Archive for August 2012

Why are we afraid of comprehensive education?

Why are we afraid of comprehensive education?

I recently watched Dominic Sandbrook’s series, The 1970s. Sandbrook was right. Margaret Thatcher did not create the rampant, and continuing, individualism of the 1980s. Rather she articulated and made coherent a long-developing consumerist ethos. Sandbrook’s glimpse into our recent past was perhaps at its most perceptive when he […]

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A tough year ahead

A tough year ahead

Larry Flanagan has recently been appointed general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, Scotland’s largest teaching union, with members across all education sectors. Former headteacher Alex Wood asks him about the year ahead. Alex: What does 2012/13 hold for Scottish teachers? Larry: I would love to be able to respond […]

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Philip Guston: Late Paintings at Inverleith House

Philip Guston: Late Paintings at Inverleith House

The Festival exhibition at Inverleith House (the erstwhile Gallery of Modern Art, but you’re showing your age if you remember that) is Philip Guston’s Late Paintings. The exhibition, the first ever of his work in a Scottish museum, shows nine major paintings by the Canadian born but […]

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Dieter Roth: Diaries – at the Fruitmarket Gallery

Dieter Roth: Diaries – at the Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery’s ambitious Festival exhibition, Dieter Roth, Diaries,running until 14 October, reviews the work and the intellectual tradition of one of Germany’s great late-twentieth century artists.  The Fruitmarket Gallery has also produced a major new publication, Dieter Roth: Diaries, to accompany the exhibition. Dieter Roth (1930-2012) saw himself as […]

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Special Delivery: the Wallace Letters

Special Delivery: the Wallace Letters

The Scottish Parliament’s current exhibition, running until 8 September, is ‘Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters’.  The centre-pieces are the only two original letters with a direct link to William Wallace. After the deaths in 1286 ofAlexander III and the Maid of Norway, Scotland had no monarch.  […]

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Masterpieces of Mount Stuart

Masterpieces of Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart on Bute, the home of the Marquesses of Bute, is a massive Gothic revival mansion built on a site long associated with the Stuart family.  The Masterpieces of Mount Stuart (running until 2 December 2012) in the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound features nineteen of Mount […]

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Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons, suave anchor-man of BBC radio’s classic ‘Just a Minute’, is delivering his tried and tested ‘Happy Hour’ at 5.10 pm daily at The Pleasance Courtyard until 26 August.  His opening promise is that the audience will leave in a happier frame of mind than on […]

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Jonathan Prag – classical guitar

Jonathan Prag – classical guitar

Jonathan Prag has been a regular at the Festival Fringe since 1992.  After twenty years, the quality of his performances mark him out as one the Fringe’s finest musicians. Classical Guitar – Jonathan Prag (1.30 pm, until 27 August, at C too, St Columba’s by the Castle, […]

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Miss Havisham’s Expectations

Miss Havisham’s Expectations

Two hundred years after his birth, the reputation of Charles Dickens as a novelist remains unchallenged.  He was seen as a literary colossus in Victorian Britain and remains viewed as one of the greatest of writers in the English language. Dickens the writer remains, properly, in high […]

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An Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – adult class at Wester Hailes

An Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – adult class at Wester Hailes

Genealogy and Family History: an Introduction   Two ten-week courses to learn how to trace your ancestors, find out about their lives and build a family tree.  The course will look primarily at Scottish sources, how to access them and how to use what you find.  There […]

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