Alistair Darling is fronting up the all-party campaign to persuade the Scots that they want to remain part of the UK. My mother loved all things Scottish. I grew up with Rabbie Burns' poetry and
went by the name of "Lassie" for years. So it's always upset me when, come international football matches, I hear that the Scots will support whoever we are playing - just because!
on whether Scotland should break away from the UK is scheduled for 2014 so we can look forward to a good few months of arguments for and agin. I hope the debate will bring us closer together, in our shared heritage, than drive us further apart.
While my mother espoused all things Scottish, for my father a defining part of his early adult life was spent in Egypt, as a member of the Eighth Army during World War 2. So I've been watching the progress
of the first democratic elections in that country and hoping that they may signal a change of direction which will demonstrate that the Arab Spring really has sprung.
Finally, the British Film Institute
has today released on DVD a number of films shown first at "Saturday Morning Pictures" when I was a child. I used to go with my older brothers Tony and Phil every week and it was the highlight of my week, even though some of the films scared me witless.
There was one particular series about aliens who could take over people's bodies by throwing a green, spiky ball at them. Now will that be on the DVD? And, if so, will it still terrify me just as much?