And now, for something completely different.
A long time ago in a small town in Germany, there lived a shoemaker…
No. Start again.
A long time ago – 15-20 years ago, before I got a life and became an academic and spent more of my free time on photography – I did lots of computer consultancy and related work, especially for small charities and the like. One of the organisations I did some work for was a wonderful charity called Women Onto Work, which helped disadvantaged women in Edinburgh by providing training to enable them to move into work.
However, in the last few months, WoW has found itself in serious trouble, with some staff leaving and others being suspended, and all manner of odd shenanigans going on. This has resulted in courses being cancelled, graduation ceremonies for trainees not taking place, and more.
A group of people, including Dr Janet Powney, a former chair of the WoW board who is a friend of mine, and the former patron (the comedian Susan Morrison: she was ‘de-patronised’ by the current board – just imagine what a comedian can do with that!) are trying to rescue WoW and enable it to resume the work it has carried out in the past. To this end, they organised a benefit evening at The Stand, one of the premier comedy venues in Edinburgh; these photographs are from that evening.
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