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Edinburgh: 25th July Come to Central Library with your laptop at 1pm: IT and Biscuits


Edinburgh: 26th July Come along to Serenity Cafe at 6pm: Film (The House I Live In) and Curry Night


Edinburgh: 30th July Come along to the Counting House at 7pm: ‘Psychology of Obedience and Authority’ plus ‘An Ancient Syrian All-girl Band’



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