SOMEWHERE in the Italian lakes, perhaps, a tall and portly head waiter called Philippo is presiding theatrically over an elegant, fashionable, and suitably expensive restaurant. In my mind's eye I can see him clearly against a background of lake and mountain, and can hear the rolling cadences as he tells some party of diners about the day's bill of fare. What he does not know is that he almost certainly if indirectly inspired a character in the latest Rumpole by John Mortimer.
Is Tam Baillie the right man to be Scotland's Children's Commissioner?
From the Daily Telegraph Jan 4 2011 - by Jackie Kemp
Despite budget cuts of almost £1 billion next year, Holyrood is about to pick a Children's Commissioner, and give them a multi-million-pound budget, for six years. Tam Baillie, the incumbent, is the clear front-runner, but Jackie Kemp asks whether he is the right man for the £70,000-a-year post and if MSPs are bothering to find out.
Akakpo Kangni-Soukpe and his three-year-old daughter Rose, from Togo, are among more than 1,000 asylum seekers in Glasgow being moved on. Photograph: Murdo Macleod.
A similar article appeared in the Guardian on November 24. All reference to the housing group 'Angel' was removed after a polite request for a comment was greeted with a letter from libel lawyers Carter Ruck.
Died: 8 September, 2010, in Dirleton, East Lothian, aged 67.
A thinker, a talker and an intellectual free spirit, as well as a teacher and a prolific writer, professor John Orr, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social and Political Studies at Edinburgh University, leaves many gaps with his sudden death at the age of 67.
One of those will be in the cafe of the Edinburgh Filmhouse where the internationally known film theorist often sat in lively discussion with students or fellow cineophiles, chewing the fat over what they had just seen. On 13 November, the Filmhouse is to show a tribute screening of one of his favourite films - Ingmar Bergman's Winter Light.
THERE have been good times and bad over the years but, up or down, win or lose, there are few games that John Rudden has missed at Easter Road since he first walked onto the terraces holding his dad's hand on a Saturday afternoon in 1936.
Not many of the familiar faces he first saw at games are still there, but the 79-year-old lifelong Leith resident is now joined by a new crew of fellow season ticket holders - two of his grandsons and two great-grandsons.
My 16-year fight with the NHS... and why my brave little boy deserves his millions
The piece tells the moving story of how mother Pauline Mckenzie with the help of her lawyer Ken Lauder won the biggest-ever damages in a medical negligence case in Scotland for her birth-injured son Kyle after a 16-year legal fight.
It appeared as an exclusive in the Scottish Daily Mail on September 18 2010 By Jackie Kemp and Gavin Madeley.