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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 Ramadanfasting) 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.
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.