Mar

23

Scottish Cinema

Hugh MacLeod is a Scots-born cartoonist and former adman. He became famous for drawing sarcastic pictures on the backs of business cards during boring meetings on Madison Avenue. One of his drawings shows two students bickering. “No, I’m more annoying,” says the art student. “No, I’m more annoying,” says the film student. To students of […]

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Jun
08

Obsession Magnificent

If you recognise the headline, then you won’t need anyone to tell you what this note is about. Baffled? It’s about Billy Mackenzie. Who? The Associates. Nope? Jeezy Peeps, as Oor Wullie might say. You can find a few Mackenzie-esque gems on YouTube – of which this from French TV is my favourite. The video […]

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Jan
06

Tanya Richam Odoi

Tanya Richam Odoi in experimental dance film Last year, I met a Scottish musician called James Grant – who fronted a reasonably famous band called Love & Money in the early 90s. He did the soundtrack for my short film Sadie’s Story, and we discussed possibly producing a short concept film built round one of […]

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Jun
23

Just a Northern Soul

Northern Soul dance steps. This page contains links to step-by-step dance moves for Northern Soul dancing on video – notably demonstrated by a cool young Japanese cult in Tokyo! If that’s what you want – scroll down the page. Originally, this post was about a Northern Soul video I was shooting. Legendary Scottish pop combo, […]

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May
27

Cat in suitcase

I bought an absurdly small suitcase at Edinburgh’s funk fair – a cool name for a mixture between a craft sale, hippy bric-a-brac, retro chic and car boot sale. It’s the perfect size for my mac and I thought it would make an entertaining alternative laptop bag… Our cat Twiggles thought it would make a […]

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Feb
19

Sell-out Scotland

Brandrepublic reports that a significant Scottish client is searching for a ‘London ad agency’. Which is depressing. In a year in which one well-regarded Scottish agency folded, a few of the more (ahem) senior figures in Scotland’s shrinking adland fell out. The sniping with misfiring antique blunderbusses made playground taunts look like Olympic markmanship. It […]

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Nov
14

Creeping Hitler

The Memorial to Murdered Jews in Berlin: a stark reminder for Scotland how unneighbourly thoughts turn into inhuman acts. The London School of Economics has published a study on the economic impact of immigration in the UK. Using 35 years of data, the researchers found that increased immigration has no impact on the wages of […]

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