Last week I popped up to town to enjoy wine and nibbles at a Stirling University Alumni gathering. What motivates us to go along to these sorts of things I’m not really sure. After all it’s a bit of a schlep to More London, on the South bank next to Tower Bridge. Invariably they’re full of complete strangers, so it’s not about catching-up with old friends. The opportunity for some informal networking is part of the pull. But I think it’s really about revelling in a bit of University nostagia. Spending four years in a place from the age of 18 you get a certain attachment to it. I think it kind of becomes part of your identity. Therefore meeting up with fellow Stirlingites is perhaps good for the soul. If that’s the case then I can’t help feeling that we could do more to enhance the full Stirling experience on the night. Instead of fine wine and canapes we should have had Thunderbird or Buckfast Wine straight from the bottle. Or deep fried mars bars washed down with pints of Heavy. A big cut-out of the Wallace Monument in the corner would be a nice touch. (Anyone who’s been to Stirling will know this impressive landmark dominates the landscape in that part of central Scotland). Anyway, despite the refined surroundings we all got into the Stirling spirit and I look forward to the next one.