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Edinburgh 30th Nov: Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR) from 6.30pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to meet people and listen to a couple of talks in remembrance of WW1. The first talk is 'Poppies for Peace, Films for Freedom!' by Simon Byrom - the second talk is 'Lions Led by Donkeys; A Memorial to Commemorate Those Lost at the Battle of Loos' by Alex Dunedin.... Click Here To Read More


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People are welcome to guest blog

Computers and Getting to Grips With Basics by Derek Howden

On the 25th of April, the first IT and Biscuits event happened at the Central Library in Edinburgh.  Ten people came along with their computers, and we collectively worked through a number of issues which were raised.  Derek Howden wrote the following article to summarize some of the information on some of the issues which were raised.
Computers have a very “unknown” quality and we are naturally scared of the unknown. Security was a definite topic of today and when you mix that with the unknown it becomes a volatile emotional experience and that’s not the real reality, especially if you cover the basics which we tried to do today.

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1919: Edinburgh Settlement; Future of The Settlement Statement

Owing to the War and the need of avoiding unnecessary expense, no report of the Settlement work was issued in 1918, and it is now necessary to report on two years. The Report for 1917-18, which describes the details of the work, is, given in full, but that for last year, in which the same activities were continued, has been cut down in order to avoid repetition and to economise in printing. Read more

Road to Wigan Pier was suggested by Dr Joel Lazarus

road to wigan pier

As part of the Ragged Library, Dr Joel Lazarus, Lecturer in International Relations, University College, University of Oxford suggested ‘Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell’…

 

My book recommendation for the Ragged Library is George Orwell’s ‘Road to Wigan Pier’. The second half of the book, in particular, where he expounds about socialism, fascism, and class is not only hugely insightful, eloquent, and prescient, but resonates all too well with our current experiences in Europe today.