Floating hotel fear
HEARTS were in mouths at hotel management firm Redefine BDL during a critical stage in the development of the new Brae Hotel on Shetland.
All 100 rooms at the new hotel, built to accommodate workers on the new TOTAL gas plant at Sullom Voe, were fully assembled in Northern Ireland before being shipped to the island.
Stewart Campbell, the managing director of Redefine BDL and a shareholder in the hotel's owner, BDL Shetland, said the reason was to ensure building work was not interrupted by bad weather.
But he admits that waiting for the rooms' safe arrival had been a fraught experience.
He said: "I was panicking and getting my dad to check the weather forecast because he is a fisherman up in Stornoway."
MORE than 700 children from 23 UK primary schools had a shot at designing a book cover in the first competition of its kind
for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The winning covers, on show at the festival, feature 'my curious world of body' and 'my curious world of Dr Livingstone'.
Sponsors Baillie Gifford, the new backers of the festival's schools programme, are almost certainly not about to launch new funds investing either in medical research or in high-risk African companies. But the firm will present £500 book token prizes to Creetown (Wigtownshire) and Dean Park (Glasgow) primaries.
For tweet's sake
THE legal landscape surrounding Twitter was explored by internet lawyer Paul Motion of independent Scottish law firm bto at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Mr Motion, who was appearing at the event for the fourth year running, highlighted the kind of tweets that could land their authors in court or facing a civil claim for damages.
"Twitter is fun but can also be a minefield," said Mr Motion, a solicitor advocate and partner at bto.
"What some people find humorous, others may find offensive or inflammatory."
In light of this advice, we have no further comment to tweet on the matter.
AS many readers will know, the traditional Scottish way to pronounce John Menzies is John Minghis.
Sadly, Anglicisation has gained the upper hand at the Edinburgh headquarters of the aviation and distribution group, where the phone is answered 'John Menzies'.
The reason why was discovered this week when a receptionist revealed to the Press Choice agency that "so many people mispronounced the name we adopted the mispronunciation'. It led the agency to conclude it had "solved one of the great corporate mysteries".
Let's hope some big new corporates can emerge from Milngavie or Strathaven.