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CommunityCulture
24th March 2019

Olivia Khan

If No One Speaks Of Remarkable People If no one speaks of remarkable people, how will the world ever hear of them? The thought muscles its way into my mind as I walk across the spacious reception area of the University of the West of Scotland. I am meeting Olivia Khan, and a text from her informs me that she…
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CommunityCulture
24th January 2019

River Garden

Ray of Hope Life, none of us would deny, is often unbearably tough. In those darkest moments we often feel alone, solitary, with no where to turn. But there is help, there are people and organisations we can turn to. So, everyone of us should all be prepared to shout out when that darkness becomes pitch black - there is…
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Culture
20th January 2019

Billy Kirkwood

You’ve already Lost! See men, I’m a working-class man, from a working-class family, no airs and graces, no pomp and circumstance. I put my trousers on one leg at a time, I’ll eat a Jaffa Cake whole, I’ve got a “special” cup in bath room for washing my hair (A Protein shaker that I have never used for shaking or…
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CultureInterview
12th January 2019

Altered States

Richard K. Morgan & Chris Conner Rebirth - Takeshi Kovacks wakes up after 250 years. His memories and consciousness have been poured into a disc and implanted into the back of the neck of a new body called a 'sleeve'. In the book Altered Carbon, now a Netflix series, Kovacks is brought back to solve a murder.The story escapes from the fertile imagination of the novel's writer Richard K Morgan, reborn and rehashed on the page to take form as a beautifully crafted sci-fi television series produced by Skydance Media and released through Netflix on February 2, 2018. "I mean you are talking about, what?' Morgan pauses to think, gently expels air from his lungs, and calculates time. "Ah, 16…
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Culture
20th November 2018

Natasha Radmeher On…

Ghosting This year, I’ve read approximately 2,396 articles on ghosting, the term given to the act of disappearing on someone – normally someone you’ve matched with on a dating site or have gone on a few dates with – without explanation. It’s not a new phenomenon, but 2018 became the year you could finally buy a ‘ghosted’ Halloween costume: a…
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CommunityCulture
16th November 2018

CentreStage

In conversation with Fiona McKenzie Founded in 2006, Centrestage is a multi award-winning Ayrshire charity and back in October, Fiona McKenzie, Centrestage CEO won ‘Unsung Hero’ at the ‘West FM Cream of Ayrshire’ Awards in Kilmarnock. The prestigious ceremony celebrates and recognises individuals and companies across Ayrshire that contribute and make a positive impact within their communities and this is…
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CultureMusic
13th November 2018

Saskia Giorgini

Virtuoso The Manic Street Preachers' 'Motorcycle Emptiness' plays on the radio as I drive to Cumnock. Ironic, I think, because I am on my way to interview a professional, classical pianist. Later, I find her standing at the top of the stairs as I walk across the lobby of the Dumfries Arms Hotel (where she is staying). She smiles and…
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CommunityCulture
9th November 2018

In The Shadow of the Sun

Ayrshire at War There was a shadow moving across the sun in the summer of 1914. In the evening twilight, the people of Ayrshire might have sat at home reading their newspapers after a hard days work. Stories of imminent war would have been prominent, couples may have passed comment. In their sparsely furnished front rooms they might have yawned and stretched and gone early to bed. Their immediate concern might have been their shift at the local pit or the local mill in the morning. They might have worked through the night, leaving home after dark and making their way through poorly lit streets to their place of work.In these days of uncertainty, the sound and the fury and…
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Culture
6th November 2018

John Damari

Art & Charity Work When we meet at his home in Kilbarchan he is preparing to attend a Prince's Trust charity event. Our time is limited, but he welcomes me with a solid handshake and ushers me inside. John Damari is small but vital, a busy man with a creative personality and two intertwined drives, raising money for charity and…
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Culture
6th October 2018

Robin Yassin-Kassab

To travel seeking truths... The pictures flood in. The aftershock of bombs.  Collapsed masonry, crumbling concrete, tangled ironwork, dust clouds, the red and yellow lick of flame, dense dark smoke, screaming people. A woman amid the chaos, her hands clasped tight to the side of her head, calls loudly for her lost daughter. All around her a cacophony of loud…
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