Writing, editing and food

I write about food, travel, property and generally the nicer things in life, mostly for The Herald and The List Eating and Drinking Guide



Duke with chef hat


I also host Glasgow Walking Lunch as a way of sampling the best of the city.










Why the name Copytaker?

Before emails and laptops, reporters phoned their stories to the copytakers, who typed them and passed them on to the newsdesk. Phoned! Typed! Yes it really did all happen like that. And that was the easy bit. Finding a phone was the first hurdle.


Read some of the misunderstandings this led to in the Press Area


One afternoon in the newsroom, Archie was having to act as switchboard operator as well as copytaker. The hack had succumbed to his liquid lunch and was snoring peacefully over his typewriter while the London-based news desk was howling for copy.

Bill Mackintosh
Evening Express Reporter, 1975 to 1984

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