Social affairs

There's no need to live like a dog

Fist published in the Herald, 2005.

Gemma means everything to me. I love her to bits.

She knows if I'm feeling rough or a bit ill. And I know that even if I shout at her, she'll still be there the next day. She gives me 100% love and I give her the same, " says Eric.

To the homeless man, the six year-old mongrel at his heel is more than a pet. And while trooping about the town at her master's side may be not bad as a dog's life goes, he worried about the toll homelessness would take on her health.

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Trouble for gypsies in PItlochry

Oh, the scaldies call us tinker dirt and they sconce our bairns in school, But who cares what a scaldy says, for scaldy's but a fool. They never hear the yorlin's song, nor see the flax in bloom, For they're aye cooped up in houses when the yellow's on the broom.

READERS of travellers' tales such as Betsy Whyte's the Yellow on the Broom will be familiarwith the hardship and intolerance that Scotland 's gypsies have suffered. It's easy to assume that those days are long gone. But for one gypsy family, it appears that little has changed.

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Louise Richardson Interview

Education Guardian.

Louise Richardson, the new head of St Andrews, will bring 'American attitudes' to admissions and to red tape, she tells Jackie Kemp.

University of St Andrews

St Andrews University ... Louise Richardson was previously the dean of a Harvard college

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Pressure mounts on Scots

Media Guardian

Scotland's national newspapers are in crisis as readership falls, jobs are cut and London-based titles muscle in.

Scots, once the biggest consumers of newsprint in the world, are losing the habit, with the slump hitting home-grown titles the hardest. The writing could now be on the wall for one or all of the three daily Scotland-wide titles, the Scotsman, the Herald and the Daily Record.

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