Looking At Edinburgh

24 August 2008

The US Election Reaches the Farmer’s Market in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Farmers Market

You often see people with flyers and clipboards wanting to get the attention of shoppers at the farmer’s market. But it’s not often you see someone with a clipboard full of sheets that say “Obama for America”. (Of course, someone attempting to sign up voters for McCain would be even more unlikely.) But there he was: wearing a faded green t-shirt that said I’m so excited to be here. (Update: although I recall a faded green, in this photo the t-shirt looks blue. Weird.) From Colorado, originally, a somewhat right-wing state, but said he was hopeful that some of the 250,000 Americans in the UK could be persuaded to register and vote for Obama – he was an official Obama campaign worker, and said this was the first time any Democratic campaign had made an official effort to get Americans living outside the US to register and vote in a Presidential election. Well, good luck, I said: I hope he wins. (I wonder if Avedon Carol knows about this Obama outreach? Usually if I want to find out what ex-pat Americans know about US politics, her Sideshow is where I go…)

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27 July 2008

Sleeping with a friend

homeless man with dog

On the whole, I’d always rather just identify where and when I took this photo (sometimes not even that, since I noticed no one ever clicked on the google-maps links I used to provide). If the picture doesn’t speak for itself, what is the point of it?

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16 July 2008

Homeless need shelter

Shelter in a window

There are thousands of homeless people in Edinburgh. Shelter is one of the charities that helps. Another charity is the Homeless Outreach Project – currently in need of funding, if you’ve got any to spare. At any one time, there are probably at least three dozen people literally sleeping on the streets (Rough Sleepers Headcount) and three dozen more at the Cowgate night service shelter. The housing crisis is responsible for this – most homeless people don’t sleep rough: they simply can’t afford to pay rent or pay a mortgage. The Scottish Government have a target of a home for everyone by 2012… but we need good, affordable houses being built for ordinary people earning less than £20K a year to live in. Edinburgh is full of good, solid houses and flats – like those reflected – that once were affordable to ordinary people and families, that were built so well they are still good to live in a hundred years and more later. We should be building more places like that – investments in public housing where people want to live.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Shelter.

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