April 24, 2009


FILM crews know a thing or two about how to make programmes succeed despite the odds. I’ve worked with a few of them in my time, and the big secret is to let them get on with doing what they do best.

So when a film crew for the Britain’s Got Talent TV show came to do a spot of filming in Blackburn, West Lothian, they decided it was a litter-strewn landfill site that’s been left to go to wrack and ruin, and then get worse. Of course, the techies, cameramen, producer and director were too tactful to actually say that, preferring the phrase that it was “too bland”. Hence the reason that filming was completed in Bathgate.     Read the rest of this entry »



April 22, 2009


WELL, that was a turn up for the books. On hit TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” a rather – and I hope she doesn’t take umbrage – frumpy looking 48-year-old Susan Boyle from our very own Blackburn in West Lothian waddled onto the stage. She could have been anybody’s mum, in her shiny cotton dress and white sling-back sandals.

It was a moment that had every Scot squirming in their seat as she was introduced.     Read the rest of this entry »


April 11, 2009


Here’s a question: what do Antwerp Cathedral, Moscow State University, the Forth Bridge and the Eiffel Tower all have in common?


No? Well, I’ll tell you. They all switched off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28 as part of the Earth Hour 2009’s global call to action against climate change.       Read the rest of this entry »