Things are different North of the border. This is Scottish Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop listening to Tommy Smith, with board member Michael Connarty MP looking on, and Martin Kershaw and Paul Towndrow either play or pose for the camera (?) The picture demonstrates the support which the Scottish Government puts behind SNJO.
Meanwhile here down South, hats off to blogger Jack Davies who has been keeping the debate about a National Jazz Orchestra alive HERE
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there's a couple of good comments on jack's blog about the whole thing.