Crossed the line

EVERYONE enjoyed the Loch Ness Marathon at the weekend, with Jordanian runner Mohammed Abu-rezeq a clear winner. As Jan Patience observed afterwards: "Mohammed Abu-rezeq, who ran the race in 2 hours 22 mins, was in the food tent after his race minus his all-important soup and roll voucher. 'Sorry,' said the server, 'No soup for you big man'. Cue an outcry from onlookers who protested that he'd just won the marathon. Mohammed was duly served his soup and roll."

Beyond the pail

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SAYS reader Eric Hudson after the archive picture in The Herald of Waterloo Bus Station: "It brought back childhood memories, not least the memory of the rather posh lady in front of me in the newsagent's next to the bus station a few weeks before Christmas, asking, 'Do you have a copy of the Browns Book please?' Our William would have been mortified!"

Radio silence

SIR Terry Wogan has been named the greatest BBC radio presenter of the last 50 years in the Radio Times, with Dundee's Eddy Mair in a credible ninth place. We remember when Eddie Mair left his Radio Scotland show Eddie Mair Live to seek pastures new in England - the replacement programme was known unofficially in BBC Scotland circles as the Eddie Nae Mair Show for some time afterwards.

Liking your Teddy

WE mentioned the death of former Glasgow Tory MP Teddy Taylor and how he managed to gather a working class vote. Sheila Gowans tells us: "I was a teacher in Castlemilk and we took a party of children to the Houses of Parliament where Teddy was amazing, answering many questions, and giving the pupils a lovely high tea on the terrace. On our return the pupils had to write about the trip and one of the boys wrote that Teddy was a Labour MP. When I said he was a Tory the boy replied that he couldn't be as his dad liked him, and he didn't like any Tories."

The jury's out

THE Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh next month is putting on Jury Play, which investigates the role of jurists in court proceedings, with audience members opting to sit as members of the jury on stage. It reminds us of the Glasgow reader who told us that when she served on the jury and entered the jury room, a fellow jurist declared, 'He looks so smart. I don't think he would do such a thing.'

A fellow member pointed out that they had only gone in the room to store their coats, and it was normal to wait until after they heard the evidence before reaching a decision.

Worth sharing

MUCH debate just now about the socialist credentials of Scottish Labour leader hopeful Anas Sarwar who has transferred millions of pounds of shares in his family's firm into trusts for his children. His supporter, fellow MSP Jackie Bailie, went on social media to declare: "By giving up his shares in the company, Anas Sarwar puts the party and country first. Big sacrifice, mark of a true leader."

A John Hamill merely replied: "Anas Sarwar has just eradicated child poverty in the Anas Sarwar household. Mark of a true leader."

Head start

WE reported plans for a statue to Nelson Mandela in Glasgow, and Andy Cumming comments: " Great news that Glasgow is to honour Nelson Mandela. I always wondered what Mandela would look like with a traffic cone on his head - the ultimate Glasgow honour."

Fishy remark

A COLLEAGE feels to need to ask us at a quiet moment: "So do you think that if you see a fisherman who is upset at losing a fish off his line that you should comfort him by saying, 'There are plenty more women on the planet'?"