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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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Just Fest by Katherine Newbigging

Just Fest

Edinburgh has long been regarded as a city at peace and a peace-making city.  just Festival celebrates that peace is not just an absence in Edinburgh, but a presence.  Peace is not a fixed goal to be achieved and forgotten about but a complex process which has to be constantly worked on and reviewed by individuals, communities and nations.

However, Edinburgh is still home to, not only physical violence, but the violence of injustice, inequality, fear and mistrust.  It is increasingly clear that peace cannot exist in isolation, just because one individual or community is at peace does not mean that they will not be affected by another in conflict.  As modern technology and logistics make the world more connected it is becoming clearer that actions in one community can affect other, both positively and negatively.  With increasing mobility of peoples and cultures it can be seen that we live on a shared planet where we all share a responsibility for peace.  Making friends with your neighbour is a great way to start this process.

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Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future


The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) is the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration (1990), which has been signed by over 400 college and university presidents and chancellors worldwide. ULSF supports sustainability as a critical focus of teaching, research, operations and outreach in higher education through publications, research, and assessment.  They have brought together a series of great free resources on sustainability issues.

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Sectioned and Suicidal on an Acute Ward: Christmas as an Anniversary of Deep Trauma and Loss By Dina Poursanidou

To Robin – who helped me survive the terror

Christmas is a particularly difficult time for me! It was during and after Christmas 2008 that my severe depression and suicidality reached a critical point so that I was sectioned soon after, i.e. on 28th January 2009, for 3 months (until the end of April 2009).

Christmas has therefore come to represent an ‘anniversary’ of deep trauma and loss for me on the other hand, I am immensely grateful for the fact that on 25th December 2012, 4 years down the line, I am well and able to enjoy my freedom and intellectual creativity away from conditions of deprivation of liberty.

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Computer Energy Saving Info by Joseph Cranwell

Energy saving

With energy efficiency high on most people’s priority list for one reason or another, a cursory look was had over the internet into computer power usage.

A distillation of the results lies in the following points:

1: Choose Laptop over Desktop/ Tower PC.

Desktop with CRT screen uses an average 270w

Laptop uses average 3w-15w in high power mode. 12w to 24w when charging.

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Dreamwhispering by Geoff Baines


I’m a futurist.  I’ve allowed myself to admit this late in life, and have just completed a five week online course being trained to explore the future more effectively.

There isn’t such a thing as the future, only many possible futures.  I love the idea that the future can be shaped by people with foresight, intention, and love…