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Written on Dec, 06, 2016 by in ,

Happy 40th birthday to The Action Group! I was the chief writer for the charity’s anniversary publication. This involved interviewing everyone from the chief executive to people who founded the grassroots organisation, to current staff and clients, as well as researching and writing a 40-year timeline.  

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Written on Dec, 02, 2016 by in

I’m not keen on the short days in Scotland during winter but at least this year, from the front room of my newish flat, the darkness has often been balanced by some beautiful skies and sunsets. Got to be quick to catch them though!  

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Written on Oct, 09, 2016 by in

Well that was a fast summer! When not moving flat, enjoying a trip to the Continent and ‘doing’ the Edinburgh Fringe, here’s what I was up to: Saughton Park Restoration Project This project (see previous blog post for more information) is well underway. We have a great team of enthusiastic volunteers who have attended induction sessions at the National and …

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Written on Jun, 07, 2016 by in

From the spectacular 1908 Scottish National Exhibition to memorable musical performances at the bandstand, from Saughton House to the sunken Italian garden – Saughton Park has a long and very colourful history. These days the park is probably most accurately described as a hidden gem. People do enjoy its jewels, including its walled gardens and topiary, tropical plants and variety of …

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Written on May, 20, 2016 by in ,

During a recent three-month trip to the USA, where I travelled from Maine to Florida, I stayed at a farm in Virginia. One evening we watched a DVD about recent archaeological finds in the state, which shone a new light on the story of Pocahontas. (It was a farm in the middle of nowhere so our evening entertainment was, on …

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Written on May, 16, 2016 by in

Starting to write the content for a book covering the event-filled and action-packed 40 year history of a charity…so I got a Silvine notebook and a yellow Bic pen (with black ink obviously) for the task at hand. Never been tempted by a fancier type of writing implement; a Bic biro (fine or crystal) is my all time favourite. I love the ink, the super …

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Written on Apr, 06, 2016 by in

Since I came back from travelling I’ve made a minor but significant change to my day. If I’m working from home, I start the day doing yoga (first time in my life I’ve stuck at a course) then gather my thoughts while making a coffee. Then I have breakfast and only then do I start the working day. At the moment …

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Written on Mar, 15, 2016 by in

Hello. Isn’t it good to see the arrival of spring? Or at least, it made an appearance yesterday and most welcome it was too. As I mentioned in my previous post I recently worked on a project with Brewing Heritage Scotland, recording people’s stories for the exhibition Raise Your Glass!, now open at the Museum of Edinburgh until June 25th. The …

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Written on Feb, 23, 2016 by in

Hello. It’s a while since I posted an update here. There’s actually a good reason for this: work! I returned from the USA late last year. It was mostly for pleasure but also to find material for my second book. Returning to the Scottish midwinter was not my brightest move and it took me ages to readjust. Basically, it largely …

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Written on Feb, 21, 2015 by in

March is fast approaching – how did THAT happen? After a quiet start to the year (does any freelancer have a packed schedule in early January?!) the past few weeks have provided a varied mix of work as always. Commercial writing, such as profiles for The Scotsman At Home website, weddings wisdom (not from me, but from various experts), and …

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