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St Andrews in focus • shopping • eating • events • town/gown • people and more

From the Editor Oh dear, after three proof readings you all discoverd that my family and I gambled on Schiehallion! Well, we did indeed gamble on the weather – and lost (we got a thorough drenching) – but while the sun actually shone brilliantly for a while, we gambolled merrily. Alas, it wasn’t done deliberately to keep you on your toes. To err is human, after all, and I’m gambling on you all being sufficiently divine to forgive. My thanks! Language never fails to fascinate me. How do we do it, and from such a young age? Theories abound, yet the secret remains. As we all know, learning a new language after our first is fraught with difficulties. Mistakes learners make struggling with English may give us a great deal of mirth (see p10), but heaven knows what we ourselves perpetrate in other tongues! One of my adult students, learning French, once announced to a startled dinner party in France that she was about to give birth, compounding the error in her panic by adding, “with my husband”. She meant to say she was going to bed (after a long night, presumably). May you all conquer new heights in 2008! Flora Selwyn

******** The views expressed elsewhere in this magazine are not necessarily those of the Editor. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2008 EDITOR Flora Selwyn Tel: 01334 472375 Email: Designer University of St Andrews Reprographics Unit Printer Tayport Printers Ltd. 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: SUBSCRIPTIONS St Andrews in Focus is published 6 times a year. Subscriptions for 6 issues are: £12.50 in the UK (post & packing included). Please send cheques to: Local Publishing (Fife) Ltd PO Box 29210 St Andrews Fife, KY16 9YZ £22 overseas (post and packing included). Please use PayPal account: Registered in Scotland: 255564 The paper used is 80% RECYCLED post-consumer waste


Contents FEATURES • Young Entrepreneur • Community Council • The Jolly Trade-in • (Almost) World Class • From an Illustrator’s Perspective • Robert Burns Loved the Lassies • Tam O’St Aundraes • Clarinda The Musical • The Old Course in January • Ask the Curator • The Names of Flowers • Watch it! • Down on the Farm • Toonspot

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BOOK REVIEWS • Bound with Love • Fife • The Mating Call of the Racket-tailed Drongo

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ORGANISATIONS • St John Fife • The Operatic Society • Fife Heritage Orchestra • The Photographic Society • CHAS

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TOWN/gown • Discovery Space School • Looking Ahead • Habitat for Humanity • Languages at St Leonards School

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Shops & Services • Bowing Out • A Hotel for the 21st Century • Oh, the Grand Old Duke of York...! • Roving Reporter

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Events • Selected Events


Out and About • Guddling Among the Graves • Fife’s Far Frontiers • St Andrews Day at the Botanic Garden • Earthship Fife – sketchmap

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NEXT ISSUE – Mar/Apr 2008 Copy deadline: strictly 28 JANUARY All contributions welcome. The Editor reserves the right to publish copy according to available space. COVER – ‘Cathedral sunrise’ by Robin Waterston


BOOK REVIEWS • BoundwithLove 11 • Fife 11 • The Mating Call of the Racket-tailed Drongo 11 TOWN/GOWN • DiscoverySpaceSchool 16 • LookingAhea...


BOOK REVIEWS • BoundwithLove 11 • Fife 11 • The Mating Call of the Racket-tailed Drongo 11 TOWN/GOWN • DiscoverySpaceSchool 16 • LookingAhea...