The ongoing wacky race taking place between our local authorities to become the greenest of councils, regardless of cost to their struggling high streets and businesses, changed gears last week.
On Thursday night, after a welcome festive break, normal service was resumed on the BBC with the return of Question Time.
Donald MacLeod: Forget the Grinch, Christmas will be merry and next year will be happier. Let’s face it, it has to be
Are you full of the joys of Christmas and bursting with yuletide spirit? Or has this year left you feeling more burnt-out than a Whirlpool washing machine and scrambling for the nearest bottle?
Donald MacLeod: It’s time we had an independent watchdog to snap at heels of political parties and outlaw their porkies
Jo Swinson no more – the leader of the Lib Dems – like Chuka Umunna, Nigel Dodds, Anna Soubry and other alleged heavyweights at Westminster – all electoral toast.
As we hoped, Saturday’s 21st Scottish Music Awards (SMAs) went down a storm.
Donald MacLeod: The bank that likes to say Yes is now saying Forget It and politicians are saying nothing whatsoever
Never a truer word was spoken when Debbie Crosbie, boss of the TSB, admitted the bank’s performance was “not good enough” after another computer glitch locked 1.9 million of its customers out of their online accounts.
It seems like yesterday. Now, 22 years later, it still feels like one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Donald MacLeod: Boxing purists may feel like throwing in the towel but YouTube stars pack a real punch
As I pulled up to my house in the wee small hours of last Sunday morning, I was surprised to notice my downstairs lights were on. Which could only mean one thing – someone was still up partying.
Donald MacLeod: Here’s your coat, Mr Speaker, but please feel free to take more of these motley MPs with you
It seemed appropriate that, in the week of Halloween, our zombie parliament finally realised that there was no more flesh to be stripped off the bones of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.
The heartbreaking news that 39 bodies had been found, frozen and huddled together in a lorry trailer, was as harrowing as any story I have heard in recent months.
Donald MacLeod: The blows of batons in Barcelona must be heard in Brussels or the EU will crumble. Me? I just want out
I hate to break the bad news, but even if our MPs had voted to end it yesterday, which, clearly, they did not, Brexit will never, ever be over.