Happy to dine solo

Sunday Mail (UK) - - The Judge -

More than seven in 10 Scots don’t mind eat­ing out on their own, re­search shows.

The sur­vey, by Jury’s Inn, found that 72 per cent of adults en­joy din­ing out alone.

One in four – 25 per cent – in Ed­in­burgh had done so in the last month, two per cent more than in Glas­gow.

Only 27 per cent wouldn’t con­sider eat­ing solo pub­licly.

In an era be­fore Twit­ter, Face­book and blog­ging, their sim­ple silkscreen-printed posters de­liv­ered a pow­er­ful graphic mes­sage, which be­came street cam­paign­ers’ weapon of choice.

Strik­ing work­ers, anti-apartheid ac­tivists, ten­ants protest­ing rent hikes, Trot­sky­ists, young Com­mu­nists and Ir­ish sol­i­dar­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions were just some of the groups who flocked to the work­shop, which had a “pay what you can af­ford” pol­icy.

Their sim­ple yet pow­er­ful posters were plas­tered on build­ings all over Lon­don and bran­dished at de­mos upp and down the coun­try by peo­ple­ple in­tent on bring­ing about so­cial and po­lit­i­cal change.

Now, 50 yearss on, one of the work­shop’s found­ingnd­ing mem­bers, Sam Lord, has writ­ten a book about the col­lec­tive,ec­tive, whose rev­o­lu­tion­ary artrt be­came the blue­print of the era.

The for­mer artt teacher, who now works a small­hold­ing mall­hold­ing near Ayr, says the posters may be five decadescades old but many of the mes­sagess­sages are just as pow­er­ful to­day. day.

Sam, 73, said: “Does the Poster Work­shop de­servesserves its place in his­tory? I sup­poseose it does – that’s why, when I was out of ac­tion last yearr after a knee op, I de­cided ded to pen a book.

“The posters rs were sim­ple but t the pow­er­ful mes­sages they con­veyed half a cen­tury ago are, sadly, still rel­e­vant to­day.

“Home­less­ness , ant i - Semitism and racism

IM­PACT Some of Sam’s favourite posters in­clude Guy F POSTER BOY


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