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๐Ÿงต I had my first day in #Edinburgh City Chambers today as a councillor. Letโ€™s talk about access โ™ฟ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป Kayleigh sitting outside the City Chambers
(There are the barriers of getting into politics, getting into campaigning, getting elected.. but that is for another day! (Should I make a video or blog? let me know! ๐ŸŽฅ) )
I had to get two buses and roll 15 mins to the City Chambers today over SO many cobblestones which is quite a difficulty as a wheelchair user with pain issues โœŠ๐Ÿผ
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Thread - At the weekend I was in a brilliant Italian cafe in Edinburgh enjoying an Italian breakfast and reading the paper, when I could not help but overhear a very loud unfiltered conversation a bawhair away at the table right next to our own. (1)
It was between two British middle aged males, with broad London / south English voices. It was loud enough for me to understand one of the British men had moved to Scotland during the pandemic and the other was visiting him. (2)
The British man who had moved to this country was telling the other that the "nationalists" were "teaching Rabbie Burns dialect in the schools now" and "putting Gay-lick on the police cars and ambulances even in areas where <nobody speaks the language>, and it is pointless". (3)
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Sometimes, @GoogleMaps is just weird.

For example, take this roundabout in Newhaven, #Edinburgh.

It's a simple roundabout/pedestrian crossing at a 4-way junction - Starbank Road, Pier Place, Newhaven Main Street, & Craighall Road. (If you're a car or a bus, it's 3-way.) ๐Ÿงต
You can cross Starbank Road or Pier Place using the pedestrian island: also you can cross Craighall Road to reach Starbank Road or Newhaven Main Street. There's no official pedestrian crossing there, but it's a not a high-traffic street.
But not according to Google Maps. /2
According to Google Maps, if you are going from Mason's Bakery on the corner of Starbank Road & Craighall Road, to Porto & Fi on the corner of Craighall Road & Newhaven Main Street, you will want to walk 650 meters -uphill to East Trinity, cross to Stanley Road, then downhill. /3
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Settin haen wir denner (funcy mince an tatties) an i young tods are jist actin the feel on i girse. Affa bonny loon, is he? Check i size o thon lugs! Image
One of the two local cubs now fancies a look round the house and is taking food from our hands.

Just back from a place in the Highlands where I've never seen a single fox because they're all shot at night by lampers. Lots of beasts are safer in town. ImageImage
Fox cub wandering into our living room to look for dog treats. *This* is the content you need today.
#Fox #Edinburgh #UrbanWildlife #UrbanFox
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Military aircraft circling Pembrokeshire again this morning as commercial aircraft are on their way to British airports

Like what the actual *** ?






And so now they're up a bit - 25-30k ft I would say


@fmwales @WelshGovernment @DefenceHQ
And still circling


@WelshGovernment @DefenceHQ

and whats this one doing out n about

why such vast military activity over past weeks

@scotgov the one on the right is your pigeon - what do you know?

Are we declaring #war now ?
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Those with a stated interest in heritage, like e.g.
@theSpurtle @NTBCC
may be interested to read our new section covering the extensive advice given to the Council & Developer by Historic Environment Scotland.โ€ฆ
To save people having to read the whole thing here are a few key points. HES conclusion: "the proposed development would give rise to "adverse effects on the OUV of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site (WHS) & the setting of the Category A listed Royal Crescent"
Regarding the application brought forward HES "recommended changes to the design of the development which we consider would reduce and avoid the impacts described" (on the OUV of the WHS). These included reduced height.
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In English, gender has been used as a direct equivalent to sex since 1969, according to the @OED.

No one complained about this for (approximately) 50 years. Your gender is your sex, your sex is your gender, English is a wonderfully flexible language full of synonyms. /1
In 1986, I attended the first-ever Pride held in Scotland; a static protest on the Mound, full of colourfully-made banners. One of the speakers was a woman who had campaigned for @on_lothianbuses to let her use her photo & her name in her pensioner's bus pass: she was trans. /2
Yes, 1986. 35 years ago.

In Scotland, we have been campaigning for #LGBT rights for long enough for a babe in arms at that first Pride in #Edinburgh to grow up, get married, & have a kid old enough to be campaigning for #LGBTQIA rights NOW. /3
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Jesus was a Socialist

Jesus was a socialist, this is not open for debate.
See the epic giveaway? Thatโ€™s the giveaway.
Be it time; be it deed; be it goods; be it creed.
Thereโ€™s no exception.
Now if Jesus veering left, should cause you some upset,
Consult your nearest Bible, exorcise the tribal.
Love gives time; love does deeds; love is good; loveโ€™s a creed.
Love lies in action.
Now my lip service argues that your words just wonโ€™t do.
Itโ€™s actions that speak loudest; they exact a price.
Love is hard; love demands. Loveโ€™s not gripped, in our hands;
Misers hold only things.
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Lovely weather on the Royal Mile this evening.

You canโ€™t hide from us @camobscura!

#Edinburgh Image
Incredible views down the Royal Mile! Image
The better views this evening are definitely *up* the Royal Mile #Edinburgh Image
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Earth has lost a 'staggering' 28 trillion tonnes of ice to global warming in the last 23 years, UK scientists findโ€ฆ Image
A "staggering" 28 trillion tonnes of ice has disappeared from the surface of the #Earth since 1994, a group of UK scientists has found.
Scientists from #Leeds and #Edinburgh universities and University College London analyzed satellite surveys of glaciers, mountains, and ice sheets between 1994 and 2017 to identify the impact of global warming.
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The #UKGovernment Torture Report

This is a very short overview of what the #UKAuthorities have done in the case.

#PraiseTheLORD #PraiseGod #Borisjohnson #Downingstreet #PritiPatel #UKParliament #Dailymail
In 2005, I set up a business selling CDs, namely mixtape CDs after graduating from Uni.

In 2006, my home was raided & my business was stopped. They said the CDs I was selling were in breach of copyright.
It was a complete shock as the exact same CDs I was selling were prevalent on most high streets and supermarkets. They were selling in their thousands in places such as #Tesco & #HMV. And #Woolworths were the actual UK Distributor of these CDs.
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Iโ€™ve never seen anything like this. Spooky. Itโ€™s been going like this non-stop for quite some time. #lightning #Edinburgh #storm
And now the almightiest thunder Iโ€™ve ever heard ... this is so weird.
๐Ÿ˜ฑ โ›ˆ #lightning #Edinburgh
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TOMORROW (Sat 8th Aug 20)
Peaceful #SaveOurRights #SaveOurFreedom rally, speakers, march
#Aberdeen St Nicholas St
#Belfast City Hall
#Birmingham Victoria Square
#Bristol College Green
#Manchester Central Library
#Plymouth Plymouth Hoe
#Newcastle Theatre Royal (ALL 2PM)
TOMORROW (Sat 8th Aug 20)
Peaceful #SaveOurRights #SaveOurFreedom rally, speakers, march
#Brighton Peace Statue, Hove
#Cardiff Cardiff Castle
#Leeds Millennium Square
#Liverpool St George's Hall
#Southampton Central Train Station
TOMORROW (Sat 8th Aug 20)
Peaceful #SaveOurRights #SaveOurFreedom rally, speakers, march
#Glasgow 12 Midday Glasgow Green
#Edinburgh 12 Midday Middle Meadow Walkway
#London 12 Midday Hammersmith Tube Station
#Nottingham 1PM Council House
Please RT!
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Racism is another public health crisis, one that's killed many more than #COVID19 #SARSCoV2.

But actions we take now shouldn't give the virus an advantage. If you plan to #BlackLivesMatter protest in #Scotland #Glasgow #Edinburgh ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Sunday - a thread ๐Ÿงต on reducing risk.

@NicolaSturgeon has already pledged support of #BlackLivesMatter & acknowledged the strong feelings about the protest.

However, it's important to follow gov't guidelines on what's permitted in #Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ on Sunday.

If they happen, & you go, here's how to reduce risk:

Protest risk reduction:
- Walk, cycle, drive there, no public transport ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฟโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿš—
- Don't attend with *any* symptoms ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿค’๐Ÿคง
- Wear a mask ๐Ÿ˜ท & change every 4 hrs ๐Ÿ•“
- Stay 2m apart always ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฟโ†”๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ
- Bring own water, signs etc - don't share! ๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿšง
- Follow organiser guidance ๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿฆบ

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Henri Bergson (1859-1941) and his processual approach to self, matter, creativity, intuition and free will had an influence not just on continental philosophy but also on #existentialism and #personalism in the #Islamicate milieu - a thread on #postcolonial #Bergson 1/ ImageImageImage
I first came across #Bergson notions of creativity, duration and time in the work of Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) in his Reconstruction (my copy as an undergrad) and Bedil in the Light of Bergsonโ€ฆ 2/ ImageImageImage
Years later I came across the work of Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Abdennour Bidar (b. 1971) that indicated the abiding #postcolonial interest in #Bergson #Iqbal and #Lahbabi 3/ ImageImageImage
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1/ Iโ€™d like to tell you an #WW2 story close to my familyโ€™s heart. That of an incredible bear that was adopted by Polish soldiers in the Middle East and accompanied them during the war through Italy.
His name was Wojtek.


2/Animals played an important role in #WW2. Some were involved actively in the war effort (mules, pigeons) others were pets of soldiers (dogs, monkeys, birds) who boosted morale and often became mascots. #Wojtek was both. But unusually โ€“ he was a bear.โ€ฆ
3/ 18 y/o Pole Irena Bokiewicz 1st came across this adorable bear cub in Hamadan,#Iran and bought him off some boys for some chocolate. In Aug 1942 he was introduced to the unit that became the 22nd Artillery Supply Company. Sgt Piotr Prendyล› was appointed his principal guardian ImageImage
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From the digital shoebox under the virtual stairs, some oldies, part one of some more to follow. *Taken pre-Covid* #Edinburgh #urbanphotography || @LynnHenni
@PaulHenni ImageImageImageImage
@LynnHenni @PaulHenni Some more oldies. *Taken pre-Covid* #Edinburgh #urbanphotography || @LynnHenni
@PaulHenni ImageImageImageImage
@LynnHenni @PaulHenni And continuing. Oldies. *Taken pre-Covid* #Edinburgh #urbanphotography || @LynnHenni
@PaulHenni ImageImageImageImage
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The empty streets of the #Edinburgh Old Town. Looks eerie being so quiet, making easy to keep a safe space whilst out for walk. The city awaits your return. #SocialDistancinguk @edcentrallib @OrkneyLibrary @ShetlandLibrary @natlibscot @EdinCulture || @PaulHenni @LynnHenni ImageImageImageImage
@edcentrallib @OrkneyLibrary @ShetlandLibrary @natlibscot @EdinCulture @PaulHenni @LynnHenni A few more from our daily exercise / occasional food shopping. Grateful we can get out for a bit, but limiting our time and keeping a safe distance. #StayHome #KeepASafeDistance #Edinburgh @edinburghcastle @edinburghpaper @darkedinburgh || @LynnHenni @PaulHenni ImageImageImageImage
@edcentrallib @OrkneyLibrary @ShetlandLibrary @natlibscot @EdinCulture @PaulHenni @LynnHenni @edinburghcastle @edinburghpaper @darkedinburgh A few more from our daily exercise / occasional food shopping. Grateful we can get out for a bit, but limiting our time and keeping a safe distance. #StayHome #KeepASafeDistance #Edinburgh @YourWullie @SirWilliamD @jamajestical @AG_Exposed || @LynnHenni @PaulHenni ImageImageImageImage
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Happy International Womenโ€™s Day! Weโ€™re celebrating some of the amazing #ScienceSHEroes working to #endTB across the UK. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Weโ€™ve picked just one from each @UKAPTB institution but there are so many more. Who is your #ScienceSHEro? #IWD2020 #AidWorks ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ๐Ÿ”ฌโ™€๏ธ @PATHtweets @dsw_intl
To kick us off, weโ€™re heading North to @QMUniversity in #Edinburgh where Dr Karina Kielmann is a medical anthropologist working to make health systems more responsive and accountable to people with #TB ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€โ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฉบ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผโœ… read more about her work here:
Across the road at @EdinburghUni @EdinUniUsher Associate Prof @hr_stagg is an epidemiologist striving to improve TB treatment outcomes, both in the @NHSuk and around the world. ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง #IWD2020 #ScienceSHEroes #EndTB Read more about her research here
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True story: In the 1980s, one of my neighbours was a trans woman. I knew she was trans because I'd been in the same queer youth group as her girlfriend (#Edinburgh is like that). Otherwise, she looked just like any other lesbian: no make up, short hair, comfortable shoes, etc. /1
One day, I saw her leaving the house & she was all dressed up in femme clothes - skirt, high heel shoes, make-up, etc. "Job interview?" I asked sociably, when I saw her to speak to next. "You were all dragged up," I explained.

She looked embarrassed. /2
"I had an appointment with my psychiatrist. He wants to see me dressed as a woman or he says I'm not taking my transition seriously."

I stare at her, horrified down to my dyke soul. /3
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Here are the thread collating #CAAProtests planned for 10th JANUARY from all over INDIA๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡ Image
#Hyderabad REVOLUTION 2020

10th January @ 6:30 pm Image
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I worked from home a fair bit last week (more on that later in the thread)

On Thursday I was going out for dinner in town and needed to take my bike in for a service.

I snapped this in Holyrood. It was 17:10. The queue backed up round the corner past the Salisbury Crags. 1/5
No LEZ is in place yet, and this park gets congested. If the #Edinburgh LEZ is not amended to include the park, I fear this will become the norm.

With that comes increased danger to the people enjoying the park and the wildlife residing there. 2/5
I mentioned I WFH (worked from home) last week. So it goes without saying I wasn't having to #commute.

With today's technology, more work can be done remotely, and remotely doesn't have to mean a different city or country, it can just mean a few postcodes over. 3/5
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#STOLEN #PleaseShare!!!! Erin Bennett's treasured #PRS #Guitar (see #photo) was lifted from @themeadowsfestival #edinburgh. Our whole community is absolutely gutted: this guitar toured with us throughout our #Rockbitch & MT-TV years. (1)
This #STOLEN #PRS #GUITAR is not just an #instrument but an heirloom of our #musical #history. We love it. We want it back. If you think 'all the more reason to keep it' PLEASE, WE BEG YOU, DON'T.
We are watching #ebay and all related sites like hawks (2)
We will pounce if we spot you selling ithis #STOLEN #PRS #GUITAR, so if you have it in you, please do the right thing: contact any of us on any social media or our #band #email and return our piece of beloved gear. Thank you. #pleaseshare #meadowsfestival #womeninmusic #musicians
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