A surprisingly old KLM Dakota propeller plane was taking off from Edinburgh airport on Thursday morning as the Blog family was passing through.
Later the local paper revealed that the Dutch airline was celebrating 65 years of flying to Scotland. The airline's chief operating officer said, in a stirring statement of Scottish solidarity, that it was a significant occasion for KLM as it underlines the continued importance the airline places on having a presence in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
In a similarly patriotic vein, there were image-rebuilding Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) adverts all over Edinburgh airport: "One of Scotland's oldest companies," and a headline in this morning's local Metro: "Shell at last says sorry to Scotland." There is no mention at all of the UK up here.