Category Archives: Art

An Arts Policy For Scotland

While in hospital feeling like death warmed up as consultants around my bed decided which body parts I could do without, Alex Salmond phoned to wish me well, putting the nurses in a tizzy, and to my surprise asking if … Continue reading

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Lost in LaLa Land 2

Arriving I blinked hard at the blinding light, felt the slap of heat hit my face, and noticed everyone in a hurry to go nowhere. It was my first time in Los Angeles. I had barely got out of Customs when a tall African-American … Continue reading

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Lost in LaLa Land 3

  “If you’re going to Hollywood, go for fun … and get a bloody lawyer!” That’s wise advice from Sean Connery. You can be at the top of your fame and still get stiffed. Even he got cheated out of … Continue reading

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Melody Man

An occasional series on Scots of outstanding merit, deserving of our attention and praise. There is a pleasing symmetry to this interview. Patrick Doyle is scoring the remake of the Agatha Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express. I interviewed the … Continue reading

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A Fart in the Wind

  I had the misfortune to read an offensive piece of journalism recently written by Jonathan Jones, entitled, ‘Why Scotland should follow its art and not vote for independence.’ Jones is one of those bold critics that seems to assess … Continue reading

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