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From the Editor To rephrase a well-known saying: a smile a day keeps depression away! When you think of it, it’s amazing what smiling does for wellbeing! I was chatting to a gentleman in St Andrews, who hails originally from Goa, in India. Just in passing he said that he’s addicted to the pleasure of getting people to smile. And how does he go about it? He is charitable, lending a helping hand to all and sundry, and without pretensions or selfconsciousness, just by being a naturally helpful soul, rewarded by the smile he gets. Luckily you don’t often see a really sour face on the streets of St Andrews. But there are people around who are unhappy for a variety of reasons. Let’s do what my friend does, do something to make them smile. Who knows, this might be one way to help our hard-pressed doctors as well: both doers and recipients will feel better. Worth a try, wouldn’t you agree? In the words of Alexander McCall Smith, “Until you hear the whole story, until you dig deeper, and listen... you know only a tiny part of the goodness of the human heart.” Let’s hope the weatherman will lend a hand, too for a change, and give us a wonderful summer. Flora Selwyn

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The views expressed elsewhere in this magazine are not necessarily those of the Editor.

MAY / JUNE 2010 EDITOR Flora Selwyn Tel: 01334 472375 Email: editor@standrewsinfocus.com DESIGNER University of St Andrews Print & Design PRINTER Trendell Simpson 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: £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: 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

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Contents FEATURES • Community Council • Hamish meets Badger • Toonspot • Full circle • Art extraordinary • Swallows • Reviews – Seton Gordon’s Cairngorms – The Hockey Stick Illusion

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ORGANISATIONS • SONEF • Beach Volleyball Club

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SHOPS & SERVICES • Culinary Master • It takes tenacity • ‘Little Scottie’ • Accountants • Inspired determination • Golfalot visits InsolePRO • Powers of attorney • Roving Reporter

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TOWN/GOWN • Relexions of a Magistrand • Graffiti in books, manuscripts • On being a student • Reading aloud competition • The Tribe

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EVENTS • Japan visiting • Land of the tiger & the Berbers • Hidden gardens • The other Open • The parrot & the polymath • Selected Events

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OUT AND ABOUT • A Tentsmuir walk • Botanic Garden news • New signposts – map • Nature notes

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NEXT ISSUE – Jul/Aug 2010 COPY DEADLINE: STRICTLY 28 MAY

All contributions welcome. The Editor reserves the right to publish copy according to available space. Cover – Original photo by Margaret Coull


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