Edition 20 Autumn 2010 ...“At least this Bugle’s in tune!”...
WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY THE BETHANY PRES S TEAM
Transitions Photograph taken by Cha Maloney
Editors Note: It’s just a subtle thing sometimes. You turn around and it’s changed. Or sometimes without thinking about it, you look and everything is different. Transitions can be slow to happen like the changing of the leaves or suddenly you look out the window and you think how silly not to have noticed. Many stories take a while for the Bugle writers to have courage to write, others just happen. Enjoy reading this Autumn’s edition. Many Thanks, FF.
To me, hope and a future means…
Song of a falling angel
Hope gives you reason to cope
Oh, Golades, how sad it is
in darkness, Without it comes slippery slopes, stark mess. The future is bright and paved in gold hues, When standing tall with a life path walked true. So with evolution, revolution, Tradition, dissent and new solutions. High held head, warm homestead, sound rest in bed. Profound lessons, memories, departed The heart of past fused with knowledge new found, Creates hope for the future— where we’re bound. Tansy D’Ambrosio
To be wing-broken, Falling beyond the sight, the grace And the hearing of the merciful one Surely He, being all-knowing, Has seen my plight Heard my cries So He should be even now Reaching out that caring hand To arrest my fall And carry me, wingless as I am, Home among you all Ah, Golades, sweet friend, You stayed with me Though I feel I fell for eons, Go, return and tell Him that, Right to the very end I believed in His mercy and His love, But crashing on these unforgiving rocks Has surely broken my spirit, Beyond even His ability to repair Oh Golades, you stayed a good faithful friend But I do believe this must be how dying feels But see, wingless though I am And beyond His presence Life still holds me I must make my own way So, go, tell Him I will return.
12 Steps to Heaven 1,344 metres (4,409 ft).
Quite a distance. Well at the beginning of September five guys from Bethany Christian Centre will be taking on the challenge to walk up Ben Nevis in fancy dress, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Bethany Christian Centre is a supportive working community for men aged 17-70. They work with those who have found themselves in need of support to resettle back into a stable, drug and alcohol free environment. These particular guys all have different stories to tell and at the moment range from being in the centre from three to four months. So what makes these guys want to climb Ben Nevis? As I interviewed the guys I saw the passion and excitement of doing this challenge. They expressed their desire to ‘want to give something back to the Bethany’, after all the help they have been given. ‘Being in Bethany has really opened my eyes, that don’t need to be high to enjoy myself, I can just be high on life.’ They have decided to give the money to help the care shelter within Bethany which provides emergency accommodation in church halls around Edinburgh each night, from the start of November until the end of March. This service provides food, shelter and support for men and women over the age of 16 who cannot access other accommodation. So how do they feel about taking on the challenge? Some are excited and others nervous, one guy desperately wants to reach the top as he tried when he was younger and failed, so this time he has to reach the summit! They are not intending to break any records but it will be a personal challenge for a great cause. They have been hard at work training by walking up Arthurs Seat and the Pentlands and they have said it’s great that have opened up their minds to new hobbies such as walking, so don’t feel like have to go back to drink and drugs, ’I’ve never done anything like this before, as I never had the opportunity cos on drink and drugs’. Giving however little money to these guys would be greatly appreciated, http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/bethanychristiancentre or phone 0131 554 4071. If you can’t give anything, pray for them and send good thoughts their way to make this a great once in a life time experience for them. Brendan Mckay, Darren Noble, John Kerr, Mikey Dickson, Paul Graham. Find out next time how the walk went!
Canon and Ball I went to see cannon and ball on Friday 11th June at 7.30 it was really good, funny and brilliant it was their first time in Edinburgh and it was a very good night so l would recommend that you go and see them live in Glasgow. Either get the DVD or video of them and their web site is http:// www.cannonandball.co.uk/ By Sue
Sammy the seal - Gerry McKenna Dedicated to my daughter, with whom the Lord has blessed me throughout my life, especially my life without her, she has been my faithful companion for so many years in my hour of need. May the Lord always bless you, in the measure he has done to me. Anything I see in you is beautiful. If there is anything you see in me that is good then that is not me but the Christ in me. Anything I see in you which is perfect that is you.
Harken all poets Harken all poets who yearn; For a moment in the spotlight; And maybe you’ll learn; Here’s a way to step into the sunlight; To show the world your poetic thought; And all you need is to fill a 3 to 5 minute slot. As the photos show The Scottish Poetry Library is based at It conducts poetry readings out in its courtyard. The host for the day in question was David Forbes The piggy bank collects speaker and audience donations (sat on rostrum throughout). The speakers are called, from the gallery, to the rostrum by their host and either read their own or a favourite piece and return to the gallery. Any unpublished can rub shoulders with known poets and on an equal basis so you get your moment in the spotlight and know your thoughts have been heard by people who know a poet when they hear one. Guess published from unpublished. As a wanna-be-poet I read two of my ‘latest thoughts’ and the applause wasn’t deafening but very much appreciated. It could be just as good for you. Contact Scottish Poetry Library, find their next courtyard reading and get writing. Alex Anderson
Anger and Frustration at Social Injustice. Hi my name is Mark and I live in Leith.
For many years I was caught in a vicious circle of homelessness and drug addiction. I do a lot of voluntary work with my church and one of the projects I’m involved in is a social action centre in the middle of the Gorbals housing scheme in Glasgow. It was about 8.30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, the sun was shining out of a lovely blue sky, with not a cloud in sight. I stopped at a little ‘greasy tea spoon’ café I know by central station. I love walking through the door and being hit by the rich aroma of food and strong coffee. The smell is so good you can almost eat it!!! There was a young lad sitting outside begging, and you could see he was in a bad way. His face was gaunt and almost a grey colour, old dirty clothes and wrapped in a blanket. An almost visible air of hopelessness, loneliness and despair hung over him. I stopped and asked if he wanted a coffee and something to eat. As we tucked into bacon butties and coffee he started to open up and talk. He was fourteen years old and was living on the streets. His mother had a flat in the Gorbals area but he felt safer on the streets than at home. His mother was a prostitute and for as long as he could remember she had used and injected drugs in front of him. He openly admitted that he had experimented with most drugs and his current ‘drug of choice was heroin and crack cocaine.’ He’d never known a stable family environment, his mother just went from one abusive relationship to another. Her main aim in life was getting enough money to support her habits. I told him about the project I worked at and explained the set up. We have a clothing and furniture store and supply food hampers. Also there is a drop in of an afternoon, where people can just come and chill in a relaxed atmosphere, have a coffee and a chat. When I come across situations like this it angers and brings out a feeling of frustration that ‘society’ has let people down, but it also makes me more determined to gain the necessary qualifications to work with people who have been affected by homelessness/addiction issues. What do you see when you see a homeless person? Or someone affected by drug/alcohol addiction? Try looking beyond what your eyes see. The scruffy tramp sitting on a street corner, stinking to high heaven. Or the person sleeping in a doorway, passed out in a pool of stinking vomit because they are searching for oblivion to their lives problems and their past. Think of the hurt that brought them to that point in life. Who knows that could be your brother or sister, that could be your mother or father, one day that could be...YOU. Mark Borett
few weeks ago while I was in the bugle office, someone asked me what I was going to write about for this autumn Bugle. I said young people and youth unemployment. This started a hot debate where-upon every one had something to say, I was taken back and did not realise this was going to cause such a reaction. What I was trying to say is that it’s like we’re caught in a time warp between now and the 80’s, whereupon the system and the society are letting people down. Some folk out there are under the impression young people are too lazy, don’t want to work, scrounge off of the tax payers and things like that, an are just a bunch of neds. I disagree with this because I work with young people who are all keen to learn and go to college and things like that. When I left school in the 80’s, I was under the impression I would always get an apprenticeship, but there were no apprenticeships or much work then either. While at school I was classed as remedial where I would never have the credentials to be academic. During that time I felt like I was being streamed into going into a dead end job as I was never really given the impression that I would reach any academic heights. Since I have left school I did end up in a lot of dead end jobs until 17 years ago when I was diagnosed with having dyslexia which in turn changed my life for the better for I had attended university and 3 different colleges which help me develop my skills in youth work and working in the communities. I also spent a lot of time in training and workshops related to my career and I gained a lot of work experience during that time, but that’s a story for some other time. Now back to the current topic, The Inbetweeners. I founded the Inbetweeners with a bunch of younger guys aged in their early 20’s who are all from different backgrounds but with similar problems like Homelessness, drug and alcohol addictions while I was experiencing similar issues. While I was living in a hostel, Jesus came into my room and introduced Christianity into my life, which in turn saved me from a downwards spiral. During this time I have met loads of young people which I feel God directed me to. I have been able to use all the theory I studied at college and university as well as all the skill I pick up while working with a number of different organisations all over Edinburgh. I was a regular attendee at the Leith men’s group and there was a bunch of young guys who also attended. They came up to me one day and asked if there was any groups for people round their own age as they felt out of place at the men’s group and that’s where the idea of the Inbetweeners struck me. I then decided that for this group to work I would need to get the young guys involved in founding the group as after all it is their group. I have several meeting with some of the guys and we drafted up loads of different ideas and they came up with what they want the group to stand for. Their vision was “To help young people through some of their problems using our own experience in life and using out methods that got us through them”. I shared my life experience and introduced a couple of the guys to Christianity.
They took a good interest in how this helped me and I encouraged them to turn to the Bible for comfort during bad times. I could go on forever but I though it would be a good idea to let the guys tell you them selves how the group has helped them in their own different ways. I held an interview evaluation with Marc Weir aged 23 and he said “I met Cha just over a year ago and it was him who introduced me to God. I took great interest in Cha as I feel he has a lot of advice that helps me through one of my tougher times. He asked me if I would be interested in doing a bit of youth work and I said yes. I was invited to the AGM at Leith Acorn Centre an hour to prepare for a presentation to the board members with our proposal of the Inbetweeners. Our presentation was a huge success as after we were bombarded with lots of interest and questions including the interest of SMP Kenny McKaskill. I am now in full time work with Edinburgh Council although I still attend the Inbetweeners during my days off. I would never have had the confidence to return to work if it hadn’t been for The Inbetweeners and most of all Cha and for that I own him Kerry and all at the YMCA a big thanks”. I also interviewed another young guy Nicolas Foster, aged 21 and he added, “Coming to the YMCA and attending groups that are available, such as The Inbetweeners and the Men’s Drop-in, have really given me the drive to move on in my life. I have started college doing a joinery and carpentry course through the YMCA. They helped me complete all the relevant forms and sort out any problems or queries I had. Being made homeless recently, the staff at the YMCA have given me very much appreciated help in moving on out of the hostel I’m in and into a new flat. I also got myself involved in some voluntary youth work there and my disclosure has recently come through which will help me get more involved in work there. The staff have been brilliant and they’re amazingly caring and helpful people. Thank you all!!!” In another interview Tobias aged 23 said “The Inbetweeners has changed my life especially in harm reduction work shops for I don’t smoke weed during the week any more. The YMCA and the staff helped me get into a full time catering course at college where I am training to be a chef. My granny is Jamaican and has taught me about Jamaican cooking. At the group I make meals for the guys and one day I hope to open Edinburgh’s very first Jamaican restraint. I would just like to say thanks to all at the Inbetweeners and of course to Cha for all his help. This is the InBetweeners favourite Psalm - Psalm 31. Cha Maloney
“EDDIE’S ETHICS” SLOT
Why is it that our kids can't read a Bible in school, but they can in prison? This will be a better world when the power of love replaces the love of power. The art of silence is as great as that of speech. People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.
Anger Rage boiled in my head resembling the beginning of a headache.
The blood in my veins pounded leading to a climax of fury so deep that my vision became impaired. My hands shook so violently that I was unable to console myself by lighting a cigarette—the shaking rendered my two hands incapable of co-ordination. The man I had trusted with everything, moving country to be with him, leaving my teenage sons in my former husband’s care and moving my wheelchair bound demented mother from one nursing home to another country—this man had caused this ‘permanent disfigurement’ that reflected in the stark mirror of our bathroom. The sight of the disfigurement had caused my anger. Slowly I corrected my thinking, the cause of this anger was in reality how dare he do this? Why did he do this? I started making excuses for his behaviour - he has a drink problem that rehab may change, he needs anger management counselling that may result in not losing control again, yet how many assaults had there been? It was too early for my mind to contemplate the reasons behind his actions, what I did was to get on with the practical measures - get to hospital, call the police, call the Domestic Violence Social Worker and flee this prison. I quit the mould smelling, smashed up ‘cell’ and got to the sanctuary of the antiseptic laden hospital where officials from the services arrived. These service units were well known to me following previous desperate calls for help. The gurgling anger enhanced by questioning about the incident. The pain killers commenced to dull the acute pain as we sailed from one hospital to a second where a plastics team were available to operate the following morning. Unable to sleep my mind filled with anxiety in the sterile unfamiliar atmosphere, trepid about what the next day may hold. Terror gripped my entire body rendering it rigid with fear each time a member of staff padded gently along the corridor. Groping for a light switch, I pulled the basic string cord and a serene calmness peeked through my confused head - this was a short respite of relief and then anger rose in torrents overwhelming me. Patched and wearing only what I had left the house in, the police took me back to the house, we waited briefly while forensics in their dazzling white suits and booties inspected and photographed the crime scene. The detectives requested my blood soaked clothing for evidence - he was on remand, but I felt exposed and vulnerable. I never wanted to undress in this place of pain again. The legal, medical and counselling assistance are in place, the Procurator Fiscal has pressed for a serious offence conviction. The anger wells up repeatedly as I go through yet another examination or statement, even being questioned by defence lawyers prior to the trial with no lawyer of my own allowed to be present. The anger steps to one side as I start to feel that I am guilty of committing a crime. This thought I consider and conclude that I am not responsible for what comes into my mind but I am responsible for what I do with those thoughts. I will banish those thoughts of anger, concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other, accept all the help available and channel my experience, after a healing period to help others with the support I have been given. The anger dissipates—fear of the trial replacing it. I chose not to desire my revenge and I chose to live a life not blighted by the anger felt at the time of injury. The choice between anger and forgiveness has taken some time to come and I embrace its dawning with gratitude.
Penny Walsh Page 7
Kev the Koala—By Scott When I was wee I had a toy Koala bear, who I called Kev. He was with me every day when I was wee, I used to fall asleep holding him, and he was sort of my childhood pal. But I had a difficult childhood. I suffered from ADHD and was often very angry and frustrated about things going on. At these times I would take my anger and frustration out on Kev. I would kick him and throw him about the room. I also used to throw darts at him. I did this to get my anger and frustration out. Kev has holes in his nose and eyes from all those darts. The holes remind me of what it was like to feel powerless, ignored or treated unfairly when I was a boy. I thought I’d lost him, but recently my mum found him and gave him to me. I’ve got a boy myself now, and he also suffers from ADHD. I am going to give Kev to him, but I hope he doesn’t feel the need to throw darts at him. I hope that instead my boy will feel he can talk to me or someone else about what is making him unhappy.
C Plus Fife Hepatitis C Update.
C Plus Fife have started four support groups around Fife for anyone affected or at risk of Hepatitis C. The groups meet for two hours in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Methil. Hepatitis C is a blood bourn virus that affects 1% of the Scottish population, this could be as many as 5000 people in Fife alone. Most of our clients have contracted Hepatitis C through intravenous drug use, other routes of infection can be through tattoos, blood transfusions pre-1991, operations abroad, snorting drugs and sexually. Some of these routes are much higher risk than others. Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver and can be life threatening if left untreated for years. There is a successful treatment on the NHS. The only way of finding out if you are positive is to get tested. Before getting tested its worth speaking to someone who knows about the virus, so you make the best informed choice. Our groups have called themselves C Clear groups, there role is to support people into testing and into treatment. Provide accurate advice and information on a subject that can be confusing. We can refer people into treatment and support services. Within each group we have service users that have been trained and are eager to support others and the development of the groups. We have been lucky to have the support and backing of three services around Fife, DAPL, WFCDT, and Glenrothes YMCA. We are always looking for opportunities to engage with people, if anyone wants to find out more about Hepatitis C or the groups please phone Dave Barrie on 07885405844.
The Moonwalk The reason that I want to write about the moonwalk is because I helped out and I think it is a good charity. I really enjoyed the night, telling people which way to go and giving out medals. The moonwalk started 13 years ago. In New York there were 13 women who power walked the New York City Marathon. Nina Borough thought it would be a “fun” idea, when power walking to do it in a decorated bra. It was a one-off fundraising event which now raises millions of pounds. Two months later after the New York Marathon, Nina found out she had a bad cancer tumour. Other women wanted to support her so they said to others to walk the London Marathon to get money for her. In 1988 there were 25 women that got a place in the London Marathon lots of other women did not get a chance. They thought that those that did not get a place could do their walk at night before the proper marathon. Nina ended up walking 52.4 miles in 24 hours. This was when the moonwalk began. There is lots of people that now power walk and eat better who have never done that before. The charity helps many people who have cancer but also other projects that are not normally given to. They also think it is important to give money to research for the future. Prince Charles is a big supporter and really enjoys the values of the charity. The charity asked Prince Charles if he would be their Patron and he said yes! In Edinburgh the moonwalk has raised £9 million, over four years, which has helped many projects. So if next year you see many women in their bra’s in the middle of the night, you know the history behind it! Douglas Forbes
Top Twenty “Funny But Less Successful" Children's Book Titles. Eddie Klimek
You Are Different and That's Bad Curious Ricky and the High-Voltage Fence The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables Whining, Kicking, and Crying to Get Your Way Pop Goes the Gerbil and Other Great Microwave Games Some Kittens Can Fly Fun Four-Letter Words to Know and Share The Pop-Up Book of Human Anatomy Dad's New Wife Bernard The Children’s Guide to Hitchhiking Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will Daddy Drinks Because You Cry Why Can't Mr. Fork and Mrs. Electrical Outlet Be Friends? Places Where Mummy and Daddy Hide Neat Things
Colin Baillie - A.K.A Beale
started very late in life taking my drug of choice. The choice of drug was smack, kit, scag or brown. That was the name of the drug, yes I’ve taken hash, speed, coke, e’z, acid and magic mushrooms. Would never take mushrooms again- too high a trippy. But about 10 years ago I started to take smack and it took me 10 years even before I stopped. That was the hardest thing to do. To stop… Those 10 years I waz stealing everyday. Shop-lifting waz my choice - the way to find money to get it. Anyway to get money. I spent all my dole money on smack and even stealing from my family. That was the lowest of the low doing that- but at that time I waz well out of it. Then things started to go right for me. I went to court one day for shop-lifting and you could tell that the judge was pissed off with me and I knew that. He said that if I didn’t get myself together he was going to give me a year or more. He gave me a year drug treatment order (DTO) and if I didn’t pass it I was going down. The DTO team of Dunfermline gave me all the help that I needed. I told them that was the best thing that could have happened to me cos it was like a hard kick up the ass. My life did change in the way I wanted it to. I started to go to the Toastie Club with Bethany as I had to try and pull myself away from my old pals. And I made loads of new pals. Then I started to go to adult basic education classes for reading, writing and I passed my level 3 in IT and even started going to church! At one point in my life I would never have done that but hey it was good! I try to help people that are in the same way I was. There are so many things I want to do but I’m taking my time. I’m really trying to get myself together with a lot of care from others. I have started to do volunteer work thanks to Bill…a big thanks! I could keep writing my story about the way I was but I’m in a good place at the moment and my family are supporting me. But if there is anyone who wants to kick the habit. It’s hard but please go for it and stick at it. There is more to life than drugs- trust me I’ve been there!
Delightful November - Seoras Roibersean Let me set the scene for you, there was a league match taking place at Easter Road, Hibernian were hosting Rangers, so I had previously contacted Ally McCoist to become that days mascot as I wore a complete white strip on my back which had Jean Claude Darcheville ‘Eighteen’, which was sewn on by myself. I was pushing my blue mountain bike along Albion Road and I failed to notice Daily Records photographer because my picture was taken, and featured in Tam Cowan's column caption. Picture of the week was only Ger in the village, afterwards I wrote directly to Scottish Media group Daily Record Office Anderson Quay. More up to date. I have been back to Easter Road where upon I met and talked to John Leslie Stott as well as Jim Sillars MSP SNP politician and wife Margo Beasely with Madejh Bougerra which I was euphoric about and I have a cutting out of the paper.
Homelessness in 2010 Editors Note: We are so proud to have this article in the magazine, it is written by some of the girls from St Margaret’s school who came to speak to the women’s group about homelessness. Many of the women willingly shared their experiences and it was a thought provoking and interesting afternoon. What makes this article so special is that as many of you know St Margaret's has closed down, but not without spirit and a sense of achievement. The school has raised money and awareness of Bethany over the years, and for this we are very grateful. We hope you enjoy reading one of their last articles, that as ever shows the girls to be mature and independent young journalists.
What is homelessness? When most of us think of it we think of beggars on the street, addicts and people who have lived an immoral life and we think nothing of walking by without a second glance. However, when we visited the Leith Acorn Centre, our prejudices were soon shattered. This Bethany Trust group, only for women, meets once a week and gives women a chance to discuss their problems and meet with one another on a regular basis. Many of the people visiting had had no such problems and instead had simply found themselves in unfortunate circumstances, through no fault of their own. The women at the Bethany Women’s Group defined homelessness as having no roof over your head and living on the street but also described it as having no permanent residence and living in temporary accommodation. Many women felt uncertainty regarding their accommodation, causing it to feel less like a home. Due to being placed in an environment where they may not know anyone, they lack the community spirit and are unable to perhaps get help from neighbours if they have a problem. One woman’s house had no heating and the latch on the window was broken and her young children would open the latch, letting out heat and causing a danger to them. This problem took many weeks to fix. The conditions of some of the rented accommodation, from some of the stories we heard, were shocking. One woman was unable to use her kitchen when it was dark as there were no lights or windows and the council took several weeks to fix it. Many of us are more than willing to help charities abroad that are perhaps seen as more important, but the homeless situation in the UK is one that only we can help. Although it may not seem glamorous and is easy to turn your nose up at, thinking you will never find yourself in the situation that they have, the problem can only be fixed if we are willing to look harder at what is happening on our doorstep.
We assume these days that every woman with children automatically gets a council house however, this is not the case. When we met several women with children, we learned that they had to put their names on long waiting lists and it could be several months before they were able to find somewhere to live. We were surprised to learn that many of the women had jobs and didnâ€™t rely solely on the government, as well as one woman who had had a middle-class comfortable childhood, no different from our own, and had been forced out of her home when her parents died as she was sixteen. Some of the reasons for leaving home discussed included debt, domestic abuse, addiction and leaving long-term institutions such as mental hospitals and finding yourself without tenancy and nowhere to go. There are an estimated 380,000 homeless people in the UK and this has been projected to reach almost 1 million by 2020. We as a society should recognize that while we do not have absolute poverty (where people cannot afford to eat) we do have relative poverty, income inequality where people are trapped by circumstances, forced out of their homes and are left no other option than to rely on the state. Charities like Bethany need more support from people like us who can afford to help them and although many people are aware of homelessness, they are not fully aware as to what extent of what the problem is. Many of us are more than willing to help charities abroad that are perhaps seen as more important, but the homeless situation in the UK is one that only we can help. Although it may not seem glamorous and is easy to turn your nose up at, thinking you will never find yourself in the situation that they have, the problem can only be fixed if we are willing to look harder at what is happening on our doorstep.
My Lady Susan
Birds are the great flyers
Iâ€™m sitting down The Glen in the cool breeze, Thinking how lucky in life I have been. Every time the wind blows, It whispers the name Susan.
They fly high in the sky Like the golden eagle And the kite is there also
I canâ€™t stop thinking about my love, my Susan. She is the only lady for me. In my life, Day after day, Bringing joy to my mind. Steven, Dunfermline
A bird that hovers quietly Like the owl and the kestrel So they can hunt for food Page 12
90 goals for Abbey Wanderers gives Dunfermline lads a victorious 3rd place in the Jamie Hogg Shield Every year for the last 6 years The Jamie Hogg Shield Tournament has taken place in Kirklands Highschool and Leven. This year 10 teams from various homeless organisations took part. Players from Abbey Wanderers often attend Bethany’s Toastie Club drop-in and were eager to tell of their 3rd place medal following the recent tournament.
their full potential in a matching team strip. Unfortunately limited funds mean they always have to borrow strips. The team are currently looking for a new sponsor for football strips. Manager Bill McNicoll is confident that the teams visibility in various tournaments across Fife would give their funder an excellent opportunity for new ways to advertise.
Players included John, Daniel, Jimmy, For further enquiries , to sponsor the Scott, Chris, Eddie, Dave, Tony, Gus and Gav. team or to get involved in helping or playing Manager Bill McNicoll claims that the team for Abbey Wanderers please contact Bethany scored 90 goals over a 6 week period making Christian Trust on 0131 625 5411. this their most successful season yet! Mr McNicoll comments, “this year the Abbey Wanderer’s Photo-Shoot! team have really upped their game. There has been excellent turn out for training and the dedication of the guys is really paying off.” The last 4/ 5 years the team have always came bottom of the table so to have soared to the top this year shows just how far they have come. Scott Pryde and John Walsh have done a great job organising the training at Woodmill to prepare the team for the matches this season. Fitness levels have really improved! Training has been the key to the teams success—long may it continue! Not content with quitting while they are ahead Abbey Wanderers have set their sights higher. There are rumours that they may join Power league to continue with the high standard of training that they have now reached. When asked why the team have really turned around, long-term player and co-coach John Walsh commented that “the shield gave the team a real sense of purpose!”. With recent success the team are keen to ensure that their excellent skills on the field are shown off to
Looking back –
Passport to Heaven
Gordon Cameron As for my feelings in 1996, They have been a bit of a mix. Sometimes glad, sometimes sad, Sometimes good and sometimes bad, Through it all I have confidence with God And have the comfort of his staff and rod. He will lead me safely home And I will worship at his throne. Then I reach heaven at last, And bid farewell to the past. All will be joy and bliss, The son of man will seal it with a kiss. Thou art my hiding place, Since I have been saved by grace. My advice to you would be taste him, And you will see, He is good through and through, Following him is all you have to do.
Standing in the moonlight Hurling insults at the devil May not be the best idea you’ve ever had But if it rids you of strong feelings If for your pains you are lightning struck You get to see he cares and reacts It could be your passport to Heaven But as you just can’t tell It could be your very own ticket to… Alex Anderson
Your Autumn Fashion Fix By our fashion guru, Ally Mitchell
Well, folks, the autumn season will soon be upon us. So here are a few fashion ideas to prepare for those “Winter Blues.” A must-have item for the coming season is the aviator/ flying jacket. This is a major item for those cool autumn /winter days. Its quality & styling, are easy to coordinate with jeans or cords, leather boots. If you want to push out the barrel and the budget stretches to it, you’ll find a fantastic aviator jacket in leather at Hobbs. This garment has it all—great features, practical and stylish. However, if you are on a restricted budget ,as many are these days, Peacocks have an aviator style jacket which is still stylish and at a great price. There are also a lot of Rock/Tees in your High Street shops which are very trendy this season. Also on the must-have list is the Maxi. You’ll find a great hippyish Maxi on the High Street at Warehouse. You’ll also see a lot of chunky knitwear, coats and mid-calf skirts and cable-knits in chic neutrals. Also textured knits are very much in vogue. Velvets are going to be big business this season. It’s chic classy and Oasis have a deep burgundy at a very affordable price. And if you decide to get into leather this season, Zara have a fantastic dress which is soft, chic and sleek. So get yourself all wrapped up for the coming season.
A BLAST FROM THE PAST BROUGHT BANG UP TO DATE
The Homecoming I
pre-empted the official Homecoming of 2009 returned home to Leith in 2008 having lived in La Rioja wine region in the north of Spain for nearly 21 years, Primarily it was to look after my elderly father with whom I spent the last nine months of his life. Taking for granted that when I lost my father I’d return to resume my life in La Rioja. Trying to deal with Britain’s new administration procedures on my return I truly felt like a stranger in my own land.. Official forms and leaflets written in political correctese and difficult to understand and I am a graduate in English and have been teaching it for over 25 years so if I were finding it difficult how do others fare? Orwell maybe got the date wrong but “double plus speak” is clearly with us. They reminded me of the paper trails that had made me fume trying to get anything done in Spain. The treatment by public officials was horrendous when I first arrived, many still in place since Franco’s dictatorship What struck me was the lack of British fairness seemed to have disappeared. There has been a shift, something vital had been lost. The most illustrative example was still being required to sign on, on the day of my father’s funeral and if that wasn’t enough I had to wait 40 minutes to be attended to. The reason it has been used as an excuse by too many people so we are all tarred by the same brush. It took me two weeks to track down my local dole office only to be given a photocopied strip with various phone numbers on it. After a few more days I finally made the call were I was tick box interrogated over the phone to find out I had to return to the same office with passport and other documentation to sign said form that had been produced as a result of said call regurgitated from local office printer. It was not to be straightforward however, the fact I had been exercising my right to work in the EU, having moved to avoid high unemployment did not get me out of having to fill in two more forms, the yes /no questions I could have ticked both on some and felt others required a more complete reply. I had actually started working by the time my application was approved. Why isn’t there a section for returning from the EU? Freedom of movement is a guiding principle embodied in the European Policy canon, common sense tells us by its very nature I can’t be the only one who returns but who am I to question the impenetrable monolith that the wall of paper and PC that this has become. I don’t have a permanent job yet but have held six temporary posts so have become an expert on the process the call, the job seekers diary, the job seminar the once a week signing after 13 weeks etc.. Dealing with the council tax is no easier while the dole office sorry Job Seeker centre valued the fact that I managed to temp it created problems for the council tax. Finding both phoning and writing to be futile I have made friends and held fascinating conversations trading anecdotes about council tax correspondence, which is churned out in production line quantities. Normal waiting time at least an hour to explain the situation and when the response to the notes taken clearly show that whoever took the notes or whoever read them hadn’t paid any attention leading to ever greater frustration. The underlying message I received for the hassle of keeping them informed was it’s easier to stay on the dole, one feels discriminated for making an effort to work especially if it is only temporary. Despite all this I have decided to stay. Returning and suffering bereavement in such a short period alongside dealing with the public administration had left me in limbo, while losing touch with Spain as well as observing its struggling economy I reached a turning point. Do I really want to return? Do I really want to stay? At the six week job seminar I learnt that voluntary work was no longer penalised but valued by the DOWP and as I had worked on text book production in Spain got in touch with Bethany to help on the Bugle. I found a warm opening environment, all ideas, experience and expertise is valued and I look forward to getting to the weekly editorial meeting and working through the process from brainstorming through editing to sitting collating the final copy. Thankfully, I found that essentially what is good about us is still alive and well, just brutally masked by an unfeeling bureaucracy.
Julie Ann Thomasan
A statement of patriotism -Andrew Watt I
would say there are wrongful effects of patriotism that everyone should seriously consider. Being a patriot makes people think that their people are better than the people of other countries. A classic example of this was Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler told the German people that they should rule the world and that their country was the ‘fatherland’. He encouraged proud patriotism. Because of this more people were killed in the second world war than other war. The bad effects of patriotism can also be seen where the country plays another at football. It is evident that one country shows its disdain for the other. Patriotism divides countries from countries and is a selfish thing. Being patriotic from a Christian perspective is showing a bad example. Each country’s flag encourages patriotism. Patriotism is religion to all people. Christians are supposed to be pilgrims and strangers passing through the world people who don’t belong to the world. Patriotism can limit love to those of ones own country. God’s love is for everyone and he wants everyone's love to be for everyone. Patriotism causes racism, prejudice and disharmony. God wants Christians to esteem others better than themselves. He says that only he should exalt people. Because people who exalt themselves are proud and pride makes people selfish. The kingdoms of the world declare their individuality, their differences, their distinction and their pride through their flags. They also declare that they are divided from the rest of the world. There will be no such divisions on the new Earth that God creates. No one should love their country more than they love God as this is idolatry. Though a majority of people like to write their own gospel.
BIBLE TALK—Eddie Klimek T
he last word in the Bible is Amen. The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalms 119. There are more than 1,700 references to gems and precious stones in the KJV. The Bible is the number-one shoplifted book in America. The book of Esther in the Bible is the only book that does not mention the name of God. The term devil’s advocate comes from the Catholic Church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil’s advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view. The Bible has been translated into Klingon. It is believed that Shakespeare was forty-six around the time the KJV of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the forty-sixth word from the first word is “shake”, and the forty-sixth word from the last word is “spear”. Every minute, forty-seven Bibles are sold or distributed throughout the world. According to Genesis 1:20–22, the chicken came before the egg. All Hebrew-originating names that end with the letters “el” have something to do with God.
Forever Young. Profile on Leith Top Presenter/D.J., Stephen Young. By Ally Mitchell.
Stephen Young, Leith FM’s top presenter dropped into the magazine recently to tell us a bit about his life in the media; Yes folks the man with the sultry tones and edgy banter graced us with his presence. His famous saying;”It’s Happening” is now a cult phrase in Leith, however, Stephen does not hail from Leith but is in fact a West- Coaster and comes from Ardrossan in Ayrshire. He brought his unique talents to the East Coast approximately 2 years ago and Leith F.M. were very fortunate to land him. Stephen started from humble beginnings, having been interested in the media he started up a church disco using his multi talents getting involved in lighting etc, to raise money for the church. His interest in the media developed and he moved on to Hospital Radio, brightening up peoples lives and he donated a phenomenal 10,000 records to the hospital. Then it was onwards and upwards to Ayr F.M. Where he had an award winning radio show. Is there no end to this man’s talents! Obviously not, being a driven character yes he likes to drive us crazy, He decided to move to Leith to give us east-coasters the benefit of his diverse talents You can hear Stevie on Leith 98.8fm. His show Original Sauce has a large following where he talks about weird and wonderful stories from around the world combined with a great mix of music. You can hear him on Thursday evenings on the 10 –12 pm slot. Also tune in to his Friday breakfast show from 10-12 am where he interviews local talent, bands, fashion gurus, such as yours truly, combined with chat and great music. What he loves about Leith fm, being a community station he is not restricted to a play list like commercial radio is. Stephen is now becoming heavily involved in the PR operations for this station. So readers if you want to find out “where it’s happening,” tune into the Stephen Young Show and go on a journey of discovery and enjoy a new experience as this guy is turning Leith fm into one of Scotland’s top stations.
So tune in your box as he rocks the docks at Leith 98.8fm and have yourselves a happening.
Michael Jackson a year since his death—by Sue
It’s been a year since Michael Jackson died of a overdose. There's been a lot of stuff about Michael Jackson in London. There is an exhibition on in his name and a show on too of the thriller. There are songs on the radio too and on Viva music channel there’s a tribute to Michael Jackson—over 40 songs that he has done so far. After a year people appreciate his songs more now than when he was alive and they have forgiven him even though he had problems when he was alive.
Reminiscing our Football Memories – Bobby Mclean & Ally Mitchell
Ally and I are regular contributors on Leith FM on Mondays 2-3pm. We also attend regularly the Bethany men’s group at the Acorn Centre on Thursdays, 1-3 pm. Over the last few weeks we have had guests during the afternoon . The Scottish Music Group have been attending showing people how to play instruments and write music. One of the group is called Scot, who like myself , is an ardent football fan. He asked me if he could interview Ally and myself on football knowledge and memories, on Leith fm. This took place on Monday, 9th August. We were asked who our favourite Hearts and Hibs players were from the bygone years. It was a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon. My best memory was when Hearts won the Scottish Cup in 1998. Stephan Adam scored the winner midway through the first half and Rangers just couldn’t get an equaliser. We had a great party afterwards. This came after trying so hard for so many years! Jim Jeffries finally brought a trophy back to Tynecastle. Let’s hope it can happen again soon. Ally remembers fans taking bits of turf and bits off the goal posts in 1977 at Wembley when Scotland won 2-1. The first goal was scored by Gordon McQueen and the second by Kenny Dalgleish – one of the high spots of Scottish football!
Edinburgh: Our Building Site Capital of Scotland Over the last few years road works, in my opinion, has changed a beautiful city into an embarrassment for tourists and tourists bring millions of pounds to our economy. There are that much road works going on the general public don’t understand why the roads are being dug up. Over the last week bus stops at the West End and traffic lights have been shifted which is not only confusing for the young but must terrible for the elderly as well. Getting across the road is a total nightmare as some traffic lights are turned off as both roads and traffic lights are repaired. I realise that some of the road works are essential but it is the amount of time it takes that creates the problem. Perhaps more squads of men doing the job or work at night would eradicate the problem. Bobby McLean
The past in front of us. We are asked so many times why do Scotsman always live in the past? For example when we are at football matches we display our banners with the words ‘remember Bannockburn 1314’. It’s because we draw great strength and inspiration from the past, our glorious strength and deeds endear us to live up to our forefathers. And we keep up our standards of traditions this way. We look back to our epic standards like Dunkirk Arnhem in a Bridge too Far. My grandfather and my uncles never said it was great to fight at Dunkirk because in their eyes we lost that one. But they will talk of the tragedy it caused and the friends they lost. Gerry McKenna
John Parker’s World Crossword
11. Follower of Hinduism 12. Follower of Islam
13. Where Alexander the Great came from
17. Home of The Acropolis 18. Home of bullfighting
Eddie Klimek’s Sudoku Answers to the crossword & the Sudoku on page 22 Page 19
Bobby’s Bumper Sports Quiz 1. Who was Scotland's Rugby grand slam captain in 1984? 2. Which Edinburgh born player captained Rangers to their European Cup Winners triumph in 1972? 3. Which Edinburgh born boxer, won the light-weight champion of the world in Madison Sq gardens? 4. In which year did Celtic win the European Cup? 5. Which Edinburgh born sprinter was claimed a one time to be the fastest man in the world? 6. Which darts player was known as the crafty cockney? 7. Ian St John one half of TV’s Saint and Greavesie signed for Liverpool from what Scottish club? 8. Which British boxer put Cassius Clay, later Muhammed Ali on the canvas during the world title fight at Highbury in 1963? 9. Who was the first Hibs player to score in Europe? 10.Which hearts player scored Scotland's 1st ever goal in the World Cup finals in 1958? 11.Which former Newcastle, Hibs and Celtic goalkeeper played for Queens Park as a 14 year old? 12.Peter Huston was Dundee United manager when they won the Scottish cup of the end of the season, who was the manager when they won it in 1994? 13.Who was the last Scottish rugby player to captain the British Lions squad? 14.Which legendry Scottish commentator who passed away recently made a sweet famous? 15.The answer to the above question son in law was capped for Scotland at Rugby, what position did he play? 16.Who in darts was known as the craftie Cockney? 17.Name the two Scottish rugby players who were known as the Mighty Mouse and the White Shark? 18.Which Hibs legend who recently passed away, scored the last goal when Hibs beat Hearts 7—0 at Tynecastle in 1973? 19.Which member of Hibs legendary famous five went on to win 2 league medals with two other different teams? 20.Which former Scottish International footballer now deceased will always be remembered by Scotland fans for playing keepie uppie in the middle of Wemberly when Scotland beat England 3 - 2 in 1967? Page 20
The story of Maggie Dickson in the 18th century. Maggie Dickson was a young woman residing in Musselbough where she bought fish from the boats and then hawked it in the streets of Edinburgh. The chain of events that brought her to an end of a rope follows a not unfamiliar pattern. Deserted by her husband shortly after the birth of her second child, Maggie as she was known to all, left home to visit an aunt in Newcastle and she was fated never to reach her destination. On the way the landlady of an inn near Kelso offered her work for a term and Maggie’s acceptance brought her into contact with her employer’s son William Bell. Subsequently Maggie became pregnant. She continued to conceal her condition and the child was born prematurely and died. Nine days later she condemned it to the river Tweed intending to throw it in but could not bring herself to do that so she left the baby on the river banks. A local inhabitant found the body and notified the magistrate and Maggie was arrested, charged under the Concealment of Pregnancy Act of 1690. She was brought to Edinburgh for trial and found guilty and condemned to death. Her defence built upon the fact she was a married woman though living apart from her husband was of no avail. The case created a stir of interest in Edinburgh where Maggie was well known and liked. After her trial she was lodge in the grey historic Tollbooth to await her appointment with the hang—man in the Grassmarket. The gallows were erected at the foot of the West Bow flanked by tall tenements, the windows of which offered a grandstand view of the proceeding. September 2nd 1724 the day upon which the unfortunate Musselbough fish-wife was to expect her punishment. The citizens of Edinburgh flocked in their thousands to see her die. Standing near the foot of the gibbet were several of Maggie’s friends who had permission to supply her coffin. With them was a carter to take it for burial in the churchyard in Inveresk. The Snatchers. When the time came Maggie although pale and trembling was not lacking in courage and appeared to have resigned herself to her fate. She bade a tearful farewell to her friends and climbed the ladder. The hangman tied her wrists, placed the noose in position and pushed her off. Her body having swung for the prescribed length of time, the hangman then carried out the customary office of dragging down the legs, it was guaranteed to snuff out any remaining vestiges of life. Pronounced dead Maggie was un-roped and her body laid by her friends in the coffin, the cooms or lids were nailed fast. There followed an incredible scene as the coffin was being placed on the cart, a scuffle broke out between the mourners and a number of surgeons— apprentices who assisted by hired thugs who were bent on snatching The corpse for dissecting at Surgeons Hall.
In the middle of the fight, a ruffian smashed apart one of the cooms with a hammer but he and his associate were eventually driven off. The carter cracked his whip and the makeshift hearse rattled into the Cowgate swaying and bumping over the cobbled streets. In time the crags and towers of Edinburgh were left behind and the spires of Duddingston Church could be seen ahead, glinting in the bright sunlight. The heat was now sweltering and on reaching the inn at Peppermill the carter feeling the need of some refreshments decided he was not going to pass it, corpse or no corpse, leaving the cart and coffin on the highway he marched into the inn and was immediately invited to join the convivial company of others. Meanwhile two joiners out of curiosity had come from a near by house to view the coffin, amazed to hear a faint scraping sound from within, they ran to the inn and informed the carter. The carter was inclined to treat their report with scepticism but some uneasiness had crept into the atmosphere and to clear the air he led the party outside to the cart. Maggie Dickson’s Pub as it is today in the The story will continue next issue... Evan Robertson
Answer to John’s Crossword and Eddie’s Sudoku Across
1. Lhasa 2. Brussels 6. Agra 7. India 9. Pushto 10.Sadhu 11.Hindu 12.Muslim 16. Tibet 17. Athens 18. Spain
1. Lucknow 3. Taj Mahal 4. Kabul 5. Ganges 8. Rome 11. Hindi 13. Macedonia 14. Paris 15. Italy
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