There were howls oi dismay all over Scotland on Monday morning when thousands of people opened their Daily Record only to discover thatthe Roz cartton strip had mysteriously disappeared. Forthe past six years the

e creation at Canadian cartoonist Peter

Plant had become part oi our daily

j lives. Fan clubs had sprung up all over i the country; when a Bogart book was released it rapidly sold out; all over the ; country a nation's breath was held

; during the Record strike as we waited

. to discoverwho would emerge

. triumphant in the inter-department

store knicker-ilicking contest; when the ; skateboarding catBogart,iinally

settled down with Mandy, the Record

was inundated with suggestions for kittens’ names. All in all Roz, Elroythe Postman and all the regulars down at the Lamb and Flag will be sorely

missed . . .

The List put a team oi investigative

reporters on the job to discover why

this daily sketch oi Kilmarnock

(honest!) the had disappeared irom our

pages. The decision, it emerged was notartistic, but coniractural. ‘It‘s rather a sad story,’ said a Record

spokesman. He went on to explain that the problem arose when Today started

to carry a Peter Plant cartoon strip

: called Bogart and it was this the Record

objected to, supposedly having Plant under sole contract. ‘We asked him to

even change the name, but he used the same names, the same characters and

the same gags,’ said the Record man. The loss of R01, Mole, Squatthe

randy puppy and Spenserthe barman ‘; amongst others, comes at a


particularly pertinenttime. Mole, the short and man-hungry churn was on the point oi getting wed after a holiday


The List is happy to receive all letters. debating. disagreeing; disagreeable or desirable,

f Whatever. send them to The livi. ll 3 High Street. Iidinburgh II I I II I5 or I3 Billll Stl'c‘ct. (ilasgovv (i3 lllhi.

Sir. Congratulations on your pretty fireworks cover. However. as someone who has spent a night sleeping rough on that very hill. I must confess to being less pleased to be reminded of it than I might otherwise have been.

Considering that The List is comprehensive on most points.


dilér Likt; lN 1H5 Monger

romance, Elroy the postman was being moved to a new route and Wayne was just starting a new term and renewing his attempts to seduce Miss Grinwald. We rang Today to see it they could help, but Today being Today no one could tell us. Hopefully by next issue we shall know more oi Mole's wedding plans, Elroy's career moves; Grover’s dyspepsia . . . meanwhile a nation mourns. (Graham Caldwell)


The 1986 Radio Festival will take place in the Boyd Orr Building, Glasgow University, irom 7—9 September. Formerly part oi, and swamped by, the Television Festival in Edinburgh, itwas established as an independent lestival two years ago with the iormation ol the Radio Academy in Bristol to iocus specitically on radio. It is the main iorum tor debate and discussion in the radio industry, covering the whole range of broadcasting policy including independent and community radio, the BBC and the IBA.

The main plenary sessions are: The Peacock Inquiry, Mon 8 Sept 11am with ProiAlastair Hetherington, Controller

wouldn’t the Festival be a good time to help impoverished visitors by listing bribable small hotels. private flats offering cheap accommodation. Youth Ilostels near and far. comfortable benches. how to whip up a tent from a plastic sheet etc. etc‘.’ Yours

A. McDonald


Sir. I would like to inform you ofa recent experience I have had and wonder whether you could do anything to stop it occurring again.

I. being a ‘punk'. have been the target ofone of (ilasgow‘s many prejudices. ()n 'I'uesday Nah I went to Bennets nightclub (of which I’m a regular) in good faith. as it


oi BBC Scotland and Protessor oi Media

Studies, Stirling University; ‘What Media Bias?‘, Mon 8 Sept 2.30pm with

Malcolm Rliklnd, Secretary oi State for 3

Scotland, and ‘Radio inthe 19903’ with John Thompson, Director of Radio, IBA, and Brian Wenham, Managing Director, Radio, BBC. Otherworking sessions will include ‘Sponsorship', ‘Promotions and Commercials’ and ‘Minority Languages’ and among the speakers will be Jeremy lsaacs, Chief Executive, Channel 4, and John Witney, DirectorGeneral, IBA. A Government Green Paper is due to be published soon, outlining substantial revisions to the system and structure oi the BBC, independent and community radio.

The Festival will be chaired by Gillian Reynolds, broadcaster and radio critic tor The Telegraph. She will be outlining some of the arguments in the debates on The Jimmy Mack Show, Radio Scotland. Mon 8 Sept 8.45am. Littlewoods in Argyle Street will be holding an exhibition at Historical Radio Receivers from BBC Radio Scotland, Sat 6 Sept, 8.30am-opm and Mon 8 Sept, 9.15am4’i.30pm. Radio Clyde will be covering the Festival and on Tue 8 Sept, 6.30pm there will be a radio Trivia Quiz with well-known personalities including John Waters oi Radio 1, chaired by Mike Riddoch.

The Festival is open to the public: registration on Mon 8 or Tue 9 Sept, at the Boyd Drr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow, 041 330 5131. Members at the Radio Academy £50, non-members £60; day ticket £15. (Sally Kinnes)



supposedly caters for the alternative group in our city. only to be turned away because I was a punk.

I don‘t know how else to tackle this problem but I think that ifyou were to issue a warning ie ‘No punks allowed' next to the listing for the nightclub. it might not solve the problem Glasgow doesn't cater for the wide spectrum of people in the city but it may save a lot of disappointment and wasted time. Yours Susan Steele ( } [asgo w

We are currently re—thinking our nightlife listings and will certainly be taking note of this and all other suggestions.


Publisher Robin Hodge. Editors Nigel Billen. Sarah llemming. Glasgow Editor (iraham ('aldwell. Associate Editor Allan Hunter. Design Simon Iisterson. Publications Manager Sally Kinnes. Advertising Bill Gordon. Robert Dawson Scott. Accounts Richard (iriiy. Typesetting

Jo Kennedy and Hewer'l‘ext.

Production Editor Paul Keir. Arr Alice Bain. Books Alan'l’aylor. Classical Music (‘arol Main. DanceAlice Rain. Film Allan Hunterfl‘revor Johnston. Folk/Jazz Norman Chalmers. Kids Sally Kinnes. Media Nigel Billen. Sally Kinnes. Rock (Edinburgh) Alastair Mabbot. Rock (Glasgow) Andrea Miller and Stuart Spence. Sport Graham Caldwell.

Theatre Sarah Hemming. Oitlce Lynn

Spowart. Camera Darien Printing

Cover Desert Hearts, Cover Design Simon Esterson and Stephen Coates.

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2 Donna Deitch

Interviewing the director and

producer of Desert I Iearts.

4 Tom McGrath

Sarah Hemming talks to the man who’s been asked to encourage new Scots playwrights.

6 Richard Benjamin

The actor turned hit director tells Allan Hunter about his new film, The Money Pit.

Listings Full guide to events this fortnight. Theatre 8 Film 1‘) Dance 10 Art 25

Classical Music 11 Sport 3]

Folk 12 Media 32 Jazz 13 ()pen 34 Rock 14 Kids 35 35 Backhst 36 “re World's Biggest Jumble Sale 37 Books 38 Travel -- Barcelona 39 (‘itylist NEXT ISSUE STIRLING: A SPECIAL REPORT

As the MacRobert Centre opens its Nordic Season of arts and theatre and Stirling makes new moves to attract industry and tourism we look at this city on the crossroads. Next Issue.

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