Archive | August, 2013

Post-Loch

26 Aug

…and post-loch…

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Pre-loch

26 Aug

The Scotland Tour, Day 4: Video 1

A little something from this morning:

Ever-keen wild swimmers, Owen and Rhiannon report from the side of Loch Carlingwark, pre-swim.

Compline

26 Aug

The end of Day 1 of The Scotland Tour – Peaceworkers reporting from Pluscarden, Northern Scotland…

Newcastle Soil

26 Aug

The Scotland Tour, Day 1: Diary 2

UK Peaceworkers Owen Everett and Rhiannon Redpath take Scotland by storm as they travel the highlands and lowlands, through loch and valley, via Scotrail and East Coast Mainline, to meet local Quakers and share the experiences of their work.


This is their second video diary, filmed on location in a toon much loved by Rhiannon.

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Carbon Neutral Rice Cakes

26 Aug

In the mighty city of Edinburgh, an internet connection prevails…

The Scotland Tour, Day 1: Diary 1

UK Peaceworkers Owen Everett and Rhiannon Redpath take Scotland by storm as they travel the highlands and lowlands, through loch and valley, via Scotrail and East Coast Mainline, to meet local Quakers and share the experiences of their work.

This is their our video diary, filmed on location from a train vestibule between London and Aberdeen.

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Greetings from Northern Scotland!

24 Aug

Dear Friends, greetings and apologies from Scotland. We did make it to Inverness, but were perhaps a little over-enthusiastic about the internet connection at Pluscarden Abbey. Currently using a “dongle”. We have been filming, and will upload as soon as we can. Scotland is GREAT. Catch us at The Fringe in Edinburgh, Venue 40, Monday night.

Here is a nice picture of Owen to keep you going, proving that we made it on the 10 hour train to Elgin. Speak soon X

Such glee!

Such glee!

The end of a chapter, not the whole book

22 Aug

So we’re coming to end of our Peaceworker placements. 

Today Rhiannon, Alissa and I had our final review meetings with our management from Quaker Peace & Social Witness and our managers at our placement organisations. It was lovely to see Alissa for the first time in about four months, and her beautiful, inquisitive baby Amani (his name means Peace in Swahili). We then all went for a delicious dinner at a vegetarian Indian restaurant near Euston Station.

It was also wicked to meet most of next year’s Peaceworkers so they could ask us questions about our years, and we could find out a bit about them. I can remember a lot of our preparation fortnight quite well, and it was nice – meeting the next lot – to feel part of this big cycle of people coming from many different paths but sharing the desire to work towards a more peaceful, just, sustainable world. 

The fun isn’t over quite yet – Rhiannon and I are going on a speaking tour in Scotland from tomorrow  – we’ll be speaking to Quakers and others in Elgin on Saturday, Castle Douglas on Sunday, and Edinburgh on Monday. We’ll be keeping a video diary (see below for our tests from last weekend), so check this webpage over the next few days.

We’re going on to do different things after this month – some of us are staying on at our placement organisations part-time, some are balancing child-raising with dissertation writing and nonviolent communication courses, and some are hoping to get involved in exciting new projects. It’s all part of a journey of peace work – from the internal and interpersonal to the international – that this year has moved us along in a big way.

Thanks for reading,

Owen 

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Testing, testing…(part 2 of 2)

22 Aug

This is the sister part of the post below

Share, tweet, comment, you know what to do…enjoy!

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Testing, testing…(part 1 of 2)

22 Aug

Last weekend, Owen and I cycled up to Saffron Walden to speak to Southern Friends Summer School. We played around with video diaries, testing out the kit and the wit ahead of our Scotland Tour this weekend. We tried some before and after pieces to test out what our faces look like at the arm’s length of a camera phone. You can’t say we’re not resourceful…

(please excuse the one, very small expletive!)

Let us know your thoughts and watch this space over the weekend…

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