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From the Editor St Andrews in Focus likes to think of itself as a magazine for the whole of our community. For this reason it is trying an experiment. In your distributed copy you will find a supplement with an explanation, and a three-page questionnaire. Please take it seriously, read carefully and fill out the whole questionnaire. We have at least to try to help ourselves and if we all pull together we can make a difference. After all, we are not such a huge town; we are still small enough to be a real community - some countries would even consider us to be a village! Once we have the completed questionnaires, we can use them to set up an exhibition, hopefully in the Town Hall. Then we can present our conclusions to Fife Council. This being where we live, this should show how we see our town. Between us we may be able, therefore, to set out where scarce resources should be directed. Let’s give it a real try! Flora Selwyn

******** The views expressed elsewhere in this magazine are not necessarily those of the Editor. SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2010 EDITOR Flora Selwyn Tel: 01334 472375 Email: 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: SUBSCRIPTIONS St Andrews in Focus is published 6 times a year. Subscriptions for 6 issues are: £12.75 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: 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 • Defending Britain’s Skies • From the Community Council • Dear James White... • The Lightbulb Moment • Of what is past... • The Alfred Dunhill connection • Charity Shop • The USS New York • Reviews – Pedestrianism – New Writing, Dundee

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TOWN/GOWN • 70th Anniversary • Sport for everyone • Young Writers in Focus – Washington Square – The Ugly Duckling

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EVENTS • The Music Club • St Andrews Art Club • Selected Events

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SHOPS & SERVICES • HM – OOH... • The Coalition’s 1st Budget • Roving Reporter

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ORGANISATIONS • St Andrews Chorus • StAFCO • Continuing Care • St Andrews & Loches • St Andrews Amateur Operatic Society

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OUT AND ABOUT • Along the Pinnacled Coast • Nature Notes • No Wrong Choice • The Mystery Solved • White-tailed Eagles • Apple Day • Toonspot

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All contributions welcome. The Editor reserves the right to publish copy according to available space. COVER: Red Arrows, courtesy RAF Leuchars


FEATURES • Defending Britain’s Skies 3 • From the Community Council 4 • Dear James White... 5 • The Lightbulb Moment 5 • Of what is past......

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