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Dear Merchistonians and Friends

What a start we've had to the new year. The majority of you won't have received last week's newsletter due to gremlins in the system - so if you're interested in what was said, take a look at the new Newsletter Blog on our website! What a smooth segue on my part…

I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments about The Merchistonian Club Magazine. It was a mammoth task, but your wonderful stories from around the world made it so enjoyable to work on. If you have a story you'd like to share, tales from a life lived or even just an anecdote - let me know here and I'll be happy to hear from you for our 2015 edition! Merchistonian of the Year nominations are also now open, so click on the link for more details.

6 Nations: unless you're waiting for the England v. Scotland tickets (which the office hasn't received yet!), those who have ordered tickets should have them now. If you've not received them by next week, please get in touch with Jo Khan here.

To golf: congratulations must surely go to Calum Hill (11-13), who is competing at the South American Amateur Championship in Peru this Thursday. Click here for the news story.

Robbie Mitchell (85-90), our London Golf Rep, has set up a Merchistonian Golf Day at Denham Golf Club on Friday 5 June. Have a look here for more information.

To rugby: After his stunning performance against Glasgow Warriors, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (06-11) has now given an interview ahead of Edinburgh Rugby's match against Lyon tomorrow - take a look.

Date for your diary: calling all Londoners! If you're in the Big Smoke on 13 March, we've put together our Pre-Calcutta Cup dinner and drinks event. This event is open to guests, so come along! Keep your eyes peeled on how to book - I'll be announcing that shortly.

This Friday 30 January is the first Business Breakfast of 2015! We will be at Tigerlily on George Street, sneaking in and hearing about the ins and outs of running such a successful venue in a capital city like ours. If you're interested in heading along, let me know. Bring along a fiver and we'll throw in a hearty breakfast for you.

Lastly, on this day 105 years ago, Ernest Shackleton's expedition reached the magnetic South Pole, becoming the first persons to see and travel on the South Polar Plateau. Extraordinary courage, bravery and strength meant Shackleton's dream became reality and with it, the known world changed. Don't be discouraged from 'thinking big' this year. Of course, in 1916 Merchistonian professor Arnold Spencer-Smith joined him on a Trans-Arctic Expedition.  If you're interested in this era or, indeed, in tales of heroism and fortitude, former Merchiston teacher Peter Mackay will be giving a talk on 12 February, Memorial Hall, 6.30pm. Let me know if you'd like to attend!

Kind regards

Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School

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