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Sticky Aberdeen the new Birmingham?

Tom Morton spends a weekend watching the Granite go all arty and rock’n’roll

A BERDEEN: Granite City. Oiltown. A place where Porsches and Range Rovers are driven by the merely middle class, property costs are wildly out of control and wealthy high-fashion outfits abound at ‘Energy Balls’ and other charitable events for the well-heeled and the almost dressed.

Fittie, the ‘planned’ fishertown of tiny cottages

No longer. Or not so much. There is still money in Aberdeen, but it’s no longer flowing in black rivulets down Union Street, which is famously built on stilts as Europe’s longest flyover and now a mere remnant of the vibrant shopping hub it once was.

Union Square, on the other hand, an indoor mall, throbs with chain eateries’ competing music and is apparently a success. But the city is feeling the pinch of plummeting oil prices, the vast numbers of business-class hotel rooms provided in recent years are having their ridiculous midweek prices slashed to attract customers. And the very real prospect of a post-oil Aberdeen is rearing its uncertain head. One story I heard related to the lease of an entire fleet of Range Rovers by a major oil company being cancelled and a tier of senior management told to find their own Kias and Hyundais.

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November Edition 2016 issue Number 23 The one with Nicola and Saltire 2020 Vision A bumper 116 pages choc full of the best of Scottish writers today. Robbie Dinwoodie - Ben Thomson - The Legacy Alyn Smith MEP - A conference update - Focused David Bowman Interview - Les Huckfield - ex Labour MP "It's Labour for me... but not in Scotland" David James Hood - A perfect storm Jason Michael Mc Cann - The Alex Salmond Interview Will McLeod - How disasters look good ...on paper Wee Ginger Dug - They're all so pretty vacant Derek Bateman - Doing Middle Class Tom Morton - Sticky Aberdeen - the New Birmingham? Dr Steve McCabe - Fit to Lead? Tom Morton - Scotch and Spirit Jennifer Harper Feature - Simon Community Scotland Mary Edward - Short Story - The Gift Grouse Beater - Investigating Gorbal's boy Alan Pinkerton PI Rachel Gillon - Food for thought Zoe Weir - Glasgow Tobacco Barons Peter A Bell - Forget Darien, this is the bigee - The Madness of Men David McVey - Short Story - A Nation Decides Major Bloodnok - Agony Aunt - He knows, you know