If violinist Laura Samuel, previously co-founder of the award-winning Belcea Quartet, had any misconceptions about the varied life she would have as leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, well, she kens noo.
Immediately after the very strong opening weekend of this year's Edinburgh International Festival, Harry Reid dusted off a series of old canards about the capital and its annual jamboree that I really should not let pass without comment before the event concludes.
The tale has the air of the apocryphal, but it is said that an early performance of Sir David Lyndsay's Ane Satyre Of The Thrie Estaitis was greeted with an ecstatic cry from one audience member of "Whaur's yer Wullie Shakespeare noo?"
Most countries embrace wry tropes about the national character of the "of course we Finns are really miserable" variety, but generally it is all done with the equivalent of a Gallic shrug or a Teutonic wink.
The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games had John Barrowman, the closing one had Kylie Minogue in thigh-high boots and a basque, which made the last night camper than the first, although only just.
No doubt the corporation is well used to abuse from certain sections of the print media and licence-fee loathers in general, but when the The Herald letters page carries BBC-dissing from mild-mannered lawn bowl aficionados, it is surely time to leap to Auntie's defence.