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New twist in pub case Artistic moods

In the long-running case of Wetherspoons v Stirling's community councils over the pub group's wish to develop a major new premises in the city centre, all eyes now turn to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, to whom the matter has been referred.

The councils are effectively accusing councillors of flouting licensing law by granting a licence to Weatherspoons, by failing to update their licensing policy, ignoring their own "assessment of overprovision", and "not taking full account of the social and health implications of overprovision".

They are "reluctantly" reporting Stirling Licensing Board to ministers for "not playing its full part in helping resolve the serious issues of alcohol abuse", a subject on which MacAskill has previously taken a hard line, although he is not anti-pub per se.

The words "weird" and "wonderful" could have been first combined in a review of the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, the 2013 version of which closed last week.

The show, a setpiece on the British art calendar, was backed by Skypark owners Resonance Capital. The Finnieston business centre is hosting much of the GSA's operations while its swanky new home is under construction, and sponsorship of the art show is an enterprising add-on.

Given that an avant-garde arts show is not an obvious fit with a business centre what is in it for them? But Angela Higgins of Resonance said the deal brings profile-enhancing benefits.

She said: "Arts sponsorship creates differentiation from the competition, especially when we're up against the big players, but most of all it's a labour of love. The arts makes the business landscape quirky, varied, stimulating and inspirational, in a physical sense and also the enjoyment of working with an organisation as inventive and renowned as the GSA."

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