Author : Rosalind

Written on Apr, 02, 2017 by in

Since summer 2016 I have been working on the Saughton Park Restoration Project, as a project worker with the Living Memory Association. As part of the multi-million pound restoration project (which you can read more about here), the social history is being explored and documented. Volunteers have been researching the park’s long and fascinating history, recording people’s memories and collecting …

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Written on Mar, 14, 2017 by in ,

Most Wednesdays I run a writing group called Shut Up and Write! It’s exactly as the title suggests; we meet and write in silence for one hour. Except it’s not totally silent, since we meet in a busy coffee shop where there’s background chat and music, but I usually find it easier to relax and be productive in a buzzy environment …

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Written on Feb, 28, 2017 by in

A recent commissioned article was this overview of the Internet of Things, for Property Report magazine: http://www.property-report.com/detail/-/blogs/how-the-internet-of-things-is-changing-our-homes-and-cities?platform=hootsuite

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Written on Jan, 12, 2017 by in

Happy New Year to you from a cold and snowy Edinburgh! Like most people I am getting back into the swing of things after the festive season; this week I’ve been designing and editing the LMA magazine (30th anniversary issue!), doing research and collecting oral histories with volunteers for the Saughton Park project, and finishing my second book. The book …

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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 Jul, 16, 2016 by in

I love discovering new places. Sometimes I write about them and photograph them, for websites such as Atlas Obscura  

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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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