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The Abbey walls will shake: Dunfermline Live kicks off this weekend!

Music of every genre from folk to Viking intergalactic thrash metal will ring out from over 20 venues this weekend as Dunfermline Live gets underway. More than 50 acts will perform including national festival headlining bands and young performers playing their first gigs. What makes the festival unique is that for one weekend a year the whole town becomes a music venue: as well as in theatres, clubs and bar ...

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Mother plays the banjo for her baby – as you do

Everything is lovely in this video of a mother playing the banjo for her baby. It bears no relation to the messy, noisy, chaotic scenes in my house when my babies were this age. Maybe I just didn't play the banjo enough... [video width="600" id="P1OL-YT3DcE" type="youtube"] ...

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Yoke up the children: powerful images of child labour in America

These powerful images were taken by photographer Lewis Hine on behalf of the National Child Labor Committee in America in the early 1900s. What is striking about the images is the adult expressions on the children's faces. The NCLC aimed to promote the rights and well-being of children in relation to working. Hine later referred to his photographic work for the NCLC as 'detective work.' These images are arc ...

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Quirky kids and working class heroes: The Happy Lands director Robert Rae talks to Ian Moir

The Happy Lands is a feature length film about the 1926 Coal Miners Strike. It was filmed in West Fife using local people instead of professional actors and premiered last year at The Alhambra in Dunfermline. It will be screened next on 22 October at Beath High School in Cowdenbeath. In this exclusive interview the film's director Robert Rae talks to Fife artist Ian Moir and testifies to the community spiri ...

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Jesus & Mary Chain – most excruciating interview ever or just rock n roll?

No false modesty here from Jim Reid of Jesus and Mary Chain. Some have suggested he was just winding up the presenter because he'd been told the interviewer loved Joy Division five minutes before recording started.  Bizarre antics on the sofa from Bobby Gillespie, pre-Primal Scream. Filmed in Belgium in 1986. Loathe them or love them it was deemed a truly rock n roll interview by fans of the East Kilbride b ...

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Very British Problems

Hard to imagine the Americans and Australians fretting about these dilemmas. But then they are Very British Problems, as captured by Rob Temple in his book, Very British Problems - Making Our Lives Awkward One Rainy Day at a Time, due out on 10 October 2013. Or follow his twitter feed @SoVeryBritish. 'Secretly feeling a bit excited to be wearing jumpers again' is a particular favourite. Via Buzzfeed.   ...

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NYC Ballet – New Beginnings

Filmed at sunrise on 12 September this year on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan, this short film shows a performance of Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain. It was conceived as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home. [video width="600" id="3zMCxmdkcRY" type="youtube"] ...

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Nordic theme for this year’s Berwick Film and Media Arts festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, an international celebration of film in the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, gets underway today 25 September and runs until the 29th. The Festival transforms the coastal town into one big cinema with premieres, installations and live events in locations across Berwick, along the town walls and even in an inflatable screening room. This year's theme is  North by Nor ...

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Mr McCollum goes to New York (and Chicago): cool urban photography

Brilliant Fife photographer Kevin McCollum is back from an enviable trip to New York and Chicago bringing back with him not the usual collection of selfies and naked knee shots but these stunning images in both colour and black and white. New York really is the city equivalent of Kate Moss - no matter the advancing years nor the decadence, it has just so many looks and seems hardly able to take a bad shot.. ...

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Lego Dance by ‘Michael Jackson’

Lego Dance by Annette Jung. This clever animation is only 29 seconds long  but probably took up several months of Annette Jung's life. [video width="600" id="k7OIFRhmp_w" type="youtube"] ...

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