Mick Clocherty: Northern Ireland, the DUP and the Great British ignorance
In the first of a two-part series, columnist Mick Clocherty looks beyond the headlines to try and understand Northern Ireland and the DUP
IF Scotland is the British establishment's unhappy spouse, then Northern Ireland is a maligned elderly relative: a burden they'll put up with until it's dead.
Mick Clocherty: Why you really should delete that Uber app from your phone
CommonSpace columnist Mick Clocherty says generation cyborg must starting listening to those moral pangs in their consciences
I SEE YOU. I see the look of panic in your eyes while you're waiting on a self-service scanner at the supermarket but a member of staff calls out "next!". You'd rather deal with the machine, wouldn't you? You can't even handle phoning up for a pizza any more, you just mash your paws into the nearest mobile, tablet or laptop and expect sustenance to be delivered to you directly.
Mick Clocherty: Why fluffy social media use from our police forces is bad in the long run
Writer Mick Clocherty says social media's 'like and share' culture risks us giving too much of a free pass to authority
MEMES are everywhere. Everything from the top tier politics to your local kebab shop use them to convey a message on social media.
Half-priced chicken kebab? Picture of a creepy frog. Worst president ever? Picture of the chubby comic book nerd from The Simpsons. They've somehow passed through the deepest darkest recesses of the internet and into the public consciousness.
Mick Clocherty: We're on the verge of needing a poppy to wear in remembrance of the poppy
Writer Mick Clocherty says increasingly intense poppy-watching every year should have everyone worried
THE Department of Remembrance marches from classroom to workplace to ensure they're visible and fixed on properly. A poster in a train station urges citizens to make an anonymous phone call reporting military traitors to the state for not wearing one.
Mick Clocherty: JK Rowling and the Absurdity of Modern Politics - a futuristic tale
Writer Mick Clocherty says Harry Potter author JK Rowling should have a rethink about her Potter-on-politics comparisons
CAMERA one pans in on JK Rowling, who is on Question Time for some reason. David Dimbleby hushes an excited crowd, and they now sit in reverent silence awaiting Rowling's response.
She has just been asked a difficult question about the general public and its potential misconceptions on the subject of Islam. A logical and fair-minded comment is what's needed. The left side of her lip curls involuntarily, into a smirk.
Mick Clocherty: This is your one chance to be cool, Orange Order, don't flunk it
Writer Mick Clocherty speaks to transgender woman Adrianne Elson, a former member of the Orange Order who'd like to rejoin the women's lodge, and says there's a lesson of equality in it for all
THERE'S a mythical beast that can be found roaming the West of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but it has been sighted all over the world.
Mick Clocherty: What I learned during my week as a debt collector
Writer Mick Clocherty says the devil is alive, well and working in debt collection
THE year was 2014. The Scottish independence referendum had failed to deliver a Yes vote, and the future looked like a terrible place to live.
It was with this in mind that I made an earnest attempt to become a debt collector; handing in my CV to a debt recovery specialist after I'd spent out yet another temporary contract in a call centre. I didn't think it would be that hard. The world is a tough place, and I thought I could be tougher than the toughest.
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