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Thursday, 20 November 2014

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TALK OF THE TIMES with Vivienne Paterson

Let’s all raise a glass to the good old British pub

I met my husband in a pub which has since been converted to an old people’s home – and he is now suggesting that we move there!

Last updated 22 June 2012
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A jewel in the crown of our jubilee celebrations

After four full days of covering jubilee events I threatened last week to become a republican.

Last updated 14 June 2012
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Is the Government right to admit it was wrong?

Can a government ever win?

Last updated 7 June 2012
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I’ll be flying the flag for 60 years of Her Majesty

I am pinning my colours to the mast this week – and those colours are red, white and blue!

Last updated 31 May 2012
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Excuse me, where are all our manners nowadays?

My mother used to boast that people would comment on the beautiful manners of her three daughters.

Last updated 24 May 2012
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Finding fame as the Elvis fan who joined the circus

“Oh wad some power the giftie gae us tae see oorsels as ithers see us!”

Last updated 17 May 2012
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Things change, and not always for the worse

A retired colleague sent me an item from the internet which she thought might make a good subject for me to write about.

Last updated 10 May 2012
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Oh, for printer’s ink and Hugh’s fighting cockatoo

This week’s advice to live by is: never interview the owners of a parrot if you have a cold.

Last updated 4 May 2012
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Patients are people and that’s how our hospitals seem to be operating

NHS staff are being reminded to “see the person in the patient”.

Last updated 26 April 2012
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It’s not just ships that our area has given the world

At the end of the movie, Schindler’s List survivors whose lives he had saved and their families came forward and laid a stone on his grave.

Last updated 19 April 2012
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A match made in heaven – but scrap the football!

I was at a wedding in Manchester over Easter and there was no getting away from the fact that this city is sacred to millions of football fans.

Last updated 12 April 2012
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Thinking of the heroes who acted so bravely

We are hearing a lot about heroes at the moment.

Last updated 5 April 2012
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Display of our maritime history floats my boat

If ever anything was going to make me Twitter it would be Stephen Fry – and Stephen Fry is only one of the reasons I am feeling so upbeat this week.

Last updated 29 March 2012
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Death – a final solution to temporary problems?

There are worse things than dying – but death is the final solution from which there is no coming back.

Last updated 22 March 2012
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A woman’s sweet talk is like nagging to most men

My husband says I nag!

Last updated 15 March 2012
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It’s hard to be hero when life deals the biggest test

When I heard of PC David Rathband’s death last week I immediately thought of Superman.

Last updated 8 March 2012
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These sweet memories are worth chewing over

I opened a can of worms – or rather a can of sweeties – the other day when I challenged the use of the word “flump”.

Last updated 1 March 2012
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I’m getting hot under the collar over burning a disc

I am trying to keep up with an era in which it seems that anything goes – as long as you do it digitally.

Last updated 23 February 2012
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Time to put people before party politics and profit

More than 500 people, many of whom travelled for miles, camped outside a clinic to be in the queue where free medical and dental services were being offered.

Last updated 16 February 2012
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Hitting out over the issue of smacking our children

Some otherwise lovely volunteers in a Christian bookshop caused outcry in my old town once when they dedicated their whole window display to smacking children.

Last updated 9 February 2012
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