ALI­SON ROWAT’S

The Herald - - OPINION -

this would have scup­pered breed­ing and led to the dy­ing out of Scots, but hav­ing given the world the steam en­gine, the phone, and TV, we found a way round that with a few strips of tub­ing and some scaf­fold­ing clamps.

Now even Scots are suc­cumb­ing to the tyranny of in­ti­macy. Go into any bar or restau­rant, see groups of peo­ple meet­ing or say­ing chee­rio, and the air is thick with mwawmwaw kiss­ing, bear hugs and back slaps. Will no one think of the germs?

It is not just the Howard Hughes fan club who take ex­cep­tion. Some peo­ple are nat­u­rally shy. All this gush­ing can make them feel over­whelmed.

More­over, while we’ve all been busy hug­ging and kiss­ing the rules have changed again. In the age of #Me­too, bound­aries are back. Big time. There is a row­ing back on in­ti­macy, a ques­tion­ing of things we once might have done with­out a sec­ond thought. End­ing an email to

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