CLASSIFICATION: [PUBLIC] Automatic ReplyRe: Illegal building no pl prm Sorn Castle Fergus Menzies Campbell[mp] ‘mcintyre’ +Julia Foster Cadogan woodroffe ‘tory pr staff holyrood-To submittoplanning@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

Public Interest:

CLASSIFICATION: [PUBLIC]

On Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 1:10 p.m. Gavin and Sam Khan-McIntyre, <gavinandsamrainbowmedia@gmail.com> wrote:
On Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 12:53 p.m. Gavin and Sam Khan-McIntyre,  wrote: Illegal building no pl prm Sorn Castle Fergus Menzies Campbell[mp] ‘mcintyre’ +Julia Foster Cadogan woodroffe ‘tory pr staff holyrood-To John.hamilton@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
On Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 12:56 p.m. Gavin and Sam Khan-McIntyre, <gavinandsamrainbowmedia@gmail.com> wrote:
On Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 12:53 p.m. Gavin and Sam Khan-McIntyre, <gavinandsamrainbowmedia@gmail.com> wrote:
Illegal building no pl prm Sorn Castle Fergus Campbell ‘mcintyre+Julia Foster Cadogan woodroffe
Show quoted text
Error Icon
——— Forwarded message ———-
From: Gavin and Sam Khan-McIntyre <gavinandsamrainbowmedia@gmail.com>
To: John.hamilton@south-ayrshire.gov.uj, David Moss <pianoforteprof@gmail.com>, faze12200@yahoo.co.uk, “cc: Faze122000@yahoo.co.uk” <Faze122000@yahoo.co.uk>, Clan MacIntyre Trust <2018@macintyregathering.com>, Gacvin mcintyre <Love5months@gmail.com>, type3old@gmail.comSpa.24@live.comcontact@marygladstone.co.uk, sam khan-mcintyre <quasimodo2009@live.co.uk>, Rainbow Publishing Enterprises <Worzel360@gmail.com>, Robinson joyce <literary@att.net>, submittoplanning@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Cc:
Bcc:
Show quoted text

acknowledgement as confirmation that we have received your enquiry.

As the team receives a significant amount of correspondence daily, your

e-mail will be reviewed as quickly as possible.

It may also be necessary for some investigation into the issues raised

which could take time.

If the matter is urgent you may wish to telephone our office on 01563 576790 or call in person to our Reception

Desk for advice or further assistance.

Regards,

Development Management Team.

 

************************************************************************************

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. Please read our full terms and conditions.

Show quoted text

On Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 12:53 p.m. Gavin and Sam Khan-McIntyre,  wrote: Illegal building no pl prm Sorn Castle Fergus Menzies Campbell[mp] ‘mcintyre’ +Julia Foster Cadogan woodroffe ‘tory pr staff holyrood-To John.hamilton@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
On Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 12:56 p.m. Gavin and Sam Khan-McIntyre, <gavinandsamrainbowmedia@gmail.com> wrote:
On Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 12:53 p.m. Gavin and Sam Khan-McIntyre, <gavinandsamrainbowmedia@gmail.com> wrote:
Illegal building no pl prm Sorn Castle Fergus Campbell ‘mcintyre+Julia Foster Cadogan woodroffe
Further to phone call with Rachael Houston at E-Ayrshire Council planning-thank you,

Sam and Gavin Khan-McIntyre

Show quoted text
Show quoted text

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Gavin and Sam Khan-McIntyre <gavinandsamrainbowmedia@gmail.com>
To: John.hamilton@south-ayrshire.gov.uj, David Moss <pianoforteprof@gmail.com>, faze12200@yahoo.co.uk, “cc: Faze122000@yahoo.co.uk” <Faze122000@yahoo.co.uk>, Clan MacIntyre Trust <2018@macintyregathering.com>, Gacvin mcintyre <Love5months@gmail.com>, type3old@gmail.comSpa.24@live.comcontact@marygladstone.co.uk, sam khan-mcintyre <quasimodo2009@live.co.uk>, Rainbow Publishing Enterprises <Worzel360@gmail.com>, Robinson joyce <literary@att.net>, submittoplanning@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Cc:
Bcc:

Show quoted text
Advertisements

DANIEL RCHANDLER GMC COMPLAINTS REPORTS -THEY LIKE HARRAING FEMAEL as usual-Even get special treatment to do so!! Reported to GMC, Glasgow University Courts, they prefer whites males,lecturers staff themselves seem to see it as some sort of duty to treat girls like objects to be scualy abused-usu whites sluts- then cause me probs w their scummy lives- dont think s! NOT my job to help THEIR whores lasses! eg Kisty:dumped by clacssics lecturer Gla-’98-then dont rub your probs on me, ask the medics who locked HER up,nothingt o do w me, dont want to be friends +used abused w their dumbo discards rejects who cant look after themselves then their parents take them away leaving me in pain, same w Mcintyres w gavin and I married 10 yrs- dont think these Nazis can wreck Our lives for that Rechy’s filthy moolah, trash allowed to incestuosly abuse MY husband secretly/ steal wgat she can lay her Disg. White paws on, to get away w crimes bc white?! whites scum always get pref treatment even primary school-aged 4, my friend moved school they got white in two yrs after we beall beenat school for staff treating me like dirt in favoutr of their dumb blonde thats how they make them rascist then NOT my job to chase their scum, nor hwlp their whores as Fran Watspnin RCP, then that disgusting Daniel and chandler harassed receiving special treatment for it, he total idiote chav at Glasgow!! GAVIN BEING MY lovely husband-not this time-am not four, close to 40 and ddont want to be targeted this december by kerb crawling plce scum, not chrstian not ill-(just bc that frans whores f buddy 10 aged 21whn she 16-dialegedly died on MY 17th bday ‘party’AT HER HOUSE- IHE IN IRELAND CAR ACCIDENT-PROB STONED KNOWING THM, NONE OF MY CONCERN,NENER MET HET HER PIMP-HE OUHHT TO PAY HER, DONT AKE MY MONEY IN rcp- THEN ABUSE ME YRS EVEN HER SCUMMY PARENTS THEY PAY FOR HER OK AND RETURNMY ND FAMILYS FUNDS AND LOCK THEIR STINKY WHORE OF A JUNKIE FAILURE KID DONT EXPECT ME TO CHASE WHAT IS MONE FROM HER MY MONEY FRIENDS LIFE THEN ABUSE ATTACK ME FOR IT CONTIOUS ABUSES BY THEIR STATE SINCE rECHY ALL WHIR=TES SAME STAEL WHAT IS MONE THEN ATTACK ME- TRY TO GET ME PHISYSIACCLY TO THEIR HOUSE TO ABUSE ME AND THREATEN W AUTHORITIE LIE FRAN, FRAN WAS 18-RECHY NR 80 TOIAL THEIVING WHORES ALL THEIR LIVES W THEUR SCUMMY THEIVING CHARLIES JUNKIES TO ‘PROTECT THEM’/ THEIR DISG says nazi PIGS+ NHS:ALL SECRETS DONT THINK SO! THEY WANT TO HE WHOLE WOT TO KNOW WHAT SCUMMY ARESELHELS THEY ARE- WOULD’T EVEMN LIKE TO GO DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL TO WRITE ABOUT THESE SCUMS-THEY READ SUM MIRROR MAIL, MCINTYRES RECHY, TOTAL DUMBOS-CANT BELIEVE IT- SEEMS THEIR FNY TALK EH-AND THAT’S IT OH AND STOP CHASING Me! Disg. RECHY LESBO TO MAKE IT SEEM Like Nothing ANYTHING FROM THAT GROTBAG-UGH RETURN WHAT IS MINE AND GAVINS -WE -am no reason then finally got me in Ayrshire on behalf on their whilte male disgusing usless chav for my money+abuse bodies-white state pervs, wrecking gavin + I marriage since bc we happy, on bhalf of their medics, Julia foster woodruff cadogan McIntyre Tory PR+that Ruth Davidson disgusting Nazi schav whore forcing me and non-whites friends to help’help’ her and her while males for a blonder/ fairer white amnesty international, getting ‘spedcial treatment’ demeaning others for r money,they looking to berascsit nazi practioners at Amnesty international Glasgow?!and since Holyrood/scotgov, while My lovely husband Gavin locked up four yrs we not even allowed to talk with plce +nhs staff threats attacks abuses ongoing when we get in touch or try to mcintyresabusing our marriage steaing from flat funds-all to force us ,abuse us to ‘believe’ in their stuuuupid ‘medicine’ lies! don’t think so- they don’t let ppl out until theuir take meds, ‘believe’ in meds, become dirty whore sluts through staff abuse in those places and tell staff where tyhey going for lifetime of stalkkig purposes! don’t think so-not this time, thety though 4 yrs aghosince I graduated MA in journalism and at work, they thought they coulsget into andwreck my life for their PR purposes-we don’t believe in treamtn nor meds- never mind what the pigs and nhs sent to the papers with maybe 100 media stories +illegal stolen id photos-house rannasaked many times illegal trespass alos illegal for them to publish our address and hand it over to plc so they can harass us-even london jan black medics worst lowlife disgusting scum-do anyhing to get ‘status’w whites-esp thta dr Ayriku Gavins prev black medic in ayrshire nadhis colleauge julius, totally wrecking our lives insults + they up Rechy’s arse Fergus monger menzies Campbell son, he’s even in Victoria Wood show, the ‘who me never guy’ eugh!yep exactement-Rechy total liar bribing them, prob took them to her bed knowing that slut-bc she cruel hates MY LOVELY husband-we cxant eaist until she dead meat but we have to be quick as we plannig children for yrs- peace when she gone-if spot her call sorn kirt for their excorcist, serioiusly,she evenlook like a dirty old haggis with that black + purple visage-in terms of health LIES-bc our rascists nazis whites media scumbag colleages +employers don’t want to pay what is owed+they dead inferior write about loos?! Riiight. They frauds don’t even deserve pay -up nhs+plce frauds ases-see the Herald Glasgow-oages of NHS adverts-refuse to pay ME for work commissioned/ even published! total propaganda time+money studies waster s’ from their Own Ancients Scots univs! Nazis-recycled ‘news’ bribed to put pieces in ‘news’ on how much they up the nhs + plc ‘behinds’-right! Total chavs, no decent person would want to work with these lowlives anyway-only one token female usu. in these white workplace-for their perverted scl harassment purposes-end of – OH+AS ILLITERTE SCUM CAN’T READ THE OLD ANGLAIS GET OED+GAVINS PROPER SALARY +STAFF INCL SUB.

Skip to content
Skip to content

List of Registered Medical Practitioners

Ignore Link
Help

Ignore Link
Site navigation
• Search Again?
• Refine Search
• Results
• Doctor Details
• Doctor History

Ignore Link
Doctor Details
Results of search on: 22 Aug 2018 at 13:57:53. The details shown are valid at the date and time of the search only.
• GMC Reference Number
6128499
• Given Names
Daniel Richard
• Surname
Chandler
• Gender
Man
• Status
Registered with a licence to practise; this doctor is on the Specialist Register

More Details
• Primary Medical Qualification
MB ChB 2005 University of Glasgow

• Provisional Registration Date
31 Jul 2005
• Full Registration Date
01 Aug 2006
• Specialist Register entry date
Public health medicine From 22 Feb 2013
• GP Register entry date
This doctor is not on the GP Register
• Revalidation Information
This doctor is subject to revalidation

• Training Information
This doctor is a trainer recognised by the GMC

• Information for Employers View information for Employers

Ignore Link
• Browsealoud

• Print View

________________________________________
The GMC is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089278) and Scotland (SC037750).
© Copyright General Medical Council 2010. All rights reserved
Disclaimer and Privacy Statement
• Disclaimer
• Privacy Statement

Feedback
Select an element on the page.

List of Registered Medical Practitioners
Help
Site navigation
Search Again?
Refine Search
Results
Doctor Details
Doctor History

Doctor History
Results of search on: 22 Aug 2018 at 14:12:04. The details shown are valid at the date and time of the search only.

GMC Reference Number
6128499
Given Names
Daniel Richard
Surname
Chandler
Gender
Man
Primary Medical Qualification
MB ChB 2005 University of Glasgow

Registration and licensing history since 20 October 2005

From
To
Status
16 Nov 2009

Registered with a licence to practise
01 Aug 2006
16 Nov 2009
Registered
20 Oct 2005 (explain this)
01 Aug 2006
Provisionally registered

Browsealoud

Print View

The GMC is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089278) and Scotland (SC037750).
© Copyright General Medical Council 2010. All rights reserved
Disclaimer and Privacy Statement
Disclaimer
Privacy Statement
Feedback

Select an element on the page.

Tory Holyrood PR Nazis Julia McIntyre, Foster Woodruff+millionaire Cadogan family from London, (aka thevonly Tory in Scotland, uselss retweeter, bribe her way there yah, with the other Ruth NaziChav scum, ‘colleague’ from Glasgow, only int in a fairer blonder Amnesty Int society 2000+fairer ‘tory party in Scotland too,prob that Julia wrote that Nazi pr crap for her-Ruth not even a tory, proper chav alky bc me + friends didn’t invite her to any parties at Glasgow bc she rascist scum)! these scum ppl only int in non-whites for R money + ‘help’ users exploit us, Amnesty Int good place for Ruth to meet foreign non white to exploit or so she thought! We not stupid, we have noreason to help these rascists nazi whites, usu stupid too, sooneed help, same since primary school, forced to help dumbo white trash while they get paid and we dont, youd think they havetthe brains to grow out of that by the time these morons reach univ, even at russel group and Ruth was in yr 4- they get worse and worse, NOT her society, who cares whethershe and her sidekick informer felellow nazi Julia would like a fairer society, NOT their society!) and Me and Mine not helping them to abuse usas is their wont know the type,make life hell for others that is all, no reason they to get better treatment just bc they white and inferior as they’ve proved themsoves to be, if they were any good at anything they would not have to resort tov racially motivated bullying scum tactics, Gavfin and I don’t, we happy, so, its either bully and be abused forced to help these scum raciall abuse you or get locked up? don’t think so, thesescum been reported to foreign office and home office as we aremilitary and also dual national, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO GO REGULATIONS MILITARY AVE A CHOISEIN THE MATTER, WE DONT NEED TO BE LOCKED UP AND ABUSED FOR BEING ‘bRITISH’ WE KNOW WE NOT ‘ONE OF THEM’ N=BEEN HAMMERED INTO US, WE GET IT, CAN WE GO KNOW, WE ARE HAPPY, NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD FROM NAZI UK STTE AUTHORITIES RACIAL PERSECUTION AN LACK OF PAY FOR ANY WORK DONE EVEN AT UNIV! FOREIN STUDENTS LUCKY, THEY GET OUT OF RASCISM ABUSES BY UNIV AND GO HOME TO THEIR LOVELY VOUNTRIES WITH NICE FREINDS FAMILY AND GOOD JOBS W GOOD MOEY, UNLIKE US STUCK IN UK, WITH WHITE LIKE JULIA TAKING r JOBS AND MEDIA EVENCRAPPY JOBS REFUSE TO PAY, ONE TOIEPITCHED FOR FREELANCE WORK AT Ayrshire POST, SOME SCUM OVER PHONE SAID YOU NOT TAKING OUR JOBS?!! NOT HELPING EITHER, WOULD BE DEAD BY NOW IF FORCED CONTINUED TO HELP UK SCUM,ESPI NTHE THEIR HSPTL AND PRISONS WHERE YOU MEET HTE WHITE TRASH, EVEN GLA STUDENTS SLUTS WITH THEIR LECTUTER AFFAIRS, THEY NOT MY JOB, STAFF THEIR PARENTS JOB,STOP USING ME OK! OWE ME KIRSTY AND HER CKASSICS LECTER GLASGOW SCUM AND HER FILTHY SOCIAL WORKER SLUT OF A MOTHER AND HER AS USU WHITES ABSENTFAHTER, THEY HAVE FORCED ME TO RETURN THEIR RASCISM THESE HWITE TRASH, TZKEN AKLL OUR LOVE AND HAPPINESS OVER THEY ERAS FROM MY AMILY AND FRIENDS EVEN LOCKED MY LOVELY HUSBAND UPLAST FOUR YRSS, BC WE HAPPY THEY XANT HADLE IT, WE NOT GOING TO DIE FOR THESE TRASH, WE ARE GOING HOMED, FOREIGN OFFICE TO HELP US GET OUT OF UK AND gAVIN HOME FROM gOSFORHT nhs LOCKED UP IN SEMI PRISON NO REASON NOT EVEN ALLOWED RTO VISIT OR PHONE, JUST THAT FILTHY BULLY HAG rECHY, W NOTNIG NICE TO SAY TO ANYONE! gAVIN HATES HER, I HATE HEWR, HATE THE MCINTYRES NADMAY rECHYS PIG OF A PARTENR, THEY NOT EVEN MARRIED, USU DIRTY CATHLOCS HS WIFE NOT SUICIDE AS HE SAID, URSULA WATSON ALIVE, POLYGAMOUS ALLEGED DIVORCES WITHAFFAIR W OLIVIA, GOSFOTHT CHIRCH CAFE- BAKERY-CATHOLIC CHURCH LIES TOCOVER UP, THEY CAN ANUL THEIR OWN NON MARRIAGE AND STOP ABUSING US, ALL WHITE BRITS LIKE THAT, FOR TWENTY YRSM GET WORSE AND WORSE, THEYSAUY WE NOT ALL LIKE THAT, BUT THEY ARE, HURTIN ME AND MY HUSBAND FOR BEING HAPPY!) FORIGHN OFFICE GET US HOME PLUS EMIGRATION cABNADA,WE CAN GO ,THEY TOLD US WHEN WE EMIGRATED 10 YRS AG,CANT FORSE US TO RETURN,WE NOT MCINTYRES PETS!))bc useless inferiors proved this)+ mentslly ill and suicidal, poor?! Wierdo nutter cant afford OUR taxes in France; don’t think even she know what she’s talking about, never mind anybody else, seems to havegot that job off the back of Gavin MY husband allegedly being ILL, as scard bc he well, does not like to lose a job her father seems to have paid for, same with her partner Fergus, idiote same as her, junkie failure at Eton,ought ot be on welfare, white Nazis get jobsand funds, even R private funds, NOT ok for then to abuse us + demand help-DONT EVEN GO THERE< NOT OK O AAK ME NOR MY HUSBAND FOR ANYTHING<NOT EVEN INCESSANT MIDLESSQUESTIONS<U NAZI SCUM GET OVER IT_not ok for such usless shites to be running the country while Gavin and I and any educated intelligent talented postgradutes (more educ than them! no pay though, exp educ +media training-took R money and time, leave us for dead then- even have to go home, ok we going 'home' we happy emigrated already, don't bring us back not this time just to abuse us, no reason for MY husband locked up all these yrs while they _their state bribed to persecute the life out of us -ok we foreign, we going 'home' them, what's the prob, no one left for these Nazis to suck the life out of in this stupid country eh?! You shold see their brat, ADHD or what!This country and the West going down the pan, prob is I suppose these whites Nazis have nowere to go home eh ha ha, they can stay w their scummy mummy rechy prtestant prostiturte hag+demons of Christ-she'll teach them hah=a- she left school w nothing, they and nhs plce + govt+ their legal networksuck up to her for R money!nazi scum then don't ask the lies of me for help then abuse us bc we better than themand they ont want to pay for anything owed to us steal froom usinstead, total frauds,the lucky ones have already left, all our forighn friends ot a short sharp shock of rascsim for their money, gavin _ I lucky to be alive the way we've been abused +persecuted by the McIntyres + state nazis targets for yrs, they hate us then don't even let us leave, no sense in that! Gavin + I cannot help these frauds the UK+West has gone, was never civilised-they don't even want to happy-just to cause misery and suffering on us happy ppl-their jealousy makes them too lazy to help themselves-they only know how to cause pain, it's all they ever taught us. So its all they're getting now, they can't handle it am sure.Gavin + I know better than most + we allowed to leave, our choice home office regulations for military families.OH AND THE MCINTYRES AND MAYS CAN RETURN OUR TEWN THOUSAND FROM OUR FLAT RENTAL, TEN THOUSAND FROM STOLEN PROPERTY AND TGRESAPSS, TEN THOUSAND FROM SAME IN 2009 AND WHAT WE SPENT SAVINDS, IN CANADA DUE TO THEIR ABUSES,10,000 INHERITANCE AND our FLAT STOP THERIN=VING TRESPASS, rECHY GOING TO JAIL IN THE XTATES WHERE IT IS ILLEGAL TO STEAL OTHER PPLS PARTNETS OR THEIR PROPERTY, ESP PEEDOS LIKE HER! NOT LIKE FILTHY IMMORAL NAZI UK! TOTLA TRASH JUST BC LIVE IN BIG HOUSES NAD MATESWITH PIGS AND BRIBE GOVT/NHS/LEH=GAL AUTHORITIES MAKES THEM WORSE THAN ANYBODY, EVERYBODY ESP LOCALS IN SCOTLAND SCARED OF THESE GANGSTERS, SO OUR AFRAID TO HELP US,GAVINONE TIME EVEN CALLED THEM GANGSTERS BEFIRE WE MET, rECHY HAG LOCKED HIM UP ALL THE TIME FOR NO REASON,TO ABUSE HIM +PROSTUITUE PIMP HIM IMMORAL LIKE HER BC HES AN ANGEL. tHEY ABUSE US IN HSPTL, BC SINCE TEENS NEVER HAD ANYBODY THEN,NOT ALLOWED ANYBODY NOW,ABUSE ATTACK USAT WORK, OUR FRIENDS, STUDIES, MONEY, ONLY ALLOWED WELFARE TAKE THAT TOO,ESP SAVINGS ANYTHING VALUABLE COMPUTERS CAMERS, WEDDING RINGS! WRITING,ALL SORTS-STATE TARGETS, NOT EVEN CHRISTIANS BC OK FOR CHRISTIANS RELIGIONS TO BE SKUT IMMORAL SCUM-WE COULDE BE DEAD THEWAY THEY TREAT US, WE ARTISTS NOT FIHHTERS, DONT EVEN KNOW HOW TO FIGHT-DONT LERN THAT AT SCHOOL WHEN YOU TOP OF THE CLASS+POSH+NOT WHITE LIKE THEM SCUM-U CAN SENSE THEIR HATRED,WHERE ARE WE SUPPOSED O GO ESP WHEN THEY DONT PAY AT WORK! FURTHER ATTACKS ABUSES HOSPITAL INEVITAVBLE ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY PROWLING FOR CHRISTMANS VICTIMS, SO MAY TIMES, ESP AS MY BIRTHDAY DECEMBER TOO AND NOT CHRSITIAN WHILE THE CHRISTIANS HAVE A DAY OFF AND GO HOME, NOT SICK THEN EH?! SO Stuuuupid-WITH THEIR OBLIGATORY BOTTLE OF SHAMPOO AS CMAS PRESENT?RIIIIGHT! BC THOSE DEMONS OF CHRIST ONLY INTERESTED IN HIS BIDY, PROBABLY ATE IT, NO VICTUALS AFTER THE LAST SUPPER AND NO-ONE LEFT TO MAKE FISHY MIRACES-THESE SCUM CAN KEEP THEIR STUPID GULT TO THEMSELVES THANK YOUDISGUTING PPL -WE NOT PRIESTS-GET IT!THEIR PROBLEM IS THEY OUGHT TO LEAVE CHITS BODY ALONE FILTHY TRASH SLUTTY 'CHRSTIANS' HE WOULD NOT APPRECIATE HIS BODY USED AS PORN- SURE- AND INCESTOUS LIKE FOR THEIR SCUMMY IDIRTY MOTHERS- SO THEY HAVE NO TIME FOR PARTNERS, GUILTY SCUM ME AND GAVIN DONT WANT THEIR DIRT WE NOT PRIESTS GET IT-NOT IN OUR NAME EVEN JESUS WOULD HATE THEM TOTAL DISG USERS

Toootally Rechy Cmas at Eachwick Hall -ugh-from 2010Rechydemon visage covered completely in bruises, Charles dom dum violence,
w Julia McIntyre , cadogon family, big secret while she whie ges about peniies all the time while her ppl millionares, scubad =does not deserve sypmpthy or anything bc they rich and steal r funds and lie and bully gavin and i, illness lies-excuses hopr[italisation bc they rascists scum, refuse to allow us to be happy, totslly illegal frauds when falsely keeping ppl ill and bribibing plice and nhs- otherwise whytg they always compliaing about money, where do all those millions go if not on state protection bribes!foster woodruff miilionaire racuist Nazi /Tory PR at Holyrood and bully yrs, even since univ- alaysliesa about nomoney ,cant afford taxes ,when WE moving to france not her! bc Gavin ok, rascist whre scared to lose her ‘job’ useless pr, at Holyrood bc we well ,she crazy suicidal heard all bout he mental illness , then her stinky pner Fergus leadindus on yrs, w rest of mcintyres about R funds then abusing us refusing to return in 2014 when planned to,bc we dontsuck up to such lowlives ridiculous rascists abusive demeaning and detrimental demands, making r life hell for yrs, bc we happy and emigrated, that Julia never happy, even at 19! worse and worse, then dobs MY husband in to hurt us 2014 and 08, when we married and emigrated, bc rascist Nazi btch not happy, jealous bc we ok, and mated that ruth Davidson MSP, Nazi pfrom amnesty international, only helped whiteson comitee, hates us, got her blonde fairer society whilte got that D chandler to harass me sclly foryrs, bc me and my friends refused to ‘help’ these scum so off they have any white sluts they can get hold of, esp riends as he said to pit themagaint each other, like we care, that Julia would support ruth raistnazi tory party, lose her ‘job ‘ (only got that through contacts family paid for – it seems same as fergus not bright, while univ esp scotlnd take asian students ,foreiners ok they go home-to nice ppl and good jobs while we get locked up only_+expected to help these usless scum like Julia, know swhat they were were up to when they got us to meet at Glasgow when I was 18-totsl users, whites only rascists,not helping these idiots, useless, not my jo, nothing in it for me to help them, too many probs if forced to! bc they inferior bottomless pits, gav and I donnot getting sucked into these uselss shits lives, if they want anything they pay me and gavin, ok, our r=creit, b=not for anymous usless d=scumwhite wealthy usless nazislike Julia, mp,tory pr jobs cheap two a pneyy, mpspartners job to help them, not Julia’s, slut, nor moine, not my and gs country, we military bats going hone, as they wanted anyway, now refuse to let us leave?!! gosh!western ciilastion is dead, it ate itself, canibilsticgerms!?!-just to use and abuse us, andfor r money, not evenjob, take us bc we brighter than their white shits, doid not go to univ to help these nazi dogs dont think so!if me and gavin ok and emigrate yah….hate the way always whiging esp about her lack of money,disgusting asking for sympathy and help -total rascists users, make ussick!when refuse to return r funds trespass and steal from our prop, allegedly g ill in hsptl, aeven from our account, totlly disg when her family Cadogan and woodruff in London millionares, total scum after extra funds to fund their junkie habits + pertrol money so this idiote can drive a couple of metres to ‘work’ every dayand her abusive partner bully, horrible to me and G all those yrs- can burn it all on fuel for vehicles racib=ng rascist purposes to destroy R planet-who knows what hes up to at artemis Mitsubishi, they sem to have gor greenpeace on their side, must be bribing them, eg see Gamesan project, when I interviewd them for reporting journalism purposes, not even knowing at the time that Fergus fungus was involved in it, he said they destroying plls liveswith artemis Mitsubishi going into arms trade, seemsthat useless Julia, nothing but silly retweets from her virtually anonymous life and strangely anymous secretive life, seems she only got the jb bc of her family and whiteness, seems they paid for her to worlk at Holyrood as is often the case insuch circumstances when business and certain wealthy ppl influencing policy for their own ends.wouldnt bother me if they dindt ty to mess up mine and gavins lives and happiness wherever they can rascists Nazis, while cleaning all their probs on us, don’t think so, we have no reason to keep their dity little secrets,esp while they broadcast to the naziauthoriities if we mention ANY isuue, however small, two-faced Nazi scum, esp when they themselves casue us probs, esp by withholding money, forcingus to starve even when we were abroad yrs ago-we had plenty of funds state took it due to illness and their thefts, further abuse from McIntyre scum,who like to cause probs then blame ‘illness’ what illness,if anyone sick its Julia , heard all about her mental pros, safe bc she white, police and nhs wont attack her as random targets, unlike me and g, she safe behing massive fence while her and mcintyrestrespass steal from us ret ut r flat behing r back,nothig 4 us g locked up, we cold for yrs- Julia ought to be in that situation not me and gavin, we did all the right things, even moreeducated than them, nothing much we can do if they wont pay, work media wont pay yrs ,even student loans were delqayecevery yr, leavind one open to attacks abuses from plce authorities random taregts, they don’t pay to drag u on concrete to hsptl noreason and force u to listen to and help their lecturuer sluts like kirty w classics lectuter Glasgow- she got dumped, don’t want her disg probs only to get dumped by her and her social w hag of a mother so they can pick on some guy and do it all over agin and leave me in the lurchm locke meand mine up NO reason, esp at their filthy cmas time, and my birthday dec too.even my 3oth, in Ireland plce attacks customs, terrorist suspect three months for nothing, while rechy and mcintyres abusing mand our marriage ‘secretly in hsptl, bc plc took him there,they tske onle look at us and bank hsptl prison time?! even on r happy honeymmon- did not realise how rascist this country was, did noy understand it until 4 yrs ago when mcintyres efusedto pay as panne and MY husband locked up- they want us to diefrom rascism yah? great education, they should run degree subjestsin it along w curry cooking, bc most of us pstgraduated in arts aren’t going to get anywhere fast in this dumbo sicko country,can we go, asia far better,allways was, white nazisobseesed w it, e have nothing for them from there, they have noting for us here, gavin and I don’t owe them anthying, don’t know why they expect everything from us w noting in return for us! ask them to pay up they lock you out, totsl scum! oh and best to avoid their filthy cmases, don’t target me not sick no hsptl thanks, not chrstisan,get the mess pgsm bc cmas a good time for them to get their kit off for their own availability free for all disgutingness in the name of Christ yah!! Christ would hate them am sure of it

 

Tory Holyrood PR Nazis Julia McIntyre, Foster Woodruff+millionaire Cadogan family from London, (aka thevonly Tory in Scotland, uselss retweeter, bribe her way there yah, with the other Ruth NaziChav scum, ‘colleague’ from Glasgow, only int in a fairer blonder Amnesty Int society 2000+fairer ‘tory party in Scotland too,prob that Julia wrote that Nazi pr crap for her-Ruth not even a tory, proper chav alky bc me + friends didn’t invite her to any parties at Glasgow bc she rascist scum)! these scum ppl only int in non-whites for R money + ‘help’ users exploit us, Amnesty Int good place for Ruth to meet foreign non white to exploit or so she thought! We not stupid, we have noreason to help these rascists nazi whites, usu stupid too, sooneed help, same since primary school, forced to help dumbo white trash while they get paid and we dont, youd think they havetthe brains to grow out of that by the time these morons reach univ, even at russel group and Ruth was in yr 4- they get worse and worse, NOT her society, who cares whethershe and her sidekick informer felellow nazi Julia would like a fairer society, NOT their society!) and Me and Mine not helping them to abuse usas is their wont know the type,make life hell for others that is all, no reason they to get better treatment just bc they white and inferior as they’ve proved themsoves to be, if they were any good at anything they would not have to resort tov racially motivated bullying scum tactics, Gavfin and I don’t, we happy, so, its either bully and be abused forced to help these scum raciall abuse you or get locked up? don’t think so, thesescum been reported to foreign office and home office as we aremilitary and also dual national, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO GO REGULATIONS MILITARY AVE A CHOISEIN THE MATTER, WE DONT NEED TO BE LOCKED UP AND ABUSED FOR BEING ‘bRITISH’ WE KNOW WE NOT ‘ONE OF THEM’ N=BEEN HAMMERED INTO US, WE GET IT, CAN WE GO KNOW, WE ARE HAPPY, NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD FROM NAZI UK STTE AUTHORITIES RACIAL PERSECUTION AN LACK OF PAY FOR ANY WORK DONE EVEN AT UNIV! FOREIN STUDENTS LUCKY, THEY GET OUT OF RASCISM ABUSES BY UNIV AND GO HOME TO THEIR LOVELY VOUNTRIES WITH NICE FREINDS FAMILY AND GOOD JOBS W GOOD MOEY, UNLIKE US STUCK IN UK, WITH WHITE LIKE JULIA TAKING r JOBS AND MEDIA EVENCRAPPY JOBS REFUSE TO PAY, ONE TOIEPITCHED FOR FREELANCE WORK AT Ayrshire POST, SOME SCUM OVER PHONE SAID YOU NOT TAKING OUR JOBS?!! NOT HELPING EITHER, WOULD BE DEAD BY NOW IF FORCED CONTINUED TO HELP UK SCUM,ESPI NTHE THEIR HSPTL AND PRISONS WHERE YOU MEET HTE WHITE TRASH, EVEN GLA STUDENTS SLUTS WITH THEIR LECTUTER AFFAIRS, THEY NOT MY JOB, STAFF THEIR PARENTS JOB,STOP USING ME OK! OWE ME KIRSTY AND HER CKASSICS LECTER GLASGOW SCUM AND HER FILTHY SOCIAL WORKER SLUT OF A MOTHER AND HER AS USU WHITES ABSENTFAHTER, THEY HAVE FORCED ME TO RETURN THEIR RASCISM THESE HWITE TRASH, TZKEN AKLL OUR LOVE AND HAPPINESS OVER THEY ERAS FROM MY AMILY AND FRIENDS EVEN LOCKED MY LOVELY HUSBAND UPLAST FOUR YRSS, BC WE HAPPY THEY XANT HADLE IT, WE NOT GOING TO DIE FOR THESE TRASH, WE ARE GOING HOMED, FOREIGN OFFICE TO HELP US GET OUT OF UK AND gAVIN HOME FROM gOSFORHT nhs LOCKED UP IN SEMI PRISON NO REASON NOT EVEN ALLOWED RTO VISIT OR PHONE, JUST THAT FILTHY BULLY HAG rECHY, W NOTNIG NICE TO SAY TO ANYONE! gAVIN HATES HER, I HATE HEWR, HATE THE MCINTYRES NADMAY rECHYS PIG OF A PARTENR, THEY NOT EVEN MARRIED, USU DIRTY CATHLOCS HS WIFE NOT SUICIDE AS HE SAID, URSULA WATSON ALIVE, POLYGAMOUS ALLEGED DIVORCES WITHAFFAIR W OLIVIA, GOSFOTHT CHIRCH CAFE- BAKERY-CATHOLIC CHURCH LIES TOCOVER UP, THEY CAN ANUL THEIR OWN NON MARRIAGE AND STOP ABUSING US, ALL WHITE BRITS LIKE THAT, FOR TWENTY YRSM GET WORSE AND WORSE, THEYSAUY WE NOT ALL LIKE THAT, BUT THEY ARE, HURTIN ME AND MY HUSBAND FOR BEING HAPPY!) FORIGHN OFFICE GET US HOME PLUS EMIGRATION cABNADA,WE CAN GO ,THEY TOLD US WHEN WE EMIGRATED 10 YRS AG,CANT FORSE US TO RETURN,WE NOT MCINTYRES PETS!))bc useless inferiors proved this)+ mentslly ill and suicidal, poor?! Wierdo nutter cant afford OUR taxes in France; don’t think even she know what she’s talking about, never mind anybody else, seems to havegot that job off the back of Gavin MY husband allegedly being ILL, as scard bc he well, does not like to lose a job her father seems to have paid for, same with her partner Fergus, idiote same as her, junkie failure at Eton,ought ot be on welfare, white Nazis get jobsand funds, even R private funds, NOT ok for then to abuse us + demand help-DONT EVEN GO THERE< NOT OK O AAK ME NOR MY HUSBAND FOR ANYTHING<NOT EVEN INCESSANT MIDLESSQUESTIONS<U NAZI SCUM GET OVER IT_not ok for such usless shites to be running the country while Gavin and I and any educated intelligent talented postgradutes (more educ than them! no pay though, exp educ +media training-took R money and time, leave us for dead then- even have to go home, ok we going ‘home’ we happy emigrated already, don’t bring us back not this time just to abuse us, no reason for MY husband locked up all these yrs while they _their state bribed to persecute the life out of us -ok we foreign, we going ‘home’ them, what’s the prob, no one left for these Nazis to suck the life out of in this stupid country eh?! You shold see their brat, ADHD or what!This country and the West going down the pan, prob is I suppose these whites Nazis have nowere to go home eh ha ha, they can stay w their scummy mummy rechy prtestant prostiturte hag+demons of Christ-she’ll teach them hah=a- she left school w nothing, they and nhs plce + govt+ their legal networksuck up to her for R money!nazi scum then don’t ask the lies of me for help then abuse us bc we better than themand they ont want to pay for anything owed to us steal froom usinstead, total frauds,the lucky ones have already left, all our forighn friends ot a short sharp shock of rascsim for their money, gavin _ I lucky to be alive the way we’ve been abused +persecuted by the McIntyres + state nazis targets for yrs, they hate us then don’t even let us leave, no sense in that! Gavin + I cannot help these frauds the UK+West has gone, was never civilised-they don’t even want to happy-just to cause misery and suffering on us happy ppl-their jealousy makes them too lazy to help themselves-they only know how to cause pain, it’s all they ever taught us. So its all they’re getting now, they can’t handle it am sure.Gavin + I know better than most + we allowed to leave, our choice home office regulations for military families.OH AND THE MCINTYRES AND MAYS CAN RETURN OUR TEWN THOUSAND FROM OUR FLAT RENTAL, TEN THOUSAND FROM STOLEN PROPERTY AND TGRESAPSS, TEN THOUSAND FROM SAME IN 2009 AND WHAT WE SPENT SAVINDS, IN CANADA DUE TO THEIR ABUSES,10,000 INHERITANCE AND our FLAT STOP THERIN=VING TRESPASS, rECHY GOING TO JAIL IN THE XTATES WHERE IT IS ILLEGAL TO STEAL OTHER PPLS PARTNETS OR THEIR PROPERTY, ESP PEEDOS LIKE HER! NOT LIKE FILTHY IMMORAL NAZI UK! TOTLA TRASH JUST BC LIVE IN BIG HOUSES NAD MATESWITH PIGS AND BRIBE GOVT/NHS/LEH=GAL AUTHORITIES MAKES THEM WORSE THAN ANYBODY, EVERYBODY ESP LOCALS IN SCOTLAND SCARED OF THESE GANGSTERS, SO OUR AFRAID TO HELP US,GAVINONE TIME EVEN CALLED THEM GANGSTERS BEFIRE WE MET, rECHY HAG LOCKED HIM UP ALL THE TIME FOR NO REASON,TO ABUSE HIM +PROSTUITUE PIMP HIM IMMORAL LIKE HER BC HES AN ANGEL. tHEY ABUSE US IN HSPTL, BC SINCE TEENS NEVER HAD ANYBODY THEN,NOT ALLOWED ANYBODY NOW,ABUSE ATTACK USAT WORK, OUR FRIENDS, STUDIES, MONEY, ONLY ALLOWED WELFARE TAKE THAT TOO,ESP SAVINGS ANYTHING VALUABLE COMPUTERS CAMERS, WEDDING RINGS! WRITING,ALL SORTS-STATE TARGETS, NOT EVEN CHRISTIANS BC OK FOR CHRISTIANS RELIGIONS TO BE SKUT IMMORAL SCUM-WE COULDE BE DEAD THEWAY THEY TREAT US, WE ARTISTS NOT FIHHTERS, DONT EVEN KNOW HOW TO FIGHT-DONT LERN THAT AT SCHOOL WHEN YOU TOP OF THE CLASS+POSH+NOT WHITE LIKE THEM SCUM-U CAN SENSE THEIR HATRED,WHERE ARE WE SUPPOSED O GO ESP WHEN THEY DONT PAY AT WORK! FURTHER ATTACKS ABUSES HOSPITAL INEVITAVBLE ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY PROWLING FOR CHRISTMANS VICTIMS, SO MAY TIMES, ESP AS MY BIRTHDAY DECEMBER TOO AND NOT CHRSITIAN WHILE THE CHRISTIANS HAVE A DAY OFF AND GO HOME, NOT SICK THEN EH?! SO Stuuuupid-WITH THEIR OBLIGATORY BOTTLE OF SHAMPOO AS CMAS PRESENT?RIIIIGHT! BC THOSE DEMONS OF CHRIST ONLY INTERESTED IN HIS BIDY, PROBABLY ATE IT, NO VICTUALS AFTER THE LAST SUPPER AND NO-ONE LEFT TO MAKE FISHY MIRACES-THESE SCUM CAN KEEP THEIR STUPID GULT TO THEMSELVES THANK YOUDISGUTING PPL -WE NOT PRIESTS-GET IT!THEIR PROBLEM IS THEY OUGHT TO LEAVE CHITS BODY ALONE FILTHY TRASH SLUTTY ‘CHRSTIANS’ HE WOULD NOT APPRECIATE HIS BODY USED AS PORN- SURE- AND INCESTOUS LIKE FOR THEIR SCUMMY IDIRTY MOTHERS- SO THEY HAVE NO TIME FOR PARTNERS, GUILTY SCUM ME AND GAVIN DONT WANT THEIR DIRT WE NOT PRIESTS GET IT-NOT IN OUR NAME EVEN JESUS WOULD HATE THEM TOTAL DISG USERS

Photos-Gavin-MY LOVELY HUSBAND @Gosforth, Newcastle-Nhs-)secretly from Morningside Royal Jan2017)w abusive staff+their plc networks-threats-dont think nhs staff filthy USERS ought to be chasing+ threatening+exploiting us like this-esp so called ‘patients’ family-ME! plc at our hs in jan bc phoned MY husband at hsptl-as is their wont :Gavin+I frightened of them after all these yrs of abuses + atacks-ME!+ journalist! SCARY CHAVS theives+frauds nazi scum/plc threats:Typical disg-chrstian whres teaching-forcing immorality! w abusing lives, funds+marriage since teens-State targets-NO reason:random; stalkers-attacks since teens-4 money, time, at work, while at univ-home, airport, bus stop…..take ANYTHING from us, esp valuables+personal items-even cat! We not safe in uk/eu/our children not safe from them either(bet they’d like them from us- to continue their abusive target lies eh?!Don’t think so)-Trtment LIES as their justification!?!+Trouble,brutality 4 opposing these abuses+stupid LIES+(wed be dead by now if we+(R ppl) hadn’t defended ourselves since teens+(Gavin + !haven’t got the strength anymore it seems, they take everything esp energy) they cant blame ‘suicides’ on ‘mental illness’ nonsense+lies!-More like forced murder!)McIntyre frauds buying protection from state w our lives+funds esp Julia Tory Holyrood pr, racsist bully+useless-but white+wealthy Cadogan+govt jobs for such nazi informer type scum+ w that idiote Rechy-if anyone takes issue with rules of journalism, obviously Gavin+I highly trained in how to report from white Nazi perspective-Don’t think SO – GET IT! AM NOT HELPING THEM-Stop asking forcing me to! THEY get in trouble no reason to go after me-Nazi uneducated white scum refuse to listen to me+Gavin either-Only int in OUR money so prefer dumbo whites’opinions’ only! ?! Total Neanderthals-they not even bothered if we starve-while they- see nhs staff above-get obese-As do Macintyres Mays, get high+fat-you should see them! Ugh

Spying on your Neighbours

world review jpeg

link: http://www.worldreview.info/content/spying-your-neighbours

and journalismscotland.ch

Britain’s GCHQ at Cheltenham worked with America on spying (photo:dpa)

PRISM is a form of covert surveillance developed by America’s National Security Agency and used to spy on the British public by its security services, write Sam Khan-McIntyre and Mel Kelly.

It is claimed that Britain’s data-gathering centre, GCHQ in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has been intercepting British data using the PRISM programme and sending it through the United States in order to bypass UK laws.

The surveillance was carried out secretly until American computer specialist and former CIA employee Edward Snowden blew the whistle in May 2013 about America’s spying missions on other countries. His revelations are considered the most significant leaks in US history.

The big debate was whether this was legal, but the real issue is whether the spying is right. It seems, by slapping on a label of legality, the British government thinks it can get away with increasing amounts of wrongdoing.

UK national newspaper the Daily Mail reported in July 2013 that ‘Parliament’s spy watchdog called for an investigation into Britain’s laws on intelligence eavesdropping ….as it cleared GCHQ of flouting the existing rules. But the committee raised questions about whether the rules governing intercepts are fit for purpose and whether there is a need for new laws’.

Millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money is being used to spy on the public, without its consent or knowledge, according to another UK newspaper the Guardian in August 2013. The spying involved surveillance of internet traffic on companies, including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook.

The spying was carried out for anti-terrorist reasons, according to UK officials, and was covered by terrorist legislation. US President Barack Obama was reported by the BBC as saying that it had been useful. However, firm evidence has not been produced yet to corroborate this. Others claim terrorists would use other means to communicate.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was a victim of US eavesdropping on her mobile phone, said ‘spying on friends is not acceptable’.

In this respect, if the government is allowed to spy on its people, then does this quote define them as enemies of the public?

Is that the real reason the public ‘democratically’ elect representatives, to work against them and create a two-tier system completely removed from the requirements of those they are supposed to represent.

Representatives would then be working purely for self-interest and personal gain, not far removed from dictatorship. If these spying actions are legal then why not go the whole hog and drop the pretence of the word democracy altogether because it has become synonymous with propaganda.

The authors of this article questioned how elected representatives would respond if the public spied on them.

We challenged 32 Members of the Scottish and British Parliaments to undertake the Prism experience and be scrutinised in their daily lives. They argued that if the MPs are working on our behalf they should have nothing to hide.

We asked if they were willing to be filmed for a day, interviewed on film and complete an online survey on Prism, or give written reasons for not participating.

Thirty of them failed to reply and another declined to be filmed because of the need for privacy on constituency matters.

There are numerous examples of government wrongdoing and corruption across the globe. They include British complicity in the torture of terrorist suspects held by Americans, the use of British weapons in genocide in East Timor and US soldier Bradley Manning’s imprisonment for whistle-blowing about the Iraq war.

Such government actions are legitimised by representatives of the public, but often the public is unaware of what is happening and unable to make a judgment.

While the idea of democracy is upheld in public, it seems to be sabotaged from within.

Scotland’s Story-Told in a Million Stitches Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre-Artwork Magazine

Artwork Magazine-link:http://www.artwork.co.uk/
Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre

SAM_0390Entering Cockenzie House in East Lothian not knowing what to expect from the Great Scottish Tapestry, brainchild of writer Alexander Mcall-Smith, I was struck by the vibrant colours, artistic effects, and textures. The delicate needlework suggests a painterly rendition which may easily be mistaken for brushstroke.

Beginning with the ice age, and telling the history of Scotland dating from 420 million years ago to the present through 160 events, it presents a comprehensive and beautiful survey of its history, culture and people. At an impressive 143 metres, it is the longest tapestry ever made.

Organisation has come from a team which includes the artist Andrew Crummy, the historian Alistair Moffat and the ‘stitch co-ordinator’ Dorie Wilkie.

The work was executed by a team of 1,000 talented stitchers, over two years. Smith said: “It has been stitched by volunteers as a gift to the nation” and that “this was the biggest community arts project ever to take place in Scotland”.

The work is a part of the stitchers as individuals as much as it is part of Scotland. In relation to representation of the multicultural life of the country, Smith said: “Everyone who lives in Scotland is an incomer. The land was without people at the time of the last ice age and we have represented many stages of settlement from that point until the reopening of the Scottish Parliament”.

He continued that all aspects of Scottish life and history are covered […] and it is very much a people’s history”. He added that requests made for additional panels in various areas are being considered.

Invigilating the exhibition was Joan Lesley, a retired schoolteacher, who said the artist created the main outlines as conceptual, not exact representations. The borders pictures were chosen by the stitchers themselves. Each panel had its own team, placed throughout the country, and Lesley discussed the panel she worked on, over a year in a team of ten called the Edinburgh Tenners. This piece is entitled: The Ice Melts, Scotland Emerges, The First Pioneers Come the Wildwood and its Fauna c8,500 BC.

This depicts the country over 10,000 years ago, showing hunter gatherers and animals such as the tusked Onyx, now extinct and also the polar bear. The barely there transparent depiction of the bear indicates how it was disappearing from Scotland at the time.

Stitching on linen fabric, in wool, with a little cotton and shiny thread for effects, the volunteers would each spend days at a time on it, over the course of the year. Leslie said they would often stitch through the night with fingers getting “raw and sore”. It could be difficult at nightime, due to “lighting getting bad”, but she said that during the stitching of the Bayeux tapestry from c11, they would have had to work by candlelight.

Over 400 hours of work went into each panel. Prior to starting, the volunteers spent weeks practising and perfecting and debating the techniques on sample linen. When it finally came to working on the panel itself, Lesley said “we were scared stiff”. The pressure to get it right was immense.

The participants had the freedom to contribute ideas, research and aspects of Scottish life. Lesley depicted a squirrel in her border section, as “we thought they might become extinct”.  Its fascinating fluffy tail Lesley said, was a stitch a girl on the team from Pakistan had taught her.

She said: “it was an exciting thing to be working on, and that after all the hard work when the panels were finally show together “it felt special”.

It is indeed special, for Smith said: “We hope the tapestry would last for hundreds of years, a great deal of research went into finding the right linen and wools that would stand the test of time. Much now depends on the conditions in which it is exhibited and the care it receives”.

The funding he said came from Charitable Trusts and individuals. This was used to cover materials, co-ordination and premises. The artist and small team of stitcher co-ordinators were paid. Additional funding is being sought for the next stage of touring, educational work, and a permanent home.

SAM_0392

Jim Brown, director of Cockenzie House, said: “I think it’s marvellous” He pointed out Sam the seagull who made history by stealing 20 packets of Doritos at an Aberdeen newsagent, which made headline news in 2007.

The tapestry will be at Cockenzie House until December 3, a permanent home is still being sought. A donation for entry is suggested at £3.50. Summerhall is to be believed next on the tour list and future dates are to be announced

Completion of Coast-to-Coast Swim in Aid of Cancer Battle Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre-East Lothian Courier

IMG_0919

The first swim across Scotland from Loch Laxford to Bonar Bridge was completed yesterday by Christine Howson 58, and Saartje Drijver 47, from East Lothian. They raised  upwards of £4,000 for charities Water Aid and Maggies Cancer. This latter is dear to Christine’s heart as she is currently in remission from ovarian cancer. The completion of the 85 km swim sees Christine back in fighting form after previous chemotherapy.

Both Christine and Saartje were glowing with big smiles as they were given a helping hand out of the water at Bonar Bridge, after concluding the second leg of 25 km over 4 days from Loch Shin to Bonar Bridge. Despite dripping and shivering in their wetsuits, they enjoyed the applause and welcome ashore, happily posing for photographs in front of a  banner of congratulations with the team of family and friends.

IMG_0832

After they had changed out of their gear, and got warm, they were glad to talk about their experience. Said Christine that she was “on a high”, and “buzzing”, and will be for the next few days. “People think we’re mad” said Christine, referring to the unusual feat.

On Monday, they had just swam the final 8 km in 3 hours, (with breaks) and finished close to two pm, an hour ahead of schedule. Christine said:- “We thought we’d finish at three”. This leg took four days, after a previous four- day stint in August. (This was the first coast to coast swim via this route, although a previous one on a different route is said to have taken place).

Christine said the final 100 yard  stretch had been the hardest, they had received a kick to get going from Ian, Christine’s husband. She said she had “chickened out” in some parts, and walked, because the water had been “hairy scary” with rapids and high waves.

Motorboat safety Kenny Campbell confirmed the roughweather, and with his local knowledge had guided them safely around the scary and dangerous sections  of the waters.

She said the swim had opened her eyes to the beauty of the area, and many special places, and said:- “like the [beer] advert, touched parts that others don’t touch”, a kind of “secret Scotland”.

The existence of ghillies and water baillifs are a part of Scotland the pair have never come across previously, and they agreed that “the local people :-  “seemed fantastic” and very helpful. Kenny Campbell the local water baillif who keeps an eye on fishing permits and helps fishermen, escorted them through the waters on the safety boat. He pointed out dangerous sections to avoid, due to his local knowledge. He said:- ” They did really well, the conditions were really rough”

IMG_0906
Saartje Drijver and Kenny Campbell

Ghillie Robbie Elliot whose job is to look after the fishermen and whose  bosses Robbie and Andrew Douglas Miller own the Shin said: he “was giving them pointers” for example through his knowledge of the “dangerous rapids” which he told them to avoid.

Luckily, the weather which had been a major concern had held and the storm forecast had not arisen. In which case they would have had to postpone and said Christine that it would have been extremely difficult to get the team together on a weekend that suited many different schedules. The organisation of the whole event said Christine had been very difficult, and although they do have ideas for future ventures they would like to keep them simple and therefore easier to organise.

It  was a real achievement and an enjoyable experience for both Christine and Saartje, who met 13 years ago through East Lothian Triathlon Club. With respect to Christine’s cancer, it is difficult for her and her family to understand why it occurred due to all the “fitness and clean living”. She said her sisters Judith and Mary (Howson) as a result see “no logic in this and joke about it”.

In search of more ‘curious tradionary facts’ about Hogg

quill 3Published in ArtworkMagazine

Sept 2013 issue:  http://www.artwork.co.uk/
By Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre

 

 

DEEP in the heart of the rural Scottish Borders lies the Ettrick Valley, an area with little internet or mobile connection. Over the summer the old primary school at the top of the valley has been playing host to the James Hogg Exhibition in its hall.

This seemed completely empty until the poet Robert Wilson suddenly appeared from the small office next to the front door with the words “I’m just finishing a poem.”

Looking casual in a T-shirt, he began to show me around. Although no visitors were present, Wilson said there had been a trickle every day. He pointed out that six people a day here is equivalent to a footfall of something like 600 in Edinburgh.

Hogg had lived a few metres from the school between 1770 and 1835, and was a major literary figure and farmer. Wilson feels he ought to be commemorated as part of Scots culture and history and is building on this aspect of the area.

As we chatted about Hogg – his unconventional love life, his debt problems and his extraordinary mask – visitors started appearing. As they cornered Wilson, I slipped away to examine the exhibits.

These included the sinister-looking mask moulded from his face, a spectacle case, a replica of his desk and dog, a first edition novel, and a beautiful sculpture based on a Hogg poem. The exhibition impressed Marlene Wyley from London, who commented that it was “very well curated.”

As the exhibition closed for the day, Wilson and I sat on the steps outside while the last of the visitors drifted away. It transpired that Wilson knows little about sheep but a lot about Hogg.

He had been totally immersed in Hogg’s writings during the first two weeks of the six week residency, which was due to last until the end of September. Funding, he told me, came from The Big Lottery Fund, the Leader programme and the Buccleuch Estate. Wilson is receiving a small salary.

Hogg was, said Wilson, the classic “lad o’ pairts” .”He was a kind of self-educated guy who had to struggle through poverty and he had an innate talent to do that.” For that, and for having written inScots, Wilson felt some identification with him.

Wilson discussed the importance of Hogg’s legacy and his own role fitting into this, he said: “Thehuman condition doesn’t change much. The same challenges face people as they did 200 years ago. “It’s a struggle for the local people to survive economically and it’s one of the challenges of isolation here. The valley depopulated because of people moving away for jobs, and that’s the same today as in Hogg’s time.”

This depopulation occurred he said, when local sheep farms were taken over by trees, by contractors and big companies, and the commercially run forestry ventures sucked the life out of the community: “They didn’t bring anything in, they were just interested in taking out.”

Influenced by his experiences, Wilson’s poems so far have been based on wildlife, topography and place names. He also aims to incorporate locals’ stories and their aspirations for the valley in ameaningful way.

Wardlaw Jackson, 58, a farmer in the Cross Keys pub farther down the valley, also talked about the forestry, and said that incomers to the area tended to be retirees. He said that the farmers, himselfincluded, had capitalised on the situation by selling land to the contractors at something like double its market value.

The contractors, he said, hadpromised jobs to the locals, but these had failed to materialise. Wilson admits to knowing nothing about sheep farming: “I’m not a shepherd, but I can appreciate the tough life that they have.” In fact, many farmers left the area as result of the difficult life.

The aim to revitalise Ettrick could result in drastic changes to its character and landscape. The danger is that this might cause loss of the uniqueness which so influences Wilson’s poetry and the very solitude which helps concentrate his mind in the writing of it.

SAM KHAN-MCINTYRE

Jen and the Gents-Fringe Review-Sam & Gavin Khan-Mcintyre,Edinburgh Reporter

SAM_0300Up and coming young Edinburgh band, Jen and the Gents, formed in 2010, and have constantly been gigging around the city since, their big break may finally be on the horizon with a performance at the opening of the Fringe at the BBC Potterrow venue. The concert is due to be televised at the end of the month.

The band comprises of Jennifer Ewan who sings and plays guitar, her partner Stuart Crout, otherwise known as Pockets, who plays the drums and sings harmony, Martin Beer, who plays bass guitar and double bass, and Lewis Diamond who also plays guitar.

The concert at the Spiegeltent earlier on the 19th of August, found Jen with her strong voice in excellent form, which she said was the result of a lot of practice. Beer was playing double bass, as the venue had wanted an acoustic set. Jen, a petite brunette with long wavy hair was centre stage, with the toes of her shiny red heels peeping out from under her trousers. Pockets’ long blonde hair stood out as he sat behind the drums, occasionally looking towards the audience. Diamond in his top hat preferred to stand back and focus on his guitar. The venue was packed out, with all sorts of people enjoying a drink while watching the band.

The upbeat and melodically mesmerising songs, sung with a convincing aplomb and described as indie pop, are insightful on varied topics such as life events, relationships, and places, for instance Portobello and its beach, and Suzie’s diner. Otherwise they may be reflections on the way conventional life is lived, such as in relation to owning a new car or Sky TV. from the point of view of an unconventional lifestyle. Jen has a varied taste in music, but folk influences can also be detected. This led to a recent interview with Celtic Music Radio.

The Edinburgh reporter caught up with them after the gig, as they divided their spoils from album sales, before heading off to lunch in a Sushi bar. Happy with the way the gig had gone, they talked about their distinctly un-rock and roll lifestyle, with the preferred drink of choice being tea. They also discussed their aims and ambitions for the future.

This looks promising, as Jen, who also manages the band, said she received an email from the BBC with an invitation to play at their Fringe venue. The BBC had been scouting for local talent and discovered their website.

Although the band harbours modest aims for success, Jen said: – “I don’t want to be famous”. Their ideal gig would be busking at Glastonbury, and they are aspiring to tour some of “nice” Scottish festivals. They have previously performed at Kelburn, and loved its pretty grounds, which were she said: – “a change from other festivals”.

They have played various venues in Edinburgh, with The Bowery being their favourite, and also the Forest Cafe.  Their favourite Festival venue is the Meercat Stage on the Royal Mile, due to the crowds and atmosphere. They most enjoy performing on the street, in the open air.

Her lyrics she said are based on life experiences and an outlet  to express her emotions, such as happiness or otherwise. She said: -“It’s like looking back in a diary”. Within each song, though written in the past, she often finds new meaning as she sings, these are she said: “relevant to my life in new ways”.  It seems like a cathartic process. Jen is currently working on a couple of new songs, for which the melodies have been written. She said: -”I need to write the lyrics, which I am looking forward to”.

Due to Jen’s role as manager it is difficult to find the time to write, because she said: -“I’ve been busy booking the gigs…I need new songs”. She has been she said: – “doing a lot of media promotion and making contacts with industry people about gigs…It would be lovely to have a manager who did it all for us”. For the band making enough money from it to be able to afford to tour and make a living from would be ideal.

During the writing process, Jen usually writes the music first, which can often just come to her. She then works on the lyrics, after which she takes it to the band, who through jamming sessions find their own parts and vocal harmonies. This part of the process is the most enjoyable for all, and when the song comes together.

Jen and the Gents formed in 2010 out of a band called  The Tuberians, a Cajun outfit, which she joined  in 2008,  and played in together with Pockets. They met and played at the now defunct Suzie’s Diner. This had been a venue for local bands, and where they were also fed and watered for free. Originally from Ayrshire, Jen began her performance career in youth theatre, before finding her voice.

The band has a performers’ pass for the festival, paying a license fee of £30. This enables them to attend talks and workshops. So far Pockets, also a music producer, has briefly attended only one event, a talk on circus acts. He said he had the idea of playing the Ukulele and juggling at the same time. Let’s hope the hard work pays off, and they acheive their ambitions

For more information on upcoming gigs, visit their website at

http://www.jenewan.co.uk/,

or their Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/jenandthegents

Cancer Won’t Stop Coast Swim Challenge

East Lothian Courier

Cancer won’t stop coast swim challenge

Sam Khan-McIntyre

Link:

http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/08/22/468874-cancer-wont-stop-coast-swim-challenge/

  Published: 22 Aug 2013 10:00

A COUNTY woman who has twice battled cancer and expects the disease to return has told how she took part in a “foolish” swimming challenge – and will return to the north of Scotland for more next month.

Christine and Saartje

A COUNTY woman who has twice battled cancer and expects the disease to return has told how she took part in a “foolish” swimming challenge – and will return to the north of Scotland for more next month.

Christine Howson, 58, of Ormiston, and friend Saartje Drijver, 47, of North Berwick, have completed 60 kilometres of an 85km charity swim and cycle through the waters between Loch Laxford on the west coast of the Highlands and Bonar Bridge in the east.

Christine admitted that she wanted to do the challenge now as she cannot plan too far ahead.

Though she is in remission, her disease has been classed as terminal – with medics believing her ovarian cancer will return in the future.

But there is no indication as to when that could be, and she could stay in remission for several years.

The duo completed the first leg of their swim – cycling between waterways – between August 8 and 11 before returning due to work and family commitments.

They will go back north to complete the remaining 25km between September 13 and 16.

Christine, of Main Street, told the Courier: “I, for a long time, thought it would not be possible.

“It seemed a good time, and I didn’t know how long I would be fit for it – they call it terminal and they’re expecting it back at any moment – so it was important to do it this year because I can’t plan that far ahead.

“I have a very short life expectancy so I live life to the full.”

Christine first suffered from ovarian cancer in 2006, but went into remission after treatment.

However, the disease returned in 2011 and is in remission for a second time. Christine continues to be on medication.

The marine biologist finally felt strong enough in the spring to start training for the challenge she had first dreamt up two years ago, saying: “It’s given me a target and a focus.”

The two women believe they are the first to do a coast-to-coast swim via this route.

The pair are experienced swimmers; Christine is a coach at Tranent Amateur Swimming Club while Saartje coaches at North Berwick Swimming Club.

“Maybe others could do it quicker, but we were the first,” said Christine. “It’s a personal challenge.”

She described the swim as “a real achievement – brave, foolish really, but it was fun”.

The first leg, between Loch Laxford and Loch Shin, lasted four days. During this they swam one or two-hour stints with two-hour breaks in between, a total of six hours’ swimming a day.

The swim covered nearly 48km, with 13 km cycled.

The final section will see them go through dams at Lairg to the River Shin and on to the Kyle of Sutherland.

A motorboat followed the pair during the journey for safety and they were supported by a seven-strong team of friends and family, including Christine’s son Tim Dixon, husband Ian Dixon, and Saartje’s partner Pete Younger.

In aid of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and WaterAid, the swim has raised more than £3,000.

To sponsor the duo, visit virginmoneygiving.com/team/ShinSwim

– See more at: http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/08/22/468874-cancer-wont-stop-coast-swim-challenge/#sthash.uwaBItWW.dpuf

Bitter Twitter-Fringe Review ***Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre Edinburgh Reporter

kearns 3Bitterly disappointed serial twitterer shares his angst and rails at the celebrities who won’t return his unsuitably provocative messages, exposing the meaninglessness of celebrity culture and the followers who are obsessed with them. It all comes to a head as the wannabe celebrity realises the extent of his obsession, which amounts to 14,000 tweets, including 3,000 desperate messages to one presenter, asking if he has a friendly face.

Kearns does indeed have a friendly face, as he bounces on stage despite having a cold. Although there are only 15 people in the audience they generate a lot of laughs, one which was so hard that it lead to a strange snorting noise. The performance was very well-researched, with ridiculous posts by himself and the celebrities.

Evans began to uncover the meaninglessness of celebrities who write about odd socks, as a tweet on this topic by Stephen Fry  popped up on the screen behind him. Even mundane cups of coffee (Gok Wan) are given a new lease of life through retweets, as the culture is perpetuated by the followers whose self – esteem issues lead them to feel as though these people could add glamour to their lives.

Kearns commented that Twitter is “bulls***  and also expressed the view that anyone who feels the need for this kind of validation from a famous person needs to do some soul searching to realise their own self-esteem issues.

In this hilarious performance, celebrity tweets are shown to be what they really are, and how they acquire a certain symbolism of god- like proportions. The effect of this hero-worship was evidenced in a picture of Evans’ flat, which had deteriorated into slum – like grottiness through neglect.

Some of his tongue in cheek tweets were on display to the audience and were controversial enough to get some replies, and his following increased,  if only by the count of one. Thus taking the total up to 51.

What Kearns fails to mention is that much of what these famous poeple put on-line might be PR, doctored for public consumption in order to portray a certain image, or brand.

Kearns said  that after posting his own versions of their “fine racialist art” to the Ku Klux Klan, they messaged him back telling him to “Stop it”. He took a step back and, after examining his 14,000 messages to celebrities, admits it’s not how real life should be lived.

Despite all this, has he really taken the advice of the Ku Klux Klan and has he learned his lesson? He feels the need to validate himself as a celebrity and  also the audience with his blue tick of validation.  However, do people really need this, and be known as one of the rubbish celebrities he has just exposed? We are left feeling sorry for him.

Simon Evans Leashed-Fringe Review 0 Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre -Edinburgh Reporter

A balding middle – aged man in a tweed jacket and brown trousers appeared on stage and proceeded to unleash himself.  He started with his appearance, the clothes he described as being the height of good Edinburgh tailoring, which every “native” should wear.  He felt that his innocuous glasses scared people. In fact, what was more interesting was the bright red cord attached to these and which indicated his propensity to misplace them.

He got a lot of laughs, guaranteed, but used cheap gags to generate them, although uncomfortably so, to a full house of 150. These insular jokes on mundane objects like his dad’s old secateurs or indeed his mongrel dog, were in pretty bad taste.

He took a dig at the current trend of the middle classes growing vegetables in their own allotments with a punchline so gross we cannot really repeat it here.

He continued on this theme with the trend of people taking piles of their muddy vegetables to dinner parties instead of a bottle of wine, (which he said he would prefer). Notwithstanding the comedy, we believe that organic vegetables are a more thoughtful gift than a bottle of off the shelf plonk.

UPDATE-Other gags were self-obsessed- rascist rants which he complained to the editor about when we mentioned this in the review,  resulting in the editor Phylis Stevens attacking us and taking down the review, and then refusing to  publish the next two or three we had lined up with the ER,  unfair treatemnt when another staff member at the Edinburgh Reporter got a compliant on the same day -she jumped  on the male white staff member’s defence, (as is usual, showing to her colleagues her discimination tactics to get herself accepted with them)  then after many sories for the E R at work all summer and without pay and good reviews of our work, she neglected to invite us to the E R end of festival event- a reward for all our hard work, denied to us but not to her white male ‘staff’ even those with fewer credits and even complaints from the public audience- it is also unfair that mat white rascists are more interested and seem to get off on in the effects of their own rascist tactics on non-whites – rather than any serious art – Phlis stevens seems to be one of those types-such people are not usually very happy nor successful therefore attack others-perceiving them as superior and threats to their own low self-worth and esteem and pursuing usually for money rather than anything worthwhile in the arts – therefore ms Stevens says she has no funds and refuses to pay us, then writing downright lies from police and NHS about myself and husband, she told me she was friends with te police-bewarned of Ms Stevens- she had been a lawyer previosly to setting up the ER site-not a very good one

 

and others  related to his own and his family’s personal life and finances.  For instance the trip to Disneyland; a trip which even failed to impress his four year-old son.

The piece de resistance of the show was a long tirade about a mad pet dog he’d been forced to buy, which seems to have tied him down, or leashed him. Under pressure from his family,  especially his precocious five year-old daughter Matilda, who apparently did a mass of internet research, read reports and books and even wrote short stories on the subject.

Evans eventually did his own research, and managed to bring home a totally unsuitable dog, after his wife gave him an ultimatum. She said:-“You had better come back with a puppy or not at all.” Evans said he considered these options, and made a decision.

The dog was not placid as he’d thought, but discovered that the characteristics of the breed; the  wire haired Hungarian Wiesler – meant it couldn’t be left alone for any length of time, not even a minute, as it got anxious. It also wanted to be part of everything.

This ridiculous state of affairs made for a funny second-half of the performance, enhanced by a cute picture of the said dog, Talisker, named after a whisky.

Adam Smith-Le Grande Tour-Fringe Preview *****Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre – Edinburgh Reporter

Title: Adam Smith, Le Grand Tour

Company: Compagnie Les Labyrinths (France)

Category: Theatre (14+) Institut français d’Ecosse

Dates: Aug. 3-11, 13-18, 20-26

Time: 3pm

Duration: 1 Hour

Tickets: £10

http://www.ifecosse.org.uk/

le grande tour 1

An intellectual and entertaining journey through the life and works of Adam Smith, explaining how his ideas on economics are incorporated into modern society, but in a distorted manner. The show is presented in multimedia form with two actors who interact with the big screen. The background film includes vox pops, which show how the founding father of economics and liberalism is unknown or misunderstood.

Senior economics lecturer and actor Vanessa Oltra plays Marie, a petite brunette,whose position as a senior economics lecturer and with PhD in the subject lends authenticity to the message of the play. Actor Frederic Kneip plays Fred with a rough charm as the couple journey through Scotland. The hushed audience of varying ages sit in the darkness silently, looking  very serious. They number around 50, with the theatre two-thirds full.

The show begins with cinema sized film spread across the whole stage beginning with a sombre cab ride to Canongate Kirkyard  in Edinburgh. Smith is buried here, and the actors are seen carrying a bouquet of white roses.

The actors appear centre stage dressed in camouflage from head to toe, as if ready to take on a battle. They are set against the film backdrop of a jungle.

As the play progresses, the scenes cut to the beautiful grandeur of the cloisters at Glasgow University, where Adam was Professor of Logic, and also to his statue on the Royal Mile, to the hustle and bustle of busy city streets where people are questioned on his philosophies, but know very little in comparison with his influence. In one scene, Fred plays the part of Smith himself, attired in a bright red floor-length silk gown with wide sleeves, and a white wig. He goes as far as to adopt a Scottish accent, in a comedic moment. However Marie who plays stage director asks him to tone it down, due to it causing confusion. She may be right as the Scottish accent coupled with his natural French one is a little odd.

Their aim is to educate the audience about what Adam Smith’s work actually meant, with citations and references to it. They contrast this to the way it is interpreted by the capitalist system and government to justify their actions in terms of economics.

Beginning the performance, Marie talking as if to Smith, and says: – “Do you know you are the founding father of economics, your invisible hand has crossed many continents…I want you to wake up now and tell us what you think of this. I warn you, economics is not to do with morals and philosophy any more…or human beings”.

Fred also discusses this same idea, attired as Smith. He talks about Smith’s attitude towards pleasure, passion and sympathy for others. He says melancholy comes from deprivation of a loved one, through death, which is a terrible situation and injustice for mankind. As a result “we sympathise for the feelings of others” and feel love. “We feel much for others and little for ourselves…mutual love and respect”.

le grande tour 2

Smith’s legacy is illustrated in the interview with the president of the Adam Smith Institute, which is a UK policy institute supporting the free market economy. The president is shown on film, the screen in two parts on each side of  Marie at centre stage.  He is facing away from her and sits passively. She speaks to him about the difficulties in establishing any link with Smith, and suggests his ideas were not just as simple as we may think.

The screen goes blank briefly and white noise appears as the signal is lost. She then asks the director if she can submit a citation from Smith, book 5, for the website, but the president shakes his head, even when she offers a substantial donation.

le grande tour 3

At the end, symbolising the real Adam Smith and his work, the play comes full circle as Marie and Fred, are seen at the cemetery, in order to pay homage and lay the white roses at his grand tombstone. They aim to obtain entrance through its iron gates, access to which proves to be restricted

The play is tightly directed by Gerard David, in a successful attempt to fit in important aspects of Smith and his legacy into one hour. It therefore moves at a fast pace. What could be perceived as dry and serious material is transformed into an entertaining, appealing and comedic hour incorporating the film footage.

Smith and his philosophies are therefore successfully and vividly brought to life.

Moving on From a Lifetime of Bach

Paxton Music Festival 2008

 

Almost 40 years of playing Bach has led to cellist David Watkin performing nothing but Bach this year.  He is to perform the composer’s work at the  annual Chamber music festival held at Paxton House between the 19-28th of July. The festival is set to host a number of successful musicians. Watkin who is also working on an album, is principle cello of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Edinburgh-based Watkin, 42, studied music at Cambridge before going on to become principal in many leading ensembles all over the world. He is due to perform three of the six suites for Unnacomapanied Cello on the 24th of July at 7.30pm. The Beautiful setting and grandeur of Paxton House, in the borders, should provide and appropriate backdrop. He explains his musical journey, the importance of music in communication, his affinity with Bach, and why he is moving on from playing.

Speaking on the phone from the local pool, whilst with his two children and  accompanied by their shrieking, Watkin said he is “excited” about playing the festival.  He is also looking forward to meeting new people at the event for which he was first approached two years ago. He said:- “I’m recording all six of the Bach suites this year […] they will be released early next year. I’ve been on a journey with these pieces for 38 years. It’s a life’s journey to record them; it feels like a summation of all that work.”

Watkin is drawn to Bach for many reasons: “I definitely feel a connection with him” he says. He admires Bach’s vast output of composition and quotes from the master: “anybody can do what I did with hard work and the grace of God”. This has been inspirational during his work as a musician. However Watkin feels he is far removed from Bach in terms of belief and lifestyle, for Bach was a Lutheran Christian chamber musician, dedicated to the church, and not well travelled, although he said: “his dedication to communicating with people is something I would aspire to”.

Ultimately, his  aim with regards to the Bach performances is communication, and because the experience of playing solo Bach he said:- “can be very lonely; you’ve won if you can draw the audience in”.

Music, he feels communicates through narrative, one which tells a different story to each listener. He view is, he said:- “you have to persuade the listener, you have to engage in it, you’re telling the story, you can stop and pause for dramatic effect.” He presents the example of playing  a piece at his son’s primary school . Here all the children rushed to point out what it meant to them as a narrative, and that onechild’s idea of a waterfall “was perfect for that piece”. The audience he said:- “is drawn into the world you’re creating” because “there’s a powerful communication going on.” He equates music with the traditional Shakespearean recitals, and how these communicate ideas and character.

He explains that life experiences are important to tap into during musical performance, the same technique that actors use, in order to create meaningful representation. An experience that has stayed with him whenever he plays one of the suites, are the emotions felt while playing the piece at his grandmother’s funeral. In this respect, he said:- “the birth of a child can also be very touching, and in terms of music, it becomes very powerful because of it.”

As Baroque revivalist Watkin believes it is important to rediscover what music meant to people and how it was played. This is fundamental he suggests, as traditions change, which have led to the current  period of Modernism. For instance he explains that WWI had an important impact on culture due to its cavalry and killings.

Watkin’s announcement that he would be playing nothing but Bach this year demonstrates his passion for the composer, and the project was, he says, met with a gratifyingly favourable response. He said:- ”I announced I was playing only Bach this year and I found lots of opportunities.”

Among these are conducting  a Bach concert at Guildhall, London as well as playing and talking about the composer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

As for the future, Watkin having decided he needs to move on from the lifetime of playing, and from which he needs a break, has moved into conducting. “It’s a natural development for me”.

A Classic Italian Taste at Colstoun House

East Lothian Courier

Sam Khan-McIntyre

Italian cooking skills were taken to a new level at the course ‘Italian Classics’’ at Colstoun House in Haddington, south of Haddington, on Saturday 6 April.

The course was led by Fiona Misselbrook, an experienced chef and cheerful blonde in her 50s. Fiona, having completed a year at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cook school, now has a business in Edinburgh providing corporate as well as private functions.

She imparted her knowledge and obvious enjoyment of cookery with an infectious enthusiasm, peppering her demonstrations and tutorials with top tips on practical techniques, useful gadgets, places to source the best ingredients, and food-related vignettes from her personal life.

The day began at 10 am in the comfortable and rustic rustic sitting room of a cottage on the Colstoun estate. Here we were offered  coffee and homemade flapjacks, and us four students got to know each other and Fiona.

We then donned our aprons and name tags then went into the adjacent kitchen where the morning’s demonstration had been set up.

This  comprised of penne with slow-cooked sausage; risotto with mushroom;  and polenta, almond and lemon cake. There was lively discussion and we were able to ask questions as Fiona talked us through the preparation and cooking of each recipe in detail. Some of the techniques she demonstrated included the professional way to chop an onion and crush garlic.

Fiona (pictured) highlighted the importance of fresh ingredients, saying:”I got a lovely fresh rosemary sprig from the gardener today”.

She also demonstrated time-saving gadgets, such as the lemon squeezer which catches the pips as you squeeze out  juice. The value of a perfectly textured risotto was underlined, as she said: “I don’t like risotto crunchy, in Harvey Nichols I had to send it back”.

After a taste of her excellent cooking, we were ushered into the kitchen to try it all out for ourselves.  This proved not to be as effortless as it had seemed, but luckily everything we needed was laid out in preparation.

Fiona was attentive to everyone, offering advice and encouragement. However, the lemon squeezer turned out not to be as simple as it had appeared to be,, as we students discovered when we all compared notes over a hearty lunch. This comprised of the morning’s efforts, along with a refreshing glass of white wine. Thankfully it turned out everyone had been paying close attention to Fiona’s demonstration, as the food turned out to be impeccable.

The afternoon comprised of Fiona demonstrating tiramisu, explaining it meant  ‘hangover cure’  or  hair of the dog  in Italian.

The other dish was pumpkin ravioli with sage butter. We enjoyed rolling out the egg dough thinly on the pasta machine and cutting it up with an olive cutter which created wavy edges. We went home laden with a delicious meal for the evening.

At the end of the day, Fiona said: “it went very well. It’s great fun, everybody feels like chums by the end. I love teaching- passing on my inspiration of food”

Colstoun offer a variety of  day courses. These include bread making and ‘smart kitchen suppers’. Menus from around the world include Thai and Indian classes, with Japanese soon to be added. The venue also offers a week long residential foundation course, with comfortable accommodation in two cottages. The day courses are all taught by Fiona, except the Thai and Indian lessons. The day courses cost £119 and the week foundation courses £695.

For more information visit: http://www.colstoncookery school.

Edinburgh musician will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mendelssohn on Mull

June 14, 2013 by Sam Khan-McIntyre in Edinburgh Reporter.

link: http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/category/culture/festivals/

Jessica Hall, Mendellssohn on Mull

 

The Mendelssohn on Mull Festival will be celebrating 25 years of   musical performance this year. This free festival of chamber music takes place between 1-6  July 2013 on the island of Mull and offers an opportunity for the young musicians taking part and music lovers alike.

The musicians are invited by artistic director Levon Chilingiran, a professor at the Royal College of Music, in London. They perform in various venues, such as the tiny Creich Church seating 50 or the grandeur of Duart Castle’s Great Hall. For the young professionals, who this year will include some from Edinburgh, it is an important way to gain performance experience and hone skills with the mentorship of experienced chamber musicians, in a beautiful setting.

Participant and freelance musician, Jessica Hall, 23, from Edinburgh who plays violin, viola, clarinet and piano said: – “Living in Edinburgh was a fantastic place to enter the music profession. I was lucky enough to attend St Mary’s Music School. The city was inspiring for me musically due to its festivals. Edinburgh also hosts an international festival of the arts every Easter where people will come from all over to compete. This was a very motivating thing to look forward to and work towards.” She also cites the witnessing of music from all over the world, in all types of venues, including bars and street performances during the Edinburgh International Festival as important to her.

Jessica has won numerous awards and prizes in her home city, such as the Winifred Gavine Medal for solo violin playing, the Edinburgh Quartet Prize, in the Advanced Duet Class and was finalist in the Edinburgh Concerto Competition.

The idea of the Mull festival is to bring a new generation of musicians into contact with seasoned professional mentors in relaxed and stunning surroundings, away from the treadmill and stresses of the professional music circuit. In this regard, Jessica said :-”The festival is my number one commitment giving me the opportunity to play chamber music with wonderful mentors in such a peaceful place.”

Of the relevance these days of such a festival, she said: – “Classical music is sadly something that a lot of young people aren’t interested in – it is viewed as dated and ‘un-cool’. I hope that the festival reaches people of a younger age and shows them how varied the world of classical music can be.”

She added:-”We did get a fair amount of younger audience last year and I think the fact that the   musicians are made up of young people who are obviously passionate about music and having a fantastic time performing shows them a different side to classical music that they wouldn’t have previously experienced.”

As to who might enjoy attending the festival, Jessica said: – “I couldn’t recommend this festival enough. There is something for everyone. I strongly believe that even if you are not passionate about classical music witnessing such enjoyable concerts from such young players is an experience in itself. The location of the festival is incredible. The festival grows in size every year as people come and love it and recommend it to everyone they know.”

In conclusion she said: – ”If you want a fantastic introduction to the world of classical music it’s perfect, and if you are somebody who already loves classical music then it’s the ideal venue to come and enjoy some performances of the highest quality.”

The festival is based on the island because the young composer Felix Mendelssohn made a life changing trip through Scotland to Mull, which inspired him to write ‘The Hebrides Overture, Fingal’s Cave’- one of his most famous pieces.

The young professionals are divided into three groups which workshop repertoire with experienced mentors. Jessica is in group 2.
This year’s mentors are Levon Chilingirian, Gaby Lester, Susie Mészáros, Marcia Crayford, and Stephen Orton.

Due to the popularity of some venues, start times have been staggered to allow travel to another venue if capacity is reached. Concert goers at Glengorm and Duart Castles should arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the performances. All concerts are free of charge but an entrance fee is charged for access to Iona Abbey.
For further information about the festival, the venues and the participating musicians, visit: www.mendelssohnonmull.com

 


 

Workshop and Concert Diary 2013
Monday 1st July 2013 19.30 TOBERMORY PARISH CHURCH – All Groups
Tuesday 2nd July 2013 14.00 DERVAIG HALL – Group 3

19.30 SALEN CHURCH – Group 1

20.00 CRAIGNURE HALL – Group 2
Wednesday 3rd July 2013 19.30 SALEN CHURCH – Group 2

19.30 GLENGORM CASTLE – Group 1

20.15 MULL THEATRE – Group 3

Thursday 4th July 2013 11.30 IONA ABBEY – All Groups (This concert will include a performance of the Barber Adagio for Strings. Please note visitors must purchase a ticket to the Abbey.  Entrance to the concert is free.) 19.00 CREICH CHURCH – Group 1 19.00 BUNESSAN BAPTIST CHURCH – Group 3 20.00 DUART CASTLE – Group 2
Friday 5th July 2013 15.00 AROS HALL – Mendelssohn on Mull Music Makers 19.30 SALEN CHURCH – Classical Ceillidh – This concert will include a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet, to celebrate the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival’s 25th anniversary.   Saturday 6th July 2013 19.30 ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL, OBAN – This concert will include performances from all groups.

2013 Repertoire

Group 1 – Mentor: Levon Chilingirian  Haydn Op55 No2;  Shostakovich 8; Mendelssohn Op18
Group 2 – Mentors: Gaby Lester and Susie Mészáros Schubert  Quartettsatz in c minor ( D7030); Mozart  K593; Brahms  Op111
Group 3 – Marcia Crayford and Stephen Orton Mozart K575; Boccherini a cello quintet; Brahms Op18

Forthcoming Album by Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin’

Published in Edinburgh Reporter, June 1, 2013 by Sam Khan-McIntyre
link: https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2013/06/forthcoming-album-by-edinburgh-youth-gaitherin/

 

Padraig at the archives

Young musicians have been spending a year investigating and responding creatively to recordings and photos found in the School of Scottish Studies Archives at the University of Edinburgh. The seven participants are now raising money to record an album of the music they have developed.

This archive project is a collaboration between the School and Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, and is supported by Creative Scotland. The aim is to inspire new people to use the Archives and break down barriers young people and the wider community might have with visiting or using them.

The School of Scottish Studies, established in 1951, houses a treasure trove of fieldwork recordings including traditional songs, music, folklore and stories. The resource is an important asset to Scottish heritage.

Cathlin Macaulay, Archives curator at the School of Scottish Studies said:-“We are keen to bring new users into the Archives, especially young people, and welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin.”

Whilst taking part in the project, the participants have been learning about what is involved in being musicians: developing skills such as writing music; playing in a group; teaching; promotion; recording and learning how distribution works. They have also been seeking to take an innovative approach to heritage, whilst also developing a meaningful understanding of the content of the Archives and the context of the recordings.

This approach has taken several diverse forms from creating big arrangements for younger musicians to play; writing songs inspired by anecdotes and recollections of the way people used to live; to experimenting with traditional singing styles and writing new versions of these using words from Gaelic stories.

padraig at the archives 2

Participant Paduig Morrison, 16, who studies at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, and plays accordion and piano said:- “I have been playing a lot of traditional music and was very interested in learning lots of older stuff as well as newer stuff, and this project gave me the ability to access it”.

He added: “This project is inspiring as younger musicians understand where our music and traditional music comes from and [because] the oral tradition doesn’t exist to the same extent […] and it’s important as these were related to the songs of our forefathers”.

He believes the project is an excellent way of passing on the traditions. That through composing new material which is inspired by the old stories, melodies and recordings, ensures it evolves, keeps it and alive, and promotes an understanding of culture.

As traditional music is all about transmission, part of this project has involved transmitting music discovered in the Archives. This has been achieved by teaching it to younger musicians, EYG’s Big Band. The album being recorded will involve a track performed by the Big Band.

As part of the transmission process the participants have also been keeping a blog about what they have been doing. They hope their journey will inspire others.
The album is being recorded in collaboration with acclaimed musicians and producers Mike Vass and Matheu Watson. They still have money to raise in order to bring quality of recording to the album they feel it deserves. Therefore they have embarked upon a crowdfunding campaign, offering pre-orders of the album .

The album will be launched at the new arts complex at Summerhall on 29th September of this year. Tickets can be bought through their box office or online. Visit: http://www.summerhall.co.uk/2013/album-launch-the-archive-project/

Pedal on Parliament (Film broadcast)

POP2 once more

May 20, 2013 by  for Edinburgh Reporter Link:http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2013/05/pop2-once-more/

Another of our reporters was out on George IV Bridge and caught some of the action from Pedal on Parliament there on video… pedal on parliament movie from sam khan-mcintyre on Vimeo.

pedal on parliament movie from sam khan-mcintyre on Vimeo.

pedal on parliament picture

Tradfest: The Story of Scotland’s Creation

Cailleach's house. credit Catriona MurrayThe audience at this Tradfest event learned how Scotland came to be formed in the new telling of the 3,000 year old myth of the Cailleach, or old hag,  who, it is believed, created Scotland.  The storytellers brought the tale to life through wonderful narration, bright costumes and traditional music.

Taking place at the Storytelling Centre, the myth was narrated by Janis McKay and David Campbell. The hour-long performance was accompanied by renowned traditional Scottish musician Allan MacDonald.   The performers’ aim is for the story to become part of the ‘yes’ campaign on Scottish Independence. Their inspiration came from the Finnish Creation Myth, Kalevala, which helped Finland’s  independence from  Russia .

Janis McKay took centre stage looking dramatic in a flowing floor length turquoise gown, embroidered with Celtic designs. After an introduction to the evening, she explained how the story was put together through research and with guidance from Campbell. He was fittingly resplendent in traditional highland costume, complete with a bright yellow shirt and red necktie, costumes which set the atmosphere for the night’s theme. Campbell narrated the story alongside Mackay, also taking the part of the male role of the young prince.

She then introduced MacDonald, describing him as a “wonderful musician”, to which he replied “And she’s an awful woman!” to roars of laughter from the audience made up of people of all ages and cultures, and with the theatre full to capacity.

The stage was now set for a light-hearted and entertaining evening, as the audience settled down in expectation, and the lights dimmed. In fact, MacDonald, from his place at the side of the stage, did indeed transpire to be a wonderful musician, evoking a sense of Scotland’s natural beauty. Painting a picture of the mist over the mountains and scenic lochs through several traditional instruments. These included the smallpipes, Jew’s harp and malodoan, with Campbell weaving music into the storytelling with an obvious talent and skill.

MacKay began the narration of the tale by explaining how the story of the hag Cailleach unfolded. We learned how she had been living and working in Finland, when she came across the work of Elias Lonnrot, who had gathered and wrote a creation myth for the country in the 19th Century. She said:- ”While I was there I asked what is the Scottish original myth?” She then started to do research into  this, and explained:-  “I was guided by David Campbell, and we found this Earth Cailleach figure. What you will hear has been rescued from many tales, but the words are our own.”

She also completed the story’s setting for us, about a place called Glen Lyon in Perthshire, which is very isolated from anywhere. Here , she said: – “The Cailleach’s little house, about four feet tall, still stands”. Campbell explained that this was where the shrine to the Caillieach (meaning old woman in Gaelic) is maintained. This has been taken outside the house and left to stand in the air for the summer until the arrival of winter, or Samhain.

She said this is  a “tribute to the goddess,” and the “longest continuing ritual in Europe” from ancient times. Until very recently, it was carried out by a shepherd, and is now carried out by the local historical society.

We were then transported into another world  as the story progressed over the next forty- five minutes, with a genuinely infectious  sincerity and passion. This enabled the suspension of disbelief and a childlike entry into the magical world of gods and goddesses, princes, hags and strange creatures and beautiful beings.

The theme, as in the billed title, was creation. The tale of how Scotland emerged from a wasteland where there was once nothing, when the Callieach, described as “the mother goddess and creation of this land” came into being. She made “the first and ancient rock of her beloved Caledonia” which was claimed to be Iona. The story documents how she created each aspect of the country, the islands when “she gathered peats and carried them on a creel on her back. She fell, and the clods scattered, creating the islands”, mountains, the lakes and streams, were also made.

Described as “the hag of winter”, she was not ready to lose her grip on the land, when one night her alter ego, Bride, the goddess of spring, came into existence, through a dreamlike vision.  Bride threatened to uproot the Cailleach’s cold supremacy her with her youthful beauty.

For Bride, flowers and grass grow everywhere she walks.  The Cailleach becomes inflamed, and therefore dresses her in rags, enslaves, then imprisons her, “but her beauty never fades”. Angus Og, the prince of the eternally youthful and green land of Tir Na Nog, sees what is happening in a dream and sets off towards Bride.

The Cailleach then washed her plaid, and to dry it out, threw it over the mountaintops, coating the land in ice and darkness.  She sees a beautiful young face in her well, perhaps a younger version of herself. The prince soon arrives, and a battle ensues. He tells her:- “Begone, begone, your time has come”, portraying the eternal struggle between life and death.

The Cailleach had no intention of growing old gracefully, but is finally defeated and driven away to her isle in the west.  She eventually comes to realise what she has become, when she speaks to the tide about “how she is no longer mighty.”

The story ends when Bride then “took the outstretched hand of Angus and walked into the living Earth”, and flowers grew behind their footsteps.

With regard to the ‘yes’ campaign,  Campbell spoke to The Edinburgh Reporter explaining the nationalist aim for the story.  He explained:-  “The Finnish story was part of the thing which galvanised the sense of belonging, that traditional independence lives in the heart and spirit of the people.”

He continued:- “We aim to support the ‘yes’ campaign where we can through performances for example at the Edinburgh Fringe. The tale spreads a sense of the legend and story of people, and if people get that strong feeling, then that belongs to our destiny.”

“You can gather people’s support in elections or “win by poetry” as its beautiful sense speaks to the heart, spirit and imagination, but once the support is there, you rule by prose.”

For more information, visit:

http://www.daviddcampbell.co.uk/about-me.htm

http://www.janismackay.com/about-me/

Photos courtesy of Mike Wilkinson and Catriona Murray

Tradfest: Lore of the Land

Sam Khan-McIntyre published in Edinburgh Reporter on April 30 2013.

Link: http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2013/04/tradfest-lore-of-the-land/

Folklore Tapes Night. Rob St _JohnA night of folk music with a modern interpretation, as well as a talk on field recordings was brought together by Folklore Tapes. This is an ongoing project of documentation and collaboration of experimental audio and visual responses to different themes within folklore.

As part of Tradfest, the festival of traditional arts currently taking place, this event was held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Tom Western, a PhD student on field recording in Post-war Britain, began proceedings with a presentation to a full auditorium of 99, mainly young people.

Three diverse folk music acts followed the talk. First on stage were Ian Humberstone and Malcolm Benzie, with an intriguing tale set to modern and traditional instruments.   Iona Magnetic were next on stage, mixing folk stories with electronic music techniques and improvisation. Finally, the evening ended with Rob St. John, originating from Lancashire, with his band incorporating a more classical set up.

As the lights dimmed, and the audience hushed in expectation, Western took the stage and began with a 30 minute presentation on the authenticity of this type of field audio. Such recordings are produced outside a studio, and can feature natural sounds, or musicians and storytellers in their own surroundings. These began as an aid to research work,  and then used for documentary purposes.

Western first attempted to define the folk genre, when he said:-  “It’s hard to define but the borders between folk and pop music are seen as being opposites. Folk music has dealt with technology by embracing it and its effects.”

Western focused on the process of folk recording as “models of authenticity”, and related the difference between true and false recordings, and the way field recordings are placed in this context. He also explored the supposed authenticity of recordings since the Second World War, particularly  whether technology really adds legitimacy. Western explored the media’s role, and its commercial aims. He explained:- ”These are relevant issues because reproduction and recreation of the recordings contribute to the corruption of authenticity. This can also lead to distortion and fragmentation of the original sound.”

Ian Humberstone and Malcolm Benzie were next to appear, with the tale of esteemed witch, Mariann Voaden, who in the  late 19th century offered magical remedies, predictions  and fixing of curses. Mariann lived in a derelict house in Bratton, Devon, until it eventually fell apart and burned down. The house’s decay, and the effects of this on Mariann were themes in the music.

The traditional instrument, the harmonium, lent a core authenticity to the thirty minute piece, while adding a new interpretation due to the inclusion of the modern instruments, the violin and cymbals. These all combined to create an eerie and atmospheric sound, with a sinister and dark, slow deep haunting melody.  We could imagine Mariann deep in the dark woods in that house which is creaking and groaning with a life of its own.

Iona Magnetic, a band comprising David Orphan from Iona along with Alexander Borland had only decided to play the festival two weeks ago, and despite only one rehearsal of their 30-minute set under their belt, despite which their sound was still very professional.

Their first tale was called “The Fishermen and the Fairy Mound”. This folk tale is of two fishermen coming home in bad weather when they encounter the fairy queen going past Sithean Beg (the little fairy mound). She beguiles one of them and takes him away. His friend pleads every night with the fairies for his release, until finally a year later the queen consents to the fisherman’s return in exchange for his catch as ransom.

The band incorporated old and new instruments, cassettes, abstract films and field recordings in the local tongue to create a whole multimedia experience.  The backdrop film was an abstract in black and white. The 8mm film had been left in water to coat it in algae, which created an interesting effect and was played in vintage mode.

The cracking and hiss in the film’s audio indicated traditional materials and old recordings. The field recordings from Iona of wind and waves crashing, signified the fisherman’s doom, but the birdsong allowed us some hope. These also added authenticity to the piece and created an effect of the tale’s otherworldliness.

The ukulele as well as manipulated cassette players, mixed traditional and modern, bringing the piece into the present and indicating the evolution of folklore.

The darkness of harmony and broken melody were hypnotising in the dark auditorium, leading us to believe in the fairy queen and her beguiling. The slow tempo included sudden crashes and bangs, but the ukulele melody provided lightness towards the end as the danger decreased as the fisherman was rescued from the other world and returned home to the sound of the xylophone.

The second tale was about Netta Fornario. Netta went to Iona in 1929 with the intention of living there, and also further her occult studies as member of the group Alpha and Omega. This was part of the Order of the Golden Dawn, who were involved in astral projections and who performed magical rituals in the woods. Netta was found dead in these woods in dubious circumstances, perhaps as part of a ritual. She was discovered on top of a large cross carved in to the ground, along with a dagger and a blackened cross, which Western explained as “all very strange and arcane”.

The background film of decay contributed to the dark and sinister atmosphere. It was made on Super 8 film coated in dead insects and incorporated field recordings of a voice telling the story in tongues, as if from the past.

The incessant instrumental beat signified Netta’s heartbeat, and the twanging ukulele signified her move to the Scotland that she loved. The field recordings of wind and waves crashing show her doom, as the music became eerie and dangerous. It was as if Netta was running, scared. The music speeding up, with bangs, and the screen turning red, signified her death on the cross. It ended with a sinister recorded voice talking of how she was found.

When asked about his inspiration for the piece, Orphan said: – “I guess because The Fisherman and the Fairy Mound is a local story that I can relate to, as that was where I walked past a lot and the menfolk raced horses around it on a midsummer eve. It was a leftover from a pagan tradition. The piece is not done in a uniform way. The soundtrack is done in our way, keeping the same thing alive, but differently.”

Rob St. John with his band were the final headlining act, his set included the release of his new 7″ single Charcoal Black, with the b- sides The Bonny Grey/ Shallow Brown. Charcoal Black is a traditional Lancastrian melody from 1905, about the Industrial Revolution and crumbling mill towns contrasted with green fields. This is a ballad sung with energy and conviction, with the vocalist adding to the drama with his impressive stage presence and energy which made the music come to life.

“Shallow Brown” is a sad, haunting piece about the death of a loved one, Juliana; is a West Indian sea shanty from 1908; and an affiliation to slave ships on the port of Sunderland Point in Lancashire in the 1700s. The band has a modern set-up, with an electric guitar,  the moog and drums accompanying traditional folk songs. St. John said: – “I feel we’re on an exciting learning curve, with brand new songs recorded last year. These are traditional songs but reinterpreted. This is a wonderful space, brilliant sound and lovely people, I can’t ask for much more.” Judging by the applause at the end, they did themselves and the venue justice.

The event was part of Tradfest, a festival of traditional Scottish arts. This runs in Edinburgh between 24 April to 6 May at various venues. It is part of the celebrations for Mayday or Beltane, the traditional start of summer. The festival encompasses music, song, storytelling, dance, crafts, folk drama and celebrations of the environment. The festival is based on previous festivals such as the Edinburgh People’s Festival and the International Folk Festival.  Events included are to suit all tastes, including families and children.

Through the Lens with Haddington Camera Club.

By Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre

Commisioned East Lothian Courier

Haddington Camera club members showcase their talents in their annual exhibition at the John Gray Centre, coinciding with the organization’s 60th anniversary.

Taking place between 18 May and 12 June, the exhibition of 125 digital images incorporates a diverse range of work, from 41 of the club’s 60 strong membership. It takes place in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery, on the top floor of the venue.  The private viewing on the 17th of May  attracted members, along with their family and friends. People milled around admiring and discussing the photographs, uniformly hung and enhanced by silver frames.

Longstanding member 80 year-old Roy Myers  said: ‘I’ve been in the camera club since 1972 […] my mother had a camera in 1934’, which he learnt to use, and was developing film at the age of 7.  He continued that ‘in relation to computer technology I take a neutral view and I’m more into the art side of things’. He discussed a photo he had taken of a British Airways Concorde and talked about employing the rule of thirds to proportion the photo, as well as the use of light and shade. These he said are also techniques used in fine art.

The value of photography as art was also expressed in the club’s literature at the event, which stated that: ‘photography should be regarded as art; it is like viewing a painting or sculpture. It is the individual person whose attention is attracted and who interprets the image uniquely’.

The club’s website designer Lesley Clarke had two photos in the exhibition: one was called The ‘Writing on the Wall’ and was of an old- fashioned washbasin with a ‘no drinking water’ sign in a public bathroom in Sheffield. It conveyed the atmosphere of another era still present in parts of Sheffield.

James White who exhibited a photo called ‘Wells Cathedral said:I took the picture because it was a nice place and beautiful day.’ The photo was a picturesque scene of the cathedral and grounds, and included a woman with a child sitting under a tree.

Mike Shakespeare, the club treasurer explained how the club works:  ’we give advice, enjoy it, and if you want to learn something come forward and ask.. We look forward to new members and some of the good photographs made. People can learn more about computers, art and the technical side.’He mentioned some of its activities:‘We have photography expeditions, last year these were to Lindisfarne and country houses and gardens. We set a completion on the visits.’

Clarke explained what motivated her to join: ‘I’ve always taken photos and I like it from a social point of view.’  She added that 40 people go each week, and after the talks, there is time for a cup of tea and a chat. She said all sorts of people attend the weekly meetings, ranging in age of 15 to 80-year-olds, a mixture of men and women.

The exhibition takes place every year at St Mary’s Parish Church in Haddington. However this year the club’s anniversary and the recent opening of the John Gray centre in 2012 lead to the change of venue.

Exhibition opening times are Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4.

Club meetings are held between the months of September-April in the Poldrate Arts Centre.

These take place on Tuesdays at 7.30

More information can be found at:

 http://www.haddingtoncameraclub.org.uk/

Giant Chess Arrives in the Meadows

By Sam Khan-McIntyre. Published in Edinburgh Reporter on 18 April 2013 in Edinburgh Reporter.

link: http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2013/04/giant-chess-arrives-in-the-meadows/

giant chess

The appearance of a Giant Chess set on the Meadows in Edinburgh this summer should enable children to enjoy the ancient game in the fresh air, whilst also promoting essential life skills, according to those behind the project.

It has been organised by Jason Kouchak, an acclaimed classical musician and contributor to public projects, whose vision is to set up giant chess sets in major capital cities. The children involved in the Holland Park giant chess in London which Kouchak organised two years ago, have so far participated in national competitions with local English schools, and Kouchak wants to take it further hoping that Edinburgh will play against London. The idea is to organise international competitions, with a giant game being launched in Paris in October.

Kouchak believes the importance of chess is that it teaches skills which are increasingly needed in an age of computer games. He said: – “The value is to inspire, inform, educate and entertain them.   Focus, concentration, etiquette, and issues of respect, all improve as the players work together to teach each other and set up the pieces.  The game of chess has great interactive value, and there is no interaction when they’re on the computer.”

Sciennes Primary, which is close to The Meadows has been involved in the project as a result of their chess club, and pupils were present at the launch, although the ceremony was cut short due to the sudden bad weather.

Kouchak, himself a chess player, and friends with Viswanathan Anand, the Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion, received permission from The Scottish Government and the council to set up the project in The Meadows.

He provided the giant chess pieces himself, with the City Council supplying the paved squares. The huge chessboard will be painted twice a year, and park rangers will set up the pieces and put them away at the end of the day.Tuition is also being arranged with the involvement of Scottish grand masters, but is yet to be finalised.

The game is suitable for ages of 7 and upwards. Adults are welcome to take part, and also encouraged to supervise the children, and it is aimed at all levels of skill. There is no charge for participation.

More information on the project can be found here.

Scotish Seabird Centre Creates its Own “People’s Big Five”.

Published in Edinburgh Reporter, 4 April 2013, by Sam Khan-McIntyre
puffin 1

The absence of iconic and much loved puffins from the nation’s Big Five initiative has prompted the Scottish Seabird Centre to create its own unofficial People’s Big Five list, and they are encouraging the public to vote for their favourite Scottish Wildlife species.

This new list aims to create a more representative version of Scotland’s iconic species, as the Centre, in North Berwick,  feels the Big Five List, created by Scottish Natural Heritage, and VisitScotland, is not representative of the country’s wildlife.

Their list naturally includes seabirds, which were not included, as well as grey seals, whales and dolphins.  The centre wants to redress the balance, although it supports the Big Five initiative, and its aims of  spreading awareness of our wildlife.

Tom Brock OBE, CEO of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said:- “It is absurd that the Big Five should omit our iconic seabirds, notably the much-loved puffin. Scotland’s seabirds are of international importance: Scotland is home to almost half (45%) of all of Europe’s seabirds and over 60% of the world’s North Atlantic gannets nests in Scotland. To exclude all seabirds from the Big Five defies logic.

“Many visitors to Scotland, both from the UK and overseas, are drawn here to experience the beauty and wonder of our amazing wildlife. For many people an encounter with a puffin or dolphin can be nothing short of a deeply emotional experience, leaving impressions that last a lifetime. The puffin is one of Scotland’s most iconic birds and engenders a level of public affection that is unrivalled. Puffins are of major environmental and economic importance and can be seen all around Scotland’s coasts. They are one of the “stars” of Scotland’s natural world and our increasingly important wildlife tourism industry which raises awareness of Scotland’s wildlife and helps to support rural communities.”

Visitors, staff and volunteers at the award-winning Centre in North Berwick are watching eagerly on their live interactive cameras for the imminent landing of the first puffin of 2013 on the Firth of Forth islands. This key sighting is always a significant milestone in the annual wildlife calendar, but this year has added significance due to the distressing “puffin wreck” of recent days. The discovery of hundreds of seabird corpses including puffins, guillemots and razorbills along the entire length of the east coast has been extremely upsetting and is of a major concern. While the reasons are not entirely clear, the extreme weather conditions are undoubtedly a contributing factor. Many seabirds including puffins have been suffering a decline in numbers in many parts of Scotland in recent years. It is thought that food shortages as a result of climate change, a legacy of overfishing and changing sea temperatures could all be  contributing factors.

Brock added:- “The gaping absence of the puffin from the Big Five is deeply regrettable and extremely disappointing. This is a missed opportunity to highlight a species that is loved by many but is now in trouble. The Big Five announcement should have been used to recognise the importance of this wonderful bird and to raise public awareness that it needs our help to survive. I am truly appalled that this iconic seabird has been entirely missed off the “official” list.

“So we’re out to redress the balance. We now encourage all members of the public to tell us what species they believe ought to feature in our “People’s Big Five” – our own unofficial list, a Big Five that truly represents Scotland’s most iconic and best-loved animals.”

The public are encouraged to vote for their favourite species by emailing the Scottish Seabird Centre at big5@seabird.org, stating which animal they think should represent Scotland’s wildlife, and captures its essence. Votes can also be cast in person at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.

The public are also encouraged to debate the “People’s Big Five” on the centre’s Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/scottishseabirdcentre and on Twitter @SeabirdCentre using the hashtag #peoplesbigfive.

Voters have until 31 May 2013 to cast their votes. The “People’s Big Five” will be announced at the Start of June. The overall winner of the votes will be announced on 21 June 2013 at a special event at the Seabird Centre.

First Soup Swap at Forest Cafe (Audio broadcast)

First published on Castle FM site,  2 Feb 2012, by Sam Khan-McIntyre

feb 2013 554

Listen to the audio here:

All kinds of weird and wonderful soups were swapped and tasted at the soupfest held at the Forest Cafe on Saturday 26 January. This was the first of its kind in Britain, inspired by an American phenomenon. Some of the unusual ingredients used were Haggis and freekeh, which is widely used in the Middle East and comprises of green un-matured corn which is then roasted to bring out its flavour.

Approximately 20 attended, each swapping six soups of the same flavour, the most popular of which received a prize of a donated brand new 5 litre cooking pot.

The event was free to attend, with voluntary donations requested towards Streetworks, a homelessness charity, http://www.streetwork.org.uk/.

feb 2013 532

The soupswap was the brainchild of Bruce Mason whose wife runs the soup cafe Union of Genius, http://www.unionofgenius.com/ and he found it an interesting challenge to concoct a recipe which would meet his wife’s perceived expectations. Pete Campbell of Elephant Juice food Company http://www.elephantjuicefood.com/ brought one of the soups provided free for tasting. Pete’s soup company has contributed to charitable organisations such as Mary’s Meals, which provides food aid in Africa.

Charitable aims are a traditional part of Soup Swap events, which are also social occasions. The Forest Cafe http://blog.theforest.org.uk/ is a community non-profit organisation run by volunteers, and was used for the event due to its ethos. Here the free soups on offer were enthusiastically consumed, and the event was also an opportunity to meet like-minded soup fans and swap recipes.

feb 2013 560

The day was a huge success, as evidenced by the enthusiastic uproar during the judging and prize giving, and should set a precedent for this ethically conscious phenomenon to take off in Britain.

New Boat for Scottish Seabird Centre (Audio Broadcast)

771

Published in the Edinburgh Reporter, 29 March 2012 by Sam Khan-McIntyre

http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2013/03/new-boat-for-scottish-seabird-centre/

The New Boat launched at North Berwick Seabird Centre this week, and The Edinburgh Reporter was aboard when it made a trip to Bass Rock in wintry temperatures.

Margaret Bisset who won the competition to name the boat cut the ribbon and was the first passenger to step on board Seafari Explorer. A six-foot tall furry puffin, called Tammie, the centre’s mascot was also on hand to give the boat a proper send off.

The real puffins on Bass Rock are due to arrive in a month’s time, along with other wildlife, although a colony of seals were spotted to the excitement of all onboard, as well as many gannets, although we were told that the majority of these are also yet to arrive. Skipper Colin Aston who had sailed the boat from Southampton through gale force winds was suitably dressed for the occasion in a captain’s uniform.

Listen to the story of the launch here:-

The boat takes 57 passengers on an hour-long trip around the Bass Rock and Craigleath Island. The trip is an opportunity to witness wildlife close at hand, and is suitable for the whole family.It will also be used as a floating clasroom to teach school children about wildlife. The boat will be running on Good Friday and throughout the Easter weekend, and will run until October.
For further details and trip times, visit http://www.seabird.org/index.php

810

Hassan Blassim in Edinurgh at the Iraqi Reel Festival

March 27, 2013 by Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre for the Edinburgh Reporter·
link:http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2013/03/hassan-blassim-in-edinburgh-at-the-iraqui-reel-festival/

Blassim pic

Iraqi writer Hassan Blassim read from his second book The Iraqi Christ, which was followed by a lively discussion, at Summerhall last night. Blassim is known as ‘The Iraqi Kafka’ in his adopted country Finland, and has been called the ‘Best writer of Iraqi fiction’ by the Guardian.

The venue at the former Royal (Dick) Veterinary College was full to capacity, and Middle Eastern food was provided at the free event. Blassim himself spent some time outside for fresh air, and chatted about his taste for bright colours and painting his shoes bright green in a moment of boredom. At the end of the evening he signed copies of his book, which is also available on the Internet.

Blassim read from the title story of his short story collection of fiction, reading in Arabic, with an English translation on screen for the audience. He then answered questions in an English which was advanced, considering he has only been learning it for the past two years. A translator was present but rarely used.

blassim

The controversial story about a suicide bomber in Iraq known as Christ, ties together his aim of storytelling as expressing the human angle with his experiences of violence. He said: – “I am interested in what happened to people, and how the war affects people.”

The story was a dark and troubling expression of humanity through the interplay between a bomber, the tenderness of a son towards his mother and the universal identification which makes the unimaginable real.

His writing he said is inspired by the war, as well as literature, film and music. He has been influenced by Tarantino and the violence which he witnessed in his homeland. South American literature and its “similar problems with dictators” is also important to him.

He explained:- ”The writing is important because the war affected people in a way which is not portrayed by the media. The Iraqi people want to know. We don’t know anything, only from Western media, no music or literature. I believe culture is a way for people to understand what happened, and to understand Iraq’s problems. Violence is one of them, but also religion mixed in with money and oil and corruption.”

Blassim said that people were not happy with Saddam’s regime, nor the invasion, and that the people themselves were powerless ”to change things because of power from outside”. At the moment, he said: – “All the TV are controlled by the militia and the political parties make people think they are free, but many people die every day. They say it’s al Qaeda, they use it to blame all the problems on.”

It has been a long journey for Blassim, to be able to express himself creatively since he walked from Iraq into Eastern Europe. Blassim had to flee Iraq due to controversial views in his work, and is currently living in Finland. He said he has been advised by friends not to return to Iraq. He said:- “I left Iraq for safety reasons. Returning to my homeland would be a real threat as my friend Hadiel Mahdi, a radio presenter, whose views were seen as controversial was shot at his house by Iraqi security forces. Hadiel had wanted discussion for our country, he talked about government corruption, he asked normal questions about Iraqi people, like where does the oil money go? To the militia and mafia.”

Blassim has won numerous awards in Iraq for his films, and his current book has so far been translated into five languages. However he is modest about his achievements, and doesn’t feel the praise. He said: – “When you write you feel scared, it’s like the first time and you learn everything again. As a result of the positive reviews, I am able to access funding in Finland to continue my work. I want to continue making films for now.”

Blassim concluded by saying: – “The Iraq War destroyed many things, but culture never dies because you can’t kill hope. We have wonderful culture in Iraq, we never have a chance to show this beautiful face, but we people think it is great. We want to share our thoughts, our humanity.”

The event was part of the Iraqi Reel Festival which took place in Edinburgh between 16 and 25 March and across Britain. For more information visit the website.

The Big Sleepout

By Sam Khan-McIntyre for Edinburgh Reporter, 25 March 2013

Bethany Big Sleepout at City Chambers

People of all ages turned up to spend the night sleeping outside at Edinburgh City Chambers on Friday night, despite the temperature falling close to zero.The 120 participants enjoyed live music, the onesie competition as well as the shelter building competition.

£20,000 was raised for the Bethany Homeless Shelter.

There was a great atmosphere of camaraderie as groups worked together to build their shelters of cardboard and sticky tape. Cups of tea, soup and snacks were provided free and everyone was dressed warmly in woolly hats, layers and thermals. The event was labelled the Big Sleepout rather than just sleepout, due to its expansion to other Scottish cities, said Edinburgh Care Shelter Manager Norrie Webb.

Organiser Claire Poad said of the evening:- “So far everything is going really well, and everyone seems really positive. The weather hasn’t dampened any spirits. The shelter- building competition was a little bit of fun.”

One boy who was enjoying the fun was Alistair Baines, aged 12, from the 12th Midlothian Scouts. Building a cardboard shelter with his group, Alistair explained:- “I am working towards my Scout badges, and also want to raise awareness about homelessness in the community.”

His father Rob, who was providing a watchful eye, explained that for the children it was educational:- “It’s for him to play a part and understand how important everybody is, who we live with, teach them how the world works and also some practicality.”

Despite the fun of the night, Norrie Webb explained the reality behind the lives of his clients, which he wanted people to understand. He said:-”The aim is to raise awareness because the reality is it’s cold, wet and windy.

The shelters are only open during the winter until the 1st of April, that there is nothing more we can do due to financing, which makes me feel helpless. Without the shelter, people would die from hypothermia. Two people who used the shelter this year have passed away. A 27-year old client died from cardiac arrest last year, so the realities of homelessness can have an adverse affect.”

The Bethany care shelter is the only one running in Edinburgh. It is church- funded and run by volunteers, along with the care van which distributes hot drinks in the evening which Webb also manages. According to Webb, there are nearly 800 volunteers helping to run all of these facilities, through the generosity of time and funds. These funds are provided through events such as coffee mornings, and donations. Norrie continued:-”Homelessness can be caused by all sorts of issues including relationship breakdown, or drug and alcohol issues. The care shelter helps those who cannot get placed in hostels.

The aim is to give people dignity and respect. I’m very lucky to be invited into these people’s lives.”

Reel Iraq Festival Showcases the Real Iraq

erbil in cave

 

March 15, 2013 by Sam Khan-McIntyre in the Edinburgh Reporter

Set up to to enhance bonds of connection and harmony between Iraq and the rest of the world through culture, the Reel Iraq Festival is due to take place in Edinburgh to mark the tenth anniversary of its invasion. It will take place between the 16-24 March 2013 at various venues in the city, as well as at different parts of the country.

The festival aims to showcase the cultural heritage of Iraq, it is a means of building bridges, raising awareness and showing Britons the ancient culture which was at the forefront of civilisation. It is also a means to empower Iraqis, and for people to learn from and connect through their arts, according to organiser Lauren Pynott. A variety of events are listed, targeted at different audiences, from a serious panel discussion to a reading by the renowned writer Hassan Blassim’s who reads from his book The Iraqi Christ, and Bressm and Lord Erregal, who on the opening night play a mixture of emo, punk, and metal. There is also an oud workshop, a traditional Iraqi instrument.

19206_10151211233195936_381731065_n

Pynott said:- ”The idea is to shed some light behind the headlines, we would like to mark the anniversary, and for people to understand a bit more of the culture and go behind the invasion.”

Portraying this culture, and the loss of it due to the war is Parine Jaddo, one of the featured artists, with her documentary, Broken Record. She said the film was made as a tribute to her mother who died in 2008, and who had been a teacher as one of the first generation of women to work in Iraq. She had been a daring woman, recording songs with her brothers in the 1960s. During the film, Parine goes in search of this recording, travelling around Iraq and in Kirkurk, at her home city of Turkmen. She explained :-”The rich heritage of music and culture was ‘burnt and lost, the beautiful cities destroyed. It was very painful.” She said that some paintings and museum artefacts are being returned, but nothing is being done about music. She described this loss as a ”Broken Record”, hence the title of her film.

Still of Film Director Parine Jaddo

Of the changes which took place in the country, Jaddo said:- ”It does not make sense because I don’t recognise the Iraq I know. Although Iraq is rich in oil, there are many problems such as lack of infrastructure that was fully functioning before, things like electricity, roads that are full of pot holes, and a dysfunctional medical care system, to list a few.”

“However there is hope, there seems to be a cultural resistance taking place in the country, there are a whole bunch of young musicians and all the old instruments are still alive.” Parine sees herself as part of that resistance, by creating awareness of the cultural loss, through a personal film which also relates to the universal, for the cultural loss concerns the ”human family” of which everyone is a part. She explained:-”Funds are needed to enable increased awareness of the culture and its loss, and ultimately I keep a positive attitude and hope to make as many films as I can.”

Parine’s film emphasises a global shared understanding through the vehicle of the universal language of music, through which people can relate to culture as well as the pain of loss. Although a personal film, she hopes that it emphasises what is most important to human beings, and that is their uniqueness and the ability to express themselves as individuals and as part of a community, and it also highlights the importance of connections between communities.

The Festival is organised by Reel Festivals, which run annually. It started with Reel Afghanistan in 2008. The organisers comprise of a team of 8 volunteers, It is funded by various NGOs including the British Council and Firefly International. The first leg of this year’s festival took place in Iraq, said Pynott, with a combination of British and Iraqi poets who translated each others’ work in the context of the ‘ugliness and violence’ of the war expressed terms of a culture and a shared empathy.

For more information, visit http://www.reelfestivals.org/

Out Under the Stars for Bethany

Sleepout-2013-web-banner-postv2

By Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre, pubblished in The Edinburgh Reporter, 13 March 2012

The Big Sleepout means exactly that, sleeping out under the stars for a night, It is  organised by Bethany Christian Trust, a homelessness charity. It aims to raise the profile of homelessness, as well as raise funds, through the sponsorship of participants’ friends and family.

The event will be taking place on The Royal Mile, inside the walls of Edinburgh City Chambers. Hannah Biddulph, organiser at the trust explained that around 175 participants are expected in Edinburgh. The event has been running in Edinburgh for the past 12 years, beginning at a small churchyard, and has since increased in size many times. In addition to the Edinburgh venue, 50 participants are expected at the other venues in Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife, which have been added this year.

HannahBiddulph-11

Biddulph said:- “The Sleepout is an important event because having a real experience of sleeping outside is an eye-opener.” She added “We do have a great night, but there is a serious element in that the fundraiser can go home, but the homeless person would be having a hard day trying to keep warm and find shelter from the elements. For that person there is no such thing as sleep…you’re too cold and vulnerable.” This event, then, aims to show people how it can be the most horrendous of experiences.

Jenni Willis, a surveyor who has taken part four times, explained what it felt like:-”You knew you were going to get home, and were with friends. There are stewards and security and we were sheltered from the real world of homelessness,  but it does give an indication of what it must be like. There was a sense of vulnerability, and one side of me was numb when I woke up. This makes you think about how it is for them.”

People from all sections of society have taken part on previous occasions. Biddulph said:-”We have had people in their 70s, youth groups, Scouts, and everyone in between.” She added that 20 staff and volunteers will be participating to ensure everything goes smoothly. The event complies with health and safety, with security, and is supported by the council and  by Lothian and Borders Police.

The issue of homelessness is very relevant to today’s society as Biddulph explained that over 45,000 people in Scotland alone registered as homeless last year. She expects this situation to worsen, due to the new bedroom tax legislation,  “Bethany helps all sorts of people who find themselves in that situation, such as young people, men and women, families with young children and the elderly.  Lots of our service users suffer from problems in their lives.”

Jenni also spoke of how the issue is relevant today:-”It could happen to anyone, but some people think it couldn’t happen to them.” She cited family breakdowns, the economy and the loss of jobs as the reasons. Jenni herself has known friends who have experienced homelessness and she takes part for them.

Bethany makes an immense contribution to the lives of the homeless, each year giving aid to a staggering around 4000 homeless and vulnerable people, according to Biddulph. She estimates they have 3000 volunteers, and 200 members of staff.

To those taking part, Jenni’s advice is to wrap up warm, and make sure you’ve got food and something comfortable to lie on. She is full if praise for Bethany, ‘I think the support that they give is unique’.

To register and download a sponsorship form, go to  the webpage here.

This will also give you some information in case you are thinking about joining in:-

 

Sleepout-Info-sheet-2013-A4-Edinv21

 

 

.”

Dads Rock, One Year On

February 27, 2013 by Sam & Gavin  Khan-McIntyre. ·Published in Edinburgh Reporter.

 

Dads Rock celebrated their first birthday last weekend.dads rock 2

The name ‘Dads Rock’ may conjure up various images, including pink candy, but according to David Marshall it is the perfect term for the only children’s playgroups aimed at fathers. The name he says is a take on the Queen song ‘We Will Rock You’, as well as the fact that he believes dads are the rock of any family.

Fostering the creative expression of children through music (especially rock) the toddlers’ group was set up by Marshall along with his friend, Thomas Lynch, and the group celebrated its first anniversary on 23 February 2013 at The Whale Arts Centre, Wester Hailes.

David said:- “I am over the moon at our success. We didn’t believe we’d be here for a year, never mind have two groups!”

Dads Rock is going from strength to strength with plans for other centres underway, including one in Glasgow.

The event on Saturday, complete with all the noise of small children running about, incorporated a film montage of some of the toddlers at the group, a birthday cake the size of a giant watermelon, and the centrepiece of a shiny new bright red electric guitar donated for the party by the instrument retailer Guitar, Guitar, Corstorphine Road, of which Thomas and David were particularly proud.

dads rock 3

The evening also included a photographic exhibition of some of the fathers and children who use the group. This was previously exhibited at the Scottish Parliament, which says Thomas, are enthusiastic supporters due to research into fatherhood:- “Parliament are quite keen to give funding as it’s one of their strategies to give funding to dads.” He added:-”MSPs have also been supporters, for instance local MSP Gordon McDonald is on our board of trustees. The group is also funded by the National Lottery, and is aiming for charitable status. All this means that we can provide our services free of charge.Once you start charging you’re changing the culture.”

Thomas added:-”We are capturing dads who work, as they don’t get much time with their children, but we really have a mix of people…lots of Polish parents coming, as well as local dads’.

One of the Polish dads attending was Filip Stephen, with daughter Tessia, who is an old friend of the organisers. The group’s importance for him is being able to spend quality time with his three year old. He said:-”We bonded better than before. It has improved the daughter-father relationship…because I’m a working father it’s only us for a few hours.”

Other positive factors for him are the friendship networks with other dads, as he said:-”I’m not an Edinburgh- born person, so this allows me to talk about children and how we deal with them and the issues involved.” This is important for him as the prevalence of the usual ‘mummy groups’ meant that he ‘felt isolated as a guy’.

This was a an issue Thomas and David aimed to addresdads rocks. They started the group with this in mind:-”We didn’t know a place for dads to go because some playgroups are full of mothers and that can be a bit intimidating for dads. Here dads come and talk about being dads…and get the space to do that.”

As to the children, Filip says his daughter has flourished, overcoming her shyness of strangers:- “Here she is always singing and playing instruments, and expressing herself, and coming here leaves lots of room for mum.”

Thomas agrees with this:- “We sell it to mum as a break for them, and mums are really great supporters.”

One of those mothers is Sandra Thomson, mother to Riley Keogh who is 2. She said:-”The group means I get time in the mornings …to relax. It enables my husband David to have an opportunity to bond with our son, which a father has to work at in a different way to mum, through time spent together. I feel it has given both father and son increased confidence, and seeing them content together has in turn given me confidence. Dads Rock is a good influence in our lives.”

Dads Rock Groups are located at:

The Prentice Centre, Granton Mains Avenue, EH4 4GA

Gate 55, Sighthill Road, Edinburgh EH11 4PB

Time: Saturday mornings, 10-11.30am. Suitable for 0-5 years of age.

More information can be found on the Dads Rock Facebook page