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From the Editor About 61BC in ancient Rome, Cicero said that, “The cities of Greece were taken, not by Philip, but by Philip’s gold.” Substitute “Europe” for “Philip” and “Euros” for “gold” and the same situation applies today, or almost. It seems to me that in the wider world gold, i.e. money, forms today’s morality, overriding even common sense. (I hope, though, I’ve got it wrong!). However, in St Andrews itself, there is no lack of kindness and collaboration. The old values of politeness and consideration are still with us. They give our town that quality of timelessness (our students call it ‘the Bubble‘), which is so much worth preserving as a beacon of decency. No wonder, once experienced, people always return to this Auld Grey Toon by the Northern Sea – it is, indeed, very special. Have a great summer! Flora Selwyn

******** The views expressed elsewhere in this magazine are not necessarily those of the Editor. JULY / AUGUST 2012 EDITOR Flora Selwyn Tel: 01334 472375 Email: editor@standrewsinfocus.com DESIGNER University of St Andrews Print & Design (printanddesign@st-andrews.ac.uk) PRINTER Winter & Simpson (ken@trendellsimpson.co.uk) DISTRIBUTER Elspeth’s of Guardbridge PUBLISHER (address for correspondence) Local Publishing (Fife) Ltd., PO Box 29210, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9YZ. Tel: 01334 472375 Email: editor@standrewsinfocus.com SUBSCRIPTIONS St Andrews in Focus is published 6 times a year. Subscriptions for 6 issues are: £14 in the UK (post & packing included). Please send cheques to: Local Publishing (Fife) Ltd., PO Box 29210, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9YZ. £25 overseas (post and packing included). Please use PayPal account: editor@StAndrewsinFocus.com NOTE: please pay with a Personal Bank Account, as credit cards incur a 3.9% charge. REGISTERED IN SCOTLAND: 255564 THE PAPER USED IS 80% RECYCLED POST-CONSUMER WASTE

Contents FEATURES • The Community Council • Only in St Andrews! • Lady Ann Erskine • Hamada’s trees • Laughter therapy • Wemyss Ware Pottery • Luggage • Can you help? • Ask the Curator • Being at Sea • Younger Hall revisited • Reviews: – Books to win – Out and About Poetry – Overview – Roodica the Rude SHOPS & SERVICES • The Merchants’ Association • Cheese and health • Sporting chance? • Hannah Markham has the answer • Letting a house or flat • Roving Reporter • Eating Out: – Grizzly Gourmet at The Dining Room – Relaunch of the Road Hole Restaurant – The Grange Inn

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ORGANISATIONS • Parkrun at Craigtoun • The AHSS • From Rotary District 1010 • Safety Panel

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TOWN & GOWN • St Leonards Junior School • Marine Week report • Charity Polo Tournament • Cinema, St Andrews

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EVENTS • Competition winners • A Festival of Walking • Selected Events

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OUT AND ABOUT • Hidden gems (in plain view) • Limerick • Quis custodiet... • Nature Notes • Toonspot

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NEXT ISSUE – Sept/Oct 2012 COPY DEADLINE: STRICTLY 28 JULY

All contributions welcome. The Editor reserves the right to publish copy according to available space. Cover: Looking over the Rooftops to the Old Cathedral – An original oil painting by Linda Paton

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