Cultural connecter

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Erected in memory of Alexander Murray on top of a remote hill in the Galloway Forrest

When there are no books on the subject

From Newton Stewart the Small Scottish town in the Galloway Forest, home of Alexander Murray FRSE FSA (Scot) D. Div doctor of divinity (1775-1813) a local shepherd boy who with only a year of formal Schooling became Professor of Oriental Languages at Edinburgh University, in 1811 translated, with approbation, a letter to the monarch George III from the prime minister of Ethiopia Egwala Seyon carried by Henry Salt the Abyssinia envoy. Context the Italo-Ethiopian War was 1887–1889 onwards.

Publications: Edited Bruce’s Ethiopian Journal and wrote his life..

he knew distinguished abolitionist Henry Brougham PC, FRS who became Lord High Chancellor and played a prominent role in passing the 1832 Reform Act and 1833 Slavery Abolition Act.

Info with assistance from Sir Geoff Palmer human rights activist.

A monument to his memory was erected In 1835 and when it was damaged in a storm in 1929, a crowd of 600-700 people from the surrounding countryside gathered to mark completion of restoration works miles from the closest village or town.

Also where Sir James A. Mirrlees FRSE FBA was born and raised who's work on a Fair taxation system to relieve third World counties from burden of Debt, won him the Noble Prize in Economics in 1996. the same year SEGAWorld opened it doors to the public. (see Archt) and the IWF internet watch foundation was founded. (See Cybersecurity) and Daresbury labs discovered the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) see MedicalTech.

The local library didn't have a copy of James A. Mirrlees papers but the librarian said I could have tea with his mother, to discuss early child development.

Scotland’s national book town Wigtown is close by, which holds an annual book festival Scots, Gaelic and International Poetry Prize

Dumfries and Galloway mudflats important feeding grounds for migrating birds from Africa and the Mediterranean. the end of the Gulf Stream, overlooking Murrays Isles. 360° view link 2016

As an Arts and Cultural connector met with the Arts Council England to provide funding for Arts and Cultural projects through National Lottery funding to deprived areas of London.

Was invited to the British Library Labs and met the Lab manager and had a tour including the Qatar Foundation 2018 and met the digital curator of the Asia and Africa collections, 2019, 3D scanning artefacts and sharing and giving free access online,

Expert in the protection and management of cultural heritage resources in the specific region of planning strategies and policies, her dissertation examined existing Israeli and Palestinian archaeological and architectural inventories covering the occupied West Bank. Recent Israeli military operations in GAZA raises the serous importance of those records. Digitising the Maison Bonfils photographs, Lebanon

Following the meeting I promoted the return of the Ethiopian tabots. to member of clergy of Church of England.

An Elder in Ethiopian Church in Caribbean, told me the Church grew in popularity during the Second World War because of Rome's close links to Italian fascism, Second Italo-Ethiopian War 1935 – 1937

“Westminster Abbey agrees ‘in principle’ to return sacred tablet to Ethiopia, Carved wooden tabot has been at Abbey since British forces looted it at Battle of Maqdala in 1868. “”There have been successful returns of tabots held in British institutions.” “One was sent back to Ethiopia soon after it was discovered in a church cupboard in Edinburgh 23 years ago”. Lanre Bakare the Guardian Link 19 Feb 2024

the British Museum is now being investigated for the 11 wooden and stone Tablots it has held under lock and key for past 170 years so sacred that no one including academic researchers and allowed to study them. April 2014

The Ethiopian Bible is the oldest and most complete bible on earth.

Written in Ge'ez an ancient dead language of Ethiopia it's nearly 800 years older than the King James Version and contains over 100 books compared to 66 of the Protestant Bible.

Visit to Scotland with creative community friends from Vietnam, Brazil and Germany

apparently related to a Dr Robertson in Girvin that poet Robert Burns wrote a barbed piece about his place in the Kirk (church) and his medical practice, it seams the only mention of the profession in the poets work. my grandfather John my name sake (builder) water pump stands in the Robert Burns Gardens in Larges, Ayrshire.

where The Pencil monument stands, commemorating the defeat of a Viking fleet in 1263.

Bowen Craig Walk, Battle of Largs monument commemorating the defeat of a Viking fleet in 1263. the Pencil

It’s so important to involve young people and explain marine biology and research, I was lucky as a child to visit The University Marine Biological Station Millport (UMBSM) Millport a short ferry journey across from Larges a small Iseland on the West Coast of Scotland at the other end of the golf stream the warm waters from the Caribbean flow there the turtles go to fest on jelly fish and nurturant rich waters return in the continues cycle of the Ocean. Studies including the causes of bleaching of the coral reefs, that became prominent in the 1990’s

Blue Orange

In 2000 Received tickets from the leading mental health charity NSF now Rethink Mental illness to the first week performance of Blue Orange written by English dramatist Joe Penhal, an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service.

Winner of evening standard theatre award’s Best play, critics circle theatre award best new play and Laurence olivier award best new play and outstanding newcomer for Chiwetel Ejioforas. Who career went on to win a nominee for best actor at the Oscar’s for 12 years a slave, win 2 BAFTA’s and 5 Golden Globes.

Performed at the Royal National Theatre in the round on a small stage starring Bill Nighy as Robert, Andrew Lincoln as Bruce and Chiwetel Ejioforas Christoper, now a subject in schools on mental heath awareness.

today the play is studied in schools for mental health awareness.

Joe Penhal also wright the screen play to film Last King of Scotland the tale of the decline into madness of African dictator Idi Amin who expelled Asians from Ugandan in 1972.

My family was working in the directors office NSF at the time for one of the UK’s leading mental health charity campaigning on discrimination, greater mental health understanding and improvements, my partner later was closely involved on the pilot of personalisation centre stage in mental health reforms. See MedialTech

Supported charities through good Works

Rethink Mental illness Registered Charity No. 271028 (National Mental Health)

THE ARTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND Registered Charity No. 1036733 (Arts and Crafts and Cultural Connector)