10 Places Not to be Missed in Edinburgh

This week I move away from Edinburgh to the south of England. I know already that I am going to miss it very much. It is a great and vibrant city, that elegantly united the traditional and forward-looking. Going through my memories of this place, I noticed a few places that I would not want to have missed while living here. They are not secret or unknown, but in case you are in town a little while longer and seek something other than old town and Princes street, these might be places for you.


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A Tribute to Bob Ross

When I was in kindergarten, I remember seeing Bob Ross on television. He made painting in oil seem incredibly easy and fun. While at university, a friend moved abroad for just a year and asked me to look after a few things, including his painting supplies. I agreed on the condition that I could try some things out as well. Unfortunately, Bob Ross has already passed away, but his TV show remains and with it some fun anyone can have in oil. Here are a few of the painting that were made in my kitchen. They are not professional, but I hope still enjoyable.

Model United Nations Materials

This is a short collection of some MUN materials for delegates:
First up are two resolutions of the Security Council of the 2009 MUN at the United World College in Mostar that I had the pleasure to chair. The resolutions are not by me, but the entire committee on the situations in Sri Lanka and Somalia.
1st Resolution on the Situation in Somalia
2nd Resolution on the Situation in Sri Lanka
This is a resolution of the Human Rights Council of the 2010 MUN at the University of Edinburgh that I had the pleasure to chair. The resolution is not by me, but the entire committee on indigenous and uncontacted People.
Human Rights Council Resolution
Finally some basic information every delegate should have: A list of the most commonly used motions as well as a very brief overview of the UN charter to reference.
Die Wichtigsten Anträge
UN-Charter Overview

When my Neighbour Felt the Munchies

In this post I want to share some experiences I had while I lived at a nifty flat in the Edinburgh city centre. It was at a busy road but quiet at night, spacious, well equipped and absolutely sufficient for my needs. Unfortunately, three months into my tenancy, a new neighbour downstairs opened a take-away shop, with which I have had much conflict. The following is a letter I wrote to the City of Edinburgh Council outlining what had happened. Some friends suggested that although it is a private matter, I should share this document for anyone with similar problems.

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Will Curriculum for Excellence Reduce Social Class and Gender Inequalities in Scot’s Education?

The latest Scottish educational reform, “Curriculum for Excellence” (CfE), has great potential to reduce inequalities in Scot’s education but in order to do so must overcome great obstacles within classrooms, schools and what happens extracurricularly. In this post, I begin by giving a definition of the concept of equality, will then move on to analysing and identifying issues in relation to gender inequalities and will afterwards consider how CfE and those executing it might influence these. Next I examine social class differences in education, their definition, expression and how CfE could aid lessen them. I conclude that CfE will help reduce inequalities, but it remains to be seen to what extent.

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Why the CDM, While Promising, is a Long Way from Being a ‘First-Best’ Market Mechanism

windIn economics, pollution is looked at as negative externality which induces cost into a system for almost everyone. Fortunately, a host of measures are being devised to address pollution on communal, national and international levels. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is one such measure, but has quite a few problems associated with it, which shall be the concern of this post. I will outline the mechanism, elaborate on its function and  then consider Hepburn’s problem of CER markets.

The CDM (full version – pdf)

The Folly of Protectionism: A Short Introduction to Four Popular Measures

In a free global economy, the primary sectors in the US and the EU would not have a right to exist in their present form. It is only because of protectionist’ measures that those economies are able to shield themselves form the world supply and its price, and that their flourishing agricultural sector is able to sell its goods at the high price observable for instance in supermarkets in Scotland. This post will examine four such measures and their impact on domestic consumer welfare, and conclude that consumers are overall worse off with these measures in place. Yet, I finish with a positive evaluation of the reasons behind protectionist’ thought in Europe and the United States.

The Folly of Protectionism (full version – pdf)