FOR THE RECORD Re: Word Up (issue 413) Well . . . major news in Edinburgh's club scene this fortnight . . . G-Mac is now working in a record shop. Thanks to The List for breaking this exclusive club news.

WOuId it be possible for you to keep us up to date wrth any other part time staff who are employed by Uber Disko. lnputout. Avalanche. Fopp. HMV. Rub-A-Dub. 23rd PreCinct. etc?

Indeed. if you could add quotations and pictures from any new employees of these vinyl emporiums this would help me to know who they are. while helping your publication fill up any unused space. This information lobvrouslyi is much needed by yOur readers before we plan our evening out.

Gary Gillespie Via email


Re: Suburbia moves in (issue 433)

My God. it doesn't take much to set Tony McKibbin off on one.

A single cinema closes and it's the end of Civilisation as he knows it. No mention. then. of the Filmhouse and the Cameo in his wee greet. No mention of the Dominion.

Edinburgh remains a city With a fantastic mix of Cinemas. Tony son. calm down.

George Anderson via email

SIGN OF THE TIMES Re: Suburbia moves in (issue 433) As Tony McKibbin and others indicate. the proposed closure of the Lumiere Cinema is symptomatic of an alarming cultural malaise in Scotland. It also calls into question the responsibility and the raison d'etre of the arts minister. Lord Watson. and his department. What other ministry of culture in any other European capital. far less one wrth the world's largest arts festival. would

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SPOT CHECK Re: Comedy Special (issue 432) | read with great interest your article about the Scottish comedy scene. l \.'.'as happy to read that Jongleurs has opened a coiled; club in Glasgox'i. It is it“, hope that Jongleurs offers con iedy spots to all talented comedians and does not adopt a l)()il(l‘y of discrimination like the Stand Comedy Club. | feel that it is important to yOur readers. and also to aspiring comedians. to be made aux/are that all is not well in the world of Scottish comedy. I would call on i(?|l()‘.'/ Equity men‘bers who perform at the Stand to think again about their comedy colleagues who. for no solid reason. are barred from appearing there. The opening of .Jongleurs will be good for Scottish comedy and may ease the grip that the Stand has on the comedy scene in Scotland. Vince Willis Via email


Re: Andrew Maxwell (issue 433)

I am writing in response to your

preView of Andrew Maxis/ell in the comedy section. I am big fan of Mr Max‘s/ell but I have to take untbr‘age at his comment on snow~bcarding. He describes the sport as being just a case of balancing and so is really easy. I tried snow-- boarding for the first time over New Year on C(Hl’llgOFI‘l. Havuig spent over S‘I()() on

hiring ()(itlllNlIClli for me and my current wife. I discovered snow-boarding could best be described as sliding down a mountain on my face. The worst thing was that I found that my (IIQZII'CIIC‘ lighter didn't work at altitude.

Attempting to zig and zag. I discovered that l was able to xig for a while but had no idea how to /ag. This resulted in hitting a fence. When I learned how to zag I had no ability to mg and this reSLilted in careering into a very cold stream.

Afterwards. I decided that the money would probably have been better spent and would have had the same effect had I simply paid a large Turkish man to hit me with a stick for two hours in a fridge. Snow- I')oarding: just say no. Brigadier James Campbell Via email

NAME AND SHAME Re: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (issue 434)

In his prevrew of the Brunton Theatre's Midsummer Night '3 Dream. Steve Cramer quite rightly deplores the fact that the Brunton company is to close owing to the support being v-iithdrawn by East Lothian COunciI and no money being offered by the Scottish Arts Council. I share his concern that this company is being closed down.

In his article. Cramer draws a comparison between what is happening to the Brunton and what happened to ‘the latter incarnation of Cornmunicado'. The company whose SAC grant was withdrawn in 1009. 2000 was called Archipelago and not Communicado.

ln agreeing to renew its grant. the SAC understood that a change of name. and therefore identity. was part of the company's renewed application for funding. Implicit in this was the zickitowledgement that the “brand name Communicado was the eml.)odiment of my

and my associates' artistic work since 1982. As a result. the Communicado name was given back to me.

As part of the Scotland On Stage scheme. Communicado is again performing in collaboration with Sounds Of Progress on an experimental piece called Brave. inspired by the stOry of the Cherokee Indians and their struggle against dispossession and loss of identity. This show opens at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on 28 March.

Gerry Mulgrew Via email

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER Weekend stories

I need assistance for a project I am planning. I'm hoping to compose a book involving the exploits of various people (16—30) around Britain and their experiences on a particular Friday night.

This is not only for my benefit. but also so historians in years to come can have a primary source depicting the cultural and social issues at the turn of the millennium.

On a certain day this year, I‘d like your readers to write about their Friday night experience and the morning after. All I require is simple. detailed st0rytelling. No need for long fancy words or metaphors. just everyday language from that particular area of Britain.

My input to this simple. but effective book. would be only the usual author chores: ion/yard. cheeky little points after each stOry. conclusion etc. You can email me at Brian.McDaid(a}scottish

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