To Brexit, from an EU immigrant

I always knew you were quite prone To go off and do things on your own, But your leave campaign lied, Your ref had my hands tied, And I’m not sure I can still call you home. Still I like you, and please bear in mind: I respect your opinion, you’ll find, But the pound’s pretty dismal, The outlook – abysmal, You made history! Just not the right More...

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By Reader On Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
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Edinburgh event : ‘Empowering Relationships’

I am promoting an event withBhu Devi and Bhavani Ma, two spiritual teachers from Australia which takes place in the Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Street in Edinburgh on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016. The event More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, April 28th, 2016
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Edinburgh libraries not just so welcoming

Haian Dukhan, is a PhD student at the University of St Andrews who moved to Edinburgh last January. He is from Syria and used to live in Palmyra, but came to Scotland to purse his academic career researching Syria’s More...

By Reader On Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
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Mongol Rally for Smiles – 993cc for 10,000 miles

993cc for 10,000 miles Two adventurous friends from Edinburgh are determinant to drive 10,000 miles in a tiny car all the way to Mongolia for charity. On July 17th Domonkos Nemeth, 26 and Gab G. Ballok, 27 will More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, February 18th, 2016
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Thank You To The Western General

Back in November I had a health issue which required investigating, the result of which was a wee operation yesterday. Initial findings have shown ‘nothing untoward’ although a biopsy has been taken More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, February 18th, 2016
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Automatic Schmuck

The other day I was reminded about something my wife said to me a wee while back. No, it wasn’t ‘have you mended that kitchen shelf yet?’ Nor was it ‘so when are you going to paint the spare room?’ (although More...

By Reader On Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
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Edinburgh local celebrates climbing Seven Summits

Chartered Forester, James Ogilvie (58) is one of only 40 Brits to make it to the top of the Seven Summits – the highest mountains on the world’s seven continents. The Edinburgh local has travelled far and More...

By Reader On Monday, August 31st, 2015
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Art – Love Food opens this weekend

  A new art show opening in Linlithgow this week is something of a family affair. Love Food, at the town’s Line Gallery, is an exhibition of work by Edinburgh artist and designer Julia Murden and her daughters More...

By Mike Smith On Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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Edinburgh – My City

  Late Monday afternoon. It had been a very busy day in the office, one of those days when one wished that Alexander Graham Bell, a Scot of some distinction, hadn’t bothered inventing the telephone. The More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
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Suspicious Minds

The other day the present Mrs Smith and I staggered out of the gym at Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal (yes, dear reader, the gym – despite what my daughters may tell you, I’m not quite ready yet for the knacker’s More...