Change of scenery

Craig Goldthorp
Craig Goldthorp

By Craig Goldthorp

They say that variety is the spice of life – so the chance to work in the Fife Free Press office this week provided a freshness for me after 16½ years of grafting away at the Carluke Gazette.

I’m proud of the fine product that the Gazette editorial staff – numbering just five people – puts out every week despite our obvious shortage of employees.

And I have a similar admiration for the fine people of the Fife office, who I was stunned to learn are responsible for putting out FIVE papers every week.

That heavy workload means they have to meet deadlines on an almost daily basis. Given that punishing schedule, you might have thought that me – blighted by a heavy cold and coughing on a regular basis – could have been made to feel about as welcome here as Tony Blair would be at an Al Qaeda mass meeting.

But nothing could be further from the truth. I was accepted by the friendly staff straight away and I enjoyed all my story writing and subbing responsibilities.

Independence debate: I still feel disappointed at the fare offered up at the final live TV debate between First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together leader Alistair Darling. It would have been 100 times better if both men had actually answered the questions asked and hadn’t continually talked over each other. My verdict: Mr Salmond faired better but overall it was a rabble which I don’t think swayed voters either way.

Exciting league: With Celtic certain to canter to the Scottish Premiership title, it is good that at least The Championship league – featuring Raith Rovers – looks like being very exciting this season. The presence of Rangers, Hearts and Hibs in this division means that there will be a genuine title race, which the Scottish Premiership won’t have for the foreseeable future.

This week: I was amused by a customer in a Kirkcaldy shop. After hearing the high price of her cigarettes, she replied: “Can you say that a bit quieter next time?”