About paulfcockburn

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

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BBC Sky at Night Magazine at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

                         I am pleased to have been asked, by BBC Sky at Night Magazine, to provide some coverage of the space and astronomy-related events during this year’s 30th Edinburgh International Science Festival. This is in the form of three blog-posts, delivered and published weekly, which can […]

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Hugh Russell Paul Hancock

Machinima founder, and VR Developer Born: August 30, 1977 Died: February 5, 2018 Hugh Hancock, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in February, was essentially a storyteller, but one for whom the written word was never quite enough. Instead, in the late 1990s he helped develop a new form of underground, guerrilla film-making, which […]

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The Castle of Mey

                         The private Caithness home of the late Queen Mother continues to flourish and contribute to the wider local community—just as she intended, says PAUL F COCKBURN. When Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother first saw the Castle of Mey in 1952, while visiting friends in Caithness, […]

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Reflecting on a Dark Day for the Navy

                         When Elizabeth Scott erected a gravestone in Dundee’s Eastern Cemetery—marking the last resting place of a husband killed during the First World War, and to the memory of a son “lost on active service” during the Second, you do wonder just how much she had […]

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No Mean Film City

                         “Well, like many a teenager we’ve grown through the years, and learnt our mistakes,” says Allan Hunter, co-director of the annual Glasgow Film Festival, which this month returns to the city for the 14th time. Much has changed since 2005, not least how both Glasgow […]

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Set for a Clean Sweep?

                         Scotland has produced many Olympic athletes down the decades but, for sheer consistency, it’s hard to ignore the success of the country’s curling teams since the sport gained Olympic status in 1998. With Great Britain consistently among the world’s top seven, much of the focus […]

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Dad landscape

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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