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14 Nov 2014

 The first volume of Alan Johnstone's memoirs, This Boy, won prizes - made him a literary star; I'm enjoying book two: Please Mister Postman.  This Boy, told of his dad's desertion, his mother's death when he's 13, his 16 year old sister Linda's heroic achievement in getting them a house - making it a home.  Episode two which takes us from leaving school up to the 1980s - is not as 'dramatic' as the first - but, again, it is beautifully written.  AJs style is understated and self-deprecating; never tries to convince you - just tells lots of wee, close up stories - lets you decide.  What comes across is not ideology - but personal values - the development of his political consciousness.

 Important for me is AJs depiction of working class life in the 60s and 70s - a time when, the Unions provided pathways for anyone of ability to reach high political office.  At present the number of former manual workers serving as MPs - has fallen to 4% (The Tories have 2 - the Lib Dems 1).  This is not 'modern' democracy.

 But I feel very positive about the present political climate; social media animates an increasingly informed and effective citizenry; we Scots in particular have 'our dander up' - things are jumpin' - its great - we hardly know what's coming next.  As for AJ himself?  Struggling Labour desperately need his homespun cred for the May election.  But he'd be daft to return to the kitchen; he's 63 now - knows his limitations - enjoys his constituency role - nice wee media career developing.  Besides he's got a third book to write. See, http://www.senscot.net/view_art.php?viewid=18279

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The SENs: Friday 14th November 2014

Yesterday, we hosted our 10th SE Conference and Ceilidh – our biggest yet – with over 140 delegates. This year’s event provided an opportunity to reflect back on the last 10 years and also to look forward with an interactive and lively session on the future SE Strategy for Scotland. Congratulations to Bruce Gunn (Deliver Next Day Personally) – scooping both the Dragons Den and the Audience Prizes.  We’ll have more information next week.

 

Congratulations to ABSEN and Sport SEN member, Stramash, the Argyll based specialist outdoor nursery and outdoor adventure provider, on winning the Rural Innovator Award at the inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament awards last week, see more.

 

Health and Edinburgh SEN member, Life-Pod CIC, has just launched a new App to help people suffering from compulsive acquiring. It can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Life-Pod provides advice and practical support to people affected by hoarding disorder and other conditions resulting in chronic disorganisation – as well as provides training, advice and guidance to housing, health and social care professionals who support people affected by hoarding in their own communities.

 

We’re sorry to see this week that Aberdeen SEN member, Send-It, a mental health charity and social enterprise, is to close its doors after 45 years. This follows a decision by Aberdeen City Council to cut its funding. Send-IT has...Read more
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