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We first published this article on the 12th October 2012 just after plans to commemorate the start of World War 1 were announced. I thought then, as I do now, that it was one of the most powerful articles I had ever read.

It seems then entirely fitting on the eve of the commemoration ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral to re-publish it and I make no apologies for doing so. Special thanks and respect to Sean for giving his consent.

Lynda Williamson, editor


By Sean McPartlin

Alan Bennett famously wrote: “History? It’s just one fuckin thing after another!”. He was right, of course, but the older I get, the more I come to realise that its weight lies far more on individuals than on nations.

  By Martin Kelly
 
An oil field, described as one of the biggest untapped resources in the North Sea, is set to produce oil until 2050, it has emerged.
 
The Bentley Field, which is due to be drilled by Xcite Energy, has up to 777 million barrels of oil reserves, the company has revealed.

Wales have been knocked out of the rugby world cup after losing to France 9-8 in the first semi-final.

The match though will be remembered more for a dreadful refereeing decision by match official Alain Rolland who sent off Welsh captain James Warburton in the first half for a dangerous tackle.

By George Kerevan

WITH barely two weeks to go before the independence referendum, the Yes campaign has finally acquired momentum.
 
The latest string of polls suggest it will take only a modest three-point swing to put the two sides on even keel – no wonder David Cameron says he is nervous. The political mood feels very similar to the final weeks of the 2011 Holyrood election, when the optimism exuded by the SNP campaign caught the nation’s imagination.

By Calum Ansell

The decision taken last week by David Cameron not to get involved in a debate with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on the issue of Scottish independence is one that has, by and large, passed the traditional Scottish media unnoticed despite its significance.

Being the elected leader of the institution that the Better Together campaign is asking Scots to endorse means that Cameron cannot take a back seat in this debate. As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom one would think that Cameron should be campaigning with “every single fibre” he has instead of leaving the debate to a previous and previously disgraced Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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