No 12 April 2000

KINNESSBURN REUNION NEWS

 APRIL 2000: ISSUE NO. 12

Several of you have kindly worried about the expense of continuing to produce the newsletter. Gordon Brown's friend Prudence comes to the rescue - there is enough left in the kitty from the Reunion Dinner to underwrite at least another five issues, e-mail being cheaper than postage and the number of printed copies being posted diminishing.


MIKE BRIDGES claims that nothing of importance happens to him, but the evidence is -

  • Thanks to his hectic social life we have news of DAVID HORGAN and DEREK JAMES, the former running the family pub and restaurant in Newcastle, the latter still fighting for the Empire against the EU from his riverside cottage in Essex.
  • Mike and Pam now live in rural solitude just off the A697 near Alnwick and are open, by appointment, for coffee and personal relief.
  • Mike's business maintains an Edinburgh branch office, which he visits on a weekly basis, as well as its head office in Newcastle. He is looking forward to retirement (whatever and whenever that means).

Meanwhile his son is successfully dragging Mike into the electronic age, at least to a degree, as Mike has sent us his e-mail address.


Talking of e-mail, your Editor is glad to read that he is not the only one to receive missives from western Canada, where Dr GEOFF CRAVEN seems to have as many e-mail addresses as an onion has skins!


In response to the Editor's request to those Men of Kinnessburn whose CV was printed in 1997 to update us, Dr DAVID DIXON reports that he is now three years older. He takes up the Editor's pessimistic remarks by writing, "I saw a red squirrel near Pitlochry [in January] and two near Crieff last year: perhaps red gowns will survive also."


BILL MacKECHNIE has given in gracefully to editorial prompting and writes:

"My career on leaving  StA was as a languages teacher moving from Dumbarton Academy to Greenock Academy and finally to Whitehill Secondary in Glasgow where I was Principal Teacher until 1997. From 1988 I had also been serving as a local councillor.

"I was the SNP candidate for the Dumbarton Constituency in the 1992 and 1997 General Elections, taking the SNP from 4th to 2nd place. Having failed to secure the SNP nomination for the Holyrood Election, I decided it was time for another change and I am now  dealing with French and German customers for Ryanair.

"I am also heavily involved as a Director of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company whose aim is to restore the Paddle Steamer Maid of the Loch to active operation on Loch Lomond.

"I have been married to Elsie for nearly 25 years. We have three sons, Gregor who is in the Honours year of his BSc (Environment), Colin who is working in an accountant's office in Glasgow, and Douglas who is in his last year at school. My favourite relaxation is hill-walking and I extend an open invitation to anybody feeling like a bit of relaxation in the Highlands."


Leaving the pinewoods and returning to the groves of academe, we offer our hearty congratulations to SVEN SIGUR–SSON on the award of a Chair in Mathematics at the University of Reykjavik in Iceland. Sven well deserves this award after many years of innovative work in his subject, and he joins what is probably the smallest 'club' within the Men of Kinnessburn, those who have achieved professorial or head of department standing.


ST.CLAIR STEWART e-mailed from Brussels (where he works for a multi-national political organisation not to be mentioned in the hearing of Derek James) to say that last July he came across Dr R÷GNVALDUR ”LAFSSON, Associate Professor in Physics at the  Icelandic Science Institute, who was in town for a conference. They had not met since leaving University.

St.Clair sent a second e-mail: "Go to the Hunger Site at the UN. All you do is click a button and somewhere in the world some hungry person gets a meal to eat, at no cost to you. The food is paid for by corporate sponsors who gain advertising in the process because you see their logo. All you do is go to the site and click on the donate food button. But you're only allowed one donation per day."

"Pass it on. Et faites-en une habitude, par example le matin, en arrivant au bureau. Entrez dans le site et cliquer oý il faut! Cela ne prend que quelques secondes et cela peut apporter de l'aide ŗ beaucoup de personnes."


Published  by Graham Robertson

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