Elections, elections, elections!!!

Protempore So, there we have it. The local council elections in England completely decimated the Tories who lost 1330 seats and also provided a blow to Labour who were expecting to gain seats rather than lose the 80-odd which they did. Even UKIP lost over 100 seats. Theresa May has consistently said that “the people […]...

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Protempore …

So, who are the friends that will be welcoming us with open arms and rushing to bail us out of the economic mire that we’ve created for ourselves? If, like me, you’re absolutely fed up to the back teeth of Brexit, then don’t bother reading the rest of this article. If, however, you’d like to […]...

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My Beautiful Rodeo

Downtown Denver, all chain stores and free eco-buses, is not the  America Kennedy Wilson is after; he’s here to ride the range At Arrivals in Denver International Airport I am assailed by Native American chanting instead of muzak and enormous blow-ups of those famous Indian chief portraits by photographer Edward Curtis. A passenger walkway takes […]...

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The Poetry of the Absurd

When nothing makes sense, surrealism becomes the new norm claims Colin Montgomery It was the Marx Brothers that started it for me. Or rather, it was my father’s fondness for them that started it. Around Christmas and Hogmanay, BBC2, were desperate to fill the schedules (these were the days before streaming, TV on demand and […]...

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The Catalyst

Katy Nixon’s Short Story Joe woke up slowly, his arms stretching as far as they could above his head. Although he was in the fold down bed of Jules’ study he felt completely relaxed. He knew now he didn’t have to rush. The walls above him were covered in black and white photos that Jules […]...

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Lets Bring Politics Home

Deidre Brock MP for Edinburgh North and Leith Holyrood will be twenty this year. Some of the longer-toothed amongst us remember the days, earlier in this century, when Labour’s Henry McLeish was First Minister of Scotland (if you don’t remember, Google it!). It didn’t end well as he was forced to stand down for sub-letting […]...

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The Flags that Welcome the World

To sing Bambalela, an Africa chant meaning never give up, with people from all walks of life feels to Sally Fraser like a certain kind of blessing  I don’t think we are going to have Cape Verde,” says my husband. “This gentleman is from Cape Verde, I don’t think there will be a flag for […]...

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The law of unexpected consequences

Mark Young on ‘giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected’ I never consume news. Except maybe once a year. For ten minutes or so. But I’m all over the tech podcasts, so if there’s a big cultural burst of bad news, I’ll doubtless hear of it.  Apparently, some […]...

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100 years of the Noble Art

Gordon Munro on a venerable and productive Leith institution Round 1 In 1919 a bunch of workers at Ramage & Ferguson in Victoria Dock Leith concerned at the evils of social deprivation, high unemployment and a need to provide activities for local youth purchased an old Army hut, establishing a sports club in at Marine […]...

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When #IndyRefNew Happens

MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith BenMacpherson What does the future hold? It’s a question we all think about once in a while, especially at key moments in our lives like before leaving school, starting a new job, settling down or moving to a new place. A degree of uncertainty in life is inevitable, sometimes […]...

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The organ that keeps itself sick

People assume that I use a lot of cannabis, and they’re probably right. Says, rather startlingly, Dan Collins, read on From the minute I wake up until I go to bed I’m on the clock, work 6 days a week, even my day off is often interrupted by business. I’m not complaining, in fact I […]...

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My Prisoner Tag

SpringFitness by Tracy Griffen zzzzz zzzz. The vibration from my wristband wakes me from a deep slumber. I won’t tell you my dreams, but this is what dreams (or nightmares) are made of. My heart rate, I’m told, is 51bpm. Nice and low start to the day. As my steps are measured down the hall […]...

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Farewell to a docker’s daughter

Lawrence Lettice looks back over the, often sad, life of his mother Sheila who passed away on Hogmanay Among the many presents I gifted to my Mum during her last Christmas, was a DVD copy of the Walt Disney classic Bambi. It had always been a particular favourite from the very first day she saw […]...

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An honest appraisal & a clear plan

I’m lucky in that I’ve always had health and fitness in my life, however I can honestly say that my perspective, experience and even participation has changed many times. What really got me started in competition and coaching was a particularly inspiring teacher who ran our athletics club and had me hooked when she told […]...

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