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Norman Myles

Captain Norman Myles (1951) retired from being a River Tay pilot in 1998. He worked for the British India Steam Navigation Company as a cadet when he left Bell Baxter, gained his Master's Certificate with the Ben Line and then joined the Dundee Harbour Trust as Marine Superintendent. In 1972 he joined the Tay Pilot Association. Norman is married and has two sons, a daughter, and one grand-child. He plays golf at Monifieth and Scotscraig and enjoys sailing.

Richie Myles

Richie Myles (1947 approx.) died in February 2000 after a long illness. He belonged to Cupar and entered the legal profession after studying at St Andrews University. He began his career as Clerk to the Police Court in Dundee and later joined the firm of Simpson, Boath, where he became a partner. He ended his career as a member of the firm of Drummond, Myles and Gibson. Richie was a talented pianist and an enthusiast for modern jazz. He was unmarried.

Janina Myskow


BBHS 1960-65

Nina Myskow the TV critic, daughter of Elizabeth Myskow (née Swan qv), was a pupil at Bell Baxter between 1960 and 1965. Nina became the first ever woman editor when she took over that post with Jackie magazine. She was pop writer with The Sun from 1978-82 and television critic with the Sunday People from 1982-84. After time with News of the World, Daily Express and again with The Sun, she is now (1996) consumer columnist with O.K. magazine. She has broadcast frequently on radio and television including appearances with Noel's House Party, GMTV,After Five and Out of Order. Her autobiography, Love, Sex and the Pursuit of Chocolate was published in 1990.nina myskow

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Nina is a keen after dinner speaker and makes regular personal and special guest appearances.

She was educated at Wykeham School, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where she learned to speak Afrikaans (handy for conversing with Belgians), Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, Scotland (essential for perfecting five regional Scots accents) and St Andrews University, where she read English and a lot of trashy novels. She completed the novels but not the degree and embarked on her writing career on the teenage magazine, Jackie.

From this auspicious start, her career deteriorated rapidly via Editor of Jackie (D. C. Thompson's first ever female editor), Pop writer on The Sun, TV critic for The Sunday People, News of the World and Daily Express (six depressing weeks) - to the enviable point where her autobiography LOVE, SEX AND THE PURSUIT OF CHOCOLATE was written by Ros Grose.

She left Fleet Street and writes occasionally for the Mail on Sunday and she will write travel pieces - particularly about Australia - at the drop of an airline ticket.

Nina fuels her shopaholic/chocaholic tendencies and passion for champagne with diverse TV and radio appearances:

Judge on three series of New Faces in the eighties, a regular panellist on Through The Keyhole, resident TV critic on TVS's The Television Show. She co-hosted Anglia Live, a series of discussion programmes, before presenting Now Listen and her own shows, Nina Versus The Rest and Nina, all for BSB. She co-hosted the Love Weekend, a Valentine special which gained the highest ratings for any weekend show on Channel 4.

She has guested on innumerable shows, including Noel's House Party, GMTV, Win Lose or Draw, What's My Line, Kilroy, After Dark, London Live, Sky Travel Show, Out of Order, Bygones, Upfront, Talkabout, After Five, Cluedo, Scruples, Talkback, Wogan, Open, TV Weekly, Late and Live, Celebrity Square, After Dark, People Today (a weekly slot), Central Weekend and the Time The Place (both of which she presented several times) and the James Whale Show.

She sat in regularly for Kirsty Young on Talk Radio Breakfast. She was heard regularly for six years on LBC Radio, had a weekly guest slot on BFBS and has contributed to many shows on Radio 2, 4 and 5 including Woman's Hour, Midweek and Start The Week. She has guest-presented The Breakfast Show on both Radio 2 and GLR and has a regular shot on Nicky Campbell on 5 Live. She presented two editions of Down Your Way for Radio 4, covering Knightsbridge shopping and St Andrews student days (featured on Pick of the Week). 

She presented Taste Testers for Granada Sky Broadcasting and currently presents another four food shows for them - Eat Drink and Be Healthy, The Fast Food Show, Cook's Garden and Microwave Magic - but confesses that her cooking has sadly not improved. She appears regularly on This Morning where she has been a family member for many years. She has had a weekly slot on Live at Three for many years.

David R Nairn

David Nairn entered BBS in 1936. After graduating MA from St Andrews University he went into the building industry.

Jessie M Nairn

University of British Columbia and took part in experiment of teaching oral French in Elementary Grades. Author of Programme and Guide for teachers of Oral French. On Staff of University of British Columbia. Mrs Mikuldo, 4812 Chancellor Boulevard, University Hill, Vancouver, 8. Attended BBS in the 1930s.

Laura Nairn

Laura Nairn (S1) was ranked third in Britain for her age group in Judo in 2010. She achieved this in October at the British championships in Sheffield. She had been the Scottish Judo Champion for the previous four years. She competes at Meadowbank every year and trains three times a week with her coach. She began her judo career at the age of 7.

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