Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Knockengorroch Festival 2015

Knockengorroch is one of my favourite festivals in the UK, and it's one I've been going to regularly since 2007, firstly with Weirdigans Organic Cafe and then with Greenpeace. I was really disappointed to miss it last year as I was unavoidably detained in Portugal, so I knew that I had to try my best to get along this year. Happily, we were offered a space for Greenpeace to have a small marquee once again this year, so I got the chance to go along again!

It was really nice to talk to people about Greenpeace and our current campaigns during the festival, and as always the polar bear was a huge hit! Children and adults alike queued for hugs and to dance with the bear. As we were so close to the main stage, it was also the perfect setting to sit back and enjoy the music whilst the bands were on. I wrote a bit more about what we did with Greenpeace for a post on the Greenpeace Greenwire website if you're interested in that kind of thing.


Friday, 24 April 2015

I'm learning cryptography!

One of the brilliant things about working as a freelancer is that while some weeks I'll be run off my feet working a lot of hours, other weeks I have more free time to pursue outside interests. After a recommendation from a friend, I recently had a look at the large number of free courses available online at Coursera to see if any took my fancy, and managed to stumble across one on cryptography from Stanford University.

The course started this week and I love it already! As a humanities graduate, I haven't studied anything mathematical or statistical since I left high school and studying this totally new subject is really stretching my brain in all the best kinds of ways. So far we've already covered the history of cryptography, discrete probability and stream ciphers. Plus it means for the first time in many years, I have sheets of notes which look like this:


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Scrap Trident

As always with any of my posts, you can click on any of the photos below to enlarge.

In April 2013, I went to the Scrap Trident blockade at Faslane in a non-arrestable capacity, to help with the buses and legal support for the event. 46 people were arrested for blockading both the North and South Gates, arrestees coming from a range of countries including France, Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand as well as Scotland, England and Wales. There were also significant numbers of supporters standing on the pavement around the blockaders who did not get arrested but were there in the important role of providing practical and moral support as well as legal observers for those sitting in the road. The photos below of the 2013 blockade are all from Scrap Trident:



This year, a demonstration and big blockade has been called once again to ask people to show their support for nuclear disarmament in Scotland the wider world. Last Saturday (4 April 2015) was the Bairns Not Bombs Scrap Trident demonstration in Glasgow, attracting thousands of demonstrators to march and protest in George Square. I was pleased to attend and hear speakers which included First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Green MSP Patrick Harvie talk about the importance of getting rid of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system, and especially how vital it is to ensure that nuclear disarmament stays high on the national political agenda with a General Election coming up very soon on 7 May 2015.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

PhD, interrupted

This is just a very short post to say that for a number of reasons, I am currently applying for a 12 month sabbatical to my PhD. I know that I've been a lot more stressed and sometimes short-tempered than usual recently due to the pressure of writing up my thesis, so I apologise for that and hope that this break will give me the time and space I need to work out what I want to do over the next few years.

It's something I'm totally happy to talk about in person, but it does mean that I will be making a number of changes to my work and life pattern to reflect this decision, including working more on developing my freelance work skills and hopefully doing some travelling whilst continuing with political activism and campaigning.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Three's a Crowd Tour Dates

(Cross-post from my work blog)

As I posted about a couple of times in December last year, I'm working on a show with All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre called Three's a Crowd, which opens at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on 31 January 2015, and you can book tickets for that show online here. We will then be going on tour over a number of dates across spring, mostly in Scotland but also down in Wales for one show in March. You can see where we will be and when on the flyer for the show below. It's a brilliant production, so I definitely encourage you to go and see it if you can! You can click on the flyer below to enlarge it.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Festive celebrations (basically loads of vegan food photos!)

As always, you can click on any of the pictures below to enlarge them.

I haven't posted much here over the last couple of months, mainly because I've been really busy with lots of brilliant rigging work which has been pretty time- and energy-intensive. You can read more about it over on my work blog if that's the kind of thing you might be interested in.

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Photo from Three's a Crowd rehearsals in December 2014 at the Lochgelly Centre


Earlier this month I went for a fantastic festive meal with the great people from Edinburgh Vegan Meetup at Henderson's Restaurant. The food was a hit all round, and I especially enjoyed my choices of sweet potato fritters to start followed by a haggis money bag in creamy sauce and a fruit strudel to finish. It's been a really brilliant year with the meetup group and I'm looking forward to more events in 2015!

 



Friday, 7 November 2014

A quick update

I realised today that I haven't posted here in a while, which is partly because I've been busy with rigging work lately, which is great! I have been posting occasionally on my work blog though, including plenty of photos from my time rigging and performing at Enchanted Forest 2014. Later this month I'll be aiming to post some more on my work blog about the upcoming National Centre for Circus Arts (NCCA) roadshow in Edinburgh as well as the Rigging for Aerial Performance course I will be attending next week, kindly funded by the Federation of Scottish Theatre. Check it all out on my work blog here.

Photo credit: Kat Cooley

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Vegan Venues in Glasgow

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

Glasgow recently won an award for the most vegan-friendly city in the UK, and I was not surprised! Every one of the venues in this post is 100% vegan, which is brilliant for a city the size of Glasgow.


Monday, 22 September 2014

Prune-a-leekie soup

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

Cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional Scottish dish made from chicken stock and leeks, making it incredibly easy to veganise! Doing a quick online search for other people's recipes suggested adding prunes to the soup for extra flavour, which I loved. If you're not a fan of mixing sweet and savoury flavours, though, they can just as easily be left out. You could also add some rice or barley to thicken it if you like.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Vegan Food in Edinburgh

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

This is a list with brief descriptions of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh as a vegan. There are more places in the city with vegan options than those on this list, but these are my personal favourites! You can find a more comprehensive list on HappyCow. Unfortunately we don’t have any exclusively vegan venues in the city at present, but I’ve marked those which serve only vegetarian and vegan food with a (v).