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Edinburgh 27th Sept 2016: Come along to The Brassmonkey on Drummond Street, where Terence Sawyers Presents Films and Discussion; The Music Box (1932) and La Jetée (1962)... Click for More Info

Edinburgh 29th Sept 2016: Come along to People Know How, first floor in Ocean Terminal from 6pm to listen to two talks - 'HOMO PASSIENS: Man the Footballer' by Mike McInnes - and 'Mad Studies; The Emergence of a New Field of Knowledge' by Alex Dunedin... Click For More Info

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Seeing Like a State suggested by Professor James Smith

As part of the Ragged Library, Professor James Smith – Chair of African and Development Studies, Assistant Principal, Global Development, University of Edinburgh suggested James Scott’s (1999) Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale University Press…


Scott’s work is extremely important in helping us understand the limits and limitations of development planning as the means to order society. Read more

Free Text Prediction App for Edinburgh Festival by Dr Tim Willis

A new free word prediction app from Edinburgh-based Flexpansion Ltd helps Edinburgh Festival-goers type much quicker on Android devices while visiting the city.

Flexpansion Edinburgh Festivals edition comes preloaded with relevant vocabulary and language patterns including the names of key streets, venues, shows and artists, so for example users need only type “Pl” then Space to type “Pleasance” and are then offered “Courtyard”, “Dome”, “Above” etc. to tap and insert. Read more