Heads' tea party
A recent meeting in the council's Coatbridge offices between Michael O'Neill and the executive of the Headteachers' Association of Scotland was accompanied by tea and coffee - no expense spared - delivered in the usual large flasks. But O'Neill realised right away that this would not please Charlie Smith, who is as well known for being a connoisseur of teas as he is for being head of Airdrie Academy.
O'Neill insisted on going to his own office and duly returned with a cup of Lapsang Souchong. He apologised because the Earl Grey was finished.