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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
9:20 am
Non-fiction writers' group
Stranger Than Fiction is a new monthly writers’ group based in Edinburgh for non-fiction authors.

We are looking for members who are serious about their work (aiming for publication; not necessarily previously published) and serious about improving it. We encourage constructive criticism – the group is friendly and informal but to be useful in today’s difficult publishing world, we want everyone to receive honest feedback. Writers of any genre of non-fiction are welcome.

Our next meeting will be Weds 23rd June 2010, the Meadow Bar at 8pm.

The meeting will be quite relaxed so no need to panic! We’ll be talking about how we see the group working and what everyone can hope to get out of it, so just come along and see if it’s what you’re looking for in a writers’ group.

It would be great for us to know how many people plan to turn up so do let us know. Leave a comment here or email us. You can also ask us for more info if you need it.
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
1:58 pm
Participants Wanted!! Jogging!

I am l student at Edinburgh University hoping to finish her PhD in the next year. If you are thinking about becoming more active over the beautiful summer months then please think about participating in my study.

If you chose to join in, you will be allocated to one of two groups. One group will request you attend a jogging group once a week. The other group requires you to try going for a jog on your own once a week.

Ideally you'll be a student, or at least free at 12:30pm on a Tuesday OR Thursday for the jogging group with JogScotland which starts at Teviot Place/outside McEwan Hall. I'd like everyone to start from the 23rd of June (which coincidently is my birthday).

You will complete a questionnaire before you start, after 5 weeks and after 10 weeks. After this time I would love to do some interviews to hear your opinions and thoughts!

Even if you go once to the group or out yourself, and hate it, or just can't seem to find the time to continue, I still want to hear from you. Your views are important to me!

So, if you're interested, or have any questions email me at julie.port@gmail.com

If you know anyone who might be interested or have friends that would also like to join in, please pass this link onto them!
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
10:31 pm

plug for my Dad's new business...he just retired and has always wanted to branch out...what a cutie...


Weird thing is he used to pay me to do his ironing for him...

Still, if you are as enthusiastic about laundry as I am this is cheap and hassle free

Sunday, January 18th, 2009
1:38 pm
EUP Bares All.
EUP Logo

By accident or providence, I came across a little treat from EUP:

FREE access to ALL journal content for 2 months!

We are happy to announce that the content of all EUP journals will be free to all users throughout January and February 2009. 

Articles are available in PDF and PDF Plus format. PDF Plus is an enhanced PDF file format in which references are hyperlinked to the abstract for the referenced article on its home publisher website. 

Please feel free to browse the site and look at the features on offer which include: 
* Table of Contents alerts 
* RSS feeds 
* Supplementary material 
* News and announcements with information on special issues, forthcoming events, prizes and calls for papers. 
* Article citation tracking (by email or RSS feed) 
* Bibliographic information downloads to a range of citation managers 
* CrossRef Cited-by linking 
* Top downloaded articles 
* Recommend to Librarian form 
* Featured articles and free sample issues

Take advantage!

Current Mood: energetic
Sunday, August 17th, 2008
9:50 pm
Does anybody want to learn or improve  their Russian?
I am friendly, patient qualified native speaker (from St.-Petersburg) available to give private lessons in Russian language, history and culture.
The rate is £15 for 1,5 hours (I find that 1 hour is not enough to deliver a planned lesson). Lessons tailored to your needs. All levels covered from Beginner to Advanced, materials provided.


Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
4:01 pm
Heriot-Watt Uni
Hello all,

I was hoping someone here might be able to help with the kinda large decision on where to do my masters??? Im considering applying to the International Fashion Marketing course and was just wanting to nkow if anyone had good or bad experiences with this course, or the uni in general?

Thanks in advance
Sunday, August 26th, 2007
1:34 pm
Edinburgh College of Art
I'm thinking about applying to the Edinburgh College of Art for my Masters in Graphic Design. Being from the US, I don't know much about the school (except what I can find on their website).
Is is considered a good school?
Does anyone know what their Graphic Design program consists of?
Does anyone who attended or is attending the school have any opinions?
Any help would be great!

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
11:31 am
Earn £4 for 30 minutes!
Participate in a 30-minute experiment studying language, earn £4!

Due to experimental limitations we can only accept native British English speakers without any known reading disabilities, so if this applies to you, please contact me! Dates and times are highly flexible, any time between 8.30am-7pm on weekdays or 11am-3pm on weekends. Please send me an email at S.East@sms.ed.ac.uk with times & dates that are good for you and you will be scheduled in accordingly. It will take place at 7 George Square on the University of Edinburgh campus (the psychology department).
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
6:33 pm
Guarantor Woes
Dear Edinburgh,

Firstly a few apologies, some may feel that this is not necessarily Edinburgh related, but a broader flat-letting problem, moreover, this may have been asked before (I scanned 'memories' but couldn't find anything specifically relating to this), if the mods believe either of these is true, please feel free to delete.

Anyway, my girlfriend and I are currently flat-hunting and we discovered a place that was perfect. Unfortunately this flat was let by (or rather managed by) Edinburgh Property Management (hereafter EPM). As part of EPMs management all tenants are assessed as to their ability to pay, fair enough, but herein lies the rub; both myself and my partner are students, myself PhD, my girlfriend undergrad. Because of this we each supposedly require guarantors, however we are struggling to get them, myself well my parents live a long way away and don't particularly pay a large part in my day-to-day life anymore (being 27 and all) and the girlfriend, well thay are particularly worried about being locked into a contract with no fixed end date (fair enough).

So we come to you, does anyone have any wisdom (received or experienced) regarding how to get round this thorny problem? I think because of the nature of EPMs procedures we are always going to struggle and not be able to let with them, but are all Edinburgh's letting agents the same (this is the first time I've let with a professional letting agency), or will we be able to get by with other companies without guarantors? If so which ones; we have viewings with Littlejohns and Factotum tomorrow. To me this is all a rather redundant exercise as we both certainly have enough funds between us to pay the rent, and personally I have funding equivalent to a reasonable wage and tutor at the university on top and so am rather troubled by being grouped together with the "students" rather than the "professionals". So does anyone have anyway around this?

Moreover, if anyone knows of any good 1 or 2 bed flats available from August for between £400 and £600 a month, please get in touch.

Please help.

X-posted to edinburgers

Current Mood: Troubled
Saturday, June 9th, 2007
12:34 pm
2 mature student/postgrad flatmates wanted for Warrender Park Terrace

We (two almost 3rd - eek! - year PhD students) are seeking two flatmates for a flat in...
Warrender Park Terrace (Map here)
Lease from July 2nd
Rent £300
Other details:

- 3rd floor corner flat
- Largish kitchen/common area with sofa
- Both rooms have double beds
- Rooms are largish (room 1) or huge (room 2)
- Two bathrooms (both with toilets; one with shower)
- Lovely area (close to meadows, view of castle, close to the cafes/shops in Marchmont and Bruntsfield, nice walk through the meadows to George Square, close to fire juggling hippies, etc, etc)

Email almost [at] gmail.com and gkogkas [at] googlemail.com if you're interested!

(Should add, we have the lease but don't live there yet, but we can arrange a viewing via the current tennents.)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
8:48 am
About Napier
I am having a bit of a hard time figuring out what kind of reputation Napier University has in Scotland and the UK. I would be attending post-grad for Journalism, and I know that program is stronger than their others, but I was wondering if you would be willing to weigh in on your impressions of their "rep" around town.

I'm also wondering if you could give the girl some advice on whether or not the city is so stunningly amazing that it would overshadow the mid-tier-ness of the Uni. I'm looking to be so impressed by the city that I don't so much care (totally subjective, I know, just looking for personal opinion).

School is expensive, I'm giving up a lot here to leave, soooooo...hence the major neurosises.

Thank You + 1000!

E-penpals in the same boat are welcome, dependent on sanity.
Thursday, March 29th, 2007
11:28 pm
Residence Question
Hello, everyone! I am starting my MSC in Education in September 2007 and have a question about university accommodation.

As an international postgrad, I know that I am guaranteed housing (and thank heavens for that). However, other than that which I could glean from the sparse details on the accommodation website, I have no idea what I'm getting myself into. This is where you lovely folks come in (I hope).

I currently live in what I'd call an ideal student situation: I'm in a self-catered university residence in a small, 3-person flat. We each have our own bedrooms and share a full kitchen, lounge, and 1.5 washrooms (that is, a total of 2 toilets, 2 washbasins, and 1 shower). My flatmates are both men, which seems to make me far happier than when I was living with women, as much as I have adored my previous female flatmates (just in case it isn't clear from my name, I'm a woman).

Would I be able to find a similar set-up in Edinburgh's accommodation offerings? I know I could go hunting for a non-university flat, but I'm worried that that would severely limit my social opportunities.

To re-cap, this is what I'm looking for (in a perfect world, at least):
- Self-catered flat
- Shared with 1-3 other people, ideally men or at least mixed gender
- Full kitchen facilities shared with no more than 3 other people (I love cooking and, on account of numerous dietary issues, need to actually have space/accessibility to do so on a daily basis)
- En suite, if possible, but sharing is fine as long as there's a low ratio of people-to-toilets

Thank you so much in advance! I'm really exciting about going to Edinburgh, but it being so far from where I am now does make these planning issues a bit more difficult . . .

(Cross-posted in various shapes and forms to the following communities: u_of_edinburgh, colddampgrad, edin_postgrads, and edin_students)
Monday, March 19th, 2007
11:23 am
Help required for MSc Dissertation
Hello all,

I’m a student at Napier University writing an MSc dissertation on teaching methods for dyslexics in the world of IT. I’m really interested in how people have found higher education compared to secondary school, and in particular dyslexics who are learning to program, especially in object-oriented languages. How well has it been taught to you? Is there enough support for you eg: extra time in exams, more accessible textbooks etc? Do you have any suggestions on how teaching might be improved in this area? Maybe a change in focus is needed?

I’d be really grateful if you would fill in my poll here; LJ comments are also welcome, and anonymous commenting is on. All results will remain anonymous whether you participate under an LJ name or not. I’d also appreciate any detailed experiences if you have time: please email them to me at ljs56 at cam dot ac dot uk.

Thank you so much!


(X-posted a wee bit :))

Current Mood: busy
Friday, March 9th, 2007
2:21 pm
My work colleague has a single train-ticket from Cambridge to Edinburgh for the 25th March (Sunday). The train leaves Cambridge at 17.02 and getting into Edinburgh 22.44 with two changes. My colleague paid £38 for the ticket but all offers will be considered. So do you have a partner or loved one in Cambridge and fancy geeting a cheap(ish) ticket back? If so get in touch.


X-posted to: edinburgers, edin_students, edin_postgrads
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
9:32 pm
PhD flatmate(s) wanted

Hi there,

I'm a PhD student at Heriot-Watt, living on campus and looking for a better place somewhere in between Haymarket and Riccarton. Best flatmates for me would be also PhD students. It's not easy to find them on gumtree -- that's why I'm posting here. Get in touch if you are in similar position!


Monday, January 22nd, 2007
1:05 pm
A Super-Bowl Inspired Post
Don't worry, I'm not looking for a place to watch the game (already found one).

My (other) American friends have been complaining, most noisily during gametime, that they miss Buffalo Wings. I could try making them, but I'm still working on my momma's fried chicken recipie, so I thought I'd ask y'all: is there a good place in this city to get US-style chicken wings?

Thanks for putting up with this somewhat annoying question.
Sunday, December 31st, 2006
1:01 pm
Guitar tuition
Is there anyone out there who plays the guitar well enough and would like to teach me for an hour on Wednesdays? Payment can be negotiated.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
4:46 pm
Laptop help
X Posted all over

My IBM t20 lost most of its keys yonks ago and as I am travelling soon I don't want to have to keep attatching a keyboard to it so I have ordered an actual IBM laptop keyboard. However I have no idea how to go about fitting it so does anyone know where I could get it done cheaply or (even better) anyone who could actually fit it themselves? I'm broke but you would get a modest renumeration (say the price of a couple of pints!)

Monday, November 13th, 2006
11:35 am
Charity booksale on Wednesday
I'm organising a charity booksale! And you're all (University of Edinburgh students or not) invited to come and buy books. We will also have chocolates. :)

When: Wednesday 15 November, 230-415pm.

Where: 2nd floor seminar room, 18 Buccleuch Place.

Why: I initially thought of doing a postgraduate bookswap, then decided that raising money for charity would be far nicer. Given that I'm doing this within the English Literature department, I thought it would be appropriate to donate to a literacy cause, so all money raised will be donated to the National Literacy Trust. Any books left over after the sale will be donated to local charity shops.

How (much): All books are £2 each or six for a tenner. Quite a few books are left over from last year's James Tait Black Memorial Prizes, so there will be plenty of hardcover fiction and biography published in 2005.

By coincidence, the sale is being held during EUSA's Charities' Week, so it's being listed on their website and the money raised will be included in their total.

(Apologies for x-posting)

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, October 9th, 2006
11:29 pm
Hi there, in Jan I will be moving to Edinburgh to start a PhD. Just thought I'd say a very early hello!
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