Auld Reekie Rants

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The sometimes inane ramblings of a fortysomething citizen of Edinburgh, Scotland's beautiful capital city

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Roald Dahl was one of the most prominent British novelist, poet and screenwriters of the 20thcentury so when one of his many books – Matilda – inspired a musical it carried with it a ‘must-see’ tag. Matilda the Musical, from the Royal Sh...

Photo: flickr.comThose who know me know my love for ska music. The news that Ranking Roger, lead singer of legendary ska band The Beat, has died after a period of illness was like a dagger to my heart.I loved The Beat. I'm proud to say I've seen them...

A Test of Endurance

on Mar 21, 2019 in: Family, Marriage

Chatting with my dear old mother last night she remarked that, on this day in 1959, she married my father. This would have been their diamond wedding anniversary were it not for the fact that a) they split up ten years later; b) they got divorced in...


on Mar 15, 2019 in: Hope

There never seems to be a week that goes by without news of innocent people being killed by guns or some terrorist atrocity. Today's awful news from Christchurch, New Zealand is sickening. 49 people gunned down in a place of worship.I don't know what...

A Birthday Greet

on Mar 2, 2019

When you get to my age you don't really bother about birthdays. I reached 57 years last Tuesday which isn't worth shouting about. However, it would have been nice if some members of my family had shown me a smidgeon of respect on the day. Below are t...

Review: Jersey Boys

on Feb 21, 2019

My grandchildren, bless the little blighters, refer to the time when I was their age as ‘the black and white days’. My eldest grandson reaches 14 years of age in a few weeks. One of the hazy memories I have of when I was 14 was of dancing at the...

Four Years On

on Feb 14, 2019

This day in 2015 was quite a memorable one for the Auld Reekie Ranter. Hearts defeated Livingston 1-0 at Tynecastle thanks to a Jamie Walker goal to go an astonishing 20 points clear in the Championship. Edinburgh was full of Welsh people about to de...