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P&J is smitten with Royal Scots Club but in the bad books on An Comunn Gaidhealach

By Hamish Mackay

October 24, 2011 | 2 min read

Regular readers of the Press and Journal's Saturday supplement, Your Life, must have had a double take this weekend when a splash featuring the redoubtable Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh induced a sense of deja vu.

For a week last Saturday , the Aberdeen daily featured the Abercromby Place club in the two-page Eating Out section of thesupplement –complete with five photographs plus lavish illustrations of dishes from its cuisine. The meal earned a 28 out of 30 mark.

This Saturday, the Royal Scots Club again appeared in Your Life – in a two-page Travel Scotland focus, and this time it dominated one page with two large pictures from the previous week repeated and further menu illustrations.

While the P&J will be in the good books of the Royal Scots Club, it is in the bad books of An Comunn Gaidhealach.

The daily gave splendid coverage throughout the 10-day Royal National Mod in Stornoway, and rounded up proceedings on Saturday with a number of stories written by its Inverness-based bureau chief, Neil MacPhail.

One piece related that the National Mod is destined for Oban in 2015 –following Dunoon, Paisley and Inverness.

Unfortunately, the leader writer got his information somewhat scrambled and informed readers that next year’s National Mod will be in Oban.

Explaining that the Mod stood firm in Stornoway - despite stormy weather, the leader related ...”many will be glad that next year they visit Oban and avoid another stomach-churning sea voyage” and compounded matters by topping the editorial with the heading ‘Oban Mod should be plain sailing’.

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