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Tuesday, 7 October 2008

A feast fit for a community in celebration

I was honoured this evening to be a guest of the Edinburgh Pakistan Society at their EID dinner in the Brunton hall in Musselburgh. Fantastic food, excellent music, many old friends to meet from the Pakistan Community and beyond and I even won a prize (£10 voucher for a curry!) in the raffle! There is something special about a whole community getting together for a family event to celebrate what is a time of huge personal sacrifice (the Ramadan fasting) and then to invite us who do not take part in that journey to eat at the same celebratory table. If ever there was a sign of a community wanting to be part of the idea of "One Scotland, many cultures" it was tonight. I do wonder whether those of us who see ourselves as belonging to the "host culture" are ever as generous or welcoming or deliberate in our efforts to have the same commitment to diversity.

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Surgery Times

1st Wed @ Piershill Library, 30 Piershill Terrace.
2nd Wed @ Craigentinny Community Centre, Loaning Rd.
3rd Wed @ Duddingston Primary School, Duddingston Rd.

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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