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Young Scot – Changing Perceptions

Young Scot – Changing Perceptions

Edinburgh-based agencies, Stripe and Blonde, have produced a short animated film in partnership with Young Scot, the national youth information charity.

‘Perceptions versus Truth’ has been created together with young people themselves and aims to question how society perceives young people and the impact this can have. It hints at the effect of social-norming theory and the self-fulfilling prophecy of being fed a constant diet of negativity.

To view the animation and get involved in the discussion please go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEyyVQga3jM or search for #changingperceptions on Twitter.

The film has been released to coincide with the completion of Young Scot’s ‘Pro-Social Behaviour’ project, supported by the Scottish Government’s Community Safety Unit.

Gregor Urquhart, communications director, Young Scot said: “We tasked Stripe and Blonde to create an animation that would be thought provoking and help tackle stereotypes head on. We wanted to show the nation that our young people are making a huge contribution to communities across Scotland. We’d encourage everyone to take a look at the animation and have a think about their own attitudes towards the young people, and to pass the link on to others so we can share the positive message.”

Top Scottish chefs lift lid on Taste line-up!

Top Scottish chefs lift lid on Taste line-up!

The cream of Scottish culinary talent came together today (13 April) to whet Scots’ appetites for what’s to come with a stellar line-up for the country’s favourite food festival, Taste of Edinburgh 2011, in partnership with AEG.

With tickets officially going on sale today, over 25,000 foodies are expected to flock to The Meadows to see a new and exciting line-up of 15 restaurants on the festival’s new mid summer date of 1-3 July.

The festival also announced the launch restaurant line-up which represents the very best of Scottish culinary talent; Restaurant Martin Wishart, Chex Rouz, Cucina at Hotel Missoni, First Coast, Mark Greenaway at Hawke & Hunter, Ondine, Plumed Horse, Tigerlily, Vincaffé, Wedgwood plus Cook School by Martin Wishart.

Foodie fans will have the chance to enjoy tasty cooking demonstrations at the Taste Theatre and sample the best Scottish and British food and drink from over 100 artisan producers. Visitors can also brush up on their own culinary skills with hands-on AEG Perfekt Cooking Classes with Cook School by Martin Wishart, and sessions at the Waitrose Cookery School, creating stunning dishes with the freshest local and seasonal ingredients

‘see me’ creative writing winners announced

‘see me’ creative writing winners announced

‘see me’ – Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health – has announced the winners of its first ever Creative Writing Competition. The winners were revealed today at a lunchtime awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel, Edinburgh hosted by Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead.

Chris Haddow from Paisley scooped the short story prize, Evelyn Weir from Haddington the poetry prize and Sian Bevan from Edinburgh was triumphant in the Twitter category. All winners were presented with the prize of £250 by the competition judges: children’s author Lari Don, Dundee street poet, Gary Robertson and well-known comedian and political activist, Mark Thomas.

The competition attracted hundreds of entries from budding writers, of all ages from across Scotland in the three competition categories. Entrants were challenged to write about the theme of ‘support’ and what it means to them. For people with a mental health problem, seeking support from those around them can be a real turning point in putting them on the road to recovery.

To read the winning entries check out http://www.seemescotland.org

Scottish superheroes fly into action!

Scottish superheroes fly into action!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a flying mountain biker! Two of Scotland’s young mountain biking hopefuls, Joe Barnes and Fergus Lamb, today descended on Aonach Mor sporting superhero costumes, as they prepare for the return of the Downhill Superheroes.

Nevis Range ski area, just outside Fort William will host the second round of the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill and 4-Cross tour, which takes over the Highland town on 4th and 5th June. The sport’s Downhill Superheroes, from more than 25 different countries, will be joined by thousands of fans, as they return to the scenic Scottish Highlands for another adrenaline-packed weekend of world-class Downhill and 4-Cross action.

With up to 20,000 fans expected to flock to this year’s event, spectators are urged to buy their tickets early either via http://www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk or by calling 01397 705 825 between 9am-5pm.