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An end to Hogmanay?

Dec 31st, 2008 | By | Category: Personal Columns

New Year’s Eve brings memories of childhood: black and white television pictures of men in kilts, lumps of coal, and tenor voices declaring  the virtues of laddies and lassies.  Perhaps it wasn’t as bad as it seems in the memory, perhaps there were songs other than “Loch Lomond” and “Donald, where’s your trousers?”

Whatever the reality, the abiding perception of New Year’s Eve is of fuzzy television pictures from some studio, where they all thought that turning a page of the calendar was something to be marked by the singing …