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."