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The furore over the Gallery of Scottish Art looks set to run and run; why not add your ha’ penny’s worth to the debate. Alexei Sayle has claimed he invented alternative comedy he’s joking, surely? And Absolutely Fabulous is

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Wrong conclusion

The last paragraph of Carol Main's article about the Scottish Symphony Orchestra's special Christmas performance for charity is both misleading and inaccurate (The List 2I7).

True. over the last three years. the BBC SSO has promoted ‘Christmas Classics' concerts at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (and indeed elsewhere). but to ‘draw one‘s own conclusions as to why that is not happening this year‘. with the obvious implication that this has something to do with the merger proposal. is a mistake.

The repertoire of really popular


MIST Scottish Music Guide a useful tome with BT charging 50p a time to use directory inquiries. it should soon

Queen Margaret Drive 3 Glasgow

. Gig guidance

recording contract oh. bugger it. I can't find the number so I‘m off down

returning to our screens as .


orchestral music for Christmas is quite limited. All our concerts are broadcast. mainly on BBC Radio 3. and they are. understandably. not interested in repeating the same pieces from year to year. This year. therefore. we decided to give that format a rest and instead presented a complete ‘Messiah‘ at one of our regular venues. Ayr Town Hall. Chris Dale

Promotions Assistant


I‘m sure some people will find the

pay for itself for music industry bods. But the question is. does that really further the cause of Scottish music? Are Scotland‘s talented musicians really saying ‘I think I'll try to get a

south"? i Hardly likely. lfbands have enough i persistence to make it in the business. they should at least be able to get the phone numbers for themselves. The slacker slouch may be a fashionable

1 pose to adopt when the record company

hardly force them to.

; venue which would put the city back on . the touring map and giye local bands . support slots. That would improve

is distributing your publicity stills but it 7 takes determination to get to that stage in the first place. Similarly. if London execs really want to get hold of someone. they will: ifthey don‘t. a directory sitting on their desk will

What‘s lacking. particularly in Edinburgh. is a decent medium-sized

Edinburgh's music profile and increase the chances of London A&R men

: making the trip. Sponsoring gigs. as

Tennent‘s Live. to their credit. have

' c'bntinued to do. is a big help but how

: about putting money into providing a

: 700 or 800 capacity venue. We would

i all promise to drink lots of beer when i we were there.

Ronnie Davidson

East Preston Street


5 Edinburgh

The hells, the bells

It was great to be part ofthe festival carnival atmosphere of Edinburgh at Hogmanay. For once crowds of people having a good time at New Year did not mean everyone had to be disgustingly drunk. nor that the streets had to be littered with beer cans and bottles.

I‘ve no idea how the proposals got past the staid old city fathers who normally seem to be concemed to stop anything exciting happening in the capital. But let‘s hope this is a sign of a changing approach.

One small suggestion for next year‘s celebrations. assuming they go ahead. How about arranging for the numerous church bells around the city centre to chime on the stroke of midnight and ring in the new year. At the moment we all eagerly wait for the bells only to be greeted with silence. A while back many churches were organised to join in the firework concert; couldn't they be brought back to life again?

Alison MacKenzie Marchmont Crescent




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your prise.

. No to the Big Yin

l hope the decision to use Billy

Connolly to make Scottish an accessible in The Bigger Pieture means people who would otherwise not have watched stay with the series. l’opularisation is a worthy aim but I‘m afraid I'm in the reverse category. I was very interested in the subject matter

; visited the galleries. will be reading the

book. might even buy the T—shirt ifthey produce one. Unfortunately when I i watched the TV programme I couldn't rid my mind of the image of a Beverly


Bad Girls: Art gets a sound grrrling at the CCA.

Hills dilettante who has bought into the showbiz lifestyle completely. I know he was just reading someone else‘s script. as any choice of presenter would have done. but for me. it was a case of the medium getting in the way ofthe message. ljust hope the number of Connolly-lovers outweighs those who think that he is the last person that should be let loose on Scottish culture. Patrick Carmichael

White Street


Sailing by

Did anyone watch/listen to that Arena programme about radio? Talk about labouring the point! These days TV controllers and it was an idea that could only have come from a TV exec. never a radio person seem to operate on the basis that more is more. and as much as possible. please. Themed evenings there was another load of guff under the Catnp Christmas tag on Channel 4. so we can‘t blame it on the BBC are the surest sign of people who no longer have the confidence in their ability to make interesting programmes. Instead they go for a blizzard of bits and bobs which could never stand alone. The gimmick of the TV talking to the radio was surely the most puerile attempt at attracting an audience since 3-D Dr Who went to EastEnders.

Fiona Taylor

Cumberland Street


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