A short blog break and a book launch

I’m going to have a short break from blogging because I’ve got a visitor coming from the USA and my services as a tour guide will be required. Peter is a very special friend, we’ve chatted online for 18 years but had never actually met until I visited Boston over the summer. When you chat with a person for that length of time you know that you’re going to get on, but neither of us expected what happened when we finally met – let’s just say there was a Grangemouth’s worth of chemistry. This is Peter’s first trip to Scotland, and I hope that he’ll fall in love with this small damp country of ours as much as he seems to be enamoured with me! Normal blogging service will be resumed after the 23rd of the month when he goes back to America.

BUTRT cover front(1)Meanwhile the launch of my new book Barking Up the Right Tree will be on Tuesday 17th November at the Yes Bar in Drury Street in Glasgow. The launch starts from 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend.  I’ll be there with the dug signing copies of the new book and it will be great to see you there.  You can meet me, and more importantly Ginger the Dug – who loves attention and will happily pose for photos in return for a doggy treat.

Published by Vagabond Voices, the book is an anthology of my articles for The National newspaper and can be purchased in all good bookshops or online on the Vagabond Voices website or on Amazon for the bargain price of £7.95. There’s also going to be an Edinburgh launch, probably on 24th November at Word Power books in West Nicolson St, details to follow when they’re confirmed.

Signed copies of the two volumes of the Collected Yaps are still available for £21.90 the pair plus P&P. Contact me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com for ordering details.

53 comments on “A short blog break and a book launch

  1. diabloandco says:


  2. Justin Fayre says:

    Two places you must visit are Staffin on Isle of Sky, if weather permits and Findhorn on Moray Firth.
    The Columba Centre at Staffin and the Findhorn Trust are (supposedly) connected by Ley Lines.
    You will realise why if you visit

  3. mealer says:

    Is it that lad that’s at the cafe in Embra the day?

  4. Bill Hume. says:

    Enjoy…………….but hurry back!!

  5. Sue de Nymme says:

    I enjoyed the first book launch, and I will certainly be at the second. I look forward to meeting the three of you. Les.

  6. Ah, the afore mentioned Peter!
    Great stuff Paul.
    Hope you both have a fab time 🙂

  7. Maybe take him a trip to Gala down the reborn Waverley line! Have a great time, Paul!

    • WRH2 says:

      I’ll second that. It’s a really scenic railway line and a real choice of places to visit from Tweedbank and Gala. Have a good break though.

  8. Andrew Braes says:

    Have a great time!

  9. Itchybiscuit says:

    Which one of you will be wearing the tour guide cap, you or the dug?

    Enjoy your break, you deserve it.

  10. jimnarlene says:

    Gaun yersel.

  11. Donna says:

    Have fun, you deserve it! Donna

    Sent from my iPad


  12. Laura Dunbar says:


  13. Hazel Smith says:

    Enjoy yourself. Have a good time.

  14. macart763 says:

    What’s not to like? 🙂

    We’ll play nice. 😀

  15. Suzanne says:

    Enjoy your break and what an honour to be the tour guide for your friend from USA

  16. Vince Diaz says:

    Have FUN Paul. By the by, have plenty of enquiries why the duggy’s face is cut when reposting your pieces.


  17. mogabee says:

    Fair excited for you! Have a good book launch too.

    macart..While the cat’s away…? 😀

  18. Sandra Stewart says:

    Have a great time Paul. You deserve it. Your blogs this week have been superb. Look forward to your return

  19. Have a great time Paul. XXX

  20. Marie Pickering says:

    Have a wonderful time with Peter and enjoy your short break,Paul! xxx

  21. Hope it all goes well – man and book launch (and dug of course).

    Sorry can’t make it on 17th as would love to have been there but need to be somewhere else that night.

  22. mememe2u says:

    Is ten days enough to enjoys of the different types of mist, drizzle, light rain, driving rain, pissing rain and bucketing rain? And he is too late for the De Luxe Midges Package. Still, best of luck to Peter on his first trip. T’won’t be his last.

  23. Jan Cowan says:

    Have a great time….. but don’t be persuaded to disappear with him across the pond. We need you here, Paul. He must learn to love our romantic, mist-clad mountains!

    • macart763M says:

      On a brighter note Jan. 🙂


      Bear in mind YES hasn’t been on a campaign footing since September 19th and both the government and media haven’t stopped their referendum rhetoric.

      And then there’s:


      • Jan Cowan says:

        A big thank you, Macart. ( By the way, I know you don’t use a capital but I can’t bring myself to use the lower case when addressing you!) Any way, I thoroughly enjoyed both articles. We’re on our way. Progress. Considering the long history of the SNP, in the last couple of years we have moved towards our goal at an incredible pace. We must simply keep up the momentum. To be patient is not easy but we MUST make the dream a reality – and you’re encouragement is much appreciated.

        • Jan Cowan says:

          Sorry, “your” not “you’re”. Trying to type at speed but not succeeding!

        • macart763M says:

          Mac or Sam is fine Jan and yes in the teeth of the past year’s events and media onslaught, not three bad at all. 🙂

          We just need to keep on doing what we’re doing and the final nudge will be provided by the Westminster establishment themselves. Their campaign never stopped, whilst our own is yet to start.

  24. arthur thomson says:


  25. Sora Lochiel says:

    Hope you two have lots of fun. If it’s too damp to go outside I’m sure you’ll find some enjoyable board games. 😉

  26. Cloggins says:

    Have a fabulous time explaining the country, the language and the quaint feeding habits to an unspoiled foreigner. DO make notes, please.

  27. Emma says:

    Good luck, my friend. It would be wonderful if you had something good come in your life after the last couple of years. I shall miss your wonderful political updates so don’t leave us alone for too long.

  28. MoJo says:

    all the best to you – you deserve it…

  29. benmadigan says:

    Am sure Peter will have a wonderful visit. Hope you both have a great time

  30. Saor Alba says:

    Have a smashin’ time, both of you and I will see you at the YES bar. Enjoy the break.

  31. AAD says:

    Wrap up warm and don’t forget your wellies. Have a great time.

  32. macart763M says:

    Thoughts go out to the people of France today.

    Geo politics, war, terrorism, just madness and as ever its the innocents who suffer.

    We have to change.

  33. Soar Alba says:

    I offer my thoughts and sympathies also to the people of France this day. My heart was heavy when I heard the news last night.

  34. Karen Dietz says:


    • Justin Fayre says:

      Absolutely brilliant
      And scary.

      Next year sees the 60th anniversary of the banning by the UK Government of the time of ‘subliminal advertising’ ie promoting your message via subliminal messaging.
      Could it not be argued that this was one of the ways Better Together used to brainwash the Scottish People?

      Any chance of another crowdfunded Legal challenge?

      Oh I do love my conspiracy theories LOL

      • macart763 says:

        There is, you’ll notice, only one great lie exposed common throughout the entire piece.

        The Scottish electorate were promised protection and received … none.

        The myth of the UK state protecting its citizenry in times of economic hardship completely debunked.

    • Jan Cowan says:

      Is there anyone employed by the BBC capable of using this excellent piece? Ken MacDonald?

  35. Bill Hume. says:

    C’mon….c’mon. It’s the 23rd. I’m getting WGD withdrawal symptoms.

  36. mogabee says:

    Bill…me too!

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