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The Scottish parliament could be recalled without any alteration to the 1707 Treaty of Union: and so, under international law, no authority has the power to retuse the Scottish people’s wish to give their parliament turther- reaching autonomy. That is the well- founded argument which torms the basis of Scotland’s Constitution (Mottat & (:0, £3.95), a guide to the making at a new Scottish parliament. Based on the formulations at various legal, public and media contributors between 1957 and 1964, Scotland’s Constitution has now been edited by Robbie Mottat into the easily readable iormat ot a small booklet ol 97 articles which set out the social, legal and political background tor a democratic tree nation. The above illustration by Matthew McKenna shows the llational Flag with (clockwise trom top lett) the National

Badge, the Ensign at Public Authority/Great Seal of Scotland and the Royal Banner. (AM)

I Elsie Inglis Hospital: A bid to acquire the Elsie lnglis Memorial Maternity Hospital in Edinburgh for Scotland's first ‘urban care village' may save the B-listed building from demolition. Lothian Health Board is seeking permission to sell offthe land to housing developers. but Edinburgh University Settlement hopes to restore the hospital as an international centre providing professional and vocational training in community care. including mental health. learning difficulties and disability. Many of the current EUS projects would be able to move to the new location. and a flagship programme in childcare and preventative medicine would be set up in honour of the work of Dr lnglis. Elsie lnglis ( 1864—19”) was a prime figure in the women‘s suffrage cause and in the advancement of women in medicine. A memorial hospital was built in Edinburgh‘s Abbeyhill area in 1925. ‘A pioneering project of this kind would not only provide much needed supplementary care for the most disadvantaged in our community.‘ said Margaret McGregor'. chair of the Elsie lnglis Memorial Settlement Steering Group and convcnor of Edinburgh District Council‘s Women's Committee. ‘but would match Dr lnglis' work with the needy and her tight for women‘s rights.‘ I Arts awards: Scotland has received six nominations for the prestigious 1993 Arts Council/British Gas ll’urking for Cities Awards. with Glasgow bagging three. Scotland Street Museum and Aberdeen's arts venue The Lemon Tree are in the running for the Buildings Award; Robert Palmer. Director of Glasgow City Council‘s Performing Arts Unit. and Edinburgh Councillor George Kerevan have been nominated for the Special Award. given

for outstanding individual achievement;

Senses Alive Drumchapel Arts is in line for the Group Award; and Cunningharne Youth Theatre from Ayrshire are nominated for the British Gas Award for Youth Arts. Lord

Palumbo. Chairman of the Arts Council said: ‘Scotland has really shown itself to be at the forefront of urban regeneration via the arts.‘ The winners will be announced on Tuesday 8 June. I Big ball: The largest ball in the history of Scotland will transform the Royal Highland Exhibition Centre at lngliston into a glittering ballroom on Sat 22 May from 9pm—4am. Appearing at The Gathering will be Craig McMurdo and That Swing Thang. the Edinburgh Ceilidh Band and other special guests. As well as a fun fair. at traditional Scottish meal (and nip) will be served free from lam. Parking is also free. as is a shuttle bus service running every half hour from Waverley to lngliston. Tickets (£22. subject to booking fee) are available from 23rd Precinct shops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. and at Premier Clothing and Fast Forward Video stores in Edinburgh.

I Edinburgh International Science Festival: This year‘s Science Festival saw 367 events take place at 37 locations over seventeen days (all prime numbers!‘.’l). with attendances at daily ticketed events almost double those of 1992. Anything to do with space and the hands-on activities of the Science Dome were among the biggest hits. Leaflets on 1994's plans are already available from ElSF. l Broughton Market. Edinburgh EH3 ()NU.

I ABSA Awards: Seventeen companies have won awards or commendations in the sixth annual ABSA Awards for Business Sponsorship of the Arts in Scotland. Winners included Falkirk Community Arts Project (for Increasing Accessibility to the Arts). Mobil North Sea Limited for their sponsorship of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's Allan Ramsay Exhibition (Best Single Project) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (Outstanding Support for the Arts). Last year in Scotland 45 businesses sponsored the arts for the first time. while sixteen others increased their budgets. bringing (along with government sponsorship incentive money) over £l million of new money into Scottish arts. (AM)


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