It’s not that bad

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

“As a mem­ber of Kin­noull Church, Perth, com­plete with its Mil­lais win­dow and a church­yard con­tain­ing the graves of Effie and sev­eral mem­bers of her fam­ily, I watched with in­ter­est the film Effie Gray on tele­vi­sion re­cently,” writes a Craigie reg­u­lar.

“All very taste­fully done,” he says, “but I was not happy with the typ­i­cal view of Scot­land por­trayed in many of the scenes. Most of them showed Effie, John Ruskin and John Everett Mil­lais shiver­ing in the cold, rain and wind, with over­cast skies and lit­tle sun.

“We don’t have con­stant sun up here, nor does England or France for that mat­ter. If we did, there would be no green fields, lochs or woods to ad­mire, but we get our fair share of sun­shine.

“When my wife went to work in Lon­don in the 1950s fresh out of univer­sity, she had spent July sun­ning her­self on the beach at Broughty Ferry or in her gar­den.

“On her first day at work, an English col­league ad­mired her sun­tan and asked where she got it. When she replied, ‘Scot­land’, the English­man said: ‘Oh, I thought it al­ways rained up there.’

“Judg­ing by the film, at­ti­tudes down south to Scot­land’s weather have not changed!”

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