Food and drink are at the very core of the tourism product and destination. Food is tangible in its texture, colours and composition, however, it is its intangibility that completes its appeal to the food tourist. Food is flavours, smells and scents. Food is culture. Food is connection to places, landscapes and people. Food is social and sociable. In short, food is far more than functional: it’s pleasure, and should be delight.Read More
If you are familiar with Dumfries and Galloway you will recognise it as a rural farming area, boasting luscious green fields with wildlife, nature and forestry in abundance. It attracts tourists looking to get away from the bustle and stress of busy city lives (in fact Dumfries and Galloway is the most densely forested area in the UK). However, hidden away from sight are some of the most surprising innovative businesses that are trading not only in the UK but also globally.Read More
I’ve always been interested in the practical side of computing; the ‘how do I use this’ aspect of programming. I want to know how I can use the technology to make an impact on whatever project I’m developing. I carry this through in my teaching so that I find ways to bring the student learning experience closer to what students need to know to work in a software development role after graduation.Read More
The challenges humanity faces, of which many are due to the ever-increasing population on the planet and our relentless demands on natural resources – energy, water, food, or our desire in greater numbers to travel faster and further, means we must find solutions urgently that address the vast levels of complexity they pose.Read More
As I write this, the rain drips down incessantly and peering at the grey sky fails to give me any hope of a ray of sunshine today. Slugs and snails are enjoying tasty feasts in my garden and my attempts at improving my golf are on hold for another few weeks.
But it is not all despair for the Scottish summer – there are lots of positive signs around!Read More