Cooking up a Storm

One-time editorial executive of The Scotsman, Alan Taylor, now at the Sunday Herald, was having a wee dig at the editor of his former employer in his diary yesterday.

In his diary, Taylor reported that devotees of novelist, Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘44 Scotland Street’, which is being serialised in The Scotsman…“were pleasantly surprised on Monday to discover my old amigo, Sir Magnus Merriman Linklater, staring out at them.

“Sir Magnus, as everyone except possibly The Hootsman’s editor [Mike Gilson] knows, was in another existence our notional newspaper’s editor before he was removed by bean-counting numpties who were not fit to fill his quill.

“In this episode, he was described as a ‘newspaper editor’ who encounters a painter called Angus Lordie carrying what may or may not be an unknown portrait by Raeburn of Burns.

“Angus is rightly concerned that if Sir Magnus susses this out, it will be all over a front page, but not, one suspects, of the Hootsmon. If its current editor knows who Raeburn is – a maker of stoves, perchance? – then no one would be more surprised than moi.”

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