Right. Please find below scraps of vaguely amusing culture things that crosses my wary path as well as the odd bit here and there about stuff, plus my occasional meanderings.
According to the Times it is all about conservation. Edinburgh was cloesely vetted before being approved to receive pandas. On the financial side they expect that it will bring so many more visitors that it will more than pay for itself. I was on a course in London years ago when a pair had just been housed at London Zoo. We went to visit on a free day. They were lovely. If you have a chance to visit Edinburgh I recommend you try and see them.