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Archive for September, 2012

Launch of 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot


The official mascot of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been unveiled at BBC Scotland’s headquarters in Glasgow.

Clyde made a grand entrance at the unveiling ceremony, zip-sliding through the middle of BBC Scotland’s headquarters at Pacific Quay, watched on by a few hundred guests who had all packed in to the BBC HQ.

12-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld won a nation-wide competition to design the 2014 mascot, pictured here with Clyde.

After watching the rehearsals last night with stand-ins, it was great to see it all come alive, and what a spectacular launch it turned out to be!

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Picture of the week


Shot a job for a client today, and they have made it their picture of the week – http://www.tnrcommunications.co.uk/photo-of-the-week
The European launch of ‘Speak up for Pandas’ in Edinburgh. A Europe-wide search for a group of Panda Ambassadors to win the chance to visit Chengdu and work on a conservation project, whilst spreading the conservation message around the world .

The campaign is pioneered by the Chengdu Panda Base in China that plays a leading role in fostering continued growth of the giant panda population, and also rescues and rehabilitate pandas to return them back to the wild. Chengdu is the world’s hometown of giant pandas.

The launch will kick off in Edinburgh – which has been chosen as a location because of its links with the giant panda and has two pandas in residence at the Zoo.

Early start to shoot in Edinburgh Castle before the doors opened to the public, then off to Arthurs Seat.
Good bunch of people and the students in the panda costumes were great to work with, all in all not a bad Monday!

Edinburgh’s newest Indian Restaurant


The value for money was one of the best things about the Dhaba Diner. The restaurant is an indian ‘tapas’ style, which allows you to choose from the variety of small dishes that range from as little as £2 to no more than £5. We were recommended around 3 starters for the 4 of us eating and 6-8 mains. This was more than enough for all of us however we managed to finish it all as the food was delightful. I was especially intriagued by the Haggis Pakora which turned out to be delicious. This is a brilliant spin on contemporary indian and scottish food and turned out to be a great combination! Overall the food was exceptionally spicy however this is what would be expected in an authentic indian diner.

The service was great, friendly and attentive. Despite the small hiccups with our order. I definitely had a great night out and would choose to eat at Dhaba Diner again. I would also definitely recommend this to any student on a budget as their ‘Quick Dhaba Lunch’ (served between 12.00pm and 15.00pm) is an utter bargain at £4.95!