Category Archives: Festivals

“Whose Town is it Anyway?” Reflections on Scotland’s Towns Conference

Take one minister (no, not of the Co-operative Methodist type), a couple of passionate key note presenters and well over 100 people mainly from across Scotland, wanting, willing and able to share their town stories and opportunities and you get … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe

I am too young to be an ageing hippie – honest. And I certainly no longer have the hair for it. But a few nights ago we went to the Neil Young and Crazy Horse show in Glasgow. Growing up … Continue reading

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A Market is for Life not just for Christmas

As has been noted in these pages, I am not a great fan of the Orange One. The idea that celebrity can save the high street is not one I ascribe to readily, and the Portas review for me missed … Continue reading

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Festival Time – a weekend to die for?

Edinburgh in August is always a busy place, and this year, despite the recession and general malaise brought on by the weather (certainly in Scotland) and post-Olympic blues, is no exception. The driving force for this is the string of … Continue reading

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