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A carbuncle that would leave Sir Sean shaken and stirred

LAST week’s story about a hideous new apartment block planned for Edinburgh’s North St Andrew Lane seems to have kicked off a competition between property developers to show off their least appealing new developments.

Change of script needed for Ernst

EXPECT Ernst & Young to freshen up its Entrepreneur of the Year competition ahead of its 10th anniversary next year following a somewhat lacklustre awards ceremony last week. The national final lacked the vitality of the Scottish event, said one diner among the 600 who were stretched to fill the cavernous Grosvenor House Hotel ballroom, reputedly the biggest in London.

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J-Lo gets into the Shetland spirit

JENNIFER Lopez has apparently been taking an interest in a Scottish drink. No, not Irn-Bru or Belhaven Best, but Diva, a vodka made by Blackwood Distillers, the drinks firm run from Shetland by Caroline Whitfield.

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Don't ask Bissett to play name game

It's all go, go at Wham Energy

ONE or two eyebrows have been raised at the name of the newest North Sea oil and gas company on the block. Wham Energy announced its intention to float on AIM last week. But, contrary to popular belief, the staid team of ex-Amoco executives are not paying homage to George Michael, right.

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Gogarburn gets ready to rock

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What's Chinese for the boy done good?

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Lawyers fail to see eye to eye

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Fishy business of rock is Shaw thing

Fancy dress is just pants for Snyder

CAPTAIN Mainwaring lookalike Sheridan Snyder, the veteran start-up entrepreneur who co-founded bioscience company Genzyme Corporation, was an apt recruit for the Entrepreneurial Exchange conference at Gleneagles last week which adopted a military theme.

Standards of secrecy appear to be slipping

SO MUCH for all the cloak and dagger secrecy surrounding Standard Life’s search for a finance director.

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Check it out - Souter gets a dressing down in public

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Executive awards on wrong track

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Fired up over taxi tips from dragons

Chinese whispers fog the issue

ROB Mann, a drinks analyst at HSBC, is not one for beating around the bush. In his latest report on the brewing industry, Mann is scathing about Scottish & Newcastle, and coldly assesses the pros and cons of the Edinburgh brewer’s push into China through its 19.5% stake in the beer group, Chongqing.

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Googling to the Heart of mystery

Thus buy does not inspire confidence

INVESTORS who like to see directors put money into the companies they run will have been left rather underwhelmed by the "vote of confidence" from three of Thus’s board members last week.

Bigwigs missing from community

IN HIS address to the Scottish Financial Enterprise dinner last week, chairman John Campbell said: "I firmly believe that we have a far better chance of continued success if we work together as the Scottish financial community."

A tale of two cities lost in translation

THE Washington Post may be known for the quality of its journalism and its ability to topple presidents, but geography clearly isn’t its strong point.

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