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26 Sep 2014

 TV, radio, internet, print - our country is still absorbed in the indyref and its ramifications; people want to stay with it.  In the past week, the SNP membership has gone from circa 25,000 to 65,000 - the Greens (yippee!) are also recruiting like mad; it’s too early to predict - but something big is still unfolding, I have the sense that a new generation has been ignited - minded to take independence all the way.

  One of the most interesting stats is that - up to the age of 60 - Scotland voted majority yes; it was the auld yins like me who bottled it!  By coincidence last week I had a sudden puncture in the Panda; alone, with no mobile, I had no option but to mount the grass verge and fit the spare.  No one stopped - took me 35 mins, several rests - felt old and cowed - the realisation that I will soon be dependent on others for routine physical tasks.  Old people are more fearful.  I’ve always believed that our capacity for optimism/pessimism is determined by early childhood experiences; that once set - our outlook is only marginally affected by subsequent events.  I now understand that as we grow older, loss of confidence; may diminish our optimism - need to watch this.

 My thoughts are starting to stray to a quiet beach I know near Estepona - where the October sunshine will have lost its vehemence - become friendlier.  The same wee casita -with the same firm bed; I have no inclination to try new things. I feel a trip coming on. 


We still have a few copies of both Laurence’s books: ‘You’ve Got to Laugh’ (2001- 2006): and ‘Kindness’;

(2007 - 2012). See,


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The SENs: Friday 26th September 2014

This year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh is filling up quickly – over 80 places have been filled – around 60 still available. Delegate rate for SEN Members is £50 - and includes Conference/Ceilidh/Dinner/B&B (day only rate is £30). To get a booking form, email With this being the 10th year of the event, it will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the last 10 years as well as looking towards what lies ahead for SE in Scotland. Applications are also now open for this year’s Dragons’ Den – as always, £5k to the winner – if you’re brave enough to step into the Den, you can apply here. The draft programme is also available.


Yesterday, Senscot hosted the 2nd Joint Thematic Social Enterprise Roundtable meeting at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh. Around 30 delegates from the 4 Roundtables – Health, Sport, Culture & Creative and Community Food attended. It provided an opportunity for everyone to hear progress that has been made in the past 12 months and look forward to the year ahead. The meeting included updates from each of the thematic areas – as well as presentations from Prof. Cam Donaldson (Glasgow Caley) on their Health and Social Enterprise Research Project and an interactive session on Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) delivered by Ready for Business....Read more
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