Three momentous events
Three events: each significant, each with a longer term impact.
Of the three, the greatest significance may ultimately lie not with the new and unexpected but with the development which was forecast and scheduled.
That element of the trio is the confirmation of Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission president, with his endorsement by the European Parliament.
Mr Juncker will have major influence over whether the reforms to the EU sought by the Conservatives succeed or stall.
That could determine the future of the UK in Europe - and, incidentally, of the Conservative Party.
Things are 'hotting up'
The ground is familiar. The accusations, in outline, have been heard before. But the latest dispute over donations in the referendum is perhaps running at a slightly higher temperature.
The basics first. In terms of big donations (£7,500+), Better Together outran Yes Scotland in the period from December to June. The sums? £2.4m for the pro Union campaign as against £1.1m for the pro independence side.
After truth and reason
Of the sundry statues on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, my personal favourite is that depicting Robert Fergusson stepping forward eagerly on the pavement outside the Canongate Kirk.
Fergusson died hideously young - just 24 - but still contrived to leave a considerable body of poetic works, praised by Burns. Indeed, Scotland's national Bard ensured that the last resting place of his brother poet was more than an unmarked grave.
Political posturing behind the big City Deal
So does politics lie behind the City Deal for Glasgow and the surrounding area? Absolutely. One billion pounds worth.
The announcement, indeed, is hedged around by referendum references. Firstly, David Cameron talks of the clout of the UK. Labour's Gordon Matheson, who leads Glasgow City Council, emphasises that by arguing that nothing in Scottish policy could match the UK endeavour.
First Minister's Questions: Ask an expert
Politicians are generally pretty keen on experts. Our elected tribunes are seldom happier than when they are able to cite in evidence the view of an expert in a contentious field. World experts are best but home-grown will do.
There is, of course, a caveat. Said experts must agree - or, at least, appear to agree - with the position which the politicians are keen to evangelise in the first place.
'Vigilant but calm'
What will be the response of the authorities in Scotland to the disclosure that Abdul Rakib Amin, who appeared in a recruitment video for the Islamic militant group Isis, was educated in Aberdeen?
Vigilant but calm, according to Humza Yousaf, the Minister for External Affairs in the Scottish government.
Comedy and comrades
Gavin Brown rose slowly and with a solemn demeanour. Fixing the first minister with the extra serious gaze reserved for extra important matters, Mr Brown intoned: "Will the first minister promise to keep the Local Income Tax rate secret until after the referendum?"
OK, maybe you had to be there - or maybe the bar for comedy is set a little lower at Holyrood than at the Fringe. But the non-Nationalist sections of the chamber guffawed supportively.
Scottish independence: Post-referendum agreement reached
This agreed position was expected by the Electoral Commission at the end of last year.
Indeed, the Commission set a deadline of 23 December.
Agreeing the rules for after the big day
It has taken, in all conscience, a wee while - but we now have a joint statement from the Scottish and UK governments as to what will happen after the referendum.
This agreed position was expected by the Electoral Commission at the end of last year. Indeed, the Commission set a deadline of 23 December. That passed - but the document has finally been issued today.
Rights and rituals..... in writing
As she opened her remarks in the magnificent Playfair Library of Edinburgh University, Nicola Sturgeon disclosed that she had briefly paused in advance to gather her thoughts and gain inspiration.
Said inspiration had come from viewing in an ante-room the writing desk used by Sir Walter Scott, one of the finest authors and poets in the known universe. (Actually, that last bit is mine but I am sure she meant to say it. She certainly said she had viewed the desk with pride.)