Merry Crisis and a Happy Next Year

Gee it's cold up here in the frozen North. And as the New Year approaches we face yet another world threatening economic crisis - the Fiscal Cliff. But look on the bright side. At least we have Central...

Trick or Treat or Fireworks Nothing Changes

You will have possibly noticed it's more than a month since my last Letter From Linlithgow, which, as it was sent from Nova Scotia in late September, went under the title Letter From America, and looked at things...

Letter from America

September 2012 WHAT REALLY MATTERS I write this from Nova Scotia having spent over 2 weeks now on this side of the Atlantic, initially in New York, then on to Halifax. So what have I learned about World...

After the Goldrush

Three weeks ago the last letter looked forward to the Olympics, back at the spectacular feats of the 1968 Mexico games, and compared the long performance of fund managers like Tom Dobell of M&G to marathon or decathlon...

OLYMPIC PERFORMANCE

One of the standout memories of my University days way back when, (late 60s to be more precise) was when my seven flatmates and I sat round our telly watching the Mexico Olympics in '68 ,when the Track...

ASAM On Song

Linlithgow Gazette Friday 3 August 2012 If you told Linlithgow's Neil MacTavish a year ago that he would be performing in an opera at this year's Edinburgh festival , he would have thought you were joking. But that's...

Sixteen Tough Months Behind Us

Last year on my birthday in February an earthquake destroyed Christchurch in New Zealand. It was a close shave, because three weeks later I was due to stay with friends just outside the city on our trip to...

China Another BRIC in the Fall

Investors and forecasters alike have lined up to say that recent economic results for the month of May don't bode well for China. The Middle Kingdom's inflation, industrial output and retail sales all flagged leaving a two-month trail...

TELL YOU IN MAY AND GO AWAY

LETTER FROM LINLITHGOW - MAY 2012 I thought it would be a good idea to give an antidote to the menu of bad news pumped out at this time of year. For example, you'll be fed up seeing...

Megatrends Revised

As many of you will know, apart from being quoted in National Newspapers over the years, including The Telegraph and The Sunday Times, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity of a column in The Scotsman...