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Lady Scientist Stitch and Bitch

It’s tomorrow night at the Storytelling Centre. You can bring knitting. It’s almost sold out. Turn to page 45 of your Edinburgh International Science Festival Programme and you’ll find it. Illicit Ink‘s ‘Lady Scientist Stitch and Bitch’: Lady scientist

I’m playing Emma Darwin. That’s Charles Darwin’s wife. The lady scientist with which I’m stitching and bitching are:

And the brains behind the operation, that is the lady with the time machine who’s been stopping off at various points throughout history to collect us all – your compere for the evening is Ariadne Cass-Maran.

GET TICKETS HERE. Join the event on facebook here.

I should maybe point out that I’m not really bitching - I’m presenting the final monologue of the evening. It’s a spoken word piece I’ve written as Emma about her thoughts and questions on life, faith, feminism, science, death and love. I’m also sewing the tree of life onto a cushion and reading one of the letters I actually wrote to my dear Charlie (the real Emma wrote it – you know what I mean). I’m not saying anymore because I don’t want to spoil it! 

 
 

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Letter from the Cat

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Hi Emily, this is Oscar. Your cat. We’ve been living together for three months now and I have a few things I need to say. You seem to like writing. You’re always doing it. So I thought I’d write to you.

Firstly, I do not appreciate being called furry pants, silks or ‘my gorgeous lovely’. My name is Oscar.

Secondly, when I drink the water in the sink that you’ve just washed your hands in, it’s because I like the way it tastes. I’d rather you not lift me down and place me in front of my water bowl. If I wanted to drink from my water bowl, I would drink from my water bowl. I know where it is.

I singed one eyebrow on the candle on purpose. It’s hipster. Please stop pointing it out to visitors.

I would prefer not to be referred to as ‘a cartoon comedy cat’ or for you to point out my, as you so eloquently describe them ‘Albert Einstein old-man ear tufts’. I am distinguished. That’s how I’d like you to describe me and my ears, if you feel the need to describe them at all.

And when my eyes are closed and you say “Oh, Oscar, I love your ears” I pretend I’m sleeping but I do appreciate it. It helps me to understand you do really love me and my ears. I’d just prefer it if you didn’t point them out to visitors. I feel conscious about going grey at such a young age and I don’t want to draw attention to it.

With purrs and affection,

Oscar

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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Don’t Forget the Snowdrops

Earlier this week I was running forest families workshops with children at Gorebridge library as part of Love Your Libraries week. During the workshops I told to the children why I like to go outside. I explained I feel relaxed and it gives me ideas for stories.

Six workshops later, I prepared to head back to Edinburgh. I’ve got writing deadlines just now so I had no time to lose. But then I changed my mind. I realised making the time to go outside would make all the difference to my time inside writing. I needed to do what I’d been telling the children. I needed to go outside.

It was a sunny day so me and the Educator I’d been working with took an hour out before our trip back to Edinburgh to visit Vogrie Country Park. We were met by these snowdrops:

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That hour made all the difference. It was so good to see the snowdrops and remember there’s a world changing and growing all around us. If we stay indoors we miss out on moments like this.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Home Sauna Kettle Kit

I’m having kettle trouble. The lid broke.

It still works, you just have to be there to switch it off. It’s fine, I’ve managed like that for two weeks.

But then I filled it up for a hot water bottle. I was off in the other room, busy. I’d forgotten the lid issue.

Suddenly I realised that bubbling noise had been going on for ages….

OH NO QUICK the kettle!

I opened the door to… a sauna!

Almost all of the kettle’s contents had evaporated, the air was thick with steam. I braved the boiling water and switched it off.

I’m editing a Greener Leith podcast about repairing things – the message is we don’t need to throw things away.

The kettle is my nemesis. It broke in less than three years, designed to fail to force me to buy more, to keep me consuming.

Do I get a new one?
Home sauna kit anyone?

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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