Opposition puts Kenny MacAskill on trial
There are several ways to approach the challenge of facing trial in a criminal case.
The accused may try "the mode defiant": staring boldly at prosecuting counsel or solicitor, perhaps uttering the odd oath (other, that is, than the one pledging to tell the truth.)
Then there is "the mode absent": aka doing a runner. It is this which particularly exasperates the police and court authorities.
Finally, there is "the mode humble". Our subject today opted for that.
Arms folded, head slightly bowed, making no comment. Just a tiny, puzzled, pained quarter-smile on display - of the sort affected by the more fastidious members of the clergy when in licensed premises.
Quiet surrender over corroboration
In the past, there had been sound and fury. There had been finger jabbing. There had been angry accusations - and indignant counter claims. There had been one almighty row.
But, in the event, the contentious proposal to abandon the requirement for corroboration in Scottish criminal cases was quietly postponed for a year without fuss and with elaborate politeness on all sides.
Scottish independence: Influence of the undecided voter
Questions, questions. Who will decide the Scottish referendum? The people of Scotland.
Within that, whose vote is currently most influential? By definition, those who are undecided, those who are open to persuasion, those who might switch.
SNP conference: Coming of age in historic vote year
The SNP is 80-years-old. John Swinney is rather younger but, nevertheless, today is his birthday and conference delegates sprung a surprise upon him as he prepared to speak - they sang Happy Birthday.
An abashed Mr Swinney vowed gentle revenge on the chair, Derek Mackay, who had orchestrated the ambush.
SNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon in plea to Labour voters
Party conferences, like everything else, have their traditions.
The financial appeal is preceded by painful jokes.
Postcard from Brussels
All power blocs have their palaces. All palaces have their courtiers. All courtiers have their intrigue.
The European Parliament is no different. Ditto the wider European Union.
Margo MacDonald: 'Scotland is the poorer for her passing'
To drop into Margo Macdonald's Holyrood office, as I frequently did, was an experience. You might become engaged in a hugely intellectual debate about independence - or some other issue that had grabbed Margo's attention.
Alternatively, you might be assailed with the latest gossip or the future of the Hibees or, indeed, brought up to speed with her latest purchase on a shopping channel.