Great to be back in the Merse after two weeks in very foreign parts. Exciting journey from Ould reekie airport as the wife who was driving attracted the attention of East Lothian Police. Apparently she had failed to dip her lights when driving through Greenlaw 'ancient Capital of Berwickshire' and had dazzled the two coppers who pursued us in their Panda Mac stopping us outside the town. The wife had seen nothing at all in Greenlaw, never mind a police car-the place was totally deserted at 10pm. When we explained that we had returned from very foreign parts they were all charm and forgiveness. I was asked if I lived locally so I said 'Hutton'. This was apparently very ok and we parted with mutual assurances of good will.
On opening the cricket page of the Grudian I was sorry to see that Yasir Arafat's first appearance for the Scottish Saltires was not a howling success. Out for a duck and no wickets. Stronger methods learned on the dusty pitches of Palestine may be necessary.