Roy’s West End View.

Roy Beers writing about his take on various topics.

West End journalist Roy Beers’ recent career has involved working as a Glasgow-based senior news-features journalist writing for the wide array of UK publications fronted in Scotland by The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and key regional titles The Falkirk Herald and Fife Free Press.

He has also written for numerous UK and regional licensed trade, dining and drinking publications and business magazines, and enjoys keeping tabs on events and developments of all kinds in the West End.

Roy’s West End View: History is bunk …and it ends just outside London

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This is going to sound like a rant from an embittered nationalist who, like those wee terrier dogs that can’t resist a nip at any likely passing ankle, take offence at practically anything and sometimes nothing at all. But truth will out.  There I was, happily watching a BBC item about how a ship carrying […]

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog, Roy's West End View, Writing

Roy Beers: Is there any sense in oor ain wee Scottish census?

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Are you Trans?  What’s your religion, and do you by any chance speak, understand or write Gaelic …or auld Scots? To those whose immediate gut response to these and many other questions might be “mind your own business” the Scottish Government, whose national census was originally due for completion on May 1, has the definitive […]

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Saturday, April 30, 2022 | Filed under: Roy's West End View

Roy’s West End View: It’s time to end Lord Elgin’s wretched Game of Marbles

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Everyone has heard, if only vaguely, of the Elgin Marbles, and any mention of the subject typically resurrects ancient quips about “Greeks lost their marbles” or “what are the marbles doing in Elgin anyway” …etc. However after a Homeric historic wrangle that has bubbled away since the end of the Napoleonic Wars it could be […]

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Saturday, January 29, 2022 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog, Roy's West End View

Roy’s West End View: Battered Boris savaged by top Scots true blues

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(Image attribution: Think London, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons) There’s a memorable scene at the start of the epic movie Waterloo, starring Rod Steiger as Napoleon, where – with allied armies converging on Paris – the Emperor’s marshals gather to insist that he should resign. “I will NOT! I will NOT! I will […]

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Thursday, January 13, 2022 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog, Roy's West End View

Is this ‘Black Bitch’ name ban really justified?

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Hundreds of people are reportedly seething this week at a move to erase the name “Black Bitch” from a popular Scottish bar. A UK pubs firm has decided the name of a historic bar should be “cleaned up” to avoid inadvertently giving offence, and many locals are far from happy. As detailed in a welter […]

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Sunday, December 12, 2021 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog, Roy's West End View

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