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Issue 8 - MakingwavesintheBigApplie

Scotland Magazine Issue 8
May 2003

 

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MakingwavesintheBigApplie

OURICONSOFSCOTLANDAWARDS,HELDTOMARKTHEMAGAZINE'SOFFICIALLAUNCHINTHESTATES,SHOWEDHOWBROADTHEAPPEALOFSCOTLANDIS.DOMINICROSKROWREPORTS

Doyouknowthatfeelingofoverwhelmingwell-beingthatyougetattheendofdoingsomethingthatyou’rereallyproudof?You’redog-tired,butthewearinessmixeswithyourcontentmentsothatyousitinareverieuntilsomeoneinvariablysays,“whichbitdidyoulikethemost?”

SoitwaswiththeScotlandMagazineteamaswesatinJFKAirportinNewYork,beersinhand,attheendofanintense,tiring,butultimatelysatisfyingfour-daytriptoAmerica.

Wehadorganisedandattendedalunchformorethan100luminariestolaunchScotlandMagazineofficially.Wehadpresentedawardsandmadenewfriends.Andourfeethadhardlytouchedtheground.

Soherewewereintheairport,indulgingourselvesintheluxuryofbathingintheevent’safterglow,whenalongcametheinevitablequestion.

Andyouknowwhat?Ijustcouldn’tdoit.Icouldn’tpickonemomentthatstoodoutfromalltheothers.Imean,howcanyouchoosebetweenthemajesticsplendourofNewYork’sExplorersClubandtheexcellentlunchthattopchefDavidKinnesandhisassistantMaryRoseprepared?BetweenthebizarreinterviewwithBonniePrinceCharlieandHowieNicholsby’smarvellouskilts?BetweenaddressingahaggisandtastingScotland’sfinestalcoholintheformofthethreeMacallansthataccompaniedlunch,ortheDrambuieonicethatfollowedit?

Youcan’t,Idecidedatthetime.SoIignoredthequestionerandfocusedonmybeerinstead.But,sincethen,I’vereconsideredandmanagedtopluckonememoryoutofaplethora,andawardeditmy‘magicmomentaward’.

Itcamethenightbeforethelunchandawardsceremony,afteradinnerheldforthesponsorsandaward-winners.Thegrouphadretiredtothebar,andwererelaxingoveradrink.Ihadenteredtheroomlate,andIstoppedandjustwatchedforamoment.

There,chattingandlaughinglikeoldfriends,wereagroupofpeoplethathadbeentotalstrangersjustthreehoursbefore.Thereweresponsorsandaward-winners,NorthAmericansandEuropeans,musiciansandacademics,theyoungandthenot-so-young,fashiondesignersandbusinessmen.Peoplefromdifferentworldsanddifferentbackgrounds,allbroughttogetheronabitterlycoldnightinNewYork.

Andthatwasthemoment,becauseitdawnedonmewhatthewholepointofScotlandMagazineis.Itismuchmorethanaforumforprettypicturesofmountains,castlesandlochs,orforin-depthprofilesofhistoricalfigures.

ItisthecatalystthatbringstogetheranarrayoftalentwhichbreathesvitalityandenergyintoScotland,andcausesripplesaroundtheworldasaresult.AnditiswhatlinksloversofScotlandanditspeopletogetherfromeverycontinentontheplanet.

OurlunchforthemagazinelaunchinAmericatooktheformofanawardsceremonyforoneverygoodreason;becauseitwasanidealwaytoshowoffsomeofthelessobviousaspectsofScotland.

Ofcourse,historywasrepresentedintheformofanactorassumingtheroleofBonniePrinceCharlie,andthepipes,thehaggisandthekiltallmadeanappearance.

ButtherewasafresherspinonourviewofScotland,too;kiltsasfashionstatements–whynot?ThewordsofRabbieBurnsaccompaniedbytheharp,butmixedupwithRobertaFlack’sKillingMeSoftlyWithHisSong?Absolutely.Haggis;ofcourse–butaspartofamenucreatedbyDavidKinneswhichfusedtraditionalandmodernwithaplomb.

Thelunchstartedwithadrinksreceptionandasmallexhibitionbyoursponsors,LinnProducts,Drambuie,TheMacallanandtheBritishTouristAuthority.Thentheguests,includingmanyAmericantravelwriters,werepipedintolunch.

TheIconsofScotlandAwardswerepresentedthroughoutthemealbytheScotlandMagazineteam,consistingofmanagingdirectorDamianRiley-Smith,publishingdirectorMarcinMiller,andcontributingeditorRoddyMartine.

Theawardswerereceivedinavarietyofways.RhonaMartinandherworld-beatingcurlingteamcouldn’tbethere,sotheroomwaslinkeduptotheminEdinburgh,viavideoscreen.Beforestartingonthehaggis,Roddyaddresseditinthetraditionalway,stabbingitwithasgiandubhwhilstextollingitsvirtues.

Mycontributionwastohelpthefashionaward-winner,HowieNicholsbyof21stCenturyKilts,demonstratehowtoputaBreacanFeileon.Thisentailedlyingonmybackandhavingitwrappedaroundme,muchtothegeneralamusementofmostoftheguests.

PiperAndrewMcDickenheraldedthearrivalofBonniePrinceCharlie,whowasinterviewedbyRoddy;andKatieTargett-Adamsentrancedusallwithhersingingandclarsach-playinglateinthemeal.

Thefoodanddrinkwereexceptional,withseafoodandScottishsteakservedinadditiontothehaggis,andthreeoutstandingMacallanspouredtoaccompanyit.Toendthemeal,Drambuiewasservedoverice,andeveryonelinkedarmsforarousingrenditionofAuldLangSyne,ledbyKatie.

Itwasstirringstuff,andafittingwaytomakeasplasheveninagiantofacitysuchasNewYork.

Commentingontheevent,DamianRiley-SmithsaidthattheintentionwastomakeIconsanannualevent.

“Themagazinehasachievedfarmorethanwecouldhavehopedforinitsfirstyear,”hesaid.“InAmericainparticular,wehavebeensurprisedanddelightedbyitssuccess.TheNewYorklaunchwaseffectivelyawayoftakingthemagazineontoitssecondstage.

WechosetheExplorersClubbecauseitisbothanoutstandingvenueandsymbolicofourjourneyintonewterritory.Weareveryproudoftheeventandofthesupportwereceivedfromsuchanoutstandingrangeofsponsors.Nowwefullyintendtobuildonthislaunchandmakeitanannualevent,celebratingtheverybestofScotlandanditspeople`andintroducingthepleasuresofScotlandtocountriesallovertheworld.”

ICONSOFSCOTLANDAWARDS2003

MUSICANDCULTURE
SponsoredbytheBritishTouristAuthority
Winner:KatieTargett-Adams
Singerandharpist

FASHION
Winner:HowieNicholsby
Creatoranddesigner,21stCenturyKilts

FOODANDDRINK
SponsoredbyTheMacallan
Winner:DavidKinnes
Headchef,TheOldCourseHotel,GolfResort&Spa

COMMUNICATOROFTHEYEAR
Winner:AlanBain
President,AmericanScottishFoundation

SPIRITOFSCOTLAND
SponsoredbyTheMacallan
Winner:RhonaMartinMBE
Skip,championOlympiccurlingteam,winter2002

TECHNOLOGYANDBUSINESS
SponsoredbyLinnProducts
Winner:ArthurHerman
AuthorofHowTheScotsInventedtheModernWorld

HISTORYANDHERITAGE
SponsoredbyDrambuie,sharingScotland’sheritagewiththeNationalTrustforScotland
Winner:BonniePrinceCharlie

MusicandCulture
KatieTargett-Adams
SponsoredbytheBritishTouristAuthority

At23yearsold,KatieTargett-Adamsisaprecocioustalent,andsheisjuststartingtomakeseriouswavesintheUnitedStates.Shemixestraditionalharpmusicwithcontemporarysongs,presentshermusicwithanecdotes,andcreatestheperfectblendofnewandoldScotland.Describingherselfasamodern-dayEnya,shefusesstylesinawaythatcan’tfailtoimpress.Shebeganplayingtheharpwhenshewasjust10yearsold,andwordaboutherisgraduallyspreading.Heraimsaretodosomerecordingandtobeanambassadorforhercountryandhermusic.
Forfurtherinformation,logontowww.katie-harp-voice.co.ukoremailheratkatieharpvoice@aol.com
Shecanalsobecontactedon07870212832intheUK,andthroughRickFriedbergintheUSAon2123338644.

TheBritishTouristAuthorityplaysakeyroleinattractingtourismtoScotland.Itsmissionistogenerateadditionaltourismrevenuethroughouttheyear,andtodosoitoperatesinnearly30markets.ItworksinpartnershipswithbodiessuchasVisitScotlandtoprovideimpartialtouristinformation.Partnersincludeairlines,hotels,andcarrentalcompanies.BTA’soverseasofficesworkcloselywithBritishdiplomaticandculturalstaff,thelocaltraveltradeandmediatostimulateinterestinBritain.AthomeithasstrategicpartnershipswithotherorganisationssuchastheBritishCouncil,theBritishIncomingTourOperatorsAssociationandtheBritishHospitalityAssociation.ItfitsintoScotlandMagazine’sIconsofScotlandeventperfectlybecauseittargetsthesamepeopleasthemagazinedoes.Website:www.britishtouristauthority.org

Fashion
HowieNicholsby
Thekiltasafashionstatement?Whynot?RobbieWilliamshaswornone,ashasSamuelL.Jackson.AndforHowieNicholsbyof21stCenturyKilts,thekiltistheidealpieceofclothingforthetrend-settingmalewhoisn’tafraidofbeingjustthatlittlebitdifferent.ThecompanyhasgrownoutofparentcompanyGeoffrey(Tailor)ofEdinburgh,anditsaimistotakethetraditionalkiltandmoderniseit,withoutlosingsightofwhatmakesakiltsospecialinthefirstplace.Thismeansmovingawayfromtartanandworkingwitharangeofmaterialsincludingleatherandstylishmodernfabrics.Theresultsareoftenstunningandhighlyunusual.Andyoudon’thavetobeScottishtowearonewithpanache.

FoodandDrink
DavidKinnes
SponsoredbyTheMacallan
ThereputationoftheOldCourseHotel,GolfResortandSpaprecedesit,anditis,ofcourse,renownedforitscuisine.Butwhileitsformaldisheshavewonthehighestacclaim,inrecentyearsthevenuehasalsobecomerespectedforitsappealtoyoungerandmorerelaxedtastes.DavidKinnesisanexceptionaltalentandspecialisesinScottishfood,usingtheverybestmeat,gameandseafood.Heblendsthetraditionalandthemodern,andthemealhepreparedfortheIconsofScotlandlunchwasoutstanding.

ForfansofScotchmaltwhisky,TheMacallanisinthesuperstarclass.NowownedbyHighlandDistillers,itseemslikelythatitsalreadyexcellentreputationwillbeenhanced.TheMacallanrangeiswidelypraisedbywhiskyaficionadosasitboldlyemployssherrycasksandproducesdeliciouslycomplexbutrefreshinglyfruitywhiskies.Orangeisacommontasteonthepalate,butitisbalancedbyanarrayoftastesthatexpertsdescribeas‘typicallySpeyside’.WhiskyMagazine’sMichaelJacksonwrites:“Thewhiskyhasbig,bold,beautifullyroundedflavours,withtouchesofpeatsmoke,theclassicSpeysidefloweriness,andahighlydistinctiveesterinessthatremindssomeofCalvados.”Whatmakesthedistillerysointeresting,though,isthatontheonehanditisreplicating19thCenturywhiskies,andontheotheritislaunchingnew,modernproductssuchasElegancia.
Website:www.themacallan.com

ScottishCommunicatoroftheYear
AlanBain
AlanBainwasbornandeducatedinEngland,servedwithanEnglisharmyregiment,andlivesinAmerica.ButyouwouldbehardpressedtofindagreaterchampionofScotlandanditspeople.Infact,hisparentsareScottish,andhesaysthathewasgraduallydrawnbacktohisScottishheritageuntilitbecameapassion.HetookoveraspresidentoftheAmericanScottishFoundationsome11yearsago,atatimewhenitwasfacingextinction,andhassinceworkedtirelesslytopromotetheScottishdiaspora.Inthelastsixyears,hehasalsobeeninvolvedwiththedevelopmentofTartanDayinNewYorkandWashington,aneventthatnowattractsworldwidecoverageandtheattendanceoftensofthousandsofpeople.

AlanisanenthusiasticsupporterofScotland,andhashelpedbringittocountlesspeopleacrosstheStates.Nobodyhascommunicatedthesubjectwithgreaterdetermination.

SpiritofScotland
RhonaMartinMBE
SponsoredbyTheMacallan
It’sfairtosaythatScotlandisn’tgoingthroughoneofitsstrongerpatchesonthesportsfield.SowhenagroupofamateurplayerswenttothewinterOlympics,inwhichGreatBritainbarelyfigures,itcausedlittlemorethanaripple.

Sometwoweekslater,thecurlingteam,ledbyRhonaMartin,wereworld-famous,havingwongoldinthemostdramaticoffashionsandinthemostunlikelyofsettings.

CurlingisactuallyaScottishgame,andinGreatBritainitisplayedalmostexclusivelynorthoftheborder.WhenithasbeenplayedinEngland,ithastendedtofeatureex-patScots.

Inrecentyears,though,thebestcurlingteamshavecomefromnorthernEuropeandNorthAmerica,andtheBritishteamwasn’tfanciedatall.

Butastheroundsprogressed,interestgrew,andmillionstunedinfortheshowdownwiththehighly-fanciedSwiss.Itwasinthebalanceuntilthelastmoment,withRhonaandherteampickingupBritain’sfirstwintergoldfor18yearswiththeverylaststoneofthegame.Ittooknervesofsteelandanamazinglevelofcalmwhenonlytotalprecisionwoulddo.DefinitelyScottishspiritatitsfinest.

TechnologyandBusiness
ArthurHerman
SponsoredbyLinnproducts
WritingabookcalledHowtheScotsInventedtheModernWorldisveryambitious,andwouldappearsomewhatsuspectifithadbeenwrittenbyaScot.SothefactthatitiswrittenbyanAmericanmakesitallthemorecompelling.ArthurHermanisararity;awriterwhonotonlyknowswhathe’stalkingabout,butcanexpressitinanaccessibleandentertainingway.Heisn’tboundbydogma,andheconfirmsthatthebookwasn’ttheonehehadsetouttowrite,andcameaboutasaresultofresearch.

“IhadalwaysbeenfascinatedbyhowmuchofmodernthoughtwasinfluencedbythelikesofAdamSmith,DavidHume,ThomasReidandmanyothers,”hesays.“ButasIresearchedthebook,itbecameclearthatthewaytheythoughtwaslinkedtothefacttheywereScottish.ItisabigclaimtosaythatthemodernScotisaculture-bearerofourcivilisation,butthebooksetsouttosupportthat.”

Arthurdoesn’truleoutreturningtotheScottishthemeinthefuture,andiscurrentlyworkingonabookaboutthehistoryoftheBritishnavy.

Withmorethan30years’experienceasthemarketleaderinhomeentertainmentsystems,Scotland-basedLinnProductscontinuestosetthestandardinqualitysoundreproduction.AsRoyalWarrantholdersandwithsystemsonboardtheQE2andinthecarusedinthelatestBondfilm,Linnhasanunrivalledpedigree.Linn’saward-winningflagshipsystem,theReferenceMonitoringSystem,isaworkofart.Withcomponentsmachinedfromsolidblocksofaluminium,thecompletesystemwouldsetyoubackover£100,000($157,000).However,withthecompleteLinnClassiksystemavailablefromonly£1,000($1,600),thereisnoexcusetocompromiseonquality!LinnisalsohometothehighlyacclaimedrecordlabelLinnRecords,whichdespitecoveringanextraordinaryrangeofmusicalstyles,hasneverlostsightofitsScottishroots.Itrecentlycompletedrecordingsofall373songsbyRobertBurns,withoutstandingperformancesbymanyofthetopnamesinScottishfolkmusic.

TheLinnportfolioofproductscanbebestdescribedasaspirationaltoown.Whenpeoplebuy‘aLinn’,theycanexpecttoenjoythefinesttechnologyintheworld,buttheywillalsobesubscribingtoanenhancedqualityoflife,inherentinthesuperbsoundingproductsthatcomprise
theLinnbrand.
Website:www.linn.co.uk

HistoryandHeritage
BonniePrinceCharlie
SponsoredbyDrambuie,sharingScotland’sheritagewiththeNationalTrustforScotland
BorninRome,BonniePrinceCharliewas25whenhelandedinScotlandin1745.Againsttheodds,hesetouttowinbacktheBritishthroneforhisexiledfather,whohadlostoutduetohisCatholicsympathies.BonniePrinceCharliemusthavehadgreatcharisma.Highlandchiefsralliedtohim.HetookEdinburghbystormandmarchedhisarmyintoEnglandasfarasDerby.ButthiswasnotabattlebetweenEnglandandScotland.ItwasabattlebetweenlegitimatecandidatesfortheunitedthronesofEngland,Wales,ScotlandandIreland,inaEuropedividedbyreligion.AlthoughJamesandCharlesEdwardStuartweretherightfulheirs,theircloseassociationwithRomewasunacceptabletotheWhigmajority.ThatmayexplainwhymoreScotsfoughtagainsttheJacobitesthanwiththem.HavingreachedDerby,BonniePrinceCharliewasadvisedtoturnback,and,foolishly,hedid.Thefollowingyear,theJacobitearmywasdecimatedatCullodenMoor.Amazingly,hispopularitygrew.Hetooktotheheather,evadedhisenemies,andwasneverbetrayed.HefinallyfledtoFrance,spendingtherestofhislifeinRome,wherehediedat65.Celebratedinsongandfable,heremainsoneofScotland’smostromanticandcharismaticfigures.

Itselfanicon,theDrambuietracesitsoriginsbacktothelifeandtimesofBonniePrinceCharlie.HeissaidtohavepresentedtherecipeattheheartofDrambuietoCaptainJohnMacKinnonasarewardforhelpinghimfleehisenemiesafterthebattleofCulloden.CullodenisinthecareoftheNationalTrustforScotland,andthatiswhyDrambuieisproudtoassociatethepresentationofthisawardwiththeTrustandtoenableittoexpandawarenessofitsvitalworktotheAmericanmediaandpublic.Inrecentyears,DrambuiehasassembledthefinestcollectionofworksassociatedwithBonniePrinceCharlieandtheStuartcause,whichistouringtheUnitedStatesthisyearandduringthenextthreeyears.
Website:www.drambuie.com