Feeling at Home

6 04 2009

The weather is making us feel at home – rain turning to snow, turning back to rain – and so on though some cars going past hast have (in Scottish terms at least) a healthy dollop on top !

After a late arrival (the delay turned out to be four hours) and some late preparation for today’s speech to the Economic Club, there was an early start for a breakfast with the Edinburgh University Club of Toronto.   James Hunter was the person who had made it happen, who is not only a fellow graduate but was the year ahead of me at Marr College in Troon.   The discussion was wide ranging – Gaelic, the Economy and historic buildings – and then it was on to meet the Mayor of Toronto, Mayor of TorontoDavid Miller.  Film Production was at the top of the agenda there though we also talked recycling and composting – both topics that were close to my heart when I was Environment Minister and remain of abiding importance given our urgent to combat climate change and adopt one planet living.

A brief pause now – a final check over the speech for lunchtime – and then off to the Economic Club.  Then a visit to Research in Motion (makers of the Blackberry) and a range of interviews.




3 responses

6 04 2009

Congratulations on the blog. Good to see that you are back after the other one of yours had to be taken down. When you see RIM ( or maybe I am too late ), please ask them how they are going to keep pace with facebook, twitter and the rest as most of us won’t buy one until they do.

It would be good to see your plans for the week away, and those of other Ministers so we could chip in other ideas for you to help our Scottish export methods when you meet individuals, organisations and communities over that side of the pond.



7 04 2009
Michael Russell


Thanks for this. Good to hear from you. Your idea is sound – in future (and this is the first such blog) we will try and make sure the programme is posted in advance. RIM is a great success story, but continuous improvement is their philosophy too. I am sure they will note your comment as some of them are reading the blog.

8 04 2009


Thanks for the reply. We have blogged your work, and trip, but there do not appear to be many people joining in the conversation yet.

I have written to your office asking if you might come to our next ScotWeb2 event on June 19th in Edinburgh


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