Eat Your Heart Out Ugly Betty
I've been looking through some new audience research which tells me that listeners to BBC Radio Scotland would like to hear some more optimistic news in our bulletins and programmes. There's also an appetite for credible Scottish success stories. I stress the word credible because that same research reveals that many of us are a bit cynical of such stories after what happened to the banking industry.
"It looked good on paper, " said one listener in our focus group session, "but it was all smoke and mirrors."
So, in my search for some upbeat news, I scoured my BBC inbox and found the following story about three Scottish students who have.been selected by a panel of external judges to show their work at Graduate Fashion Week in London next week.
Womenswear designers Catherine Duncan (pictured above) from Yorkhill, Carol Tai from Robroyston and Katie Webb from Kirkintilloch will, according to the press release, "each send six stunning creations down the catwalk at Earls Court on Tuesday 9th June amid the glitz and glamour of the UK's fashion capital.
Graduate Fashion Week judges select the best students from fashion schools across the country to show at the event each year, which attracts journalists and fashion scouts from across the globe. The annual event has launched the careers of British designers including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney and had fashion design students snapped up by the likes of Donna Karan, Gucci and Calvin Klein.
The trio, who are final year BA (Hons) Fashion students at Manchester Metropolitan University, all went to Cardonald College in Glasgow. Prior to that Katie attended Lenzie Academy, Carol went to Thomas Muir High School and Catherine to Campbeltown Grammar School. "
All of which goes to prove that there are little bits of good news out there, if you look hard enough for it.