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Saltires, stars and stripes

After a poignant weekend commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster, Monday kicked off with another local memorial event.

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Quintinshill Remembered

This blog post first appeared as an article in the Evening News on Saturday 23 May.

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Edinburgh's honour - British Empire Medals

Every day, in all corners of Edinburgh, local people are dedicating their time and energy to help others and benefit society.

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Thank you for the support

After 26 miles and a shin sprint injury, I managed to complete the London Marathon.

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Support me as I run 26 miles for charity!

I will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 on April 26.

Wish me luck, or even better sponsor me! 

I am running for two charities:

  1. The One City Trust is the Lord Provost’s charity and aims to fight inequalities and enable all the people of our City to benefit from her success.
  2. The other beneficiary is the Jamie Skinner Foundation which will help provide defibrillators in Edinburgh communities and training in their use.

Twenty six miles is a mammoth undertaking for me but I am determined to run for these two great causes.

Please support me and these worthy causes by giving what you can at:


Thank you.


London calling

Days away from the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015!

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Marathon Man!

The countdown is well and truly on until the Virgin London Marathon on April 26.

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A call to support Edinburgh Direct Aid

This morning my thoughts were thousands of miles away in Arsal as I listened, astonished, to how the work of Edinburgh Direct Aid (EDA) is supporting Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

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A night at the (comic) opera

Last night I had a fantastic time at the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society's brilliant performance of the Pirates of Penzance.

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Congratulations and commiserations

After the highs and lows of this weekend’s Hearts and Hibs matches, the city will today say goodbye to one of its finest football legends – the late David Mackay.

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