And so back to Galbraith - not Sam but Neil of that ilk. The chairman of the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum is briefly forsaking the Scottish cultural scene to advise the Russians.
His fortnight's trip this month is in recognition of his experience as director of education in the Western Isles. He is joining a multinational team, funded by the World Bank, to advise the Russians on local authority education.
Galbraith's detractors at Stornoway's Nicolson Institute will be intrigued to learn that the financing of teaching staff and devolved school management are among the lessons he will be imparting.