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Teuchter at heart

Teuchter at heart

STUART Nickerson was born in Edinburgh but his long career in the Scotch whisky industry has left his accent somewhat difficult to place.

Revealing that he has lived and worked in Speyside, Ayrshire and Orkney in well over 30 years in the trade, the co-owner of the new Shetland Distillery Company said he "considers myself more of a Teuchter" these days than a son of Scotland's capital city.

Someone has to do it

AT Glasgow's new gin distillery co-founder Ian McDougall was lamenting the range of functions beyond the duties of finance director he has had to perform to get the company up and running.

But business partner Liam Hughes insists he has had the rougher end of the stick.

"You're lucky - I was on my hands and knees cleaning offices!" Mr Hughes said.

Who said it was all glamour in the drinks industry?

Clean pair of heels

ALLAN Watt, co-ordinator of Dundee's £1 billion Waterfront regeneration project, is rightly proud of the renewal sweeping through his home city.

But as a Dundonian born and bred he recalls when Dundee rivalled Glasgow in the no mean city stakes.

"I remember being a teenager going through the Overgate at 9pm and how it was important to be good at running!" he quipped.

Surely only a native can be so frank about his own city.

Fringe benefits

WHILE it perhaps wasn't the hottest ticket at the Edinburgh Fringe, a show by two Scottish lawyers celebrated a sixth consecutive year of performances at the capital's arts festival.

The production, £500,000? Fine! Why Data Protection Matters, was put on this week by bto associates' Laura Irvine and Lindsay Urquhart.

Offering practical advice around data protection for the performing arts industry, it appears to be one Fringe show which will continue to put bums on seats.

Knowing the drill

BACK in Dundee and Allan Watt was perfectly content to make his presentation to up-and-coming hospitality operators at the new Malmaison Hotel this week to a soundtrack of engine noise and pneumatic drilling.

Referring to the ongoing works on the city's ­Waterfront, Mr Watt joked: "I'm quite happy for that noise to continue - it means the project is progressing!"

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