John Gibson: Music to boost fund for disaster

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Music all the way. A charity show tomorrow at the Queen’s Hall will benefit a fund set up for the Philippines disaster. Ricky Abbot, who has a record shop at the foot of Leith Walk and is married to a Filipino, has the details.

On the bill, The Sound of Seventeen, a swinging big band specialising in evergreen material. Jimmy Leslie and Martin McQueenie will take the vocals. Also, Ricky’s wife Jan will sing with her own accompaniment and the concert will be compered by Stephen Duffy, who heads the jazz programme on Wednesdays on Radio Scotland.

A toast to profit

Shouldn’t Marmite, so beloved of the Engish, be inluded along with the football results on telly at tea time? In a survey by the grocers’ retail top-selling mag, Marmite has been relegated to second place in the table.

Marmite sales have plummeted while sales of Rowse Honey have rocketed. Honey we’ve seen the competition shrink.

Afterwords . . .

. . . This is Dragons’ Den hard woman Deborah Meaden talking at 54: “One thing is guaranteed in life: you do nothing, nothing happens. So make your luck, scan the horizons, get out an interact with people. Be good at what you do and before you know it something will come of it.”