At school , we copied history from the board for hours. In Scottish history, there are only two women - Mary Queen of Scots and Flora MacDonald. Apart from them, it's all about Englishmen killing Scots over religion and power.
In St Andrews, history seeps from every corner. Sometimes, I stood outside the castle at the spot where George Wishart was burned at the stake for preaching protestant reform, and imagined the scene. His clothes were stuffed with gunpowder but he still took a long time to die.
At home, Sindy was found guilty of the crime of impersonating Barbie. We couldn't be seen owning such an imposter! We made a guillotine with meccano, filled her head with tomato sauce and set the teddies round to watch... of course, the axe wouldn't chop so we had to finish her off with a saw. We didn't like dolls anyway.