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West meets east. Galbraith (for it is him again) now has the opportunity to hear a rich variety of languages as he commutes from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

He was able to bring his expertise to bear as he launched the Government's response to the Riddell report on special needs (TESS last week).

"Which is it - RIDdell or RidDELL?" he asked a startled Professor Sheila, unused to such direct informality from a minister of the crown.

RidDELL, he was told.

Galbraith immediately spotted the significance - "in the west of Glasgow, it's RIDdell; by the time you get to Edinburgh it's RidDELL."

A noted predecessor of Galbraith's, we recall, went through the same identity crisis with a name remarkably close to Riddell.

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