The first trip to Ould Reekie in 06, GNER always permitting, early tomorrow. Back to Huttonian's somewhat sporadic day job teaching undergraduates some of the mysteries of the Middle East. No sleepers this year I am assured- even in an overheated lecture room with dodgy acoustics. It will be interesting to find out how many native Scots amongst this year's crop. Out of 100 plus students last year only one admitted, in public anyhow, to Scottishness and this in a very English accent. Edinburgh is regarded by many as not being a Scottish Uni-rather like St Andrews and I suspect a number of those from south of the Border are Oxbridge rejects or feared that they might be. But on past form they will be an agreeable and friendly bunch.