Newsweek Scotland: wrestling tough topics
I pulled a muscle in my calf this week running on the treadmill at the gym. (I have to keep fit to escape the fans who are pursuing me just now) Typical, isn't it? You do your level best to get fit and end up crocked and worse than you were before you started. My usual training regime is pinot noir and a strum on the guitar - in front of the mirror - just like at the gym. I should stick to what I know.
Am I alone in finding the male aspect of exercise a bit off-putting? I seem to be the only one in beach shorts and a loose tee shirt with a lived-in body shape. Everybody else is muscle-bound, sculpted and tattooed with stretch body-builder tops and leather mittens for gripping weights. They growl and grunt and swagger like nightclub bouncers. What's the most useless thing in the health club? The hair dryer in the mens locker room - everybody except me has a shaved head. (Is this going anwhere? the producer)
Well, I plan to wrestle my way through some tough topics this week starting with a wee laugh at some of the more extreme examples of what might happen to oor wee hameland in the event of a Yes in 2014. We acknowledge everybody's right to a say and as journalists encourage as much debate as possible but we do need perspective. We have a sideways look at a new Hadrian's Wall and go on to discuss what's happening behind the Big Debate - copyright B. Taylor. Regular contributors Murray Pittock and Gerry Hassan discuss with me how long the current knockabout can continue. Will Unionist assaults run out of steam? What happens when the Nats start asking questions of the Union?
Put on your tin hat for a report on Glasgow city politics. Prepare for a coruscating insight into the troubles in Greece and a look into life with the Black Watch in Afghanistan. Anyway I'm kicking off the trainers and reaching for the corkscrew...
Join me tomorrow at 8.