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Let's start how we mean to go on. By having fun. Playing with thoughts, ideas and the means to express them lie at the heart of this venture. We're going to try to inform and entertain, while we provoke a few thoughts along the way. Join us for a chat, or a rant, or just to share.

Hollywood? Who needs it!

WHAT do you think would be more appealing... sitting alone in a room tapping away endlessly at a keyboard that always just seems to avoid saying what you intend it to say...

Whisky with a splash...

HOW do you get a business message out from a small island on the edge of the Atlantic to investors, enthusiasts and public sector agencies in Britain and around the world?Tarbert siteTarbert, Harris

Look, listen . . . and earn

OBSERVATION... it’s such a simple word, but the creativity and benefits that flow from its good use can be prodigious.

The Tsar who came to Scotland

WHAT could possibly connect the Russian despot Tsar Nicholas I, Holyrood’s very own Fiona Hyslop, Rabbie Burns, Napoleon, stolen kisses in a Borders wood and the mediaeval Scottish wordsmith Thomas The Rhymer?Tsar Nicholas ITsar Nicholas I: Devotee of Burns... and Moffat

How to stay ahead in the jungle

They were bigger than us, stronger, could run faster and you wouldn’t want to have met one on a dark night.

Get the words right ... or miss out

What price words? Well, a very high one if you get them wrong.

We're all in this together

Of course, we are Mr Cameron. Though, somehow we don't seem to have heard that mantra for a while.

How it went from Bard to verse

Binge poetry was the order of the evening at the launch of Lesley Duncan’s new collection Images Not Icons Poems for our Times. The newspaper poetry editor was on fine form in front of an appreciative audience in the Boardroom of the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh regaling them with anecdotes from a compendium of experience in the Scottish press.

They might like Stockhausen. . .

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has recently decreed that music isn't 'compatible' with the values of the Islamic republic.

Act one, Seen two, Laugh three

In Edinburgh at festival time some of the best theatre is in the streets.

Light and darkness

Is it really possible to read the future from the past? Any student of history will tell you that, of course, it is.

Nothing like a challenge

The new Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, twice failed candidate for Lib Dem leader, was advertising for a new speechwriter in the Sunday papers recently. Now there's a challenge.

Look at the stars and wonder

I've never been superstitious and won't ever have to be – touch wood . . .

Yin and yang of the gold standard

Gold – the lustre of it and the lust for it are as old as time. But there has been a great surge of interest in buying, investing and stockpiling it since the tremors of collapse that shook the world's financial economies in the autumn of 2008.

Why words need work and work needs words

Why should we make an effort to get words right? After all, it's expensive, time-consuming and often difficult to quantify in terms of return. Or so the complaint goes.

Is small beautiful?

We hear a lot about the vital role that small and medium-sized enterprises play in the health and development of the economy. A recent talk to an Edinburgh Chamber event given by Zack Sorrells of the US market analysts Eureka Ranch International underlined why.

In praise of thought

Hungarian-born author Stephen Vizinczey was in Edinburgh for a reception to mark the new edition of his novel In Praise of Older Women and treated his audience to some brief but telling thoughts on writing.

Breakfast with Ken Clarke: a lesson in communication

That master of political communication, the old brown Hush Puppies warrior himself, Ken Clarke, breezed into Edinburgh to give the business community something to chew on at a breakfast event organised by the Scottish Council Development and Industry and the Words Agency was there to enjoy the fun.

Terminal bonus

A small but very significant piece of British technological history disappeared last week when the last plant making televisions in Britain shut down. Toshiba's factory in Plymouth is moving to Poland and with it an industry invented, pioneered and perfected in this country.