How to Write The Scottish National Anthem

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To say that Alan Tomkinson enjoys ambitious, quixotic projects is something of a considerable understatement. In fact, I don’t think there’s a single ordinary job or hobby he’s done in his whole life. He designed a new type of mattress; raced karts directed a 32-piece youth jazz orchestra (it became the best in the country within its first year); befriended a lion; conducted at the Albert Hall, and founded and built up the UK’s biggest boarding cattery franchise from scratch. Then, after he retired, in his early seventies, he built his own house. And now he begins his biggest and most ambitious work: promoting the song he hopes will become the new Scottish national anthem. Read more at Artistic Echoes

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