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Avocado Sweet designer writes book! Introducing Craig Smith’s first novel

We are most excited that a member of the Avocado Sweet team, web designer Craig Smith, has only gone and written a book. His debut novel The Mile has just been published by Pilrig Press and has already attracted five star reviews on Amazon. It takes a fresh look at the Scottish independence debate through the eyes of a group of friends on a pub crawl up Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The cover features the the wor ...

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Terrible real estate photographs: bad photos, brilliant blog

Genius captioning makes Terrible Real Estate Photographs the funniest thing on the internet right now - enjoy. It’s the level of commitment shown here that sets this particular accidental selfie apart from the rest. He even got dressed up for the occasion. Drinking with my beg-your-pardon? Avoid using photographs which suggest that the photographer was slowly and quietly circling the house looking for an un ...

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Have a lyrical Halloween at The Scottish Poetry Library

An event to get your fangs into! ‘Tam O’Shanter’, ‘The Listeners’, ‘Goblin Market’, ‘The Raven’ – poetry and Halloween are made for each other. While the forces of darkness gather, head to the Scottish Poetry Library on 31 October for games, music, blood red wine and spooky films. Partygoers are invited to recite Halloween poems, dook for apples and take part in other traditional Halloween games. There will ...

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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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