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23 Jan 2015

  Increasingly I prefer familiar books to new ones – probably an age thing. Spending time just now with my old pal Kurt Wallander – re-reading the ‘The Troubled Man’. The plots of Henning Mankell’s ‘police procedurals’ are secondary – but I feel a strong identification with the character of Wallander – who anchors the series. I like the general mood of world weariness; the turbulence of Kurt’s personal life is convincing – his gloomy tetchiness; I appreciate the lack of glamour – that junk food and booze  bring diabetes; it’s important to me that his exposure to human wickedness has not defeated Kurt’s hope – sometimes its close.

  At heart though, this final book is an examination of ageing. Kurt’s career as a policeman has dominated his life – key relationships were put under strain; his late father, his divorced wife Mona, his daughter Linda. Now, facing retirement, he looks back at an honest, if flawed life – and wonders what the future will bring.

            Henning Mankell says that he does not particularly admire Wallander – that in real life he wouldn’t be a close friend; I take issue with this. We have all known individuals who put too much into work – at the expense of personal issues – a kind of displacement. I have long admired the energy and commitment of such ‘displaced’ colleagues. Though he can be thoughtless and brusque – there is no pretence about Kurt; and at times I feel very close to his inner turmoil. He can be my friend if he wants.


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The SENs: Friday 23rd January 2015

Next week Social Firms Scotland and Senscot head to Brussels to participate in the EU Social Entrepreneurship Network closing conference. The EU SEN has looked to share good practice via ‘peer review’ meetings over the last two years – with one of its primary aims being to ensure  a comprehensive support environment for social enterprises  across the EU; and to equip partners to promote and implement projects involving social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. The event will conclude with a presentation highlighting results and recommendations. We’ll circulate this next week. For info, here’s the programme and delegate list.

The Sport SEN has grown and meetings are now held regionally - for practical reasons. However, SEN members have agreed that they still wanted to come together as a national group once a year. This annual gathering will take place on Tuesday 31st March in Perth – and will provide an opportunity to network with sports social enterprises from across Scotland and engage in some useful chat. Hot topics - Sport for Development, connecting with the Corporate Sector, changes in health service delivery; group sessions with some of our top sports social entrepreneurs; sub-group discussions - incl. swimming pools, outdoor activities, sport centres etc; speed networking and lunch too! For more info and to book, see here.

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