The Things You Miss

The Things You Miss

I missed the opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. I have this habit of being out of the country when major celebrations of nationhood crank up. I completely missed all the G8 stuff as well. It's not deliberate.


To be honest, I am a tiddly taddly bit worried about Scotland's image at the moment. I wasn't running away or anything, it was just a family holiday (see pic, above, of Atomium, Belgium). But all the pre-Referendum mud-slinging from both sides, some of the creeping nationalist undercurrents on social media kind of give me the jeebies and I am not sure seeing the Crankies could have helped this unease to dissipate, despite their acknowledged talent/wider cultural significance, etc. Then again, I have never been known to refuse a Tunnocks tea cake. So, how did we do? As I said, I am a bit worried... (am I allowed to admit this?).

PS: The author page for 'Sheep and Other Stories', volume 1 in the Forgotten Scotland Mini-reads series is now live on Amazon. You can buy a copy for 79p which is not a lot of money unless you're completely skint. If you're completely skint (and I have been), it would be an irresponsible show of profligacy and would probably be best avoided.

Writing Biography

Kenneth Paul Stephen

Kenneth Paul Stephen is an award-winning short story writer, journalist and PR consultant.
In 2010 he won the David Toulmin short story prize.
In 2011/2012 he won a Scottish Book Trust New Writer award.
In 1977, he won a drawing competition at Butlins (his proudest career achievement to date).
His short stories have been published in leading literary magazines and anthologies.
He is the founder of Heartland Media and PR. His clients include Scotland’s gamekeepers, Penguin UK and crime authors James Oswald and Ed James.

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