By Paulette Myrie
Off The Beaten Track is a series of podcasts that brings you new and alternative music from artists and musicians in Edinburgh.
This week’s episode features Scots singer Doogie singing about miners and fishermen, then we get your feet tapping to Yoko Pweno a fiddle and electronics band.
By Becca Inglis
Living in cities means being privy to constant battles as a melting pot of people try to live alongside each other. Covering gentrification, tourism, student flats, closing music venues, and the ever present push towards property development, this podcast looks at the debates over which communities are served as cities grow. In this first episode, Becca Inglis explores the link between Airbnb and homelessness.
by Alejandro Basterrechea
Edinburgh on Frame is a podcast about the photography scene in Edinburgh. Each month, I will be speaking with different photographers, their projects and the latest on the world of photography.
On the first episode, we speak with Simon Crofts on his project “Expectations”
By Aisling Press
Oct. 2017 – Scottish Government Statistics have revealed that more than 34,000 people applied for temporary accommodation in Scotland last year after becoming homeless – that’s almost the population of Falkirk. Homelessness is a hot topic in the media at present, but how many of us really understand what it means to be homeless? I wanted to gain an insight into life on the streets of Edinburgh, so spent some time with someone with who sleeps rough in the city centre.
By Rory Nicolson
Forgotten Edinburgh aims to unearth and remember some of the lesser known and unusual stories from the history of the Scottish Capital. In this Episode, we look at the widely reported reports that an unusual musical protest took place during Bob Dylan’s concert at the ABC Cinema on Lothian Road in 1966. Why would Edinburgh fans do that and did they really do it?
By Noemi Distefano
In this episode of the Planning Well Manual, International future students will find some tips for facing easily the multifaceted beaurocracy when letting an apartment in Scotland. International current students and experts will give you an idea of how things work in Scotland and in Edinburgh City.
By Heather Thomson
The mystery Edinburgh book sculptor has gifted the War Poets Centre at Edinburgh Napier University with a beautiful bouquet of poppies for Remembrance Day. I spoke with Catherine Walker, curator of the exhibition.
By Greg Barrie
Greg and Iain Barrie discuss the respective weekend wins for Hibs and Hearts, and look ahead to Sunday’s massive Edinburgh derby in Monday’s episode of ‘Father, Son Football’.
By Carolina Morais
This podcast is aimed to all the music lovers. Listeners can expect news from their favorite performers, new albums coming out and a special guest on each show to present his Top 3 artists and songs of all time.
The latest tricks, tips and trends for the 21st Century Traveller. The newest fads, trads and stuff that’s rad to keep you’re global savvy up to scratch on your unique journeys across continents.
Weekly highlights on Martha’s Monday Morning BBC 1 Show. Meeting the faces and places that define the Trendy Traveller
This week we talk ‘Couch-Surfing’ in Edinburgh – a brand new city-hopping craze, but who’s actually doing it? and what the hell is it like? (experiences, issues and great times included)
Tune in to ‘The Fempire Podcast’ every Friday to hear from out and proud feminist Nicola Brown.
In light of the anti-Page 3 campaign aimed at the The Sun newspaper, Nicola discusses whether or not even the magazines designed specifically for women are degrading.
Today’s show hears Nicola challenging these women’s magazines, by comparing mainstream publications vs. independent ones. Owner of Edinburgh independent magazine store Analogue Books, Julie Nicoll, gives us her thoughts on the issue and we hear from some self-confessed ‘magazine junkies’.
Jobseekers may have to reconsider their presence on Facebook after a survey released today reveals over 50% of employers use the site to assess potential employees.
A survey from Edinburgh Business School released on Monday showed Facebook users are anxious that photos of bad behaviour may haunt their future job prospects with more than half of employers claiming to have used Facebook to weed out job candidates.
Facebook has settings to control the information seen by different types of friends, but only one third use them, the report said.
I asked some student jobseekers whether or not they were nervous about today’s findings.
The risk of flooding is no longer just an issue of south England and Wales. Heavy rainfall might cause flooding in different areas across Scotland.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency suggests people in risky areas to keep up with the latest flood alerts online. SEPA is providing regular updates on forecast river and coastal flooding and will keep monitoring the situation 24/7.
Hopetoun House host an annual event to celebrate Bonfire Night. Their event was sold out this Saturday and over 5000 people attended. They seem to be paving the way in terms of celebrations as they provide both a friendly and safe environment for all, on one of the most dangerous nights of the British calender.
By Maider Urteaga
It’s 5th of November. In few hours Bonfire night will start with bonfires all across the UK. But sometimes the events have a tragic ending due to the lack of safety measures. How could we avoid that? Our correspondant Maider Urteaga will give us some tips.
By Simone Hinrichsen
Our cultural correspondent Simone Hinrichsen recommends some exciting events for you to celebrate Guy Fawkes tonight in Edinburgh. She also warns about the danger of setting off fireworks on your own.
Thousands of revellers are set to gather this evening as Bonfire Night gets underway in the Lothians.
Edinburgh’s official display will be held at Meadowbank Stadium, while other large-scale events take place in Mussleburgh, Pencaitland and Hopetoun House in South Queensferry. Alasdair Peoples reports.
Thousands of People are expected out tonight to commemorate Guy Fawkes Night in Edinburgh. The annual celebration is one of the busiest nights of the year for fire related injuries. Edinburgh Napier correspondent Louisa Andersen reports.
Public protests experienced on Wall Street in New York City are planned to go worldwide on October the 15th through organization on webpages and social networks.
Many websites have arisen including OccupyBritain.co.uk, wearethe99percentuk.tumblr.com and Occupytogether.org. 15october.net lists events in 670 cities in 67 countries including 4 in Scotland. Facebook communities have formed entitled Occupy Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen respectively. Scotland’s capital has received the most activity with around 250 people confirming attendance to the event “Occupy Edinburgh” occurring this Saturday at 1PM in St Andrews Square; the square, surrounded by numerous banks and insurance companies is thought to be one of the major financial districts in Scotland.
Wall Street protesting began on September 17th on New York City’s Wall Street; the events are believed to be the result of an email distributed by activist magazine Adbusters in mid-July of this year. The Guardian confirmed that by October 8th, protests had reached 70 cities around the world.
A description of Occupy Edinburgh on the 15 October website says:
”A peaceful, NON-VIOLENT protest beginning on Saturday the 15th of October with the initial intent of occupying St Andrews Square and voicing our concerns about the way in which our banks and governments are structured and operated.”
The most prominent ‘occupy’ event in the UK in preparation is “Occupy The London Stock Exchange”. Facebook has over 4000 confirmed attendees, though how many will attend on the day remains to be seen.
Reuters confirmed that over 700 were arrested last Sunday while marching over Brooklyn Bridge and blocking traffic lanes in the process. Another 100 were arrested in Boston early on Tuesday morning as the campaigners had been camping in the city’s Dewey Square since October 1st.
Numerous viral videos from the hacker/activist group Anonymous have been released on YouTube addressing several different countries and sovereign states around the world. In a video posted on Youtube this message is delivered:
“All across the world on October 15th 2011 there will be simultaneous peaceful protests these will be in cities all around the world. These protests will be the peoples chance to voice their dissatisfaction with the system that has failed them. Anonymous UK in conjunction with Anonymous London Anoymous will be leading operation unity.”
The group have planned a march from speaker’s corner in London’s Hyde Park at 2pm heading to Parliament Square.. Anonymous are frequently described as only activists and hackers or ‘hacktivists’. Many members wear Guy Fawkes masks during protests which were popularized by the V for Vendetta motion picture and comic book . The group are also large supporters of Wikileaks and many were arrested in connection with ‘Operation Avenge Assange’ which involved an online attack on PayPal after they froze Wikileaks accounts. Over 20 were arrested in the US, the Netherlands and the UK according to the BBC. This included a sixteen-year-old boy from south London.
Fancy yourself as the next Picasso or Da Vinci but have no idea how to get started? Well, we have the solution for you right in the heart of Edinburgh! The National Gallery in Edinburgh have started ‘Art For Beginners’ classes with a variety of day/evening, day long or even full 4-6 week courses which are suitable for all levels of experience.
The courses allow people to enjoy looking at or making their own art and as Linda McClelland the founder of the ‘Art For Beginners’ class explains you need not worry about experience levels, realising that “people can be very nervous coming along for the first time”. She hopes that by coming to these classes, people will become confident to come along to other sessions.
With the classes at an accessible price for all, there is a flexible course time as “people can book for as few or as many sessions as they like, so there is no long term pressure to commit”.
The age range of attendees is usually ‘40+ and mostly women’, but everyone is welcome to attend the variety of sessions offered!
She also explained that once attending the morning class a few who would usually shy away from the hands-on approach have been brave enough to try it themselves in the afternoon, as if people can understand what they are looking at, they can appreciate it at a much deeper level.
It’s not just the content of the classes that are extremely appealing, socialising for some is just as important. Many of the participants have “gone on to become great friends socialising outside of the classes and going on other courses together” which Linda finds extremely rewarding.
The classes are now running for a third series in this format and are proving very successful as sessions are expanding already. With 14 places for the AM sessions and 12 for the PM sessions each week, they are almost always fully booked and sometimes even require a waiting list.
Each class runs for 2 hours and the range of classes offered are below;
Art for Absolute B
Clore Education Centre, National Gallery Complex
Thursdays: 27 October; 3, 10 & 17 November; 1 & 8 December
£10 (£8) per session
Informal discussion-based tours for those who want to open a door into the mysterious but fascinating world of art. Each stand-alone session is guided by art historian Ola Wojtkiewicz. Places limited.
History Painting -3November
Colour & Art –10 November
Impressionism– 1 December
Post Impressionism– 8 December
Art for Absolute Beginners – Making Art
Clore Education Centre, National Gallery Complex
Thursdays: 27 October; 3, 10 & 17 November; 1 & 8 December
£12 (£10) per session
An opportunity to try out lots of different materials and techniques including pencils, pastels, watercolours, acrylics, printmaking and clay, guided and encouraged by artist Rosie Lesso. Places limited.
Clay -27 October
3D construction -3November
Printing 1 –10 November
Printing 2 -17November
Charcoal– 1 December
Graphite– 8 December
If the descriptions aren’t enough to entice you, we can tell you what to expect on attending a class for the first time;
‘In the Looking at Art sessions in the morning, they will enjoy hearing some information about the topic for that session (these are led by freelance gallery educators with a history of art background) but also be encouraged to discuss and ask questions – they generally look at 6-8 works of art per session. They bring stools up into the gallery and move from artwork to artwork.
In the Making Art sessions (led by a freelance educator with a practical art background) they will start by looking at an artwork in the gallery for inspiration, back in the studio they will be led through some simple exercises familiarizing them with certain materials or techniques – they will then work on a final piece applying the knowledge they have learned.’
If you would like to get involved make sure you check the above dates and get in touch by booking early as the classes are guaranteed to sell out – so make sure you reserve your place!