We're not a 'let's just get a taxi' family, but I needed to jump in one to get to the Fringe concert my daughter was performing in. As well as getting me there on time, I was pleased that it was a University of Aberdeen taxi - my alma mater. I wonder what its founder over 500 years ago, Bishop Elphinstone, would have thought of taxi advertising? At the forefront then - it was the first university in the English-speaking world to have a chair of medicine - I like to think he would approve.
The University of Aberdeen
You may recognise the palm trees in the background from a post last August. The concert was at the same venue as last year: the Columcille Centre.
My daughter was playing the clarsach and singing with another three young clarsach players and a fiddler. Two of the performers are about to go to music conservatoire to study Scottish traditional music. The other three are still at school. It was really gratifying that there was a full house on an evening when the Fringe and Festival offered goodness knows how many shows of different sorts.
Recording was not allowed, so I stuck by the rules, but here's one of the songs my daughter sang, accompanied by clarsach and fiddle: 'Follow the Heron Home', by the Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.