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With New Year’s Resolutions there seem to be two groups of people: the reformers who don their lyrca and are seen biking up hills at 10am on January 1st , and the “why bother”-ers who can be found snuggled up on the couch, content that they are not facing a steep climb with a hangover. Nevertheless, don’t let your version of a New Year’s Resolution turn you into a trackie and grandma knit jumper wearer – even a couch potato can have style. This year it’s all about making goals for yourself, challenges to embark on that are achievable- well that’s according to Style magazine and their back to back issues of food, detox and exercise tips.

All this “body is a temple” encouragement is fine and dandy but I’ve decided to take my own approach; this 2015 I want to see the rejection of the January Blues uniform. While browsing the feeds of LCM (London Collection: Men) fashion week I was in awe of the sophisticated dressing of the street style elite and have decided to take heed of them. I am determined to resist putting on comfy black leggings and the oversized knit, this January it’s all about the tailored jackets, fitted turtle neck and sharp accessories.

I associate the word “detox” with vegetable juices, so I’ve decided to think of cleansing in a new way. A far more enjoyable wardrobe cleanse- getting rid of those items I never wear, shouldn’t wear and no matter how hard I breathe in just can’t wear. When was the last time you were able to close your closet door? You’re not alone. The task of cleaning out your closet solo is near impossible. When I look into my wardrobe, I see memories of times I wore certain outfits and I’m also aware of the money I spent on them, so each time I consider extracting a piece, a chorus of “what ifs” sings in my head: What if miniskirts come back? What if I take a trip aboard? What if Eddie Redmayne turns up and asks me out on a date? No one likes limiting their options and finding an advisor you trust who has the patience to take on the task with you can be near impossible. We don’t all have a closet-cleanse-giddy husband like Kim K. Vogue have developed a fabulous flowchart that addresses all the excuses you can make for yourself helping you edit your wardrobe into keep, store for a season and donate. Ask yourself do you need it? Does it fit? What is its sentimental value? Do you look like future you or past you in this?

After the Golden Globes last Sunday night I’m sure everyone has been putting in their order for the latest Givenchy haute couture (cough), but I must request please refrain from following Kiera Knightley’s lead. It might be Chanel but the butterfly and tiered frills look fell flat on the red carpet and I definitely don’t think it will translate to Hull Road street style. Look for inspiration from Emily Blunt in her beautiful neo-Grecian dress, a style to emulate at the upcoming Burn’s night ball, but stay away from the long white gloves (Amal Clooney) remember you’re not the queen.

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Healthy changes more successful with partners

You may have more success in accomplishing a healthy living goal if your partner is

making a similar change. This was the conclusion of a new study that examined the influence of

partner behavior on people’s attempts to live more healthily.

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You are more likely to succeed at getting physically active and making other healthy changes if your partner does the same.

Reporting their findings in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from University

College London (UCL) in the UK, found men and women were more likely to make a positive health

behavior change if their partner was also making a change.

Co-author Jane Wardle, Professor of Clinical Psychology at UCL, says:

“Unhealthy lifestyles are a leading cause of death from chronic disease worldwide. The key

lifestyle risks are smoking, excess weight, physical inactivity, poor diet and alcohol

consumption.”

For their study, Prof. Wardle and colleagues looked at how likely people were to quit

smoking, become physically active or lose weight relative to what their partners did.

Their data came from a study of 3,722 co-habiting couples in their 50s and older. They were

all participating in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).

People were more likely to quit smoking, exercise, lose weight as couples

Among the participants, 175 (17% of smokers) gave up smoking, 1,037 (44% of inactive

participants) became physically active, and 335 who were overweight (15% of overweight

participants) shed more than 5% of their body weight.

The researchers found that men and women were more likely to give up smoking, become

physically active or lose weight if their partner also made the same change.

For instance, 50% of women smokers were able to give up smoking if their partner quit at the

same time. This compared with only 8% whose partners continued to smoke.

There were similar rates of success for men – 48% quitted successfully when their partner

gave up compared with only 8% whose partners continued to smoke.

Even for those who tried to give up when their partner was already a non-smoker, the success

rates were not as good as when their partner was also doing it.

In the two other areas the patterns were very similar – 66% of physically inactive women and

67% of physically inactive men successfully increased physical activity when their partner was

doing the same, compared with only 24% of women and 26% of men whose partners were not.

In tackling weight loss, 36% of women (26% of men) trying to lose weight succeeded when their

partner was doing the same, compared with only 15% of women (10% of men) whose partners were

not.

Team up to ensure success in swapping bad habits for good and reduce risk of disease

Prof. Wardle, who is also Director of the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre

at UCL, says:

“Swapping bad habits for good ones can reduce the risk of disease, including cancer.”

Lead author Dr. Sarah Jackson, a research associate working on the ELSA study at UCL,

adds:

“Now is the time to make New Year’s resolutions to quit smoking, take exercise, or lose

weight. And doing it with your partner increases your chances of success.”

The study was funded by Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and the National

Institute on Aging.

Even if you don’t have a partner who is making similar changes, then you could perhaps team

up with a friend or colleague who also wants to lose weight, get fit or give up smoking. You

could join a gym together, a quit smoking group together or a weight loss program together. You

could meet at lunchtime or after work for a swim or a jog or a brisk walk.

There are many ways of becoming more physically active and improve health beyond the

traditional view of exercise. For example, in December 2014, Medical News Today learned

of a group of researchers that showed yoga is comparable to

walking and biking in reducing risks of cardiovascular disease.

Written by Catharine Paddock PhD

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How criminals can ‘suck information’ out of smartphones using public Wi-Fi

  • Security expert used device forcing customers to unknowingly switch Wi-Fi
  • Succeeded in overriding and effectively tricking phones and computers
  • Would allow thief to hack email accounts, track movements and steal cash
  • Crooks rely on fact many are relaxed about the networks they connect to

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An investigation has revealed how cyber criminals can easily use public Wi-Fi networks to access private information on your smartphone.

Crooks rely on the fact many people are relaxed about the security of the networks they connect to. 

While the majority of these networks are run by legitimate companies, they are sometimes created by a criminal who may be sitting nearby with little more than a laptop. 

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An investigation by 5 News reveals how easy it is for hackers to get information using public Wi-Fi networks

OTHER WAY THIEVES HACK PHONES

Aside from using a smartphone’s Wi-Fi connection, hackers can also access a phone through the wireless ‘Bluetooth’ function. 

When Bluetooth is switched on, it allows it to ‘talk’ to other enabled devices nearby. 

This means that a hacker sitting near you can use his Bluetooth-enabled laptop to connect to your device without your knowledge. This process is sometimes called ‘bluejacking’ or, more properly, ‘bluesnarfing’ 

Now, a Channel 5 experiment has shown just how simple it is for hackers to suck information out of smartphones. 

In the investigation, security expert Jason Hart used a device which forced customers in a café to switch their phones from the establishment’s legitimate Wi-Fi to his own fake Wi-Fi without them knowing.

Mr Hart’s device succeeding in overriding and effectively tricking phones and computers. 

This would enable a thief to hack email accounts, obtain log-in passwords, track people’s movements and steal thousands of pounds in just a few hours. 

The networks set up by criminals are often given innocent-sounding names, such as ‘Free Public Wi-Fi’, that con smartphone users in to logging in.   

A security expert used a device which forced customers in a cafe to switch their phones to his fake Wi-Fi

WHAT PEOPLE USE FREE WI-FI FOR

Survey conducted by Channel 5.

How often, if ever, do you log-in to free public Wi-Fi on your smartphone?

Very often 5

Fairly often 17

Rarely 38

Never 37

Not sure 2

In terms of security and the risk of people accessing your smartphone and data held on it, how safe do you think free public wifi is?

Very safe 2

Fairly safe 27

Not very safe 35

Not safe at all 14

Not sure 22

Which, if any, of the following do you use free public wifi for? Please tick all that apply?

Browsing the internet 42

Checking email 33

Social media 32

Online shopping 6

Online banking 4

Other 4

None of these 37

Don’t know 3

Mr Hart told 5 News: ‘The ability for a bad guy to essentially suck information out of any wireless-enabled device is extremely easy, especially in a public area.

‘I think people need to be aware of the risks of using public Wi-Fi and potentially the exposure they’re putting themselves to.’ 

‘It’s very frightening,’ one customer told Channel 5 after they had been tricked.

‘I just assumed that hackers – for want of a better word – would have to sit there for half a day, or a day, or a few days in order to get all your information but this was literally minutes.’ 

Maxim Weinstein, a security adviser at Sophos, told MailOnline: ‘The problem of people being able to intercept data on unprotected networks is an ongoing challenge we face. 

‘Wi-Fi data between someone’s computer, smartphone and wireless access point can be visible to anyone else using that same wireless access point. 

‘There are a number of things that can be done to prevent this. One is to set up your own Virtual Private Network when accessing the internet from a public network, ensuring that apps are secure and using encryption while online.’

He added: ‘It is generally more secure to use 3G or 4G networks. While there have been some examples of hacks against these networks, they are much more challenging to hack. 

‘It’s actually quite straight forward to get information using public Wi-Fi networks, particularly for unencrypted data. 

Mike Bradshaw, a partner with Sophos, added: ‘In our war biking exercise in London we found a staggering number of wireless networks with nearly a third failing to meet basic security measures. 

‘With less than £40 of equipment and a laptop it is easy to advertise a hot spot and then intercept the traffic of people whom connect – perhaps even downgrading their “secure web connections” so you can spy on really sensitive data. 

‘There are multiple reasons someone might do this, from the malicious cyber criminal hoping to secure financial details or personal information for further scams, or an enterprise offering wireless hoping to use your information for “enhanced offerings”. 

‘It is rather difficult to identify a network which is legitimate versus one provided by a scammer and so a better strategy is simply to assume all networks have prying eyes or may be trying to manipulate your network traffic to their end.’

A survey, also conducted by Channel 5, found that one in five Britons access free public Wi-Fi ‘fairly or very often’.

The majority use the Wi-Fi to surf the internet, browse emails and go on social media. 

WAYS TO STAY STAY AND PREVENT THE HACKERS OBTAINING INFORMATION

By far the best way to beat the hackers is to set up your own Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your computer at home. Then, when you are using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, you can use your smartphone to connect to your home computer, and use its secure connection to the internet to access web pages safely.

However, this is technically challenging and most of us would need help from an IT expert to do this.

Another way to stay secure is to make sure that any supposedly secure webpages you look at feature a little padlock in the address bar, as well as the preface ‘https’ rather than ‘http’. This means that the page is secure, and not visible to others.

Third, make sure that you regularly install the suggested updates for your smartphone’s browser software.


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Assessing The Legacy Of The London Olympics

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to name the city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles are competing to win that competition. The U.S. hasn’t hosted the summer games since Atlanta in 1996.

Rio won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Tokyo got the nod for the 2020 games. London hosted the summer games in 2012, so we thought we’d check in there to see what the legacy is two years later. Did the games live up their promise as a boost for the city?

The BBC’s UK political correspondent Rob Watson joins Here Now’s Lisa Mullins to discuss the topic.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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Assessing The Legacy Of The London Olympics

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to name the city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles are competing to win that competition. The U.S. hasn’t hosted the summer games since Atlanta in 1996.

Rio won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Tokyo got the nod for the 2020 games. London hosted the summer games in 2012, so we thought we’d check in there to see what the legacy is two years later. Did the games live up their promise as a boost for the city?

The BBC’s UK political correspondent Rob Watson joins Here Now’s Lisa Mullins to discuss the topic.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

Guest

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Assessing The Legacy Of The London Olympics

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to name the city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles are competing to win that competition. The U.S. hasn’t hosted the summer games since Atlanta in 1996.

Rio won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Tokyo got the nod for the 2020 games. London hosted the summer games in 2012, so we thought we’d check in there to see what the legacy is two years later. Did the games live up their promise as a boost for the city?

The BBC’s UK political correspondent Rob Watson joins Here Now’s Lisa Mullins to discuss the topic.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

Guest

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What’s On In Edinburgh this week

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MONDAY 19TH JANUARY 2015

The Hive - toddler time, Cameo, Jan 2015

Toddler Time: The Hive (U). Screenings designed to introduce young children to the cinema., with 30-minutes shows for pre-school children and their parents/carers. This week join Buzzbee and his friends in their fun-packed adventures – whether they’re on a treasure hunt or camping under the stars, there’s always something new to learn and share. 11am, Cameo, Home Street. £3 per child, accompanying adults free if they join Toddler Time (free – ask at Box Office). Babies under 12 months free. Book online or call the Box Office on 0871 902 5723.

Building Echoes: Artist’s Talk Screening. Building Echoes analyses the relationship between architecture and art. Alberto Condotta, one of the two exhibitors, will give a talk in the gallery, followed by a screening of Robert Cahen’s short film Juste Le Temps (1983); the film is centered on an encounter between a man and a woman on a train journey. Through the manipulation of imagery and the lack of spoken words, the film plays with the formulation of narrative and temporality. 4pm, Interview Room 11, 38 Castle Terrace. Interview Room 11 is a not-for-profit artist run gallery and project space, and part of the Forest+ arts complex.

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For Crying Out Loud: Testament of Youth (12A). These are screenings for parents/carers and their babies under 12 months; baby changing, bottle warming and buggy parking facilities available. 11am, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets cost £4.50/£3.50 per adult, maximum of two adults per child. (Note: no screening next week – next is A Night At The Opera on 2nd February).

Minecraft Building Club: come and try this new club – it just started last week! 3.30-4.30pm, Moredun Library, 92 Moredun Park Road. Also at same time on Wednesdays.

Peartree Quiz: know your physics from your psychics? Still in mourning for the loss of 15-to-1? Then you’ll love the Peartree quiz. All welcome! 9-11pm, Peartree, West Nicolson Street. £1 per team – get there early as tables fill up quickly.

Sofi’s Cult Movie Night: popular classics on the silver screen in the back room, with free popcorn! 8-10pm, Sofi’s, 65 Henderson Street.

area C coffee house

Radical Independence Campaign with Cat Boyd: RIC were very prominent during the referendum campaign, so if you want to find out what they are about, this is your chance. Cat Boyd is the co-founder of RIC. 7-9.30pm, Area C Coffee House, 239 Leith Walk. Organised by Common Weal Edinburgh North and Leith.

Leith Central Community Council: Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings and engage with what is happening in the local area. 7pm, Nelson Room, McDonald Road Library, 2-4 McDonald Road. Contact secretary.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk for more information.

Mission Antarctica - Adventure Film Festival January 2015

The 10th Annual Adventure Film Festival: Programme 1. The festival features eleven of the world’s most exciting action and adventure documentary films. From free climbing in Yosemite to mountain biking in Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, and from canyoneering in Australia to surfing under the northern lights in Norway’s Arctic Circle, each of the three film programmes gives filmgoers a diverse and inspiring look at how modern day pioneers of exploration and adventure are pushing the boundaries of what we thought possible. Programme 1 consists of six short films: programme 2 will be shown on 26th January and Programme 3 on 2nd February 2015. 6pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Prices vary: bookings can be made online or by calling the Box Office on 0131 228 2688.

Stockbridge Church Toddler Group: for babies and toddlers. 10-11.30am, Stockbridge Parish Church, Saxe Coburg Street.

Linlithgow Film Society: The Railway Man (15) starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. ‘A powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love’ . 7.30pm, Linlithgow Academy Theatre, Braehead Road. Non-members £4/£3, under 16s £2, payable on the door. For membership information, see website.

LGBT Spiritual Space: Maxwell Reay, NHS Community Mental Health Chaplain, offers a supportive space for people to discuss and develop ideas of spirituality and identity. For people of all faiths and no faith at all. This month there will be opportunities for individual conversations, and information regarding spiritual needs. 6.30-7.30pm (within weekly Drop-In, which runs 5.30-8pm), LGBT Health Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. For more information contact the centre on 0131 523 1100 or email admin@lgbthealth.org.uk

Blackwell’s Edinburgh Adult Book Group: join the group for lively, friendly book chatter – no previous experience required! The group meets monthly to discuss a wide range of books – fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary, prizewinners and cult heroes; whatever you fancy! Currently reading Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. (Next month Eleanor Updale’s The Last Minute). 6-8pm, Blackwell’s, South Bridge. If you would like to join, just email your details to events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

the last wild

Blackwell’s Edinburgh Children’s Book Group: if you are 8-11 years old with a love of books and biscuits, join the group to enjoy a friendly hour of fiction. Come and discover more books to treasure! Currently reading Piers Torady’s The Last Wild. 6-7pm, Blackwell’s, South Bridge. If you would like to join, just email your details to childrens.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

The Hidden Generation: Contemporary Art in Awkward Places. Dr Andrew Patrizio looks at some of the more obscure and far-flung places that artists worked with as part of the 2014 GENERATION exhibition – from hidden collections and archives to Scotland’s country houses, and on to Fingal’s Cave and even the moon. 12.45-1.30pm, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free and unticketed.

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TUESDAY 20TH JANUARY 2015

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Tiny Tales: Cosy Stories. Cosy in with storyteller Claire Hewitt and hear tales from the land of ice and snow, and how the sun was rescued by a brave little hare. With songs and lullabies to make a sleepy bear even sleepier! For children aged 1-3 years. 10am or 11.30am (40 minute sessions), Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street. Tickets cost £5 per child (please remember also to book a free adult ticket) and are available online here or by calling SSC on 0131 556 9579.

Scottish Society of Architect Artists: Art4X. An exhibition and sale of art works organised jointly by the SSAA and the University of Edinburgh, in support of the University’s Patrick Wild Centre. The Centre’s mission is to understand the neuronal basis of, and test new therapies for, autism, fragile X syndrome and intellectual disabilities by fostering collaborations between world class basic science and clinical research at the University of Edinburgh. A selection of guest artists and Ligne et Couleur (Ligne et Couleur is the name of the SSAA’s counterpoint associations in other European countries) colleagues from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who have exhibited with SSAA over the last three decades have been invited to contribute works for the exhibition and auction as part of Art4X. Auctioneers Lyon Turnbull will take bids for these very special items during tonight’s private view. Private view (by invitation only) tonight 6-9pm, then 10am-4pm Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd January, 10am-12 noon Saturday 24th January, Sculpture Hall, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place.

mac's munchkins

Mac’s Munchkins: an hour of farm-themed storytelling, crafts, playgroup and songs. For children aged 2+. 10am or 3pm, Gorgie City Farm (meet at the red tractor), 51 Gorgie Road. £2 per child, payable on the day – no registration required.

I Love Hip Hop: for those who want to celebrate the hip hop classics – and just as importantly, the brand new! Live performances, guest DJs and more. 11pm-3am, The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate. £4 . The Bongo Club is owned by local arts charity Out of the Blue. ‘Putting the sounds of the underground and imaginative aspirations before the mighty dollar’.

emma vertseeg - usher hall emerging artists

Emerging Artists Series: Emma Versteeg and Maryam Sherhan. Discover new talent from a range of great young professional musicians at the start of their careers. Singer Emma Versteeg and pianist Maryam Sherhan present an atmospheric journey of song through Scotland, including Clare Liddell’s song cycle Five Orkney Scenes, William Sweeney’s Luminate: From the Islands (commissioned by Live Music Now Scotland! in 2013 and originally supported by Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival), and Robert Burns’ settings by Amy Beach. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists in the cafe bar at 11.45am, after the performance. 11am, Usher Hall, Lothian Road. Tickets £3, free for students and schools: book online, in person or by calling the Box Office on 0131 228 1155. Presented by the Usher Hall in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland! Next week: Cherrygrove (traditional band).

Odeon Silver Cinema: if you are over 55, you can enjoy films for only £3, with tea or coffee beforehand, at the Odeon’s special screenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Today: 11am – The Rewrite (12A), 2pm – What We Did On Our Holiday (12A). You can buy your tickets at the cinema (no extra charges), or online (50p booking fee + 21p transaction charge then apply). Odeon, 118 Lothian Road.

Digital Sentinel: Community News Cafe. digitalsentinel.net is the online community news site for Wester Hailes, now running a weekly community news cafe. Drop in for a cup of tea, chat about local stories and share local news, views, issues and events. 12 noon-1.30pm, WHALE Arts, 30 Westburn Grove. Free.

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Luath Press Presents Lesley Riddoch: Wee White Blossom, a post-indyref, poppadum-sized version of Blossom, updating it with a new chapter on Scotland’s Year of Living Dangerously. Lesley Riddoch shares her thoughts on the Smith Commission, the departure of Gordon Brown, the return of Alex Salmond and the latest developments in land  reform and local control, and considers the future of the SNP, the Radical Independence Campaign, Common Weal, Women for Independence and Scottish Labour in the aftermath of the referendum. ‘A plain-speaking, incisive call to restore equality and control to local communities and let Scotland flourish’. 6.30pm, New Empire Bingo Club, 50 Nicolson Street. Free tickets can be collected from Blackwell’s (South Bridge) front desk or reserved by calling 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

Pauline Detective: Pauline, a talented and gorgeous woman working for a criminal investigation’s newspaper, is going through a midlife crisis. Her younger sister Jeanne takes her to a famous hotel in the Italian Riviera – where Pauline believes a crime has been committed and starts to play detective. Dir: Marc Fitoussi. The film is in French with English subtitles. 6-7.30pm, Institut francais d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent. Free: no booking required. Also showing at 1pm on Wednesday 21st January 2015.

Lunchtime Concert: New Zealand Chamber Soloists. Amalia Hall (violin), James Tennant (cello) and Katherine Austin (piano) play Beethoven Piano Trio in D Major Op.70 No.1 ‘Ghost’ and John Psathas Island Songs. 1.10pm, Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh, Bristo Square. Free.

representing muslims in Scotland  the North East - poster jan 2015

Muslim Literary Representations of Britain 1780-present. Dr Clare Chambers, University of York, is an expert in contemporary South Asian literature written in English and literary representations of British Muslims. She is currently completing her second book, Representations of Muslims in Britain, a monograph tracing the development of artistic depictions of UK-based Muslims from the 18th century to the present day. This event is part of a series of seminars Representing Muslims in Scotland and the North East, and will include a short talk by the speaker, a conversation with PhD students Sybil Adam or Peter Cherry, and a Q A session. 7.15pm, Project Room, University of Edinburgh, George Square. These seminars are funded by the University of Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre, and this evening’s talk is held in conjunction with the Department of English Literature, who are providing wine after the talk. The next seminar will be at 5pm on 3rd February 2015, with award-winning Aberdeen-based writer Leila Aboulela. For more information about the series, click here.

Behold the Light of Nature: Ruskin on Turner 1853. Paul O’Keeffe, actor and art historian, recreates John Ruskin’s moving account of the life, achievements and death of JMW Turner, now re-edited and expanded to incorporate more of the lecture, and including visual aids. 12.45-1.30pm, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free and unticketed.

WEDNESDAY 21ST JANUARY 2015

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Minecraft Building Club: come and try this new club – it just started last week! 3.30-4.30pm, Moredun Library, 92 Moredun Park Road. Also at same time on Mondays.

Sofi’s Clothes Swap: bring your unwanted clothes and swap them for something else. Upcycling at its most fun! No money involved – the more you bring, the more you swap. 7-10pm, Sofi’s, 65 Henderson Street.

Economics with Jim and Margaret Cuthbert: Jim and Margaret are both economists and statisticians. Jim was formerly Scottish Office Chief Statisician, Margaret lectured in econometrics at Glasgow University; both are now retired and pursue research interests. Area C Coffee House, 239 Leith Walk. Organised by Common Weal Edinburgh North and Leith.

Whale Snappers: a monthly session for anyone with an interest in taking photos, learning about portraits, and printing in a dark room. Lead by a friendly professional photographer, all levels of experience welcome. Try it out! 6-9pm, WHALE Arts, 30 Westburn Grove. £4 per session.

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Pauline Detective: Pauline, a talented and gorgeous woman working for a criminal investigation’s newspaper, is going through a midlife crisis. Her younger sister Jeanne takes her to a famous hotel in the Italian Riviera – where Pauline believes a crime has been committed and starts to play detective. Dir: Marc Fitoussi. The film is in French with English subtitles. 1-2.30pm, Institut francais d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent. Free: no booking required.

Zoo Arts: sessions for young people aged 9-14 years who are interested in the visual arts. Activities are usually project-based and last around 2-4 weeks; they include creating temporary public art installations, with group exhibitions at the end of each term – and a party!. The group also goes on inspiring trips to places like the National Galleries and Museums. 4-5.30pm today and every Wednesday (breaks for school holidays), North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court. 50p per session, healthy snack provided. Pop in any Wednesday to see why everyone loves Zoo Arts so much!

Stockbridge and Inverleith Community Council: all members of the community are welcome to attend and participate – see website for minutes of past meetings and future agendas. 7pm, Stockbridge Parish Church, Saxe Coburg Street.

January Open Spoken Word and Music Night: featuring Irish Flyte Champion, comedian and poet Sean O’Dee. Please bring along a poem or a song. 7.30-10pm, The Red Room, Constitution Bar, Constitution Street. Free: please indicate your attendance on the event’s Facebook page. For more details contact rose.fraser@yahoo.co.uk.

will pickvance

 Lunchtime Concert: Piano Speak. Improvisations, requests and repartee with Will Pickvance. 12.15pm, St Giles Cathedral, High Street. Free.

Chatterbooks: if you like books and reading, come along to meet new friends,, chat about books and join in games and competitions. For children aged 8-12 years. 3.45-4.45pm, Fountainbridge Library, 137 Dundee Street. Free. For more information call in at the library or email Mohammed.boussabou@edinburgh.gov.uk

Blackwell’s Edinburgh Presents Sue Lieberman: After Genocide – How Ordinary Jews Face The Holocaust. Edinburgh author and psychotherapist Sue Lieberman explores the neglected world of ‘ordinary Jews’, those who have no direct family lineage to the Holocaust but are nevertheless deeply affected by its memory. Drawing on interviews with Jews across the age spectrum, After Genocide focuses on the complex psychological legacy for a community of such a devastating history; in addressing the question of what constitutes collective trauma, it will speak to many communities with comparable collective histories. 6.30-7.30pm Blackwell’s, South Bridge. Free tickets can be collected from Blackwell’s front desk or reserved by calling 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

Visually impaired tour and workshop – The Two Roberts: Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. A free descriptive tour and practical workshop for the visually impaired, focusing on The Two Roberts: Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. 10am-3.30pm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art TWO, Belford Road. Free: to book a place please call 0131 624 6560.

Blackwell’s Edinburgh Presents Christopher Brookmyre: Dead Girl Walking. Celebrate the return of Jack Parblane in the much-awaited new book. Jack Parblane has lost everything; his journalism career, his marriage, his self-respect. A call for help from an old friend offers a chance for redemption – but only if he can find out what has happened to Heike Gunn, a famous, beautiful and talented woman who has simply vanished. From Berlin to Barcelona, form the streets of Milan to remote Scottish islands, Parblane must find out what happened before it’s too late. 7-9pm, The Caves, Niddry Street South. This event is ticketed but tickets are free, and can be collected from Blackwell’s (South Bridge) front desk or reserved by calling 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

Bi Beyond Edinburgh: a fortnightly social gathering for people who identify as bisexual and non-monosexual. ‘With organised social activities and refreshments provided, whatever your label or lack of label we welcome you’. 7-9pm, LGBT Health Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. For more information contact biandbeyondedinburgh@gmail.com

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 Crufts and Other Adventures: local author LJB Fraser will read from and talk about her book Cavalier Chronicles, which documents life through the eyes of Rufus, her King Charles spaniel. Possibly including an appearance by Rufus himself! 6.30-7.30pm, Colinton Library, 14 Thorburn Road. To book a place please call 0131 529 5603 or email colinton,library@edinburgh.gov.uk Free.

Scottish Society of Architect Artists: Art4X. An exhibition and sale of art works organised jointly by the SSAA and the University of Edinburgh, in support of the University’s Patrick Wild Centre. The Centre’s mission is to understand the neuronal basis of, and test new therapies for, autism, fragile X syndrome and intellectual disabilities by fostering collaborations between world class basic science and clinical research at the University of Edinburgh. A selection of guest artists and Ligne et Couleur (Ligne et Couleur is the name of the SSAA’s counterpoint associations in other European countries) colleagues from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who have exhibited with SSAA over the last three decades have been invited to contribute works for the exhibition and auction as part of Art4X. 10am-4pm today, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd January, 10am-12 noon Saturday 24th January, Sculpture Hall, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place.

Morningside Justice and Peace Group: Professor David Bell, University of Stirling, talks on Growth, deficit, austerity and other macroeconomic considerations in the run-up to May 2015. The Morningside Justice and Peace Group exists to promote informed opinion on matters of concern to the community at large: meetings are open to all and consist of a short talk followed by questions and discussion. 10.30-11.30am, The Open Door, 420 Morningside Road. £1 per person. For more information please contact Barbara Darcy at b.darcy20@gmail.com

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 THURSDAY 22ND JANUARY 2015

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Works On Paper 2015: a selection of prints, drawings and watercolours from the storerooms of The Fine Art Society Edinburgh and London. Artists include Gerald Brockhurst, Sir David Wilkie, Robert Austin, Walter Geikie, James McBey, Mabel Royds and Charles Tunnicliffe. 10am-7pm today, 10am-6pm Friday and 11am-4pm Saturday, Dundas Street Gallery, 6a Dundas Street.

GENERATION By Night: the GENERATION By Night season of curated after-hours events at Modern One concludes this month with a night of pop-up talks, artist talks by Claire Barclay, Ciara Philips and Kate Davis (6pm), and a live set from WOLF (Kim Moore) at 7pm. Enjoy GENERATION after dark! 5-8pm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ONE, Belford Road. Free: no booking required.

ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) Conversation – Tollcross. A chance to talk about the community’s needs and how they can be met. ROC is a national charity with over 150 projects throughout the UK. It aims to bring about community transformation by creating strategic partnerships that open up opportunities for crime and disorder reduction and improved community cohesion. ROC brings together community groups, churches, the police, the fire service, local authorities and voluntary agencies, to encourage them to work together in positive partnerships for practical ‘on the ground’ change. 5.30-7.30pm, Central Halls, 9 West Tollcross. Free places can be booked via eventbrite. For more information, please contact dianemcwilliam@roc.uk.com

Drama @ WHALE: bring out your dramatic side and join the Whale’s Without A Cause group – they are looking for new people who would like to be involved in devising a show to be performed at the WHALE Arts End of Year Christmas party in December. No experience needed! 7-9pm, WHALE Arts, 30 Westburn Grove. Free.

Let’s Dance! Social dancing: get fit and have fun. Relaxed sessions with dance tuition from an expert: this term the group continues to learn ceilidh dancing – come and enjoy the Scottish whirls! 7-8.30pm, WHALE Arts, 30 Westburn Grove. £2 per session.

WHALE Street Arts: music, craft, street dance, poetry, beat box, art and more, on the streets of Wester Hailes every Thursday evening. This term’s theme is puppets – physical, shadow, hand and finger – leading up to the Puppet Animation Festival at Easter. Come and meet the Street Arts Team: 5-5.30pm – Harvesters Square, 5.30-6pm – Dumbeg, 6-6.30pm – Hailesland, 6.30-7pm – Walkers, 7-7.30pm – Westburn. For ages 8-18. For more information see Street Arts’ Facebook page here. For ages 7-16. Free.

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Ecumenical Friends at St Cuthbert’s. Matthew Ross, General Secretary, Action of Churches Together in Scotland. 12.30-2pm, St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, 5 Lothian Road. All very welcome: tea and coffee provided, please bring your own packed lunch. £1.50 per person. These events are organised by Edinburgh City Centre Churches TOGETHER.

Mayfield Salisbury Thursday Club: this week Music with Margo and Iain Dunn. 2pm, Upper Hall, Mayfield Salisbury Church, 18 West Mayfield. All very welcome: 50p per person. For more information please contact Florence Smith on 0131 663 1234. Next week: Rev Sarah Kilbey on The Sounds of Silence: Coping with Deafness.

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Early Shetland Authors: Professor Penny Fielding explores the world of Margaret Chalmers and Dorothea Primrose Campbell, two early Shetland authors whose poetry had little success in their lifetime. Their case raises a number of questions: how can poets be ‘recovered’ with scant archival resources? What role does geographical distance play in literary history? And why should we read these authors in the first place? 6pm, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. Book via website or call 0131 623 3734. Free.

Odeon Silver Cinema: if you are over 55, you can enjoy films for only £3, with tea or coffee beforehand, at the Odeon’s special screenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Today: 11am – What We Did On Our Holiday (12A)., 2pm – The Rewrite (12A). You can buy your tickets at the cinema (no extra charges), or online (50p booking fee + 21p transaction charge then apply). Odeon, 118 Lothian Road.

Scottish Society of Architect Artists: Art4X. An exhibition and sale of art works organised jointly by the SSAA and the University of Edinburgh, in support of the University’s Patrick Wild Centre. The Centre’s mission is to understand the neuronal basis of, and test new therapies for, autism, fragile X syndrome and intellectual disabilities by fostering collaborations between world class basic science and clinical research at the University of Edinburgh. A selection of guest artists and Ligne et Couleur (Ligne et Couleur is the name of the SSAA’s counterpoint associations in other European countries) colleagues from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who have exhibited with SSAA over the last three decades have been invited to contribute works for the exhibition and auction as part of Art4X. 10am-4pm today and Friday 23rd January, 10am-12 noon Saturday 24th January, Sculpture Hall, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place.

Live Music Now: Fraser Langton and Juliette Philogene. Fraser (clarinet) and Juliette (piano) have been wowing audiences with their performances since they started playing together in 2009. Together they will bring a varied programme of colourful and impressionistic music inspired by the National Gallery’s permanent collection, and in celebration of Burns’ Night they will play some popular Burns songs. 6-6.30pm, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free and unticketed.

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FRIDAY 23RD JANUARY 2015

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Freeze Frame Film Club: an informal evening of flickering images drawn from classic old favourites. This week: Back to the Future (PG). Go early and have a 3 course movie-themed meal at the Drill Hall Arts Cafe before the show, or just go along for the film itself – free popcorn provided! ‘An evening of nostalgic drama, laughter and tears’. 6.30pm (film 8pm), Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street. Meals cost £15 and must be booked in advance – call the cafe on 0131 555 7100. Film costs £2.50 (children £2), which can be paid on the door (subject to availability), or in advance by calling 0131 555 7100 or emailing stephanie.haigh@outoftheblue.org.uk, or asking at the cafe. For more information see the club’s Facebook page.

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Fort Community Centre Bake Sale! Kids from some of the Centre’s clubs are holding a bake sale today – so come along, bring your money, and eat cake! 1pm, Fort Community Centre, 25 North Fort Street.

Bookbug: rhymes and songs for young children and their parents/carers. 10.30-11am, Oxgangs Library, Oxgangs Road North.

Storytime: find out where the magic story rug will take you this week! 10.30am today and every Friday, Piershill Library, 30 Piersfield Terrace.

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Rally and Broad: The Apology Shop. A tongue-in-cheek celebration of the apology in its many varieties: come hear the confessional, the reverential, the spittingly caustic and the wittily marvellous, featuring Francesca Beard, Bizerk, Emily Dodd, Chris Willats, and UK University Slam Champ Jess Smith. 7-10pm,The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate. £5 on the door. The Bongo Club is owned by local arts charity Out of the Blue. ‘Putting the sounds of the underground and imaginative aspirations before the mighty dollar’.

Works On Paper 2015: a selection of prints, drawings and watercolours from the storerooms of The Fine Art Society Edinburgh and London. Artists include Gerald Brockhurst, Sir David Wilkie, Robert Austin, Walter Geikie, James McBey, Mabel Royds and Charles Tunnicliffe. 10am-7pm today, 11am-4pm Saturday, Dundas Street Gallery, 6a Dundas Street.

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Eco Kidz: if you love creating and would like to learn some new skills too, try Eco Kidz. The group uses recycled materials to design and create new products before selling them at markets around Edinburgh: the Christmas pop-up stalls almost sold out! All profits go back into the project. For ages 8-12. 1.45-3.15pm today and every Friday, North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court. Free.

Scottish Society of Architect Artists: Art4X. An exhibition and sale of art works organised jointly by the SSAA and the University of Edinburgh, in support of the University’s Patrick Wild Centre. The Centre’s mission is to understand the neuronal basis of, and test new therapies for, autism, fragile X syndrome and intellectual disabilities by fostering collaborations between world class basic science and clinical research at the University of Edinburgh. A selection of guest artists and Ligne et Couleur (Ligne et Couleur is the name of the SSAA’s counterpoint associations in other European countries) colleagues from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who have exhibited with SSAA over the last three decades have been invited to contribute works for the exhibition and auction as part of Art4X. 10am-4pm today, 10am-12 noon tomorrow (Saturday 24th January), Sculpture Hall, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place.

St Bride’s Toddlers Group: a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for parents/carers and their children to get together, play and chat. Led by Solma Rahman. 9.30-11.30am today and every Friday until 20th March, St Bride’s Cafe, St Bride’s Centre, Orwell Terrace.

St Bride’s Children’s Club: have lots of fun and make new friends while playing games, learning arts and crafts and going on trips. For ages 5-9. Today and every Thursday until 26th March (no club 19th February) 4-5.30pm, St Bride’s Centre, Orwell Terrace. 50p per session.

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Lunchtime Concert: de la guitarra. Gordon Ferries and Stephen Morrison specialise in 19th century guitar music on original instruments. Today they will perform works by Beethoven, Mozart, Carullli and Sor. 1.10pm, Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh, Bristo Square. Free.

Malawi Coffee Morning: with Fairtrade tea and coffee and Fairtrade goods for sale. Profits go to the church’s Malawi project. All very welcome! 10.30am-12 noon today and every Friday, Stockbridge Parish Church, Saxe Coburg Street.

Girl Fridays: a club for girls in P7 to S4. 3-4.30pm, Pilmeny Youth Centre, 44 Buchanan Street. For more information contact Mo Airnes on 0131 553 2559 or email moairnes@btconnect.com

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Edinburgh College of Art Friday Lecture Series: Mika Hannula. Based at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Mika is the former Director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, and Chair of KUNO, the Nordic network of art academies. 11.30am, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place. Free and open to all.

Heriot Watt University: Lunchtime Music Hour. This week: The Rotary Club Young Musician Competition. 12.30-1.30pm, Zero Degrees, Students Union, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh Campus, EH14 4AS.

Human Blues: Anna Glantz and Tam Hare. An exhibition exploring the connections between the self, collective identity and modern culture, and the ‘weird, and not so wonderful’ feelings that arise when these disconnect. Anna is a Swedish-born painter and printmaker, Tom is a visual artist and writer whose work is principally photographic and camera-centric. Open preview tonight 6-9pm, then 10am-6pm Monday to Friday, 11am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays, until 3rd February 2015, Gallery 2, St Margaret’s House, 151 London Road.larger_lgbt_logo

LGBT Women’s Wellbeing Group: Colour My Life. An inclusive group offering a chance to meet other LGBT women in a relaxed environment. Chat, information and activities promoting health and wellbeing. The group is open to all LGBT women, and welcomes transgender people who primarily identify as women. This month banish the winter blues by contributing to a women’s wellbeing creative space, where women can come together to share music, get in touch with their artistic side and have the opportunity to contribute words of solidarity to Amnesty International’s Write for Rights letter writing campaign.  2-4.30pm, LGBT Health Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. To stay up to date with the group contact alison@lgbthealth.org.uk to be added to the email reminder list.

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Gallery Social – Beauty By Design: Fashioning the Renaissance. A relaxed and informal guided tour with refreshments for anyone affected by dementia and their friends, relatives and supporters. 10.30am-12 noon, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street. Free: to book a place please call 0131 624 6560.

LGBT Film Nights: see LGBT themed and mainstream films in a friendly, sociable setting. Vote by email, and at the events, for film choices each month. You are welcome just to turn up on the night, but please be aware that the film will already have been chosen. 6.30-9.30pm, LGBT Health Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. For more information, contact the centre on 0131 523 1100 or email admin@lgbthealth.org.uk

Son et Lumiere: two hours of sound and silence, of light and darkness. Space and time to sit, to think, to wander, to be. 6-8pm, St Giles Cathedral, High Street. Tickets £3 at the door.

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Blackwell’s Edinburgh Presents Stuart MacBride The Missing and The Dead: Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae returns in this new novel by the bestselling crime writer.’One mistake can cost you everything. When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right?’ What McRae gets is a ‘development opportunity’ in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire…then a little girl’s body washes up outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking of a massive manhunt….there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone’s going to get out of this alive. 6.30-8pm, Blackwell’s, South Bridge. This event is ticketed, but tickets are free and can be collected from Blackwell’s front desk or reserved by calling 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk Read The Edinburgh Reporter’s article about Stuart MacBride’s 2014 Edinburgh Book Festival appearance here.

An Evening with Burns and Gow: Robert Burns and Niel Gow are responsible for some of the greatest words and music that Scotland has ever produced. This performance sees Euan Drysdale (vocals/guitar/piano) and Alistair Savage (fiddle) celebrate the works of Burns and Gow in a joyous evening of traditional fiddle music, alongside some new folk/blues interpretations of Burns’ poetry in song. 7.30-9.30pm, Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street. Tickets cost £10/£8 and can be purchased online here or by calling 0131 556 9579.

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SATURDAY 24TH JANUARY 2015

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Victoria Bar Singles Night! 8pm,Victoria, 265 Leith Walk

Polish Rhymetime: 11am today and every second Saturday, Piershill Library, 30 Piersfield Terrace. All very welcome to come and join in the fun.

GENERATION Tours at Modern One: free, discussion-led tours of the exhibition, focusing on key themes and artists. 11-11.45am or 1-1.45pm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ONE, Belford Road. Free: no booking required.

Tiger Tales: stories and crafts for children aged 4-8 years. 3-4pm, Fountainbridge Library, 137 Dundee Street. Free.

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Edinburgh League of Comics Manga Workshops: learn how to create your own characters, script a story and take home your very own comic book! For ages 10+. 2-4pm, Kirkliston Library, 16 Station Road. To book your place drop into the library and speak to Nicola, or call her on 0131 529 5510/email kirkliston.library@edinburgh.gov.uk If you can’t make it today, there will be another workshop on 31st January 2015.

ABJAD: an exhibition by four artists, Jane Bustin, Kevin Harman, Paul Keir and Jeff McMillan ‘who, in their sometimes sideways approach to abstraction, balance conceptual concerns with an intuitive touch’. 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday until 21st March 2015, Ingelby Gallery, 15 Calton Road.

Macastory: The Two Rabbies. A fun-filled show with not one but two Rabbie Burns, each claiming to be the real McCoy! The audience must decide who is telling the truth as the Rabbies tell outrageous tall tales of their amazing adventures, and perform songs and verses from the Bard himself. 12 noon, 2pm or 3pm (40 minute sessions), Hawthornden Court,  Level 1, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street. Free: just drop in. Also at same times on Sunday 25th January 2015.

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Edinburgh Society of Musicians: Dream Team concert. Kirsteen Davidson Kelly plays new piano compositions by Vroni Holzmann, inspired by the landscape of the Alps, Swedish forests and seascapes. 7.30pm, Edinburgh Society of Musicians, 3 Belford Road. Admission free.

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Balerno Village Screen: Les Miserables (12). Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This screening will be a #pitchfever fundraiser for a 2G pitch at Balerno School, and coincides with the production of Les Miserables that Balerno High School pupils are currently preparing: some of them will be along to perform before the screening. 12.30-3pm (doors open at 12 noon), St Joseph’s Hall, Balerno, EH14 7TZ. Tickets are free, and can be booked via eventbrite or collected from The Mill Cafe or Balerno Post Office. If you can’t get a ticket, you are welcome to turn up and will be given a seat if there are no-shows: if you have a ticket and can’t make it, please cancel so that someone else can come along. Balerno Village Screen is a community cinema funded by donations.

Works On Paper 2015: a selection of prints, drawings and watercolours from the storerooms of The Fine Art Society Edinburgh and London. Artists include Gerald Brockhurst, Sir David Wilkie, Robert Austin, Walter Geikie, James McBey, Mabel Royds and Charles Tunnicliffe. 11am-4pm (closes today), Dundas Street Gallery, 6a Dundas Street.

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 It’s In The Bag: rhymes, drama, creative games and puppets, with lots of well-loved Scottish songs throughout. (1) Sam Rosie’s Tartan Tea Party – for ages 0-2 years, 2.15pm (10am show already sold out), (2) Sam Rosie’s Highland Adventure: The Mystery of the Lost Haggis – for ages 3-6 years, 11.15am or 1pm, Storytelling Court, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street. Tickets cost £6 per child and can be purchased online here or by calling 0131 556 9579. Please remember to book a free adult ticket too.

Burns for Beginners: Robert Burns’ keys poems and songs are performed to a cracking live music accompaniment, along with discussion, context and English subtitles. A sell-out at TradFest Edinburgh 2014 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 ‘this is the show about Burns that Burns would want to see!’ For ages 12+. 7.30pm, Netherbow Centre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street. Tickets cost £8/£4 and can be booked online here or by calling SSC on 0131 556 9579.

St Bride’s Family Cinema – see your favourite film for free! Adventure, excitement, fun and laughs – they’re all here. All welcome: children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Juice and choc ices available in the interval for 50p each. This week: The Lego Movie (U), next week: Dumbo (U). 10.30am-12.30pm (includes interval), St Bride’s Centre, Orwell Terrace.

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 Family Saturdays at the French Institute: La Galette des Rois. The first event in a new series of ‘rendez-vous’  in French; an opportunity for children aged 3 to 10 years to discover a popular piece of French culture. This time, the tales, songs and crafts are all about ‘la Galette des Rois’ – and is there anything better than finishing this event with a delicious Galette tasting? 12 noon-2pm, Institut francais d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent. Price per child £5/members £3. No booking required. Please note: parents must stay with their children.

Winter Guided Walk: join a Garden Guide for a leisurely afternoon walk round the Garden. Discover stunning seasonal highlights and learn about the history of the Garden and its plants. For ages 14+. 2pm, John Hope Gateway Reception, Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, Inverleith Row. £5 per person: no advance booking necessary. Also at same time on Sunday 25th January 2015.

Traditional Scottish Music at Morningside Library: following a successful performance last year, Derek, John and Lindsay return for a morning of traditional Scottish music. 11.30am-12.30pm, Morningside Library, 184 Morningside Road. No need to book – just turn up.

Scottish Society of Architect Artists: Art4X. An exhibition and sale of art works organised jointly by the SSAA and the University of Edinburgh, in support of the University’s Patrick Wild Centre. The Centre’s mission is to understand the neuronal basis of, and test new therapies for, autism, fragile X syndrome and intellectual disabilities by fostering collaborations between world class basic science and clinical research at the University of Edinburgh. A selection of guest artists and Ligne et Couleur (Ligne et Couleur is the name of the SSAA’s counterpoint associations in other European countries) colleagues from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who have exhibited with SSAA over the last three decades have been invited to contribute works for the exhibition and auction as part of Art4X. 10am-12 noon, Sculpture Hall, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place.

Israel-Palestine Prayer Vigil: Polwarth will hold this month’s prayer vigil for peace between Israel and Palestine. Vigils have been held all over the country since troubles flared in Gaza last summer; they are organised jointly by the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council, Christian Aid and other supporting agencies. The morning will include an overview of Church of Scotland’s and Christian Aid’s work in the area and a talk about the work of the YWCA Women and the Wall. 10am-12 noon, Polwarth Parish Church, Polwarth Terrace. All welcome.

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SUNDAY 25TH JANUARY 2015

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Winter Guided Walk: join a Garden Guide for a leisurely afternoon walk round the Garden. Discover stunning seasonal highlights and learn about the history of the Garden and its plants. For ages 14+. 2pm, John Hope Gateway Reception, Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, Inverleith Row. £5 per person: no advance booking necessary.

Storytelling: Happy Birthday Rabbie! Come and celebrate Burns Day with Scottish song, story and poetry. Enjoy a wee bit of the Bard’s work, learn some Scots language and listen to some Scottish traditional tales. For ages 7+. 2pm, 2.45pm or 3.30pm (30 minute sessions), Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street. Free: no booking required.

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 Filmhouse Junior: Penguins of Madagascar (U). 11am, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets cost £4 per person, big or small, and can be booked online or by calling the Box Office on 0131 228 2688. Next week: Into The Woods.

Sofi’s Nocturnes: a weekly open stage hosted by Matt Norris and Arno Blok. Unplugged and intimate: all acts welcome (music, spoken word, comedy, anything else you’d like to do). A free drink for every performer. 8-10pm, Sofi’s, 65 Henderson Street.

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 Macastory: The Two Rabbies. A fun-filled show with not one but two Rabbie Burns, each claiming to be the real McCoy! The audience must decide who is telling the truth as the Rabbies tell outrageous tall tales of their amazing adventures, and perform songs and verses from the Bard himself. 12 noon, 2pm or 3pm (40 minute sessions), Hawthornden Court,  Level 1, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street. Free: just drop in.

Rock and Roll Ping Pong with DJ Ding and DJ Dong; a free monthly social night, with balls on! Free play, silly ping pong games, music from every genre to play along to, and an optional, strictly amateur, tournament (£1 entry, winner takes all). 7-11pm, The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate. The Bongo Club is owned by local arts charity Out of the Blue. ‘Putting the sounds of the underground and imaginative aspirations before the mighty dollar’.

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Me T Monthly: a supportive space for people who have friends, family or partners who are transgender or exploring their gender. An opportunity to meet other people who may have similar experiences, questions or concerns. 2-4pm, LGBT Health Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. For more information contact me.and.t.edinburgh@gmail.com.

St Giles at Six: music students from Napier University. Solo performances from final year music students. 6pm, St Giles Cathedral, High Street. Free: retiring collection.

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Assessing The Legacy Of The London Olympics

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to name the city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles are competing to win that competition. The U.S. hasn’t hosted the summer games since Atlanta in 1996.

Rio won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Tokyo got the nod for the 2020 games. London hosted the summer games in 2012, so we thought we’d check in there to see what the legacy is two years later. Did the games live up their promise as a boost for the city?

The BBC’s UK political correspondent Rob Watson joins Here Now’s Lisa Mullins to discuss the topic.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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UBC grad wants to light up your ride with a biking wearable

Doug Bairner wanted to combine safety and style on his bike but he couldn’t find clothing that fit the bill.

So the University of B.C. graduate created Lumo, his own line of biking wearables that light up for the ride but look like ordinary clothes that could be worn to the office or the bar.

And with an over-subscribed Kickstarter campaign just wrapped up, it seems there are plenty of other cyclists looking to up their style without sacrificing safety.

“There’s an interesting revolution happening at the moment with safety becoming more stylish in cycling,” said Bairner, who lives in London, U.K., where he has launched the new Lumo line with business partner and soon-to-be marriage partner Lucy Brown.

The Kickstarter goal was £50,000 ($90,000) but by the time the campaign wrapped up this week, close to 450 backers pledged £72,229 ($130,000).

Pledges of £165 ($300) or more receive a Herne Hill Harrington jacket, a jacket in the British Harrington style with a new age twist — waterproof white LEDs that run the length of the front zipper and red LEDs in the back seam.

“The lights are visible from 400 metres,” said Bairner. “We’re not trying to replace bike lights; they’re supposed to be worn in addition to lights on your bike to make you as a cyclist much more visible.”

Lumo jacket and backpack

Lumo jacket and backpack

The idea for Lumo dates back to Bairner’s time at UBC, where he graduated with a master’s degree in applied sport psychology. He cycled to school every day and when he moved back to London, he kept up cycling.

“I had a couple of near misses and I was in a constant quandary, not feeling safe but not wanting to walk into the office in bright yellow cycling gear,” he said. “It was a tough choice to make.

“I reached the point where I couldn’t find any products that solved that problem for me so I created them myself. The idea is that they are all jackets you would wear in everyday life and as soon as you get on a bike, you flick a switch to turn them on.

“At the end of your journey you flick them off and it turns back into an ordinary jacket you would feel comfortable in walking into a bar or office.”

The LED lights, which are powered by a USB rechargeable battery pack, are hidden behind translucent panels that let the light through when the lights are switched on. A backpack has front lights on the straps and a rear light at the bottom of the bag.

“They’re in positions that are ideal for being seen by traffic,” said Bairner.

The Kickstarter campaign, which started with the jacket and an LED-equipped backpack, added a hooded waterproof parka when it closed in on its £70,000 stretch target.

Bairner said the Lumo line has attracted cyclists from all around the world. The products start shipping this June.

 

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UBC grad wants to light up your ride

VANCOUVER — Doug Bairner wanted to combine safety and style on his bike but he couldn’t find clothing that fit the bill.

So the University of B.C. graduate created Lumo, his own line of biking wearables that light up for the ride but look like ordinary clothes that could be worn to the office or the bar.

And with an over-subscribed Kickstarter campaign just wrapped up, it seems there are plenty of other cyclists looking to up their style without sacrificing safety.

“There’s an interesting revolution happening at the moment with safety becoming more stylish in cycling,� said Bairner, who lives in London, U.K., where he has launched the new Lumo line (www.lumo.cc) with business partner and soon-to-be marriage partner Lucy Brown.

The Kickstarter goal was £50,000 ($90,000) but by the time the campaign wrapped up this week, close to 450 backers pledged £72,229 ($130,000).

Pledges of £165 ($300) or more receive a Herne Hill Harrington jacket, a jacket in the British Harrington style with a new age twist — waterproof white LEDs that run the length of the front zipper and red LEDs in the back seam.

“The lights are visible from 400 metres,� said Bairner. “We’re not trying to replace bike lights; they’re supposed to be worn in addition to lights on your bike to make you as a cyclist much more visible.�

The idea for Lumo dates back to Bairner’s time at UBC, where he graduated with a master’s degree in applied sport psychology. He cycled to school every day and when he moved back to London, he kept up cycling.

“I had a couple of near misses and I was in a constant quandary, not feeling safe but not wanting to walk into the office in bright yellow cycling gear,� he said. “It was a tough choice to make.

“I reached the point where I couldn’t find any products that solved that problem for me so I created them myself. The idea is that they are all jackets you would wear in everyday life and as soon as you get on a bike, you flick a switch to turn them on.

“At the end of your journey you flick them off and it turns back into an ordinary jacket you would feel comfortable in walking into a bar or office.�

The LED lights, which are powered by a USB rechargeable battery pack, are hidden behind translucent panels that let the light through when the lights are switched on. A backpack has front lights on the straps and a rear light at the bottom of the bag.

“They’re in positions that are ideal for being seen by traffic,� said Bairner.

The Kickstarter campaign, which started with the jacket and an LED-equipped backpack, added a hooded waterproof parka when it closed in on its £70,000 stretch target.

Bairner said the Lumo line has attracted cyclists from all around the world. The products start shipping this June.

gshaw@vancouversun.com

Blog: vancouversun.com/digitallife

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