I was in my mid-teens when someone gave me a copy of ‘Pears Encyclopaedia of Myth and Legends’ as a birthday present. It sat on my shelves for many months before I looked at it. When I did, I couldn’t stop reading it.
In some ways, the ’60s were a reaction to the ’50s and the intensity of the Cold War.
The genealogy of fictional characters can become an obsession, like train-spotting, and should be firmly resisted.
The weakness in traditional Scottish nationalism lay in its own inability to grasp that identity could not be the only factor in the march to independence.
In my eyes, a patriot is little more than an international blackleg.
An act of unilateral nuclear disarmament by a European power would have a much more lasting impact than all the sanctions under consideration. Sanctions, as we know from the example of Iraq, always affect the least powerful citizens the most.
Power can shape ‘truth,’ but not forever.