Think Global, Think Glass

Sir Patrick Geddes, one of Britain’s first town planners, but also a scientist and ‘educator’, worked all over the world to deal with poverty created by industrial expansion and mass urbanisation. Now he has been immortalised in light and glass as part of an ongoing campaign to celebrate his international achievements more than 150 years after his birth.

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East Lothian’s Most Notorious Son

An old Scottish legend has it that, one day in the 1400s, a young lady from Girvan in Ayrshire planted the hairy tree. Not long after, the angry community of Girvan hanged her from it. Her crime? She was the daughter of East Lothian’s most notorious son, the evil cannibal, Sawney Bean.

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At the Sign of the Cross and the Sword

Brunswick Street Lane is a surprising venue, not far off Leith Walk, for a sword-maker. There is no great foundry, no dramatic exhibition hall and no sparks, clangs and clashes. Instead, swinging in the breeze is a sign “of the Cross and Sword” which identifies the home of Macdonald Armoury. This unostentatious but specialist armoury has been producing craftsman-made swords since 1998, which are exported throughout the world.

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Michael Shea – ‘A Man ‘o Pairts’

The drawing room in the Ramsay Gardens flat where Michael Shea works, has a collection of splendid murals which were executed by his godfather John Duncan. It is very elegant indeed and Michael’s distinguished career as an academic, a diplomat, a writer of over twenty published books and for 10 years as Press Secretary to Her Majesty The Queen would entitle him to the description ‘grand’. However he vigorously denies any such thing.
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Steven Osborne – A Festival Favourite

The rapturous applause that greeted Steven Osborne’s appearance at the first of the Edinburgh Festival’s Bank of Scotland Queen’s Hall concerts this year was as sincere as it comes. Not only is Steven making a name for himself in the rarified world of classical music, he is a local lad and a perennial favourite at the Festival. Continue reading Steven Osborne – A Festival Favourite