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The Scottish Tourette’s mystery solved.

I get a phone call. “Oh my God, switch on the TV.” I flip stations until I get to the Nat Geo channel. And there on the news room TV is the Tourette’s man. The last time I saw Tourette’s … Continue reading

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The grandmother of all newspaper corrections.

It is an embarrassing part of newspaper life. But the New York Times took “for the record” writing to the extreme yesterday when they printed a correction for a story that appeared in their paper 136 years ago. The correction … Continue reading

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Who killed George Harrison

Now this is a face that so easily could be staring at you from across the bar in a Highgate pub, a pint of London pride in his hand. But modern he is not. This is the facial reconstruction of … Continue reading

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The drug deal that almost happened

The plan was for a score. Most us journos have had this assignment before. Find a street corner where the view is unobstructed, so to allow a shooter to snap away, with a long lens, as the transaction goes down. … Continue reading

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Hey w**ker, can I have some cheese with that, please.

F**k,” shouts Tattoo man. “W**ker,” shouts his friend. It is lunch time, and I am in a Spar supermarket in Arisaig, a port town on the West coast of Scotland. From the sliding windows I can see a bay filled … Continue reading

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Musings of an accused

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So what is this strange bird?

Like all great mysteries this one stares out of a blurred photograph. But this is no picture of the Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch or even Elvis, this is a photo of a small finch sized bird. It is a pretty … Continue reading

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Mandela’s notes

While the current news cycle fixates on a dying old man, it is good to be reminded of what Nelson Mandela did for us. Some of those reminders are in the objects he left behind. One of these artifacts I … Continue reading

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Death by a thousand panics

Every day Nelson Mandela dies a score of times in our newsroom. He is killed off when a reader phones in to say they have just heard … Twitter, that Ted Bundy of social media, has killed off the former … Continue reading

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When the day nearly came

In our newsroom it is called Operation M. Now Operation M is bit like the US president’s football, that emergency satchel that contains the codes and authorisation for a nuclear attack. What Operation M is is the paper’s plan for … Continue reading

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