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Growing my own veggie green

We have the back green and it is owned by the block. And that’s eleven flats. Emm, and there are two main door flats that’s both got doors from their kitchens out into the back green. And then the other … Continue reading

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I Learned to be frugal & improve a bland meal

Oh, I am coping as a pensioner with the credit crunch. Hey, long ago, even before my wife died I learned to be frugal. So I just carry it on now. It is just a habit. You look for the … Continue reading

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Recipe for healthy living

I used to, well, every publication in The Sentinel, em, later The West Edinburgh Times, insert a healthy eating recipe. You see, I used to be a cook in the army. I was in the army catering corp. I have … Continue reading

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Playing Santa

My daughter used to work in the Plaza, and she came one day to visit me. She says: “Dad, they are looking for a Santa, are you interested?” Hey, who is? “At the Plaza there”. Who is that?. “The manager”. … Continue reading

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Community activism caused change of mind

When I came here first, the [Edinburgh] Evening News had a bad view of Wester Hailes. They wanted to portray it as the cesspit, if you like, of the suburban area and I think the work that I did as … Continue reading

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Being the joker & poet laureate

Well, I meet people of my own age. I am considered as a kind of a joker in the group [community arts group]. I’ve got a set of new jokes every week, you know. I make it as part of … Continue reading

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the Government bending the rules a little bit

My attitude to life is: I wake up in the morning. I look at the window and say: hello! Another 24 hours. A bonus! I always have a positive attitude when I woke up in the morning. Another 24 hours … Continue reading

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Squatting for community development

The current structure here housing most and lots of organisation was because the community squatted on it. This enabled organisations to quickly set up, quickly move in and established themselves and led to the development of this site as accommodation … Continue reading

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Community flat at our Door Step

Our organisation, WEST, we were the first organisation to get a community flat. And other organisations started doing it. Because we decided to see people face to face and invited them in rather going to see people. It was quite … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Organisations have come and gone [in Wester Hailes]. The one I work in now, CHAI, although CHAI is an organisation that has been on the go for over ten years, the drug part of it that I work in, has … Continue reading

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