The 175th birthday this year of the Scots-born environmentalist and pioneering ecologist John Muir may have been one of the reasons for the designation of 2013 as The Year of Natural Scotland, but it is unlikely that the fact has impinged on the consciousness of all but those whose lives already include a familiarity with the Dunbar man's work.
Fittingly coincident with the celebrations of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 60 years ago, the National Portrait Gallery in London has announced that three important pictures of her predecessors are to benefit from restoration work funded by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project.
The 30th anniversay of the ZTT label, founded in 1983 by producer Trevor Horn and journalist Paul Morley, is being marked by the issue of an album compiled of some of the rarer mixes of tunes that were big hits in their day.
The news story in last Saturday's Herald was headlined "Stirling ready to do battle for Bannockburn celebrations" and this may prove to be the case, but perhaps not as Provost Mike Robbins and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon envisaged when they talked to our reporter.
Outside the elegant neoclassical building that the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) has inhabited in Edinburgh city centre since the early 19th century, hundreds of people were dancing in the sunshine to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers.
A painting by Scottish Colourist Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, entitled Reflections and described as a work of refined elegance, is expected to fetch up to £500,000 when it goes on sale at Sotheby's in London next Thursday.
Scottish, culture and heritage organisations have received a £91,000 investment of National Lottery funding for digital technologies in a third round of funding from AmbITion Scotland's Make:IT:Happen fund.
IF you've walked through a city at twilight on a sunny day, with the sky still bright and the darkening streets washed with neon from shop signs, you'll know all about what filmmakers call "the magic hour" – those precious minutes when the light seems to take on a luminous quality.