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PAPA DON’T PREACH Dear Sir I don’t recognise the names of any of the bands mentioned on your music pages last issue, whether they be grunge, indie, afro, jazz, soul rock or bluegrass. What happened to The Mamas and the Papas, or is it assumed your magazine is now only read by 20-30-year-old somethings? I am 58. Yours sincerely, Gordon Edinburgh
OVER THE HILL LIL’ Re: The F-word (641) After reading ‘The F-word’ I turned on the radio to hear Lily Allen bleat on about unhappy women, past 30, with no man in tow. She warbles, ‘When she was 22 the future looked bright / But she’s nearly 30 now and she’s out every night . . . There’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to say / Till the man of her dreams comes along picks her up and puts her over his shoulder.’ Emmeline Pankhurst must be spinning in her grave. A bit hypocritical, given Lily’s penchant for old buggers! No wonder her new bum-chum Kate Moss was scowling at her in recent photos. Susan Glasgow
MAKING A SPECTACLE
LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT FLASH IN THE PAN
Re: Technology Special Although I enjoyed your technology special, the main issue I take with the whole thing is the suggestion that Spotify and 3D TV could change the world. In Mark Robertson’s article he talks about the many obsolete formats that have come along. It’s true, today’s new breakthrough will be yesterday’s betamax. Can we please wake up to the real pace of change, and not try and sensationalise the latest developments in jumbo TVs as something important. We’re all still going to be reading paper books and watching Last of the Summer Wine in 2D for many years to come, let’s be serious. Brendan, Glasgow Via email
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Re: Park Life (641) Tragically, Falkirk Council voted on 7 October to close the Park Gallery in June 2010, with a further (as yet unknown) plan to relocate it to Callendar House after this time. We can still fight to save the gallery and keep it where it belongs. There’s still hope! There’s still time! The battle begins today!
Remember, councillors are
elected to serve the people, to follow their will, and they should
listen to those who put them there in the first place. If you want to save arts in Scotland, make your voice heard now! Spread the news far and wide.
Sign the online petition! http://tinyurl.com/ybuza6k
Falkirk Council has now shut down the old Park Gallery Facebook site, so join the unofficial Save the Gallery Facebook group. http://tinyurl.com/yg5z9of Save the Gallery, Falkirk Comment posted at List.co.uk
I enjoyed last issue’s cover, particularly its usefulness in espionage (see image). More spy-friendly content in future please. Gary, Motherwell By email
WITH THANKS Re: The F-Word (641) The images of the 1909 Suffragette march and of Suffragette Flora Drummond printed with our feature, ‘The F- word’ should have been credited to the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland. We offer our thanks to the Trustees for permitting their use. Jonny Ensall List editor
Next issue out Wednesday 4 November Christmas Guide
Our annual Christmas shopping guide will come packaged with the next issue of The List, containing essential information on what, and where, to buy those killer presents. You’ll find everything from stocking fillers to that ideal gift for your difficult dad, plus a look at the best Christmas activities to keep all and sundry entertained.
Natura Morte The Arches present one of this year’s most ambitious projects, as renowned theatre companies Derevo and Akhe team up to take over the venue from top to bottom with their performance Natura Morte. We interview the key players in our preview of one of the theatre events of the season.
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CONTRIBUTORS Publisher & General Editor Robin Hodge Director Simon Dessain EDITORIAL Editor Jonny Ensall Deputy Editor Mark Robertson Assistant Editor Kirstin Innes, Henry Northmore, Allan Radcliffe Subeditor Hamish Brown Research Manager Suzanne Black Research Siân Bevan, Tasmin Campbell, Rosalie Doubal, Laura Ennor, Henry Northmore, David Pollock, Fiona Shepherd Editorial intern Susan Riddell SALES & MARKETING Advertising Sales Manager Brigid Kennedy Senior Media Sales Executive Juliet Tweedie Media Sales Executives Aimi Gold, Jess McGrath Business Development Executive Adam Coulson Business Development Manager Brendan Miles Sponsorship & Promotions Manager Sheri Friers (Maternity leave) Carine Seitz Promotions Executive Amy Russell Circulation Executive Murray Robertson PRODUCTION Art Director Krista Robertson (Maternity leave) Senior Designer Lucy Munro Production Manager Simon Armin Production Assistant Miriam Sturdee DIGITAL Web Editor Hamish Brown Senior Developer Andy Carmichael Senior Designer Bruce Combe Software Developer Iain McCusker Web Editorial Assistants Thomas Meek ADMINISTRATION Accounts Manager Georgette Renwick Accounts Assistant Tasmin Campbell Glasgow Office Manager Sharon Stephen SECTION EDITORS Around Town Kirstin Innes Books Brian Donaldson Clubs Henry Northmore Comedy Brian Donaldson Dance Kelly Apter Eat & Drink Donald Reid Film Paul Dale Kids Kelly Apter LGBT Allan Radcliffe Music Mark Robertson News Anna Millar Shopping Kirstin Innes Theatre Allan Radcliffe Travel Kirstin Innes Visual Art Allan Radcliffe