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Annie’s Song – Eva Comrie

ANNIE’S SONG – for the women of Scotland It wouldn’t have mattered much had Annie Davidson McEwen been one of Dundee’s property owners in February 1918 because her vote would never have been used, she having died in the flu epidemic later that year. Her neighbours did

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Stealing Dreams by Eva Comrie

I was a 7 year old revolutionary when I learned my first few French phrases; ca va? je m’appelle; j’habite; je suis. Instantly hooked by the fantooshness, there commenced a lifelong fascination of the foreign and exotic. In P5 at Crieff Primary School I’d a wee notebook

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PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK

PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK

PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK The buck stops at the top; that is the accepted chain of responsibility and accountability in organisations, institutions and in life. Slobodan Milosevic,  David Duckenfield,  Ratko Mladic : what links these names is that all were indicted for unlawful killings which

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OCTOBER 5th -WHAT WAS IT ALL ABOUT?

OCTOBER 5th -WHAT WAS IT ALL ABOUT?

British civil rights – that’s what we were agitating and marching for in 1968. The demand was for the same citizenship rights   as those enjoyed in Carlisle or Exeter, Reading or Inverness.  With unemployment figures, ranked among the highest in Europe, local authority housing denied to the

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WELCOME SORCHA

 Sorcha Óg You arrived Sorcha with the dawn on the fifteenth of June, another bairn for Scotland, a sister for Leo and Senan, a daughter for Jen and Neill , another grandchild, a   burst of radiance  in this gilded summer. Your Gaelic name means ‘light’ and you

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DEVASTATION OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

DEVASTATION OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Growing up in Ireland, the Paupers’ Field and the Polo Field were our childhood play areas. As children, the emotional overtones did not register with us nor did any real distinction occur between the  two grounds. Seventy years later , I find those memories strangely relevant to

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