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24 Jul 2015


The Open golf Championship is staged at the St. Andrews every 5 or 6 years – the town, the history, the Old course itself, make it my favourite venue; I’ve been a visitor since Jack Nicklaus won in 1978. ’84 was the year Seve nicked it from Tom Watson – high drama; ’90 was Nick Faldo – boring; ’95 John Daly surprised everyone; 2000 and 2005 Tiger Tiger burning bright; in 2010, Louis Oosthuizen took the Claret Jug – and was my choice again this week – the sweetest swing you ever saw.


            I’m glad my friend and I drove up last Friday – the arena formed by the first and last fairways is unique in all the world – a joy; but the outrageous price of everything cast a shadow over our visit. Entry £80 – parking £15; to use the stands at 17 and 18 - £50 extra per day; hospitality packages from £250 per day. I don’t know who makes these decisions – but to price such events beyond the reach of ordinary citizens is disrespectful and diminishes everyone. In Scotland this feels alien.


            At lunch time we reject the overpriced shoddiness of the tented villages – head into town to an old haunt. Ziggy’s is a locally owned Tex-Mex restaurant which I’ve known for many years; it’s 1960’s music themed – photos and authentic memorabilia of rock idols – great vibe. So we spend the afternoon in Ziggy’s – watching the Open on TV – swapping craic with the locals and visitors; secure from the weather and predatory traders. I’m still glad we went up though – an element of pilgrimage about it – continuity.


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The SENs: Friday 24th July 2015

This week we’ve added some further dates to our EU Masterclass Seminars - these seminars are designed to share some of the core information before much of the new EU programmes are “open for business”. There is a level of detail about various ‘strategic packages’ which we consider important such as: a) this is how ESF and ERDF Programmes will be delivered; and b) potential applications will need to fit into these packages to have a chance of securing funding. The next session is in Aberdeen on 31st July; followed by Inverness on 12th August; and finally Edinburgh on 21st August. Just click on the links to book your place. In the meantime, see the most recent update.


We are now at capacity for the inaugural meeting of the Employability SEN on the 5th August and are no longer taking bookings. The aim of this first meeting is to scope out the role, remit and aims of the SEN - if you are interested in joining the Employability SEN and would like an update following the first meeting please get in touch with Kim.


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