Archive for August 2012

Theseus and the Minotaur: a Love Story

Theseus and the Minotaur: a Love Story

The tale starts with the over-the-top news reporters Pete Loggin (Pete Baynes) and Katie Expresse (Corinne Harris, who also directs the production) at Athens Harbour.  As they await the return of Theseus’ ship they trade terse verbal quips over the news they are reporting and over their […]

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Classroom crisis

Classroom crisis

As the new school year begins, many teachers are pessimistic and angry Something is seriously wrong when one of Scotland’s most able, and normally upbeat, secondary headteachers states: “I cannot recall a time when teacher morale was so low.” As a former head, still active in the […]

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2008 Macbeth

2008 Macbeth

Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest tragedy.  TR Warsawa’s production, 2008, Macbeth, at the Royal Highland Centre’s Lowland Hall (7.30 pm, 11-13 and 16-18 August; 2.00 pm, 15 August), translates Macbeth to that bloodiest of contexts, the contemporary Middle East.  Violence begets violence and all moral restraints dissolve. […]

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Dreaming and Declaring American Independence

Dreaming and Declaring American Independence

The National Library of Scotland’s current exhibition, Dreaming and Declaring American Independence: the Foundation of the United States of America, runs throughout the Edinburgh Festival, closing on 16 September.  It may have a long and complex title but its purposes are simple: to illustrate the roots of American […]

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Grammar deserves a place in our classrooms

Grammar deserves a place in our classrooms

MICHAEL Gove’s proposal to introduce compulsory testing in grammar, punctuation and spelling at the end of primary schooling has met fierce resistance. I concur with many of his critics that a one-off test will do little to raise standards. Where they and I part company is on the need […]

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Protected: Mies Julie

Protected: Mies Julie

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Mum’s Birthday

Mum’s Birthday

Mum’s Birthday is an award-winning troubling, moving, life-affirming movie, made in Edinburgh by local talent and now short-listed for a further major international award.  Written and directed by Graham Fitzpatrick and produced by Sarah Drummond at Pilton Video, this short (38 minutes) film tells the story of […]

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Being Colourful

Being Colourful

Edinburgh City Arts Centre’s Festival exhibitions (running until 14 October) combine two inspired, integrally related collections.  The Scottish Colourists, Inspiration and Influence, explores, largely from the City’s own collections, the origins and developments of the Colourist movement; and A Life in Colour provides a panorama of the […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 11

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years   By ALEX. WOOD     CHAPTER 11           A FEW MORE BRECHIN FOOTBALLING SOLDIERS   George Gallacio   One of the noted patrons of Brechin Hearts Junior FC was George Gallacio.[1]  George Gallacio, the original proprietor of Gallacio’s ice cream parlour […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 10

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 10

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  By ALEX. WOOD CHAPTER 10           AFTER THE WAR The 1914-18 War and its Remembrance To wander the graveyards – of all nationalities – of the battlefields of France and Flanders is an awesome and moving experience. The German cemeteries are stark, […]

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