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Elisabeth Ritchie
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Project Coordinator post in the Edinburgh office of Link International.
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Goodbye Malawi, and thank you
I haven't visited Malawi since August 2017. Usually, I'm out there every few weeks and sometimes more frequently than that. However, in recent months the events described in my last post ( Thank you Scotland's NHS ) have taken over and it has been up to a g...
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Developing a sense of proportion about the aid scandal
I didn't expect to be writing another post on the aid controversy quite so soon after the previous one. However, the media furore has continued. For those of you who have been living on a desert island, the headlines were originally triggered by a couple of...
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I'm still supporting Oxfam
The red tops must be rubbing their hands in glee. This is the news story the more sensationalist elements of our press have been longing for, as have our usual demagogues. On Thursday, The Times produced a critical report on the conduct of some Oxfam worker...
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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!
A couple of weeks ago I was idly flicking through my copy of the 'i' newspaper over breakfast, when my attention was caught by a short article written by a freelancer. I can't remember her name and I didn't keep the article, but this is the gist of it. The ...
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How two lads from Peebles stirred the educational pot
All is quiet and respectable in Peebles these days. So it should be in a Royal Burgh established in 1152. Not that its age or status kept Peebles out of trouble, of course, though at least its Borders Reivers no longer ride south to raid English cattle. The...
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No, I won't mind my own business, and neither should you
Would you allow a doctor to surgically remove the genitals of your daughter, sister or wife? Indeed, would you actually ask him to? If you are a woman, is this the kind of request you would make about your own body? Shocking questions, aren't they? Yesterda...
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Slavery in Scotland: then and now
The name 'Joseph Knight' meant nothing to me until a couple of months ago when my book group selected James Robertson's historical novel for discussion. I had enjoyed other books by Robertson, but this one had passed me by, despite having received the Salti...
Slavery in Scotland: then and now
Slavery in Scotland: then and now
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Thank you, Scotland's NHS
Half a dozen years ago, while living in Uganda, I went down with a serious disease - not life-threatening, but extremely unpleasant. And, in fact, nothing to do with being in Uganda. Indeed, I received excellent healthcare at my GPs' surgery and, later, the...
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