The people on the other side are vociferous, scary almost.
What a difference a year makes ... Just 12 months ago to the day I was waxing lyrical about all 2016 had in store for us using that old Chinese curse of “may you live in interesting times” as a springboard.
Hang on a minute while I put on my Mystic Meg hat and make a prediction for 2017.
A year ago, who would have prophesised Donald Trump would be President of the US or that Britain would pull the lever to allow us to leave the EU?
I’m not familiar with the works of Kafka, but after a run-in with a major telecom company I am now achingly familiar with the concept.
Hard on the heels of last week’s appalling news that standards of reading and science in Scotland’s schools are declining, we learn youngsters across the North-east are falling dramatically below expected levels of reading, writing, numeracy and listening and talking.
It used to be said that the Scottish education system was second to none.
Would you believe it, there’s been a miracle on Union Terrace Gardens ...
It's looking like there is light at the end of the tunnel for our beleaguered oil and gas industry.
What's among the first utterances you hear from politicians when jobs are lost?
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... which is, quite frankly, ridiculous.
Society is definitely changing and not necessarily for the better.
Is the North-east capable of seeing beyond the oil and gas game?
I have been a gadget geek all my life, drawn to anything new and shiny, especially if it lights up and does stuff.
With only 30 shopping days to Christmas and Black Friday at the end of the week, retailers look as if they're going to have a bumper time In the run up to the big day.
One of the ingredients required of a politician is to be able to think on your feet – or waffle, to put it another way.
As the oil downturn grinds on relentlessly, more and more folk are hurting.
Forty years ago this weekend, in typically Messianic form, Ally MacLeod led Aberdeen to a League Cup triumph with a 2-1 win over Celtic at Hampden Park ... and the Dons disciples took him to their hearts.
Fix room sounds fairly innocuous, doesn’t it ... nothing to see here, move along please. But the fix rooms being proposed for Glasgow are where the powers-that-be want addicts to go to inject safely, under supervision, maybe even with medical grade heroin.
The batteries are now totally recharged ready for the run-up to Christmas and the New Year, following our return from a cruise in the Caribbean, which I’d been promising Helen for quite a while.
Do you remember the days when local authorities didn’t outsource work?
They do say travel broadens the mind ... although in my case it just cemented a long-held belief.
Common sense prevailed with the naming of the polar research ship Sir David Attenborough.
You can never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
It was around 20 years ago that a supply teacher told me too much of his time was taken up on disciplinary issues.