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11th September Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to hear ‘A Different Kind Of Revolution' by Ciaran Healy - plus - ‘How Accents Work’ By Lauren Hall-Lew....

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9th October Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to hear ‘Slow Leadership; Reframing Your Leadership Behaviour' by Don Ledingham - plus - ‘Michel Foucault; A Critical Appraisal' by Kenneth Wilson....

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Wanted Languages: Dead or Alive

Cromarty Map

I was reading about the demise of the old Cromarty dialect in Scotland recently. Retired engineer Bobby Hogg died at age 92 taking with him the traditional living language of the north-east tip of the Black Isle, just north of Inverness. With this man passing our last opportunity to understand many things has also gone.

David Ross of the Herald in Scotland wrote ‘He could still close his eyes, see the boats heading out to sea and hear the unique speech pattern that set his people apart.’ What does this mean in broader terms ? What significance does a language or dialect hold ?

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Rocket Hub

Rocket Hub

RocketHub is the foundation for the new creative economy.  For Creatives: RocketHub provides the opportunity for all Creatives to harness the power of the crowd.  We empower Creatives with the credibility & infrastructure necessary to successfully leverage the financial power of your community.  RocketHub liberates Creatives to create, connect with, learn from, and give back to the community that supports them.  RocketHub is a community where Creatives are accountable only to their fans.

For Fuelers:  RocketHub provides Fuelers with a safe, credible environment in which you can comfortably support Creatives and creative projects.  RocketHub offers Fuelers the opportunity to engage, influence and have fun with Creatives.  RocketHub gives Fuelers the ability to discover exciting projects and new Creatives.  RocketHub allows Fuelers to have a direct impact on how and if a project is completed. Also, crowdfunding platform which has the facility to embed into your website.

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Free Text Prediction App for Edinburgh Festival by Dr Tim Willis


A new free word prediction app from Edinburgh-based Flexpansion Ltd helps Edinburgh Festival-goers type much quicker on Android devices while visiting the city.

Flexpansion Edinburgh Festivals edition comes preloaded with relevant vocabulary and language patterns including the names of key streets, venues, shows and artists, so for example users need only type “Pl” then Space to type “Pleasance” and are then offered “Courtyard”, “Dome”, “Above” etc. to tap and insert.

The app is aimed at helping visitors to the Fringe, Military Tattoo and other Festivals, wanting to text, blog, tweet, email and update their Facebook status.   The app is a special version of their highly-rated main Flexpansion app, also free, which doubles typing speed. Both perform word prediction and autocorrect, but there’s an added twist – unlimited, flexible abbreviation expansion.

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Sponsume is an independent venture based in London. Launched in August 2010, it is the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to creativity and innovation launched in the UK and Europe!  Sponsume was founded by Gregory Vincent, a passionate advocate of microfinance. Prior to creating Sponsume, Greg worked as an assistant tutor at Oxford University and as a financial analyst in London. Continue reading “Sponsume” »

Podcast: Colin Waugh Talks About The Ruskin College Strike of 1909

This is a podcast of Colin Waugh talking about the history of the International Working Class Education movement and the strike of Ruskin College which took place in 1909.  He explains the roots of the movement and the origins of the Oxford based college, as well as how it was funded.

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A History of the Ragged Schools

Before education was free for everyone in Britain, there were Ragged Schools. Beginning in the 18th century, philanthropists started Ragged Schools to help the disadvantaged towards a better life. During the 19th century, more people began to worry about neglected children and more schools were opened. These early Ragged Schools were started by merchants and communities and staffed by volunteers.
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