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Edinburgh-based freelance magazine journalist, specialising in arts & culture, equality issues (especially disabilities & LGBT), and popular science.

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James Allan Wilson

Journalist, filmmaker, writer Born: April 14, 1923; Died: January 4, 2018 James Allan Wilson, who has died from heart failure a few months shy of his 95th birthday, was a journalist, filmmaker and writer whose influence on the development of documentary filmmaking in Scotland inspired the Saltire Society to award him Honorary Membership in 2015. […]

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Colonial Community

Dotted around Edinburgh are more than half-a-dozen unique neighbourhoods built primarily during the latter half of the 19th century. Instantly recognisable thanks to their parallel lines of distinctive two-story buildings, usually with external staircases leading to the ‘Upper’ flats, these ‘Colony’ homes were originally built to provide affordable, quality housing for the city’s artisan working […]

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Solar Bear break new ground with a production of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Love and Information’

                         A new touring production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information is an excellent showcase for its young cast from the UK’s only performance degree for D/deaf actors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in collaboration with leading Scottish company Solar Bear. Review by Paul F […]

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Living History from Underwater

                         Most people’s idea of an archaeologist is unlikely to have them wearing diving gear, but Dr Nicholas “Nick” Dixon OBE would beg to disagree. “Scotland has an immensely rich underwater heritage,” he insists. “It is often with regret that I have concentrated my efforts in […]

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A Second Chance At First Light: The Isaac Newton Telescope at 50

                         When The Queen inaugurated the Isaac Newton Telescope on 1 December 1967, its 98-inch mirror made it the fourth-largest reflector telescope in the world. “It is often said that our most brilliant young men are tempted to leave the country and join the brain drain […]

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Putting Family History on the Map

Historic maps can help you better understand the lives of your ancestors, and can even clear up some mysteries, explains Paul F Cockburn. Some 14,000 years ago, in what is now Abauntz in the Navarra region of northern Spain, an unknown man or woman picked up a stone tablet and began to carve onto its […]

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A Rollicking Adventure

           It may be hindsight, but some writers appear destined to write particular books. Take, for example, Robert J Harris and his new novel The Thirty-One Kings, which brings together several of Scottish author John Buchan’s most popular characters—including Richard Hannay of The Thirty-Nine Steps—in a new adventure set during the early part of […]

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