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Dec
21
Wed
Porty Communicators: Edinburgh’s newest Toastmasters Club @ The Dalriada
Dec 21 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: Edinburgh's newest Toastmasters Club @ The Dalriada | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

Do you, or someone you know, :

Need to present information in work?

… to colleagues? … to customers? … to outside agencies?

Do you, or someone you know, :

Need to provide coherent answers

to questions for which you haven’t had the opportunity to prepare?

… in work? … at home? … in social situations?

Toastmasters may be the answer!

345,000 members, in 15,900 Clubs, in 142 countries; Scotland : 450 members in 22 Clubs

Dec
25
Sun
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Dec 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Dec
26
Mon
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Dec 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Dec
27
Tue
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Dec 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Dec
28
Wed
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Dec 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Dec
29
Thu
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Dec 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Dec
30
Fri
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Dec 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Dec
31
Sat
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Dec 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
1
Sun
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
2
Mon
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
3
Tue
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
4
Wed
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
5
Thu
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
6
Fri
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
7
Sat
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
8
Sun
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
9
Mon
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
10
Tue
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of...
Jan 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edinburgh Free Tour @ Free Tour Meeting Point In front of... | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting Edinburgh, its inspiring capital, a cosmopolitan town teeming with genius and culture. On this 2 hours FREE Tour your expert guide will show you the most interesting and attractive spots of this seductive city.

The FREE Tour starts every day at 1 PM on The Royal Mile, just in front of Subway (160 High Street). We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget should be able to experience and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it.

Our Edinburgh FREE Walking Tours are both informative and fun and offer something for everyone.

Jan
11
Wed
Addiction Treatment and Outcomes: A Lecture with Professor Jonathan Chick @ Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Addiction Treatment and Outcomes: A Lecture with Professor Jonathan Chick @ Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus | Scotland | United Kingdom

Our view of addiction shapes the help we offer.

While Finnish addiction therapists tend to see drinking to excess as intentional, French specialists tend to emphasise the addictive power of alcohol. Professor Chick reflects on 40 years in alcohol research and treatment. Alcohol remains our drug of choice in Scotland. But for some, the freedom to choose lessens. How to bolster their resolve? Can a non-judgemental dialogue nudge their decision-making, or had the brain been altered as burgeoning neuropharmacological research claims?

Would-be helpers can feel overwhelmed by the emotional and social distress displayed but what are the causes and what are the effects of the addiction. Evidence is available that shows pathways out of these webs of distress but, to give one disappointing example, doctors’ antidepressants or tranquillisers are seldom the solution.
When patients’ and therapists’ views on causes and solutions differ, ‘denial’ is sometimes invoked. The Lecture will attempt to disentangle that notion, while showing that recovery from alcohol problems means attending to ‘the illness’ as well as the symptoms.

Professor Jonathan Chick joined Castle Craig Hospital in 2014 as the new medical director. Professor Chick is an eminent consultant psychiatrist with a distinguished career in the National Health Service.

Professor Chick was a leading researcher in the addiction field for a number of years and has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. He is currently the chief editor of Alcohol and Alcoholism, which is the official journal of the Medical Council on Alcohol. Professor Chick is an elected member of the scientific council of the Societe Francaise d’Alcoologie and is a member of the board of trustees of the General Services Office of Alcoholics Anonymous in the UK.

Doors open at 5.30pm / Lecture begins at 6pm followed by a Q&A

A reception will follow at 7pm

Feb
15
Wed
Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute
Feb 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute | Scotland | United Kingdom

“Let’s Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!

Professor Karen Chapman

University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science

Most people associate breast cancer with women. However, men can also be affected. Currently, 1 in 8 women in the UK will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Huge steps have been made in understanding some of the complexities underpinning this disease and developing increasingly effective treatment strategies. This started here in Scotland, with Beatson’s discovery that in some women, removal of the ovaries can shrink tumours. Join us to hear about some of the key advances that have led to over 85% of women now living more than 5 years after diagnosis of breast cancer. We will explore exciting research aimed at developing new treatment strategies, that are personalised to the individual patient’s cancer, to maximise treatment effectiveness and limit unpleasant side-effects.

Speakers

Dr Helen Creedon, and Professor Val Brunton, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh

Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.

Refreshments available after event.

Photography & filming

This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.

For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman [email protected]

Mar
14
Tue
Debating Session Hearing at the Scottish Parliament @ Scottish Parliament Building
Mar 14 @ 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Debating Session Hearing at the Scottish Parliament @ Scottish Parliament Building   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Hello everyone!

We are happy to invite you to ELC’s Debating Session Hearing at the Scottish Parliament!

The visit will be held on the 23rd of February at 4pm but we should meet there at least 15 minutes earlier for the security control!

The number of participants is limited to 15, so hurry up and reserve a place as soon as possible!

We look forward to see you there!

Cheers,

Edinburgh Law Connections

P.S. Please, don’t carry on you any dangerous items (such as scissors etc.) as we wouldn’t like entrance to be refused to any of us! 🙂

Jun
22
Thu
Ragged University: ‘The Importance of Being Smelly’ plus ‘Improvised Fiction Meets Research’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'The Importance of Being Smelly' plus 'Improvised Fiction Meets Research' @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along and put your feet up at Ragged University, a free education project where everyone is welcome and we socialise around learning… It is informal and there is a bite to eat, you are also welcome to bring some food to share if you want.

 

The Importance of Being Smelly by Mairi MacLeod

You might not think your sense of smell is particularly essential, but research is showing that we give and receive all sorts of important signals through the olfactory channel and scientists have dubbed humans “the scented ape”. We glean information on each others’ age, gender, emotions and even personality through our noses, but perhaps the most important function of our sense of smell is that of mate choice.In this talk, I’ll explain why liking your partner’s natural smell is vital for relationship satisfaction, sexual attraction and fidelity, fertility and our children’s health. I’ll also reveal the rather surprising effects of perfume and of “the pill” on the biological signals we give out and receive via smelliness.

 

 

There will be some food provided, and everyone is invited to put some food on the table to share if they like – there is no obligation.  During the break there is a chance to eat, have a drink and socialise

 

Improvised Fiction meets research: Creative and pioneering ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch’s lasting legacy by John Morrison

The genesis of the Ethnofiction genre can be attributed to the creative praxis (theory in action) of pioneering French anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, they can be identified by today’s definitions as hybrids of ethnographic documentary and fictional film genres.

During the 1950s, while working as an ethnologist for the French state in West Africa, Rouch asked the participants of his studies to respond to a subject inspired by aspects of their real-life experiences and act them out in front of the camera as fictional improvisations. This participatory and playful approach to visual ethnography was later dubbed by critics ‘Ethnofiction’.

 

 

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Nov
30
Thu
Ragged University: ‘Poppies for Peace’ plus ‘Lions Led by Donkeys’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: ‘Poppies for Peace’ plus ‘Lions Led by Donkeys’ @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR) from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and learn in an informal setting. The event is free and there are two talks separated by a break…

Poppies for Peace, Films for Freedom! by Simon Byrom

Simon Byrom is talking about his film Poppies for Peace – a powerful, thought provoking film is a tribute to: Harry Patch (1898 ­ 2009: last surviving soldier of WW1) and Tony Benn (1925 ­ 2014: the great politician of Peace). The documentary film was created by Simon with the purpose of reflecting on the current state of the World 100 years since “The War To End All Wars” the film asks the question: “Has their sacrifice been betrayed by our failure to end war?”. This thought provoking film reflects on the 100th anniversary of The War To End All Wars.

There will be some food during the break and an opportunity to chat before the next short talk

Lions Led by Donkeys; A Memorial to Commemorate Those Lost at the Battle of Loos by Alex Dunedin

I have chosen to give a short presentation on this part of World War One because I came to read Alan Clark’s book ‘The Donkeys’. Im someone who is lucky enough never to have seen war but to have known by proximity how badly war has affected many. War is the true embodiment of madness and horror, and part of that I fear is the lack of holding to account the idiots in charge sometimes.Drawing on Alan Clark’s history of the rise of a cluster of “donkeys” to the High Command, this is to commemorate the thousands of men who were failed and sent to their senseless doom by the hubris, pride, pomp, lack of strategy and idiocy of certain specific Field Marshal’s like Field Marshal Haig. I think it is not just enough to remember the dead but understand the mistakes which were part of the catastrophe. Out of dignity and respect, some knowledge of the failures that took place needs to be part of our collective living memory.

 

Jun
24
Sun
Dances of Universal Peace: Honouring our Roots! @ Augustine United Church
Jun 24 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dances of Universal Peace: Honouring our Roots! @  Augustine United Church | Scotland | United Kingdom

Date: 24th June 2018
Place: Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh,
EH1 1EL
Time: 5.30pm (for 6pm start) to 9.30pm
Cost: FREE (though donations always welcome)

 

Events are taking place around the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
Dances of Universal Peace (DUP). For the first time, 5 local mentored and trained
DUP teachers (& 2 extra musicians) are offering an event together. They will lead
Dances, spiritual Walks, share some wonderful stories about Murshid SAM – and
perhaps share something about their own personal, often life-changing, Dance
journeys.

There will be time for talking and eating as well as Dancing – all who come are invited
to bring a small offering of ready-prepared vegetarian food to share. A selection of
teas/coffee will be provided. Plus Murshid SAM’s favourite treat!
No previous experience is necessary, all are welcome
Wear comfortable loose clothing and soft shoes – or bare feet.

A wee bit of history:

Samuel Lewis (Murshid SAM) – pictured on the
right, dancing in Central Park, New York in the
1960’s (which explains the clothing!) . Murshid
SAM created the Dances in the 1960’s as a form
of ‘Peace Through the Arts’, in which moving
and singing sacred phrases together creates a
sense of peace and unity – a joyful oneness.

To help us with the planning of this event,
please contact Alice Fateah Saunders: [email protected] or 0131 6646206
to let us know that you are coming.
This event is supported by the Edinburgh International Centre for spirituality and
Peace (EICSP) www.eicsp.org www.facebook.com/eicsp

Jun
28
Thu
Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,
Jun 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,

Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop

Dec
16
Sun
Ragged University: ‘Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution’ plus ‘Loneliness and Social Isolation’ @ St John’s Church Hall
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ragged University: 'Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution' plus 'Loneliness and Social Isolation' @ St John’s Church Hall

Come along to the St John’s Church Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ) at 5.30pm for two talks, a bite to eat and some company. Join this friendly and informal gathering to discuss topics with food in good company. It is entirely free and open to everyone

Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution by Richard Gunn

My aim is to share with you the riches of a historical period. In the mid seventeenth century, Britain was plunged in a revolution. In the course of the revolution, ‘church courts and the censorship broke down. The result was an upsurge of popular and radical thinking – much of it thinking of an apocalyptic kind. (The term ‘apocalyptic’ is one which I shall explain but, in this note, I pass over it in silence.) Not the least important feature of the uncensored period of the civil war period is its impact on generations of subsequent radical thought.

Frequently, commentators on radicalism look back only to the early decades of the twentieth century, when Lenin and Luxemburg debated what was termed the ‘problem of organisation’. It is assumed that, beyond Lenin and Luxemburg, only nineteenth-century social democracy was worth considering. My proposal is that such a view of radicalism’s sources is too narrow.

The talk will be exploring the history of mid 17th century, Britain during a time of revolution, commentators of radicalism and the origins of radical and grassroots thought Ranters and Quakers.  There is an accompanying essay as a handout which gives people a deeper insight.

 

 

During the break there will be a chance to have some food and conversation.  You are invited to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share and help take it away at the end so that nothing goes to waste.  It is a bring your own bottle event.

 

Loneliness and Social Isolation by Alex Dunedin

There has been a great increase in the attention which has been paid to loneliness in the last few years.  Lots of research and charities has been formed around studying this social phenomenon as it badly impacts people’s health and wellbeing.  Lots of different factors seem to be involved in creating social isolation in the United Kingdom as the means for people being able to socialise and create social connections are becoming sparse.

The social and economic landscape of the UK has suffered from various kinds of fragmentation and this is now being seen in increases in the mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, a spike and rise in deaths due to overdose.  If we look at the rises in these problems their increase seems to be connected with the austerity policies, the rise in the costs of living, and the diminishment of social spaces available to people.

There is a parallel in behaviour and health when we look at what happens with animals that are kept in captivity.  The impact on cognitive function and the development of the brain is striking when we compare wild animals to domestic ones.  The development of stress behaviours and stress related illnesses is well known and understood in the context of keeping animals in zoos and aquariums; put simply, if they do not have the space and features of the environment which allow them to express their natural behaviours then they become ill and suffer behavioural problems.