But Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival this month is not your run of the mill gathering and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) certainly is a bit different.
So staff and students from Scotland’s newest university will be taking to the stage at Celtic Connections this month. Featuring a mix of music, language, history and archaeology, UHI sees it as a chance to showcase its students and academics to audiences gathered in Glasgow from all over the world.
He wrote: “There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words.”
The 1100 islanders of Barra and Vatersay would agree. They have been seeking clarity over what would be entailed in the community taking over the islands.
In 2003, the late clan chief Ian Macneil of Barra announced he had agreed to donate his crofting estate on Barra to the then Scottish Executive.
She was carrying 85,000 tonnes of crude oil, twice as much crude oil as the Exxon Valdez which ran aground off Alaska four years earlier. The Braer was blown on to the rocks at the southern end of Shetland on January 5 1993.
The first reports at about 5.30am that morning were that it is was in no immediate danger. The crew members were taken off and then some were put back on with the master as the anchor handling vessel tried unsuccessfully to attach a heaving line.
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Most immediately for the people of Orkney and Shetland who are facing three different days of strikes by the RMT on their ferries from Aberdeen and Scrabster starting next Friday, and leading up to Christmas and New Year.
Nowhere did they fight the idea harder than in the Highlands, where there certainly was opposition and fear that a Central Belt dominated police service would not be good news for such a rural force area. That certainly was the view within Northern Constabulary.
The force was one of the most sceptical about the amalgamation of Scotland police forces and in a survey of staff opinion there was an overwhelming vote against a single force, with 86.6% opposed it.