Why this new Anglo-Scottish family will be voting YES

September 11, 2014
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During the independence debate we have heard from some political commentators, such as Jeremy Paxman, that the steady rise in support for a yes vote represents a surge in anti-English sentiment. It’s one of the arguments I have found hardest to swallow, since it clashes with what we as an English family living in Scotland […]

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Video – Magical Woodland Walk

June 12, 2014
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Rowanbank is an environmental consultancy that takes an innovative and creative approach to teaching young people about nature. Every year they create a magical woodland walk in Craiglockhart woods, a treasure hunt with vivid characters perched in trees and flying through the air on a trapeze. To create a dreamlike quality, this film was shot […]

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The 22 – a new collaborative radio studio in Edinburgh

April 2, 2013
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Over the last few weeks something very exciting has been taking shape in Argyle House, a giant former government building in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. In this unusual building, a group of independent producers, community radio makers, retired broadcasters, poets, sound artists, freelance journalists, writers and podcasters have come together to work on a […]

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Timelapse Project on the Edinburgh Innertube

February 12, 2013
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I recently began a new project to gather timelapse films of the city’s many off-road cycle routes for the Edinburgh Innertube Map project. So far I’ve mainly been shooting shots of rush-hour traffic at dusk on the Union Canal, which is close to where I live. I’m been making a lot of mistakes, but also […]

Sunday Herald Exclusive – disabled and sick face unpaid work programs

December 2, 2012
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This week I did my first collaborative project with fellow journalist Peter Geoghegan, and we nailed a great story, getting the front-page lead story and a double page spread in the Sunday Herald – my first article for the paper. It’s about how the Government’s controversial mandatory work program is, from tomorrow, being extended to […]

Interview with Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian

November 22, 2012
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Stuart Murdoch is BEST known as the lead singer and songwriter of indie pop band Belle and Sebastian, whose wistful songs have earned them a cult following in the UK and abroad. If your a fan of Murdoch’s music, you’ll know that they’re full of often melancholic stories of young life and love, with well […]

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Two new radio pieces about Margo MacDonald’s assisted suicide bill

November 5, 2012
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Campaigners from across Europe gathered at the Royal Society of Edinburgh last Friday to mark European Right to Die Day, and to launch Margo MacDonald’s Assisted Suicide Bill. This is MacDonald’s second attempt to change the law – her first proposal in 2010 was heavily defeated, by 85 votes to 16. But with recent high […]

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