BBC Radio Scotland – Our Story, The Craigmillar Festival Society

Mark Stephen tells the story or the Craigmillar Festival Society and the group of young mothers who, in the 1960s, used the arts as the catalyst to transform their community.

Mark Stephen celebrates the Craigmillar Festival Society and the group of young mothers who, in the 1960s used the arts as the catalyst to transform one of Edinburgh’s most deprived housing estates revolutionising the face of community arts across the world.

The story of a young boy who wanted to learn how to play the violin is legendary in Craigmillar. In the early 1960’s, music wasn’t taught in the local area and when his mother asked the headmaster why, she was told that the school had enough trouble getting the children how to learn the 3 R’s. This made her furious, and so she got together with the mother’s club, and came up with the idea for festival.

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Landmark – The Inside Story of America’s New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All

Book Review: Landmark – The inside story of America’s new health care law and what it means for us all

Landmark is a collection of essays written by various reporters, editors and national staff of ‘Washington Post’ followed by the actual text of the bill. It provides a comprehensible summary of the legislation and examines its impacts on Americans on various categories and on health care system as a whole. In addition to this, it gives a very rich historical background and perspective. Such as how the legislation came together, the events and negotiations, the political challenges and obstacles, etc etc

The book has a systematic structure and is divided into three sections. The first section provides behind the scene reporting about the way the law came up. The second section highlights the effects and impacts of the new law whereas the third section is a summary of the legislation.… Read More