A colleague of Insider's, an expatriate Scot long ensconced in this country, is traveling in his homeland this summer for the first time in years and has felt compelled, in the circumstance, to act as a kind of scout, given the impending invasion of Glasgow by hordes of travel industry personnel and press. "In my brief time 'back home,' " he wrote us, "I have encountered enough of the 'ways of the Scots' to wonder whether ASTA World Congress delegates will be ready to cope. "For example: I went into a newsagent's and asked for a paper. "The woman said, 'Did you want the Daily Record?' " 'That would be fine,' I said. " 'Well, sorry,' she said, 'we have no Daily Records left. Would the Daily Mail do?' " Our colleague continued: "I don't know what it is that's peculiarly Scottish about this bit of nonsense, but after all these years, suddenly, I felt I was home again."

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