Wednesday, 28 October 2009
One of my clients, Kit-Out held their annual technology showcase at Glasgow Caledonian University. It was a great day with lots of innovation and great food being showcased.
One entrepreneur, Mark Shaw who runs Haggis'n'Neeps has come up with a very novel idea.
The "Haggis Dog", is now born.
It works in the same way as a Hot Dog but Mark tells me that is should be accompanied by a tasty turnip chutney which is being specially prepared.
Haggis on the go, sounds good to me. I wonder what Robbie Burns would have thought.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
I saw on the BBC News this morning that the Proclaimers were doing a guest slot chatting and promoting their latest album.
It reminded me of the first time I met and photographed them at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow in 1986. My old pal Tom was doing a review on their gig for Melody Maker and they were literally unknown. If my memory serves me well, there were only a handful of people at that gig. They now sell out worldwide.
I remember their unique style, this was something new and fresh. Nearly 25 years on and
nine albums later they don't seem to losing their popularity, quite the opposite.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
I was asked by the Cruin Restaurant to exhibit at a wedding fayre they held recently on the banks of Loch Lomond.
I did a bit off research on the burgeoning popularity of weddings around the loch and some of the statistics were staggering. An average wedding brings in a minimum of £20,000 to the local economy and Luss Church alone can easily do four in one day.
The minister at Luss, The Reverend Dr Dane Sherrard told me that he has on line streaming facilities that enable friends and relatives from all around the world to tune in live to the event. He also told me that around 10,000 - 12,000 people a week listen to his Sunday service. Surely this has to be the largest congregation of any church in Scotland ?
In total, the wedding industry is worth £500,000,000 to the Scottish economy on an annual basis.
With views like this a common sight from the Cruin, you can see why couples from all corners of the globe are beating a path to the "bonnie banks".
You know how things come and go in life ?
Well I remember the Mini being the must have car in the sixties. My mother had a blue one
and at that stage in my physical development I never perceived it as being small. I spotted this poor old sad one sitting on bricks in Edinburgh recently and it hit me how tiny the original one's were.
Well, have a look at the new style Mini, what a difference. I am told they are now built by BMW and I have to say they look "fab".
I wonder what the original designer Alec Issigonis would have thought of it all ?