I understand why people have been eagerly waiting “air bridges” between Scotland and destinations abroad to be revealed.
It’s the summer holidays and people will be looking to a holiday as a reward after everything they have been through. But I was surprised there were as many as 57 on the list.
Before lockdown, I was living out of a suitcase. My work in tennis – as the community ambassador for the Women’s Tennis Association – takes me regularly overseas.
I’ve been grounded by the coronavirus and it will be a long time before I am working again. But even if I needed to fly abroad I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t even take a plane or trains to visit Jamie and Andy in London. I would drive. And that’s because I am so concerned about a second wave of this virus. Surely flying and crossing borders increases that risk enormously. I worry about Scots taking the virus somewhere else, but also bringing it back to Scotland and not having to quarantine.
I have friends in Melbourne who thought they were over the worst and are now locked down for six weeks. And look at Leicester? I am for staying at home and kick-starting our economy with staycations and day trips. This is an opportunity for Scots to get behind Scotland.
Chicks should be our Glebe Street flyers
I love that conservationists asked the public this week to come up with names for the three five-week-old osprey chicks at Loch Arkaig in Lochaber.
I’d call them Hen, Daphne and Horace after members of Scotland’s favourite family, The Broons. They were a big part of my childhood and we always got the annuals
Andy and Jamie grew up with them too and were chuffed to bits to be featured in a few issues over the years. I’ve got all of those framed in my hallway.
Like The Broons, the osprey is a Scottish icon and the chicks could easily be their namesakes.