Until yesterday the header introducing Scotland's Colleges on the Education UK website was embellished with a photo of Tower Bridge. The symbolism of education as a bridge to the future being banal enough for everybody to understand, that wasn't a completely bad idea, but choosing a bridge in London, a bridge adjoining the Tower of London, whose most famous guests included Mary Queen of Scots, was a little clumsy.
Well, it's all OK now because our lighthearted piece below about Scots plots has had a suitably electric effect, and the picture has now been replaced by this:
As is clear here, the wealth of possibilities for international students at Scottish colleges include face-painting. Such a blast.
There is perhaps a lesson here for those (many) of us who have tried for years without success to get the British Council to act on matters of import, and the lesson is simply that they don't like being made fun of. And taxpayers may also reflect on this: if an organisation that has staked a claim to be a "world authority on cultural relations" can make such a hash of things in Scotland or Ireland, heaven knows what a hash they might make of things in foreign countries, such as Armenia or India. It doesn't bear thinking about.