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Scotian News

July 2011

Edition 77


Congratulations to the following Former Pupils who have reached milestone birthdays this month:-

70 Father Tom Flynn;

65 Alexander Pearce; Adrian McDonald; Peter Malcolm Wylie; William Smith; Peter McKechnie;

60 Francis Pritchard; Hugh Smith; Andrew Muldoon; Peter Quigley; Niall (Doull) Connolly; William Hemming;

50 Patrick Bartholomew; Gianpaulo La Greca; Ricardo Boni;


 School News

New e-mail contact:- Niraj Varma:

From time to time we get unusual contacts to this newsletter. This month we have had one of the strangest. Fergus Campbell contacted us through the website. His father was a teaching Brother at the school from 1963-1964. He was known at school as Brother Sean Laserian Campbell. He left the order shortly after 1964, married, had a son named Fergus, and died in 1987. Fergus has asked if anyone who was at school remembers him and can tell him about his dads. His e-mail address is on the e-mail that accompanies this newsletter.

Change of e-mail address:- Bill Parry; Paul Baines;

Festival Information

Mike Maran

Mike Maran and Dave Milligan present
'Did You Used to be R.D.Laing?
in Valvona & Crolla on
August 6, 26, & 27 at 17.45
August 9, 16 & 22 at 13.00
August 13 & 20 at 15.00
August 23 at 20.30

Did You Used to be R.D. Laing is a Herald Angel winner.
The Scotsman said 'I loved it.'
Fiona Laing said, 'I thought I was in the room with my dad.


Ricky Demarco

5th August to 5th September 2011
Richard Demarco and Joseph Beuys – On the Road to Meikle Seggie
Richard Demarco collaborated with Joseph Beuys over a period of 16 years (from 1970 to 1986) after first meeting him in Düsseldorf. In that year, Demarco invited Beuys to Scotland, together with 34 other artists to present their work for the Edinburgh International Festival in an exhibition entitled ‘Strategy: Get Arts’. These artists were all identified with Düsseldorf, which was then still in West Germany and divided from East Germany by the Iron Curtain.
Joseph Beuys was the first of these artists to visit Scotland, which he regarded as the heartland of Europe’s Celtic world. He was therefore willing to explore the fabled ‘Road to The Isles’, from Edinburgh towards the legendary Hebridean world of Fingal and his son, Ossian, a land which had inspired Shakespeare to write Macbeth.
Beuys’ response to Richard Demarco’s question, “When shall we meet again?”, revealed his knowledge of the ‘Scottish play’ when he replied: “When the hurly burly’s done, when the battle’s fought and won.” The journey resulted in what is regarded as a Beuysian masterwork, Celtic Kinloch Rannoch: The Scottish Symphony. Beuys returned to Scotland seven more times to find inspiration in what he regarded as the key to Celtic Europe.
This exhibition consists of works by Beuys all inspired by Scotland along with watercolours by Richard Demarco and by what has been recently regarded as a new genre of contemporary art defined by art historians and the Museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf as ‘event photography’.
Demarco’s contribution reveals the nodal points on what he now call ‘The Road to Meikle Seggie’. This is the road which links Scotland via Beuys’ birthplace, Cleves, to Italy. It is a road travelled through many centuries by the followers of Saint Columba and the Roman legionaries who were essentially Dacians from that part of modern Romania around the Black Sea port of Constanza.
The exhibition therefore tells the story of how Beuys was inspired by the reality of the Romano-Celtic cultural heritage of Europe. This resulted in Beuys honouring Greyfriars Bobby, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens, H.M. Prison Barlinnie’s Special Unit, Edinburgh’s Poorhouse and the College of Art, Loch Awe and Rannoch Moor.
Demarco’s watercolours and event photographs are inspired by what is easily identified as the drovers’ road which implies the road of the cattle-drover, the shepherd and the farmer. Meikle Seggie is now the name of a farm and represents all those hamlets and small communities which have dropped off modern maps and are re-designated as farms. Thus, every art work in the exhibition by Richard Demarco is inspired by some aspect of The Road to Meikle Seggie which is also the road travelled by his Italo-Celtic forebears who began their journey to Edinburgh from the Appenine mountain villages at the time of Garibaldi’s Resorgimento These art works consist of aspects of townscape and landscape. The exhibition is thus related to Richard Demarco’s exhibition currently in the Scottish Government’s Scotland House in Brussels entitled ‘Scotland in Europe: Europe in Scotland’.
Axolotl Gallery, 35 Dundas St., T 0131 557 1460/07528 689013,
Tu-Th 11a-4p, F & Sa 11a-6p,
RSVP Sarah Wilson, Axolotl Gallery - sarah@axolotl.co.uk


Randy Schlichting

I again want to thank you so much for this. You have been a blessing. I want to give you information for the news letter as you said you had little. I don’t want to self promote though!

  1. Dorothy and I have recently acquired a flat at the beach on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. It is 2 bedrooms and 2 bath with a sleeper sofa. Sleeps six. We take pets but no smoking. I want to make it available to FPs and their families if they ever want a holiday by the sea in the USA. We have a friends and family rate that is 50% of the normal.
  2. I completed my second book called Quote Worthy. In it I share a story about Scotus. It is available at Amazon. COM. http://amzn.to/nQTWJw
  3. we married off our middle daughter in June. 2 down and 1 to go!
  4. I hope to be in London in October for some training. I may be able to get to Edinburgh for a day. I would love to meet you.


Randy Schlichting

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