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Reaching People’s Lives

Touching People in 'Ordinary' LifeMartin from the company he founded, The Machine Zone which seeks to raise awareness of gambling harms through the arts, seen here at Dundee Repertory Theatre's dark comedy about gambling. The play's co-written by somebody who's spent...

Two Opposing Narratives: gambling harms

Brass tacks: a reasonable summary of demands to address gambling harmsThe above is from Gambling with Lives new website. While they have done so much to raise awareness of the horrible connections between gambling and suicide, their five points are broadly shared...

Listen while You Work!

Listen While You Work! We'll be sending the song to radio stations in Scotland soon. It's a beautiful piece whatever. Hopefully it may spark conversations among listeners through phone-ins. Meanwhile...   Do Share the Song with OthersGreat story here of how the...

One Last Spin. A Song by Amanda Lehmann

We're very pleased to announce that Amanda Lehmann's son One Last Spin is released today. Just click here to listen. It's a beautiful and poignant song to listen to rather than hear in the background, to enter into for four minutes. So if you can, get the headphones...

Recovery and Raising Awareness with Creativity

Music........... Theatre........... Film......... Embroidery........... Choirs......... Painting.......... Poetry........... Dancing..........Photography.......... Singing in the shower.......... Maybe that phrase 'the arts' is a big turn-off for so many. All that...

One Last Spin: the song

One Last Spin: the SONG!       We're thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Amanda Lehmann's song, One Last Spin. Amanda wrote and recorded this to go with our film documentary about gambling harms. She'd learned about the extent of the issue...

We'll have our work cut out in thanking everybody who has made One Last Spin possible. We'll express our thanks over the next set of posts, starting today with the people who actually made the film (which included standing in cold fields at midnight!)Ross Donald Ross...

One Last Spin: the trailer

https://vimeo.com/673970679/fc33ba47a8 We are pleased to share the trailer for the film 'One Last Spin'. This week we'll publish some posts about the great cinematic premiere on 19 February in Glasgow, and some invitations to use the film. We'll also give some...

Gambling Watch Scotland in 2022

We'll be operating on a reduced scale in 2022 while we concentrate on our film One Last Spin . This website and the film are part of an ongoing project of The Machine Zone You can read our summary evaluation of the website and how it relates to the film here. Although...

A Simple Aim: to raise awareness

Our film, One Last Spin, will soon be touring Scotland, beginning in Greater Glasgow. The last couple of drama sequences will be shot in the coming fortnight. Then a month or so of post-production. There will be a trailer for the film very soon. The aim of the film is...

Glasgow: Raising Awareness

We enjoyed a great online meeting about gambling harms in Glasgow today. It was organised by Glasgow Council for Volunary Services and aimed to discuss ways for third sector involvement. There were several interesting and informative inputs, and we'll detail these in...

Coming storms: why we need to work together

The climate is changing dangerously in the coming years will cause us great harm. We need to work to lessen the impact and stop things getting worse. But in just the coming months there are challenges to recognise, face and deal with. Most of us can find ways to stay...

The View from Below 2: Futures

Since all our time is mainly focused on distributing our film One Last Spin, we have to slowly wind down our work elsewhere. The good news is that we already have five venues in Greater Glasgow and Clyde for showing the film in early 2022, and we are confident we’ll...

(Gambling) Recovery and the Wider Community

While help with gambling issues requires some specialist input, this varying according to the needs of each individual, it’s also the case that for many in recovery a wider community exists. Whether you have problems with depression, gambling, alcohol, or any of the...

Double or Quits? Gambling and the Economy

A March 2021 report from the Social Market Foundation presents analysis of the economic benefits of gambling to the economy and society. It includes the base agreed figures such as numbers employed and tax paid. It concludes: The economic analysis presented in this...

We’re Closing the Site

We'll be closing this site in a few months. The essential parts of it - Martin's video, Support and other links - will be transferred to  a new site. This will be produced mainly in line with a new company which will focus on distribution of our film One Last Spin....

The View from Below

Here's our presentation for the Glasgow Gambling Summit, September 2021. It's just short of 20 minutes. Watchable, we hope, if not of the best quality. A bit like us, really. Rough at the edges. There is accompanying material at VIEW FROM BELOW Supplementary...

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