Saturday, 27 August 2016
Friday, 26 August 2016
Thursday, 25 August 2016
INFORMAL, DRAFT ANNOUNCEMENT
The planning of this secular, apolitical, democratic group is currently at an
embryonic stage and a draft constitution with a safe space policy is in preparation
by myself and another Church member, with advice from several members of the
community at large. While the group will be centred on St. Andrews and St. George's
West (SOC) Church on George Street in central Edinburgh, it will not be explicitly
Christian in nature or controlled or unduly influenced by other groups, or by a
leadership or steering committee. While we will elect a Secretary and a Facebook
moderator, there will be no other elected or unelected official. It is anticipated that
the group will interface between the Christian and secular components of our
The idea is to seek ways of successfully confronting authority regarding the
important social issues of the day. These include, but are by no means limited to
(a) the protection of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers (b) reforming our
benefits system and Workfare, and scrapping Sanctioning (c) addressing the current widespread maltreatment of people with mental health issues (d) addressing
ecological problems relating to the environment (e) demanding more help for the
homeless, the hungry, the sick. the elderly, and the vulnerable.
Possibly ways of confronting authority include (A) well publicised public lectures
and debates (B) public demonstrations, marches, and even pickets. These could prove
to be more successful than, say, signing petitions or writing to Government officials,
but all possibilities will be considered. including Parliamentary petitions for changes
in the law. We also plan to organise various international campaigns, with a group
Facebook page and maybe a blog.
We plan to hold monthly meetings of the group, probably from 7pm until 10pm
during a weekday evening. During these meetings, members will be encouraged
to organise themselves into working groups which will consider how to further
address specific social issues of interest.
It is anticipated that this group is likely to attract interest from a wide range of
socially active people and organizations in the Edinburgh area. If you are interested,
then please e-mail me on
Please say where you live, and whether you would like to be heavily, not so heavily,
or tangentially involved with our group. Please also say something about yourself,
We are planning to hold two or three informal meetings prior to our first formal
meeting in November, and we will advise and invite you accordingly.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
UPSTAIRS ON THE PHONE
by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard
"He was tired and confused, Officer, and not sure which day the car insurance was due. So, instead of driving to North Berwick, we went back to his mother's house to find out. I sat in the flower garden at the back and played with Angel, while he went up to his room. Twenty minutes later, I wondered what had happened to him. So I crept to the bottom of the stairs. I heard him mumbling into the telephone---some lengthy conversation or other. So I went back to the garden. I must have nodded off. When I went into the house about half an hour later, he still seemed to be mumbling on the phone. But when I walked into the bedroom, I discovered that the sounds were coming from a tape recorder! Then, when I walked through the front door, he was just lying there by the Volkswagen, with a knife stuck through the back of his neck. A few minutes later, you and your colleagues turned up."
"You're full of bullshit, you creep. We have three eye witnesses. We're charging you with murder."
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
"And what relation do you have to the disappeared, Miss?"
"I was their neighbour, Sir."
"Tell me from the top."
"The sun was just setting on the horizon. I was cooking in the kitchen. My husband's
been---sick you see. He's never been quite the same since he went AWOL so to speak,
six months ago-----we found him wandering in the woods, He has terrible nightmares."
"I see, go on,"
"Well darkness was falling and the street lights had come on for the night. It was
a still night, My window was open to let out the steam from cooking. I was washing
some dishes in the sink, and and glimpsed up to look through the window.'
"There was some kids, very young kids---pale kids---sickly looking kids---wandering
around, going door to door, but few people seemed to answer.. I watched them as they
approached my neighbours' door,'
"And the strangest thing of all----I know it was dark but I remember their eyes
glinting in the moonlight---it haunts me---pure black---absolutely no colour----it gives me
the shivers up my spine.'
"And that was the last I saw of my neighbours, There was some brief conversation.
I think the kids asked to use their phone and my neighbours let them inside,"