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The Scottish education minister, who has responsibility for getting schools online, says that he has only ever managed to connect his WAP phone to the internet by accident - whilst it was in his trouser pocket. All other attempts failed!

The Mystery Shopping Club

(Operated by's sister site)

Are you a student over 18? Part-time teacher? Parent? Just someone that needs some extra income? Some free food and drinks perhaps? Would you like to pick your own hours? - Casual work is available to you now...

The following is an article taken from Choices Magazine after a visit to the Mystery Shopping Club.

"Wanted: Shopaholic nosey parker with excellent observational skills, a good ear and flexible attitude to part-time work. Anyone can apply. Work available in all areas. Must be prepared to eat free meals, enjoy shopping discounts and visit pubs - and be paid for it."

Believe it or not, the above job advertisement is not as far fetched as it sounds. If you love shopping, you'll be pleased to hear that it's possible to shop for a living. In fact, it's a multi-million pound industry for market research companies who employ "mystery shoppers" to shop up and down the country - all in the name of customer service and research.

There are a number of mystery shopping companies who organise whole armies of professional shoppers on behalf of retailers, pubs, restaurants, banks and other service industries. Their mission? To mingle in, look inconspicuous and file a report on anything from customer service to cleanliness in the restrooms.

If you visit one or two pubs in a night, you'll get your food and drink paid for, travel expenses and you'll be paid anything from £6.00 to £8.00 up for each visit.

But there is one problem with mystery shopping: truly dedicated shoppers never switch off from their work. You'll find yourself compulsively evaluating service and checking ceilings for cobwebs even when you're not on duty. It eventually becomes a part of your life.

To find out more about casual employment opportunities in the "Secret Shopper" industry, please visit's sister site:

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Archived Scottish Education Related Stories in the Media

Children tell survey 'Bananas grow in Scotland'. Many schoolchildren in inner cities think that oranges and bananas grow in Scotland, a survey has revealed. Almost two-thirds of Scottish nine and 10-year-olds who took part claimed that cotton comes from sheep, and more than half thought that oranges were grown in their own country. A total of 15% of pupils thought that bananas grew in Scotland and while 43% said that peaches were produced north of the border ...More from Ananova

Whisky-drinking school opens in Edinburgh. A whisky-drinking school is opening in Edinburgh. The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre hopes to encourage more people to enjoy the drink. It will train bar staff to select the right blend of malt for their customers ...More from Ananova

School becomes cash-free to beat bullies. Edinburgh pupils are to be given swipe cards as a school aims to be a cash-free zone. The plastic cards will enable youngsters to pay bus fares, visit sports centres and buy their lunch. Organisers hope the project will help curb bullying of children for their dinner money ...More from Ananova

'Majority' oppose smacking plan. Most parents in Scotland are opposed to plans to ban the smacking of toddlers, a survey suggests ...More from the BBC

Exams authority faces legal action over fiasco. Scotland's exams body is facing its first legal action for damages from a pupil who was given the wrong results in the exams fiasco of 2000. Lawyers acting on behalf of 18-year-old Claire Bowen believe that the move may open the floodgates for similar claims against the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Miss Bowen is seeking compensation on the basis that the SQA's negligence harmed her academic career ...More from Ananova

Dog dancing classes launched to help pets. A Scotsman is setting up classes to teach dogs how to dance. Eric Ferguson, of Dunblane, believes canine dance classes will improve dogs' learning skills. He says dance classes are a natural extension of agility courses designed to make pets more obedient ...More from Ananova

Library's booze bid for book buffs. Visitors to one of Scotland's most prestigious libraries could soon be able to buy alcohol under plans being drawn up by council bosses. Glasgow City Council wants to install a bar and cafe inside the Mitchell Library to modernise the 19th century building. The council's is planning a strategy to attract more visitors to all the city's libraries ...More from Ananova

Scotland bans smacking youngsters. There has been a mixed reaction by children's charities to a decision by the Scottish Executive to ban parents from smacking youngsters below the age of three. They said the new Scottish Executive proposals were "unworkable" and "do not go far enough" to stamp out physical violence against children ...More from ITN

Exams body in marker inquiry. The Scottish exams body investigates how an unqualified marker was given almost 200 pupils' scripts ...More from the BBC

Mickey Mouse to be subject of university degree course. 60 cartoon professionals and scholars will attend a two-day conference at Glasgow University, reports The Scotsman, to mark the introduction of a course in which students will be encouraged "to study the history of comic strips and what they revealed about society." ...More from What The Papers Say

Text message bullies action call. Scottish education chiefs have been urged to draw up rules limiting the use of mobile phones after reports that some pupils were being bullied via text messages. Children at Stirling High School had mobile phones confiscated after threats of physical violence were sent using the short message service. ...More from the BBC

No Loch for Nessie Search? A team of Nessie hunters hopes to reveal the mystery of Loch Ness as they embark on Operation Cleansweep. But some fear their monster trap will instead end up catching everyday creatures, like otters and seals... More from Wired News

JK Rowling receives honourary degree from University of St Andrews, Fife. "The Harry Potter series started life when Rowling was daydreaming on a train journey to London and the first drafts were written when the now millionaire author was a penniless single mother who scribbled away in Edinburgh cafes to save on heating in her tiny flat" - The Express ...More from What The Papers Say

Scottish Education and Scottish Resources

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  • Cambridge University Strathspey & Reel Club
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  • Inter-city Scot - a list of Scottish country dance events in North America
  • London Highland Club
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