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Iain McGill
Tory Conference Diary:

Tory Conference Diary: "Calm Down Dear!"

So to Edinburgh then - for Scottish Conservative Conference and it's all pandas, polis and Tories. At least it was in the cafe across from the conference centre yesterday. After breaking bread together and wishing ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries – The Dean's misprisions and a prophylactic

The Dean's Diaries – The Dean's misprisions and a prophylactic

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

  THERE WAS a serious argument last night at High Table over ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's diaries: Correspondence to make your eye's water

The Dean's diaries: Correspondence to make your eye's water

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

   THIS COLLEGE must be home to almost every registered eccentric in ...

Iain McGill
Time for the Tynecastle Oscars

Time for the Tynecastle Oscars

IT IS MOVIE awards time, and as I am partial to watching the odd film I thought I would dish out my own awards, minus the red carpet, for some of the memorable movies I've ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: Having Aunt Sally in our gunsights

The Dean's Diaries: Having Aunt Sally in our gunsights

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

   OUR COLLEGE is rather well known for its monthly Symposia, whose ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: The Dean and the 'warped' cold call responses

The Dean's Diaries: The Dean and the 'warped' cold call responses

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

   OUR COLLEGE telephonist, the formidable Miss Elsie Carruthers is now under ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: Time to enlighten people?

The Dean's Diaries: Time to enlighten people?

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

   THE COLLEGE’S year-long project to bring the story of The Enlightenment ...

Vivian Linacre
Leaving no stone unturned? The scandalous treatment of Perth City Hall

Leaving no stone unturned? The scandalous treatment of Perth City Hall

IN 1977 Perth Burgh Council celebrated Historic Scotland’s category ‘B’ Listing of the City Hall,  described as “1909-1914 Renaissance, ashlar” – i.e. constructed of quarried sandstone blocks.   The ‘Buildings of Scotland’ volume on Perth ...

Iain McGill
Edinburgh or Glasgow? It's no contest as Glasgow parks its joie de vivre

Edinburgh or Glasgow? It's no contest as Glasgow parks its joie de vivre

GLASGOW AND EDINBURGH are different beasts, I know that. I've always known that. Growing up it was all Glasgow's Miles Better and Edinburgh's Just Capital as the cities vied for tourists and investment. Every so often I'm reminded of ...

Iain McGill
Arlington – then seeing the Bells in on the Hudson

Arlington – then seeing the Bells in on the Hudson

WHAT A DULL year 2013 was – I got around 26 countries in 2012, but 2013 saw me visit barely a dozen. Still, I saw in 2013 on a beach in the Gulf of Thailand, ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: The College Burns Supper

The Dean's Diaries: The College Burns Supper

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

   THE COLLEGE’S Burns Supper was held last night in Great Hall, ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: The Dean and the United Kingdom

The Dean's Diaries: The Dean and the United Kingdom

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

  IT HAD to happen sooner or later. Inevitably, our National Bard ...