It’s Coming Home

I’ve lived in Scotland for more than half my life – born here and been back since student days. I’m comfortable my Scots identity. I am proud of Scotland, and what it represents. I grew up in the commuter belt of London. Most of my cultural references through school and childhood are English. Though our […]

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These capuchins at Edinburgh Zoo reminded me of a depression awareness poster. on hunched, one standing off confused and reaching out unseen.


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Counting Costs

I am political. I always have been. But in the recent election campaign I was moved enough to get out and campaign, taking election day off work to campaign on doorsteps and attend the count, for Labour in Edinburgh Eastern. Our candidate was Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour Leader and my friend from University. Lothian’s count […]

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So glad I could get along to the #EdinburghSeesSyria vigil at the Parliament. Asylum and refugee issues are an issue I care about, and at work we care about. Proud we’ve cared about it for years, before anyone else cared. Proud that many of our Scottish team were out in George Square or Holyrood. My […]

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This summer we enjoyed a family reunion in the sun of Corfu, the Greek Island in the Ionian Sea that we have been visiting since we were babies and which my parents fell in love with in the early 70s. My parents, my brother, sister and our families all shared a large villa for two […]

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Labour Day

This is the story of the birth of our second daughter, at St. Johns Hospital, Livingston, in April 2015. The day started unexpectedly, with a change of hospital for our induction. It was an unexpected and not entirely desired induction at 41 weeks so a change knocked off the plan. Having adapted, and found the […]

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