Friday, 18 March 2016

February


A short but good month, despite that extra day 29th Feb. I wonder how many young women proposed to their partners?  Or is that too old fashioned now?

I had a lovely start to the month, shopping for a little grand nephew and visiting him in Oslo. Family means a lot to me and I remember with fondness the idyllic childhood that I had in Madras, not just with my immediate nuclear family but the whole extended one with cousins, aunts and uncles. The children especially of first generation immigrants, like me, are far removed from their extended family and miss out on the wonderful grand parents, uncle and aunt, cousin relationship which is precious and adds such richness to one's life. Oslo in its icy grip of winter was a different country from the sizzling hot summer time when we were over in 2014. But the warmth of seeing my family was compensation enough.  It was also poignant in some ways as all the descriptions that I had read in Knaugaaard's novels became more real, the numbing icy cold that cut into your very bones , the icy glaciers and the breath freezing almost before one exhaled it.

I had an interview with a rather a unique project with SIGOHA. "SIGOHA is an online archive of conversations with people who have settled in and around Glasgow having been born outside of the UK. This project hopes to construct a social history of Glasgow and the surrounding area through the stories of people who have experienced living in different cultures and contexts and have come to make their lives here. 

Oral history is the study of history through the stories of normal people. Daily experiences and memories that may seem ordinary to one person might hold great meaning to the right historian. As an oral history archive, SIGOHA is not seeking to find out anything specific, but instead to illuminate a broad section of Glasgow’s history. Through their experiences of living in other countries before moving to Glasgow, SIGOHA participants can provide perspectives on the city that may never have been considered by people who were born in the UK. Furthermore, through participants’ stories of their lives before moving to Glasgow, SIGOHA also documents the histories of many cities and countries around the world."  
Jessica Lawson conducted the interview.




Check it out on this link.

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On Saturday 27 I was at the opening of a lovely Embroidery Exhibition at the local Lillie Art Gallery. Such a fund of talent and the intricate stitches on different fabrics evoked memories of my aunt's skills in different types of craft. Kirsty Wark opened the exhibition and I had a few words with her. She is writing a sequel to her excellent book 'The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle.'
The last day of the month, yes, 29 th I recorded my poem for GWL 's 'Mixing the Colours' project on anti-sectarianism, another great project to raise awareness on prejudice based on religion, colour or gender.
http://womenslibrary.org.uk/discover-our-projects/mixing-the-colours/mixing-the-colours-women-speaking-about-sectarianism-anthology/

So February was busy and interesting.
I am looking forward to March when even more exciting things could happen as Spring approaches.

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