On the eleventh day of April

What is so special about the eleventh day of April? A hint. It’s not the eleventh of April this year I’m referring to.

It’s the eleventh day of April 1868. Ring any bells? Probably not — unless you live in Japan. For on the eleventh of April 1868 the era of the Tokugawa Shogunate was brought to a close with the restoration of the Emperor Meiji.

Now, before you hit the delete button and move on to another email, consider this.

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Flowing water, Fallingwater

March, it is said, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Its entrance this year has lived up to the first part of that, the weather being mixed with bursts of sun through clouds, followed by rain and snow flurries, with a wind from the Arctic that nips like pincers.

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It’s June. It’s raining. So it must be book festival time in the Borders.

Read about Seven Books Seven Authors at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.

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Unique in so many ways

Yesterday in Scotland we watched in horror the images on our TVs, computers and phones showing Glasgow School of Art being swallowed by flames.

A number of years ago, my husband and I visited the art school, previously only admired from the outside. It’s difficult to describe the interior of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building; iconic is overused, yet it’s the only word I can find to describe a design that was both Scottish and European, distinctive yet with a modern edge even today.

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We are Northern Lights

We are Northern Lights

Watch the film everyone is talking about.

Created as a result of mass participation, Scotland’s first ever crowdsourced documentary is an incredible example of what can be achieved when creative people collaborate to express their lives, hopes and dreams on screen.

See the trailer here – http://wearenorthernlights.com