Making Contact: Co-ops on the Rise

October 9, 2012
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Earlier this year I spent a month in the north of Spain visiting eco-villages in the mountains, and also making a radio piece about the world’s largest worker owned co-operative, the Mondragon Corporation, based in the Basque Country in Spain. And now you can hear it! The report was for an upbeat American radio program […]

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September 21, 2012
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Originally posted on The Radio Doc Blog:
Last night I had my second encounter with The Lights Out Listening Group – an aural  appreciation night where you sit in total darkness and listen to experimental, playful and interesting soundscapes and pieces. Last night’s session had something of an aquatic theme, featuring a few submissions (or sub-missions?) from…

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Video – Completing the Everest-Tinto Challenge

September 17, 2012
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https://vimeo.com/49600040

The moment when Michael Macloed and I completed the gruelling Everest-Tinto Challenge...

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September 16, 2012
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Originally posted on The Radio Doc Blog:
This week I attended three radio training courses with Ian Peacock at the BBC Scotland HQ in Glasgow. Ian could not have a more appropriate surname – the kind of radio he makes is colourful, creative, and bursts out of nowhere, demanding your attention. The three sessions focused…

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September 10, 2012
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Originally posted on The Radio Doc Blog:
I’m reading Sound Design by David Sonnenschein, a book which explores more creative, esoteric and philosophical approaches to gathering and manipulating sound. One of the many exercises in the book suggests that you gather five familiar, everyday sounds, each one with a different emotional significance or meaning, and…

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Faerie pools, canoeing and selkies on the Isle of Skye

September 10, 2012
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On impulse I took of to the West Coast of Scotland this weekend, visiting the Isle of Skye for the first time. It’s an epic drive to get there (I feel like I spent most of the weekend behind the wheel) but having a small camper van meant I could sleep on the way, spending […]

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NENgaging the Inverleith community with social media

September 6, 2012
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Last week we held our first ever NENgage session at Stockbridge Library. NENgage is a new project I’m running with blogger, writer and broadcaster Emily Dodd that aims to pass on social media skills like blogging, online video, and simple data journalism to community groups. It’s backed by the North Edinburgh News with funding from […]