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Stories to make you think, stories to inspire and just stories we would like to share.

Anyone who has read and loved the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan novels will have a view on the exposé revealing the author’s true identity. Was it necessary? Has it destroyed the enigma that somehow added to these novels’ emotional depth? Was the act misogynistic? The BBC runs a thoughtful feature piece, Why is the exposure of Elena Ferrante causing such outrage? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37556183 which raises issues of public and private personas away from the usual environments of celebrities and politicians. Reputations hang on many things, perhaps this author wanted hers to be based solely on the power of her writing.

Castlebrae Community High School in Edinburgh had good cause for celebration recently when a team of five S4 students from the school won a prestigious prize for their wood-fired pizza oven designed and built from recycled materials.  Working with James Donald, one of their teachers, the boys won the 10th Annual Merchant Company Prize for Initiative which is open to 13-18 year olds in Edinburgh and the Lothians to show initiative in business or philanthropy. The boys impressed the judging panel with their idea, the motivation behind it, the work they carried out and the standard of the presentation they made. The team is raising money to give to cancer charities through donations from those who have enjoyed their pizzas in memory of a much loved teacher at the school who recently died of cancer.  http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2016/10/castlebraes-pizza-oven-wins-initiative-prize/

Acts of kindness in everyday life and generosity from those who can least afford it warm the heart. This story of a taxi driver from Glasgow is particularly humbling. David Gibson offers free fares to veterans after hearing the stories of ex-servicemen and women from a friend. He says he helps fight veteran isolation, one mile at a time. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/generous-taxi-driver-donates-15k-9033463 People like David make our communities better places to live.

Concern has been raised by Bill Stevenson, Director of the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland, over the growing number of young men seeking the perfect body despite the risks to their health.  He said that boys as young as eight were feeling under pressure to achieve a more muscular shape. He has called for more realistic examples of body image to be represented in the media and a stop to photo shopping to enhance images. Doing this would help create a more positive example to young people, some of whom currently feel the pressure to achieve unrealistic results.  http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14805668.Young_men_at_risk_over_perfect_body_aims__warns_head_of_Boys__Brigade/

You may not think that Winnie the Pooh’s 90th birthday is a reason to reflect on life and the universe, but you’d be wrong. The birthday has been marked by one academic who believes we can learn more about life from the cuddly Pooh Bear than the Greek Philosophers. The Daily Record might have given the story a less than flattering headline, Plato Mince, but if you take your time to check out some Poohisms, your day will be enhanced. Here’s the story http://home.bt.com/news/odd-news/winnie-the-poohs-wisdom-rivals-ancient-greek-philosophers-11364105322535 and our take on why words matter whatever the medium https://www.indigopr.com/blog/power-words-whatever-medium/

Lizzy Lambley is a Director at Indigo