Sioux, The Irish And Running Horses By Bob Redwater

A love of horses runs in my family. One of my earliest memories was being put on the back of a gigantic ancient heavy horse called Darling. She was blind in one eye and liked to stand against the farm fence and get petted by local children.
We gathered handfuls of grass for her from our side of the fence. She was a gentle giant and stood still while we were given a peg up onto her back. She never moved away from the fence and seemed to know we were in her care. It was exciting and scary at the same time. Read more…

11th Sept 2014: 'How Accents Work' By Lauren Hall-Lew

An Accent is Made up of many things

Come along to The Counting House at 7pm to listen to Lauren’s talk. Share a crust of bread, and hear the reflections she has to share…

Title of talk:
How Accents Work by Lauren Hall-Lew
Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • How accents are documented and analysed
  • How an accent cues an aspect of a person’s identity
  • The key findings from linguistic studies of accents of English
  • An uncharted area of accent and identity: politics
  • What politicians’ accents can tell us about their politics
  • What politicians’ accents can tell us about ourselves

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Podcast: Robert Burns Subversive Radical by Kevin Williamson

Robert Burns was a radical, subversive political dissident throughout his life. His poems push against oppression, injustice and the treatment of the poor. Becoming the flavour of the time of the Edinburgh bourgeoisie he redoubled his efforts to change the social landscape of Scotland through his prose, art and opinions.  This put him at odds with the powers that be, and his risked his freedom to shout for the common man.

He sympathised with the republican ideals of the American Revolution of 1776, as well as the French Revolution of 1789, although his own government declared war on both republics.

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Overview: A Social and Environmental Philosophy by Kenneth Wilson

This is the work of Kenneth Wilson B.Sc.(Edin.); a thesis presented in 1998 for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. It is published in sections on the Ragged University website, and this is the overview.

This thesis addresses the crisis of modernity by examining three inter-related concepts, namely, action, rationality and mediation. Part One on action examines three often neglected aspects of human agency. The first of these is the agent’s relationship with the biosphere or environment. Against a tendency to see the agent as isolated from the biosphere it is argued that he or she is inextricably dependent on it. Read more…

Podcast: Music In India; Music In Me By Jatin Puri

On the 26th Aug 2011 in the Edinburgh International Festival, Jatin Puri, an Indian Musician did a talk called “Music in India; Music in Me”. This is the podcast of the talk. Having been involved in the music industry in India since 2004, he brought a wealth of insight into the forces with which an independent musician has to contend in India.  With a desire to have always been a musician, it was his dream since being a child. Read more…