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Darren Woodhead on Christine Woodside

Darren Woodhead on Christine Woodside

The artist Darren Woodhead was hastening down The Mound steps on Saturday, en route to the Royal Scottish Academy building. Darren is a considerable watercolourist and naturalist – an observer of birds, rather than a bird-watcher – who paints birds in particular, and country life, with remarkable skill, as noted on his website here . […]

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Island of Mourning

Island of Mourning

The abandoned island of Yassiada, an hour’s ferry ride from Istanbul, is haunted by bitter memories. It is home to the eerily beautiful ruined stadium where Turkey’s elected Prime Minister, Adnan Menderes, was tried and sentenced to death by the military regime that toppled him in a 1960 coup. Three of his cabinet ministers died […]

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Massachusetts Senate Race, Everett, Boston

Massachusetts Senate Race, Everett, Boston

October 28 2012 In Mitt Romney’s home state of Massachusetts, cash is pouring into the battle for the Senate seat that was traditionally owned by the Kennedy clan. In the costliest race in the country outside the presidential contest, with $70 million raised so far, Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren, with huge backing from US […]

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Mormon missionaries in Mattapan

Mormon missionaries in Mattapan

Elders Fields, Loftus, and Macallister – “Mac”. In an apartment building mostly home to Haitian and other Carribean immigrants, three strait-laced young Mormon missionaries in dark formal suits and ties are discussing with Haitian mother Marie Fortuna her next visit to the temple. A soft-focus DVD about the youthful visions of their religion’s 19th Century […]

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On the election trail, Oxford, Ohio

Published in The Scotman and scotsman.com The sales of Stetson hats have tanked at Rose Mallory’s shop on the country road to Oxford, where Michelle Obama is rousing the Democrat party faithful in this corner of the “battlefield of battlefields”. Her shop, Country Corner, offers “western wear for the entire family”, from dress boots to […]

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Hurricane Sandy, Framingham

Carried by The Scotsman At the Cold War nuclear bunker serving as this state’s hurricane headquarters yesterday, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency predicted that a million businesses and households could lost power in the storm. An hour later I was one of them, after a giant pine tree crashed through the electricity […]

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