Media Broth: Some refreshment, perhaps?

THE month-long West End Festival in Glasgow finished just over a week ago with – by the sounds of it – a flourish.

And reported The Herald, a day of music at a newly-revamped bandstand in the city’s Kelvingrove Park included a band fronted by well-known BBC Scotland presenter, John Beattie.

Indeed, said the paper, last Monday, the John Beattie Band also included the BBC Scotland’s weather presenter, Judith Ralston, and reporter, Catriona Renton.

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AND thanks to The Herald diarist, Ken Smith, for this: “Former Herald columnist, Ron Ferguson, has updated and re-released his cult book on Cowdenbeath, ‘Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil’, with a new foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson. Ron is looking forward to seeing how the book, which touches on everything from coal-mining to football, will be classified in bookshops. His book on the religious community on Iona, Chasing the Wild Goose, was placed in one bookshop under ‘Wildlife’.”

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THANKS to The Bottom Line, the business diary in The Herald, for this: “Working in public relations is ‘not glamorous – contrary to belief’, a practitioner of the arts has revealed.

“Aarti Joshi gave an insight into her day-to-day reality as head of communications for T in the Park promoter, DF Concerts, during a recent presentation in Glasgow.

“Ms Joshi noted that she had announced a tour by Gary Barlow before the musician had done so himself, mistakenly written about the Kings of Leon in the belief they were The Killers, and agreed to a request by her boss to perform star jumps.

“But our favourite anecdote centred on Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Bellahouston Park in Glasgow in 2010, when rehearsals were interrupted by the Muppets ringtone on one priest’s mobile phone.

“It might not be glamorous, but it sounds like fun, Ms Joshi.”

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