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‘We will not make our readers feel they are objects of pity or users of disabled toilets.‘

A le.rander ( 'haneellor, editor of The Independent 's Saturday magazine, on the launch o f his latest venture, The ()ldie. a magazine for the over-50s.

‘A famous record company owner once accused me of being too eclectic. and I didn't even know what the word meant .‘

Georgie Fame avoids the quick

cross word while waiting to go on stage at this week 's Queen 's Hall date.

‘There's a lot ofshowbusiness in soldiery. just as there is in being a bishop.‘ T Lt-C'ol Leslie [)ow. retiring after seventeen years as producer and eompere of the Military Tattoo, throws new light on those fancy uniforms.

‘Could it happen in any civilised country that the army takes over and all the people get is Swan Lake repeated four times on television'." A Russian lieutenant reveals the extent ofSoi'iel TV censorship.

‘I imagine cold sausages in custard. covered in tomato ketchup. washed down with warm. cheap Liebfraumilch would not be too pleasant.‘

Footballer Pat Nevin responds with understandahle sarcasm to the Independent on Sunday 's searehin g

q uesti on, ‘What is your least favourite meal "drink I) '

4'l‘he List 30 August 12 September 1991

Third Eye closes until April

Glasgow’s leading centre for contemporary visual and performing arts, the Third Eye Centre, has avoided liquidation at the expense of a short-term closure and massive redundancies. Alan Morrison

charts the latest developments.

reopen in April 1992.

n Saturday 31 August. Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre will close. with the removal ofthe nine board members and redundancies for all but three ofthe 25 staff. Only assistant administrator Stephen Kelly, director ofexhibitions Andrew Nairn and director of performances Nicky Milligan remain for an indefinite period. Their brief. according to a statement by the I Centre‘s major backers. the Scottish Arts Council l and Glasgow District Council. is ‘to assist with future programme planning and company 1 restructure” until the Centre is scheduled to

The Third Eye ran into serious financial trouble in June, causing the resignation ofadministrator Susan Stewart and the appointment by the courts . of Douglas Jackson of Stoy Hayward, who was given three months to put together a package that would save the Centre from liquidation. Initial l

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rumours put the budget overspend ‘in the region of six figures‘; the debt has now been revealed to be nearly £600,000. Mr Jackson stressed that there had been ‘no fraud or manipulation of finances whatsoever'; the debt was due to ‘straight overspend’ caused by poor management and inadequate reporting to the board.

The rescue package, which also includes the deferral ofoutstanding debts. will be put before a special meeting of around 470 creditors sometime in September. It is thought that the creditors will agree to this. as the alternative -- immediate liquidation ofthe company would mean that all debts would have to be written off. The SAC and District Council have already agreed in principle to the proposals, with the SAC making additional funds available ‘for the benefit ofcreditors‘ over a

repayment on

therefore that

five-year period and the (‘ouneil deferring

its 120.000 loan.

‘It is as yet too early to say what plans there will be for the future,‘ says the Centre‘s director (‘hris Carrell. pointing out that the board only saw the report last Friday and had no time to study it before the meeting when the announcements were made. ‘lt is clear that there was no overspend on the Centre‘s artistic programme. The overspend arose on the administrative side and in the trading department.~ It is unfortunate

some of the most dedicated

workers in the Scottish arts community should lose their jobs due to financial mismanagement. and that the public should be denied the innovative programming for which the Third Eye is renowned. In 1990, 450.000 people visited the

Centre, and until the problems became known in June ofthis year. it looked likely that this record

would be broken.

:Gorng, going, gone i It was a scene at passionate g confrontation, oi one party trying : desperately to outdo another, at hopes f raised and cruelly dashed. It was. in ! other words, the Traverse Theatre '; lundraising auction. But as ' theatregoers and thespians irantically i bid torsome wonderlul items, strange ; stories began to emerge. The List's donation at an Archaos l iack-in-the-box raised £100, most at f that with the box unopened and the : bidders unaware at what they were

i paying lor- a gruesome severed head.

5 A BBC crew iilming a show upstairs

was narrowly beaten in the attempt to win an instructive day‘s shooting with the rival NB crew.

l temporary split as they bid against each other ior gold-painted plastic candelabra, with Forbes Masson the

Ian Brown, the Traverse's artistic

Victor and Barry had an amicable and

eventual winner, albeit £120 worse oil. A bid of £100 tor a Day in the House at

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Forbes Masson, Ieit. shows his delight over his candelabra.

director, was questioned by actors claiming he should pay the winner.

And the hall tree stump that was used

in place at a Iectern iinally lound a

home itseli, going iorthe princely sum of £10.

; In all, the event, held on the evening at Monday 26 August, raised £9450, which will go towards the Traverse's lirst production in its new home at Castle Terrace. Thanks go out to all donors and bidders. (Alan Morrison)