Archive for June, 2007

Self-hating Scotsman

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Whenever I introduce myself to someone as being from Glasgow, I invariably get one of the following responses:

  • “Oh but I can understand your accent.”
  • “Oh but I thought Scottish people were meant to be thrifty and you’ve clearly just got a round in for everyone.”
  • “Oh but I can’t help noticing you haven’t knifed me to death.”
  • “Is it true about the kilts?”

In the face of such blatant stereotyping, I emit a beleaguered sigh, and launch into the prepared script that I have for just these occasions; I wonder why people cling on to these old-fashioned notions about Scottishness, surely cribbed from an episode of the Russ Abbot show. But then….


The Apprentice: I demand a recount!

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

I accept that it’s a bit jejune to get worked up about Reality TV, but last night’s Apprentice took the biscuit.