kirkcaldy a few years ago. The car wasn’t moving, but when I laughed out loud – I believe ‘lol’ is the term – it gave me a glower that told me I had better watch myself.

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Christmas decorations in the shops already? Bah humbug...

Columnist: A dose of the ‘bah-humbugs’ already...

It’s started already and I am suffering from a right old dose of the bah humbugs.

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Columnist: Breaking up? It isn’t really hard to do ...

Columnist: Breaking up? It isn’t really hard to do ...

Come with me as I step way out of my comfort zone and into a world I know little about and have even less of an interest in (always nice to start with an ‘ill-informed drivel imminent’ warning, don’t you think?).

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The Team Lux driverless car which is taking part in the DARPA Urban Challenge driverless car race. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Wednesday April 11, 2007. The car features laser scanners which allow the car to 'see' where it is going to locate large obstacles to manoeuvre around, GPS navigation systems, computer activated steering, braking and gears. See PA story  TRANSPORT Driverless. Photo credit should read: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire.

Road to the future is paved with driverless cars

All of the major vehicle manufacturers have been setting out their planned timescales for launching sales of driverless vehicles. Many people are surprised at the pace of change under which increasing numbers of cars are operating on our roads with less control by the driver. The UK Department for Transport (DfT) roadmap to encourage autonomous vehicles (AVs) on our roads envisages that the UK can be a world leader in AVs.

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Columnist Fiona Pringle; A matter of life and a matter of death

Columnist Fiona Pringle; A matter of life and a matter of death

No better place to start an uplifting column than the surety of death.

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Sheona Small took part in a triathlon... Stock pic: Dave Swan

Columnist: Perth, on a bike, in a swimsuit... but who cares?

Have you ever had one of those moments when you’ve been reminded of something and, as a flush of embarrassment sweeps over you, you say to yourself: “What on earth was I thinking?”

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No-one paid attention to the cycle sign on walkway at Forth Road Bridge

Columnist: Bridge signs ignored by all ...

Enjoyed a fab walk across both sides of the Forth Road Bridge on Sunday.

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Ticket stubs from Edinburgh fringe

Columnist: Buzz of Fringe is done for another year

So, the Fringe is over for another year.

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Modern technology opens up the communications world.

Columnist: The world is getting smaller every day...

Modern technology opens up the communications world.

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Susie Wolff

Columnist: Everyone deserves a shot at poll position

Fortunate to be brought up believing anything was possible, it never crossed my mind as a child, naive as that may have been, that there was differences in opportunities based on who or what you are.

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Usain Bolt after the medal cermony.  Pic Ian Rutherford

Columnist: Olympic daft

It’s been all things Olympic for me this week.

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