Public Entertainment Licence Changes

From 1st April 2012 licensing requirements for Public Entertainment events in Edinburgh changed. Previously there was no need to have a license for Public Entertainment events if the event was free but that changed as a result of an amendment to legislation.

However, the Regulatory Committee for the Council is waiving any fee for a licence for a free event scheduled to be held before 20 April 2012. The next Regulatory Committee meeting on that date will make a decision about future licenses and fees for free events taking into account the views of the public.

Changes to the Public Entertainment Resolution (a statement from the Council of its intentions and required by law) are required, to ensure certain small scale, free to enter public events do not require a licence.

This will mean that some events - such as art exhibitions, charitable functions and poetry readings - can go ahead without a licence or fee. The public are being asked their views on what kind of events should be exempt from having a license. The closing date for giving your views 13 April 2012.

Click the link to fill out the survey.

Help Our Youth Development Team

The East Kilbride Pirates Youth American Football team was formed in 2010 and is the town's first under 17 squad for the sport since 1998. We want everyone to have a chance to try the sport, no matter what their financial background.

We're on the last stretch for our RBS CommunityForce project bid now, with only 24 hours of voting left. We're currently fourth by only 22 votes. We need to get into third place by lunchtime tomorrow if we are get the £6000 award to develop our youth team. Please help us get back in the lead by voting and sharing out this link to all your friends.


I've always considered myself to be a very non-musical person. So When I found out that there's a BBC labs for musicality I was tempted to give it a go. Bear in mind that it's quite a long test.

The test is split into two parts a series of questions about your attitudes to music and your percieved ability with it, mixed in with a series of practical tests.

My results from the survey were:

Enthusiasm for Music 15%

You scored low for enthusiasm, which suggests that music isn’t particularly important to you. You probably spend less time than most people just listening to music or having music on in the background while you do other things.

Musical Perception 11%

You scored low for perception, which suggests that you don’t have a strong ear for music. You are likely to find it challenging to keep a beat or sing in tune, and you may also have difficulty in distinguishing between different instruments or musical genres. Your scores in the musical tests will give you a good idea of where your specific strengths and weaknesses lie.

Emotional Connection 34%

You scored low for emotional connection, which indicates that music doesn’t influence your feelings and that you rarely, if ever, use music to manage your mood. Your results suggest that music doesn’t generally have the power to reconnect you to past events or change your emotional state.

Social Creativity 0%

You scored low for Social creativity, which suggests that you find it difficult to remember melodies and may not be able to recall new songs or musical phrases easily. This may mean you lack the confidence to contribute to group activities where music is involved, and are not comfortable joining in by singing or clapping along with others. You probably find it very challenging to imagine new melodies in your head.

Musical Creativity 5%

You scored low for music curiosity, which suggests that you aren’t really open to exploring new music, and prefer to listen to the genres and artists you are already familiar with. As a result, you are likely to be exposed to a limited range of musical styles and have a more focused range of musical taste than the average person. You probably wouldn’t ever attend an event just to experience live music, but may enjoy going to see familiar artists perform.

However Running counter to that are the actual test scores that I recieved.

Group the Music - Identify which tracks are from the same genre.

Managed a few, but not so many that it couldn't have been random chance :-/

Match the Beat - This test looks at your ability to recognise the beat in a piece of music, by getting you to judge whether some beeps superimposed onto the music are in time with the beat of the music.

I scored 14 out of 18 on this one, which is actually way better than I expected. Although I do enjoy a good dance, so that may be where it came from.

Match the Beat - This activity tests your ability to tap out a beat in time with the music using the space bar on your keyboard. 

I scored High for 2 pieces, Medium For 4 and Low for 3. I have a suspicion that the ones I scored low on were the orchestral tracks so I couldn't find the bass or drums that I'd normally use. I found the beat eventually, but not quickly enough to score well I suspect.

Melody Memory - Session had timed out, so I'm doing this one from memory. You had to work out if two pieces of music played at different pitches were actually the same music.

Again, I scored around thr 70 percent mark.

All in all it looks like I actually have a better ear for music than I ever give myself credit for. I should probably actually put a little more effort into developing it.

Christmas Family Funday - Today!

Time 11 December: 11:00 - 16:00
Location: Columcille Centre - Newbattle Terrace - Edinburgh

Once again this is aid of The Sick Kids Friends Foundation and we are aiming to end the year on a high and earn loads of cash to add to whatever has been raised so far.

Please come along and support this event, the usual fundraising stalls as well as lots of lovely craft and gift stalls for that last minute christmas present

Adding Amazon Universal Search Tou Your Website

I’m struggling a bit with the Amazon Universal Search functionality at the moment and it occurred to me that you or one of you may have already solved this problem.

The current system for allowing you to add a button to your website only adds it to and assumes the prices are USD.

I've managed to figure out some of the url variables (title and URL) to allow me to build my own links, but not price or image.

Don’t suppose anyone has had to figure this out or managed to find the UK version of the button?

Win a Genuine Murano Clip-On Charm!

Rubino Red Murano Glass Star Clip On Bracelet CharmI'm giving away this stunning Rubino Red Murano Glass Star Clip On Bracelet Charm worth £12.99 ($19.99) to one of my facebook fans this Wednesday (27th October).

This is the first of these clip on charms I've ever made, so you'll be the first ever owner of this brand new addition to my range.

To be in with a chance of wining all you need to do is go to my page and "Share" (by clicking the "Share" Button right down the bottom of the page on the left hand side) or "Suggest" (click the "Suggest to friends" text under the logo on the left) the Hearts of Glass Facebook Page to your friends and then post a comment on this facebook post to say you've shared.

I'm afraid there's no other way to see if you have spread the word, so make sure you remember to post the comment on the facebook post. I'll randomly select one of the commenters on Wednesday night to receive this wonderful first of a kind charm.

20% Discount on Red Murano Hearts!

The Tin Man From the Wizard of Oz

When a man’s an empty kettle he should be on his mettle,
And yet I’m torn apart.
Just because I’m presumin’ that I could be kind-a-human,
If I only had heart.
I’d be tender – I’d be gentle and awful sentimental
Regarding Love and Art.
I’d be friends with the sparrows … and the boys who shoots the arrows
If I only had a heart…

I’ve been featured in a Wizard of Oz themed collection over on Artfire today.

To celebrate, I’m offering a 20% discount (that’s a saving of up to £20 ($32)) coupon on all my Red Murano Hearts until Midnight on Sunday.

To receive your 20% discount enter this code at my artfire shop checkout: