All posts by Gordon

2017-104-Arts Project

Arts Project Hello friend, It’s been another interesting week of ups and downs. One of the performers was stopped from coming across for our Sunday harmony rehearsal. This rehearsal has been happening for the past few weeks and was authorised at Governor level, yet, here we had a lower manager overriding this authority despite the
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2017-103-Psychology

Psychology Hello friend, Regular readers will already know that I am not a fan of prison psychologists. I see them as nothing more than charlatans and snake-oil salesmen/women. I have on occasion mentioned that the much lauded Sex Offenders Treatment Programme (SOTP) was based on cult reprogramming techniques and was yielding poor results which continued
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2017-102-Art Project

Arts Project Hello friend, There’s definitely been a change of mood since we obtained the Arts Council funding. There now feels like there’s a sense of urgency; finally. VIPs are being invited, the set is being constructed, costumes will be started soon (once we get measured next week); we even had some photos taken of
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2017-100-Arts Project

Arts Project Hello friend, In some respects, it has been a positive week. I had a couple of meetings: firstly, with the theatre director and the staff facilitator (drummer), for want of a better title; oh, actually, I remember, the ‘musicians in residence’ (much better). We discussed sets and costumes (and VIP invites). After kicking
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2017-101-Media

Media Hello friend, Somewhat disappointing news: IPSO didn’t uphold my complaints against The Metro and The Daily Star. In both cases, they say that because I had mentioned HMP Edinburgh and the view, the papers had not “failed to take care to avoid publishing inaccurate, misleading or distorted information.” Also, despite expressing their concern, IPSO
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98-MRI

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Hello friend, For every positive (see last blog) there’s a negative. I’ve been waiting for an MRI for a few weeks (some medical issues). When I was picked up from the wing, I informed an officer that it had been sanctioned for me to wear protective tubi grip wrist bands. No
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2017-92-Arts Project

Arts Project Hello friend, What a week! We got the Arts Council funding. I won’t divulge how much it was as this would no doubt cause fits of apoplectic rage amongst the more rabid ‘journalists’. Let’s just say that it was an extremely generous amount which will ensure that this project reaches the full scale
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2017-96-Transfer

Transfer Hello friend, I’ve been trying to get an update on where my cross-border transfer application is at; it’s been nearly 8 months since I submitted it. The short answer is: I’ve no idea. My mother contacted the Scottish Prison Service, who had not received any application (in 8 months!). After several more calls she
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