The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Saturday, 20 September 2008
A great night for the City
I was privileged to be at the dinner for the Edinburgh Award last night where JK Rowling was honoured. This woman has made billions of pounds out of her books, is famous the world over, could live where ever she wanted but chooses to live in the city where her journey from struggling single parent to world famous author is itself the stuff of story writers. Last night we saw some-one who has made her choice of home based on not what she could buy but what she experienced and even her sense of gratitude for her adopted city. She has won hundreds of accolades for her work but it clearly meant a great deal to her that Edinburgh had given her this award.
All 7:15pm -7:45pm and the last Sat. Lochend YWCA, 198 Restalrig Road South 12noon -1pm (no appointment needed, all during school terms)
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I was elected to the City of Edinburgh Council in 1999. After 7 years of being very heavily involved in Education, I was elected Council Leader in August 2006 and from May 2007 until June 2008 was Labour Group leader when I returned to the backbenches
I am ordained in the Church of Scotland but I don't have a parish. Instead I am the Secretary of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council.
I am an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow and an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University. I am married with two children, I am a member of the Iona Community and I enjoy sports though mostly as an armchair critic.
I welcome strong opinions strongly expressed, but please don't use this blog if you intend to be abusive or intend to use offensive language. The public conversation that I want to encourage must be based on mutual respect and common courtesy.