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A Merchiston Mash-up

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

Every facet of Merchistonian life is featured in this week's newsletter - what a talented group you are!

Following the recent historic rapprochement between the USA and Cuba, Iain Clark's (71-74) photographic exhibition at Lyon & Turnbull is timely. Entitled And that was the beginning of the end of that Cuba,the exhibition captures stunning images taken over the last 50 years, representations of a way of life there which may soon be lost in an inevitably changing new Cuba. If you would like to attend a Private View of this fascinating exhibition on 30 July from 6pm to 8pm please contact Iain here.

This week Boys were treated to a surprise visit from Merchistonian Angus Sinclair (06-13) who demonstrated to an enthralled audience, his effortless and elegant javelin skills, honed after two years at the University of North Carolina, despite no warm up and casual attire. See his careful preparation here!

The wonderful work of Iain Banks is very rarely translated on to the small screen, but many of you will have enjoyed the recent BBC adaptation of Stonemouth which featured a moving performance from Chris Fulton (00-07). Chris has moved on from impressing classmates with various dramatic performances at School, via the Edinburgh Fringe to national stage and television. Read more here.

From stage and screen to music! Matthew Mee (12-14) is celebrating the worldwide release of his first electronic dance track - Don't you know - on the EDM music label, under his producer name MMEE. Enjoy!

More wheel action! In another example of philanthropic effort on two (or perhaps 8 wheels), Iain Robertson (96-04), Iain Mossman (99-04), Jon Day (00-04) and Chris Collinson (99-04) are retracing the tracks of Colditz escapees, including one courageous French prisoner who cycled from Colditz Castle to Zurich on a stolen bike, in order to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

This year's Mickel Salver was won by members of the School's Golf Academy who triumphed in the sunshine on Muirfield Links this week. The Merchistonian team, led by Gavin Thain (79-85), included Chris Cowan (79-85), Alan Brown (52-57), Niall Ballantyne (82-87), Iain Brechin (79-84) and Gareth Baird (70-75). Although the win was a convincing one for the School, everyone enjoyed a wonderful day of camaraderie, shared stories and a delicious lunch, which makes us wonder if golf really is the most important part of the day!

Why not join us at the next Business Breakfast on Friday 26 June at the 181 Delicatessen, Bruntsfield Place. Mike Billinghurst (85-90) will talk about setting up his business - what has worked, and perhaps what hasn't! As well as this insight, you will enjoy breakfast at one of Edinburgh's most highly rated deli's.

Almost half of tickets available for the Merchiston Gala Ball have been sold, so please book now if you would like to join us for a wonderful evening at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on Friday 2 October. We would love to welcome individual bookings as well as bookings for tables of 10.

Finally, calling all Merchistonians living in London! One of our VI Form leavers has shown commendable initiative by securing a prestigious internship in London from August to October. Now he needs somewhere affordable to stay. If you were able to assist with his accommodation in London please email me. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards


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