The Edinburgh Reporter September 2019


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Out with a bang!


After a busy August there’s lots

to do in September.

Read more on pages 15 - 19


What we saw in and around

the city in August.

pages 20, 21 and 22


Juliet likes an oyster or two

Read more on pages 24 and 25

August began and ended with

classical music in open air venues.

At the beginning of the month, the

LA Philharmonic Orchestra played

at Tynecastle at the Aberdeen

Standard Investments Opening


Organisers believe that over 70%

of the audience of around 15,000

were attending a classical concert

for the first time.

At the end of the month The

2019 Virgin Money Fireworks

Concert came from Princes Street

Gardens as usual with an audience

of 250,000 watching from the city

centre. The Scottish Chamber

Orchestra played Berlioz’s

Symphonie fantastique and Dukas’

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice while

Pyrovision synchronised 400,000

fireworks overhead from the Castle

ramparts. The concert ended with

white strobing Chrysanthemum

fireworks bursting 225 metres

above the castle.

How rich the cultural scene is

here in the capital during August.

With books, classical music,

comedy, cabaret, circus and

tumbling troupes in the mix you

could never weary.

Look at the photos we took

around Edinburgh in August on

Pages 20 and 21.

PHOTO Martin P McAdam


Oor Wullie says Cheerio!

Read more on page 4

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Take a look at Edinburgh Collected

Edinburgh Collected is an

online community photo archive

managed by Edinburgh Libraries.

You can add your own photos to

help preserve the city’s history for

the future.

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across the city,

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Strathearn Road and 108B Market

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All city libraries.

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Boardwalk Beach Club

50 Marine Drive EH4 5ES

It is also a good way for

organisations to preserve their

archives in scrapbooks online.

Morningside Heritage

Recycling wait too long

by David Bol Local Democracy


The council has been accused of

“making it as difficult as possible

to recycle” in the capital – with

delays to bulky item collections

raising fears of increased


Following recent questions by

Liberal Democrat councillors,

figures revealed that more than

half of bookings this year, which

cost residents £5, have led to

waiting times of longer than four


More than 10,000 bookings have

been made so far this year for

uplifts but only 1,093 of these

have been carried out within two

weeks. A total of 5,683 requests

this year have taken more than

four weeks – 55 per cent of the

overall applications.

Edinburgh Council offers a

service where residents can

pay £5 to have large items,

such as old fridges, televisions

and furniture, taken away to be

recycled or they can be reused free

of charged.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Kevin

Lang said: “It does feel as though

SNP councillors in Edinburgh are

making it as difficult as possible

to recycle.

“First we had the garden tax.

Then we had a cut it the opening

hours of recycling centres. Now

we learn that most people are

having to wait up to two months,

just to get their bulky items taken

away. I’ve spoken to people in my

own ward who made bookings,

paid their money and were left

astonished at having to wait so

long to have their items picked up.

“I am pleased that new

performance targets are now

going to be introduced. However, it

is even more important that action

is taken to reduce these average

waiting times.”

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Association have recently had a

donation of the archives of the

55th Edinburgh Boys Brigade

Company, based in Morningside

Parish Church ( formally St

Mathew's ) Is anyone you

Concerns have also been raised

that the delays could be resulting

in unwanted items clogging up

tenement stairwells.

Green Cllr Gavin Corbett

said: “A wait of more than four

weeks for bulky uplifts is far too

long, particularly for people in

tenements or flats, where storage

options are limited.

“Sadly, it can simply lead to

items being dumped in stairwells,

streets or in green spaces, where

the council will have to deal with it

as fly-tipping but lose the income

at the same time. So there has

to be a sweet spot where more

responsive pick-up can help

encourage greater use of the

service and increase income.

“I would also strongly encourage

residents to look at some brilliant

re-use options like Freegle or the

various Facebook share sites. In

my area, the “Slateford Share”

is awash with people making

good use of items other people

no longer want or need and so

avoiding having to use bulk uplift

at all.”

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Environment chiefs have told

officials to draw up performance

targets in an attempt to improve

the situation and have moved to

reassure residents that problems

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Transport and environment

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Over a million visitors

Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail has

attracted over a million visitors

since the 200 sculptures were

installed across Scotland in June.

The trail app, which has been

downloaded over 40,000 times

by Wullie fans, lets users digitally

collect sculptures, with some great

prizes up for grabs for app users

too. So far users have racked up

an incredible 13,000,000 steps,

equating to 24,000 miles, with the

average person walking 11 miles

while doing the trail. More than

13,500 selfies have been uploaded

to the app.

Wullie fans can see the

sculptures for one final cheerio

at Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail

Farewell Weekend (13 – 15 Sep).

The free event will run from

9am-8pm on Friday and Saturday

and 9am-5pm on Sunday. All

Edinburgh sculptures will be

gathered in the Square, Plenty of

fun activities to keep wee ones

entertained and exclusive Wullie

merchandise will also be on offer.

The Edinburgh Reporter

Funding for biodiversity in the city

Almost half a million pounds

will be shared among three nature

projects in Edinburgh which are

all trying to create better places

for wildlife to thrive within the city


Edinburgh Shoreline’s project

willtry to improve breeding areas

for puffins by removing invasive

non-native species, such as tree

mallow,. They will also create eight

new coastal wildflower meadows

linking up with other existing

sites and help pollinators to travel


Buglife's Central Scotland

B-Lines will create 100 hectares

of wildflower habitat across

50 urban sites, connecting

East Dunbartonshire, South

Lanarkshire, Falkirk and Edinburgh,

helping pollinators to move freely

through towns and cities. Local

community groups will take

on ownership of each site. The

project includes training in areas

such as managing and monitoring

of local sites, and how to increase

habitat connectivity across the

Central Belt.

Little France Park will be

brought to life by the Edinburgh

and Lothians Greenspace Trust’s

project. It will transform the site

and create a corridor for nature

from the centre of Edinburgh to


As well as improving the 46

hectare park’s existing habitats,

such as hedges, scrub and

grassland, a network of new

habitats will be created, targeted

at butterflies, including the

northern brown argus, common

blue and small copper.

Painted Lady butterfly in Leith © Mike Shepherd

Rotary – what

is it all about?

Have you ever seen this wheel,

on a poster or a hotel plaque, and

wondered what a Rotary Club is?

Well, a Rotary Club is a group of

people who enjoy friendship and

fellowship, but whose main raison

d'être is “Service above Self”

meaning that they work to help

those who may be less fortunate

than themselves, both within their

local community and further afield.

Rotary Clubs meet regularly so

that members can enjoy each

other’s company and discuss

projects. Edinburgh Rotarians

have made a difference locally and

globally, from organising an annual

Forth Bridge Abseil to building a

school in Sierra Leone.

There are 11 Rotary Clubs that

meet within 10 miles of Edinburgh

City Centre, about 190 clubs

in Scotland, and 33,000 clubs

worldwide, with over 1.2 million

members. New adult members

are always welcome, regardless

of age, gender, sexual orientation,

race, colour, religion or politics. All

we ask is that you share our desire

to put something back into our


In the next few issues we’ll tell

you about our local clubs and what

they are doing to enhance our city

and our world. Maybe you’ll find

one that suits you.

For more information please


Walled garden


A leading Scottish chef and a

TV gardener have teamed up to

restore one of Scotland’s most

historic walled gardens.

Derek Johnstone, Head Chef at

Borthwick Castle, has announced

a collaboration with garden

designer and horticulturalist

Pete Jackson to redevelop the

Midlothian private-hire venue’s

original walled garden.

Expected to open in spring

2020, Borthwick Castle’s four-acre

walled garden will also be home

to Scotland’s first kitchen garden

to specialise in growing historic

herbs, vegetables and fruits.

The Borthwick Castle kitchen

garden will cultivate culinary herbs

dating back to the 16th century,

alongside heritage vegetables

which will be supplied directly to

the kitchen.

Funding for



by Nigel Duncan

CENTRE for the Moving Image

(Edinburgh Filmhouse) and Africa

in Motion Film Festival are among

12 community cinema projects

across Scotland to receive


The Centre for the Moving Image

will upgrade cinema screens at the

Edinburgh Filmhouse.

Rod White, head of programming,

Filmhouse, Edinburgh: “Having

had the necessary equipment to

run audio-described screenings

in Edinburgh for quite some time,

we’re acutely aware of how much

the service means to those who

use it.

“This award will also help us

maintain the highest standards of

film presentation.”

Africa in Motion (AiM) from 25

October to 3 November 2019

brings together the best of African

cinema to Scottish audiences.

They will use their funding

to update their mobile cinema


Justine Atkinson, their festival

producer, said: “Our mobile cinema

has been an invaluable asset over

the last four years.

“We have ventured into

community centres, integration

networks, bars, churches and more

and it has allowed us to create

accessible cinema for a variety of

different audiences.”

Jennifer Armitage of Screen

Scotland, said: “From community

cinemas to touring operators, to

multi arts venues and full-time

cinemas, these awards are

helping to improve and expand

cinema provision in every context,

increasing its reach, depth and

inclusivity across Scotland.”

Who is in charge at the City Chambers?

After an announcement by

Council Leader Adam McVey that

he was about to take six weeks

adoption leave, a spat over who

would actually be leader may have

been resolved.

We spoke with Labour Group

Leader Cammy Day who is Depute

Leader of the council. Edinburgh is

run by a coalition administration

between the SNP and Labour


Cllr Day was absolutely clear on

the matter.

He said : "I am quite clear as

Deputy Leader that it will be my

role to deputise for the Council

Leader, during any period of

absence. I hugely congratulate

Adam and his partner on adopting

two boys. I have known about

their plans for about a year now.

Adam has had some challenges

as there is no policy on adoption

leave for elected members, so it

is up to Edinburgh to lead on that.

Previously you would probably

have been expected to resign

from your position to allow the

council to pay someone else to

do your job. That has never been

considered here.

“In England and Wales they

already have a policy for elected

members, but Edinburgh has

a limit of 24 senior positions

and a monetary limit of around

£600,000. We cannot breach that,

News in Brief


You may be able to keep your

liquids and electrical equipment

in your bags when going through

airport security in future. The

Prime Minister announced that all

major UK airports will introduce

new 3D cabin baggage screening

equipment by 1 December 2022,

claiming it will keep people safer

by providing security personnel

with better images of cabin


Transport Secretary Grant

Shapps said: “The new screening

equipment will improve security

and make the experience

smoother and less stressful for

passengers. It could also mean an

end to passengers having to use

plastic bags or rationing what they

take away with them.

“As an outward looking global

nation, our transport hubs

are more important than ever,

and investing in our security

and it is only because there are a

few Senior Responsible Allowance

(SRA) vacancies that it can be

afforded in this instance.

"I think the council is progressive

in supporting adoption leave and

now we need COSLA and The

Scottish Government to make

changes as to how this can be

promoted and encouraged across


"But I am quite clear that it will

be my job to lead the council for

the next six weeks.”

Although Cllr Day will not be

paid any increase in salary in the

next six weeks, council approved

a motion by which Cllr Ellie Bird

(temporary leader of the SNP

Group) will receive a pro rata

payment of £39,310 on top of her

basic councillor salary.

The Labour Group leader told The

Edinburgh Reporter that he did not

believe it entirely necessary. He

was already in place to do the job.

But he continued : "It is for the

SNP group to decide who they

want to be the link between the

coalition partners. The easy way to

describe it is that I am 'acting up'

for Adam and Ellie is acting up for

me in my role. I believe there were

some challenges in the SNP Group

but that is for them too.”

We also spoke to Cllr Bird just as

it had been announced that she

would get an increased salary.

infrastructure means we are

investing in our nation’s future.”


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has

unveiled a new plan that will put

Scotland at the forefront of the 5G

technological revolution.5G is the

next generation of mobile internet,

offering faster speeds and

enhanced connectivity that could

transform transport, education,

healthcare and agriculture among

other sectors.

The plan, Forging our Digital

Future with 5G, sets out how the

Scottish Government will work

with industry, the regulator and

other public sector bodies to make

sure all of Scotland – including

rural areas – benefits from the



Leith Harbour & Newhaven

Community Council meets in the

Shore room of Leith Community

She told us : "My understanding

and the understanding of my

group is that I will 'act up' over the

next six weeks in Adam's absence

as senior group member or leader

of the group, and, alongside

Cammy will perform the role of

Council Leader. The council cannot

appoint another Council Leader,

and clearly Cammy is Depute

Leader of the Council."

Cllr Macinnes is the Depute

Leader of the SNP Group but

Centre on 24 September 2019

between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. At

their August meeting they were

considering planning applications

in Industry Lane (which has

been withdrawn) and the new

application for a major housing

development on the gap site at

Bath Street and Tower Street.


On 7 December 2019 10,000

young people across Scotland

may organise their own sleep

outs. This is a programme which

involves under 18s in the charity

Social Bite’s project to end

homelessness. Get involved here

ON THE BUTTON is a huge

sale of vintage and collectable

buttons. It is on at St Andrew’s

and St George’s West Church,

13 George Street on 6 and 7

September raising funds for

Marie Curie. There are buttons

from every decade from 1850s

to 1990s, which will attract

serious collectors, vintage and

costume enthusiasts and craft

workers. Every colour imaginable

chose not to step into the role

apparently claiming her workload

prevented her from doing so.

Cllr Bird was elected two and

a half years ago when she was

working in Tommy Sheppard MP's

office. She now works with Ben

Macpherson MSP two days each


Cllr Bird concluded : "Something

important to me is the voice

of young people, and bringing

young people into politics. We

and buttons made from everything

from tortoiseshell to glass, from

horn to early plastic, metal, wood

and pearl will be on display.

10.00am until 4.00pm each day.

It follows the success of the first

ON THE BUTTON in 2017, when

£4,500 was raised for Marie Curie.


Tens of thousands of people

across workplaces, schools,

sports clubs and individually

are expected take part in Show

Racism the Red Card’s initiative,

Wear Red Day this year on 4

October 2019. Iconic buildings

will be lit up red in an initiative to

raise awareness of racism and

there will be funds raised for more

anti-racism education.


If you are affected by the odour

from the Seafield Waste Water

Treatment Plant then you should

know that there is a handy form on

the Leith Links Community Council

website which allows you to

report it to all relevant authorities

at once. Leith Links Residents

Association has a crowdfunded

are not a diverse council and I

think am at the middle of a little

storm here. "We still seem to be

having the debate about bringing

young 'inexperienced' women

into the council as well as other

underrepresented groups. I have

been called confident and I will be

using that for this role. I think we

need a representative democracy,

and I think we need young women

- although I wouldn’t necessarily

class myself as that at 31.”

on their Facebook page raising

money to pay a solicitor to act for

them in dealing with the matter.


Lothian Health Services Archive

is collecting oral histories from

anyone familiar with the Royal

Infirmary of Edinburgh building at

Lauriston Place. The project has

been funded by the Edinburgh

Futures Institute, University of

Edinburgh, and it aims to capture

memories from a range of people

who used the building when it

was a hospital.The interviews will

be relaxed and can be conducted

individually or in groups. If you are

interested in taking part, or know

somebody who might be, contact or 0131 650 3392

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ScotRail may win a top

environmental award in

recognition for its work to improve

biodiversity across Scotland’s

Railway.The train operator has

been nominated for Partnership

Scotland Award at the VIBES -

Scottish Environment Business

Awards 2019.

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Summertime Streets revisited

At the August full council

meeting when the street outside

was full of the sounds of the

Festival, it is not surprising that

councillors wanted to discuss

traffic arrangements made in the

new set up called Summertime


The October meeting of the

Transport and Environment

Committee will now consider any

necessary changes for next year,

as well as reviewing the format of

Festival advertising.

Cllr Miller said some city centre

drivers have displayed 'pretty

ingenious driving and parking', and

queried in writing the number of

contraventions of street closures

in Old Town. She was told that

notwithstanding there have been

cameras in place these were

only used for short periods to

monitor pedestrian numbers and

behaviours both before and during

the programme.

Transport & Environment

Convener Lesley Macinnes

replied that she shared some

frustration but explained that

: "We have tweaked one or two

of the aspects as we have gone

through the operation, hopefully

to help discourage some of that


"It has been a major learning

exercise for us. Let's not forget the

prime purpose of the Summertime

Streets operation which is to

protect pedestrian safety.”

More discussion ensued about

the summer street closures when

city centre Conservative councillor

Joanna Mowat demanded a suite

of reviews about the programme

including consultation with

residents and businesses. She

explained that while closures were

intended to deal with road safety

at Lawnmarket, Cockburn Street

and Victoria Street, it also meant

that the 35 bus had been lost to

residents and that businesses

reported a drop in sales. She

asked about street clutter during

the festival, the use of Princes

Street Gardens for concerts and

late consents for hot food traders.

Cllr Mowat explained that

she wanted more feedback on

the traffic operation. She said :

"As with any big change this is

probably the biggest experiment

we have done to reduce traffic and

through traffic on the streets in

the last 12 years. I had anticipated

certain responses, but what I had

not anticipated was the scale of

these from businesses about how

much this impacted their trade.

"I convened a meeting with

businesses from the top of the

Royal Mile to Canongate with the

Director of Place and it was not

the same message from all." She

explained that businesses should

be part of the future conversation

as some of them are council

tenants and all are rates payers,

making it the council’s concern.

Her demands were not all agreed

and she told The Edinburgh

Reporter afterwards that she

was bitterly disappointed that

the most important part of her

motion calling for consultation

with those most directly affected

by the programme was not simply


She said :“Changing the routing

of traffic and closing streets

throws up all sorts of challenges

and it is a dereliction of duty not

to commit to consulting with

those directly affected. This is

a complicated eco system and

we need to understand what

impact the changes had so that

we can improve both safety for

pedestrians and ensure that we

don’t damage businesses or make

life worse for residents in the


Cllr Nick Cook supported his

colleague saying that the city

'looks awful', the barriers on the

Royal Mile looked as though they

came from a war zone and they

Fast and Furious to be filmed in


Fast and Furious will be filming

on the city streets during the day

throughout September. There are

a number of pedestrian closures

but residents’ access will be

maintained, diversions put in place

and those with mobility issues will

be assisted through when safe to

do so.

This will be the ninth chapter in

Universal Pictures’ franchise and

the 800 crew members will be all

over both the Old Town and the

New Town.

Film Edinburgh and the council

have been working together with

the production team for almost

a year to work out the details of

the production schedule for what

will be one of the most complex

shoots filmed in Edinburgh.

The production team are keen to

point out that they will keep any

impact on residents to a minimum

and that public safety is a high


Director Justin Lin said:

Edinburgh is such a unique

and iconic location and we are

incredibly excited about the

opportunity to celebrate it in the

Fast & Furious saga. The support

from all local agencies, businesses

and the community has been

invaluable in helping to coordinate

this shoot. We appreciate the

entire city’s help and are excited to

have such a beautiful and historic

city in the film.”

Councillor Cammy Day, Depute

Leader of City of Edinburgh

Council, said: “Edinburgh has

provided a backdrop for some

exciting and high-profile film

and TV productions over recent

years. This promotes the city

to audiences around the world,

boosts the local economy and is

great for us to see our home town

on the big screen!

“Productions are extremely

exciting for film fans in the city

and the Council will continue to

work closely with the production

team to ensure there is limited

impact on the everyday lives of our

citizens while filming takes place.”

Rosie Ellison, head of Film

Edinburgh, said: “Following our

involvement with Avengers: Infinity

War and Endgame, we could

demonstrate that the city has the

ability to host such a large-scale

production but were nonetheless

thrilled when the Fast & Furious

filmmakers confirmed that

Edinburgh had been chosen as a

filming location for the next outing

of this hugely popular franchise.

We will continue to work closely

with the production to ensure its

smooth-running of the location

shoot across the city.”

Filming in Edinburgh is now

commonplace - some at a more

leisurely pace. PHOTO ©2019

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just do not fit in with a World

Heritage Site.

Cllr Macinnes reminded

councillors why the measures

were necessary : "Let's remember

exactly the reason why we put

these measures in place - it is

about serious concerns for public

safety at one of the busiest times

in the Scottish capital.

"This is an initial implementation

of something we knew would have

to be monitored and changed.

"The only purpose of

Summertime Streets is not

focused on the impact on

businesses, important though

these are. We do intend to listen to

the businesses and traders.

"There is absolutely no intention

that this administration has just

imposed these measures for the

sheer hell of it. It is absolutely

necessary and is about responding

to changes needed in this city in

order to keep people safe, secure

and happy."

She continued : "I think Cllr

Mowat's motion was a bit of a

dog's breakfast and we will be

supporting the Green amendment

to it which will help us review and

make changes for next year."

Cllr Iain Whyte the Conservative

Group Leader said : "Summertime

Streets is awful.

"It is poorly thought out and

badly delivered. Everything I

have seen about this is that

pedestrian safety at the Tron

has not improved, and in the

Cowgate cars appear when people

don't expect them. There is no

strategic thought or joined up

policy. They want to encourage

tourism but with no regard to the


"The impression is that the city

is run by an administration who

don't care about businesses and

just want to create a Disneyland

for tourists."

Centenary Cavalcade

on Doors Open Day

Lothian is ready for a super

weekend in September with plans

for a double centenary celebration.

On 28 September 2019, the bus

company will host Doors Open Day

at its Central Garage in Annandale

Street from 12noon until 4.00pm.

This will include a line-up of

Lothian’s fleet throughout the

decades, a bus-themed kid’s zone,

bus wash trips and garage tours

on open top vehicles. It will also be

the annual Vintage Running Day

on the number 26.

On 29 September 2019, Lothian’s

Centenary Cavalcade will take

place through the city centre.

Beginning at 12noon from Wester

Coates the procession finishes

on Regent Road. The vehicles will

then be displayed on George Street

between 1.00pm and 3.00pm for

close up viewing.

Gaynor Marshall, Lothian’s

Communications Director said:

“This is a huge weekend for the

Lothian family and an opportunity

to celebrate 100 years of

public ownership with both our

customers and our staff. The

weekend’s events will highlight the

fantastic service our teams have

delivered for the residents and

visitors to Edinburgh across the

last century.

“Our Doors Open Day event

is always very successful and

well-attended and this year we are

anticipating our biggest and best

yet. Sunday’s Cavalcade will be a

great opportunity to see vehicles

from throughout Lothian’s history

and showcase the city’s transport

evolution. We hope the city will

join with us in this celebration and

enjoy taking a look back through

our history books.”


£1000 offered for breakfast clubs

by Nigel Duncan

Entering Kellogg’s Breakfast Club

Awards, which celebrate inspiring

volunteers to themed breakfast

days, could mean £1,000 for your


Entries close on Friday 4 October

and shortlisted schools will be

announced on Monday 14 October


The winners will be confirmed

on Monday 28 October 2019

and they will be invited to attend

a ceremony at the Houses of


Kate Prince, corporate social

responsibility manager for the

cereal company, said: “The awards

are a fantastic opportunity to

celebrate the inspiring work that

goes on in schools. “Kellogg’s has

supported breakfast clubs for 21

years because we believe that

every child deserves the best start

to their day.

“Clubs offer many benefits for

the school such as improved

attendance and behaviour in the


The children love them too as

they get a chance to wake up in a

fun way before lessons begin.”

Since 1998, the Kellogg’s

Breakfast Clubs programme has

supported over 3,000 breakfast

clubs by providing training, grants

and more than 70 million bowls of


Get your kilt on for the Kiltwalk

Elizabeth O’Hara is urging people

to join her for the Edinburgh

Kiltwalk on Sunday 15 September

to help her raise money for sight

loss charity RNIB.

"RNIB helped me a great

deal when I lost my sight," said

Elizabeth (50), who has already

done the Aberdeen, Glasgow and

Dundee Kiltwalks this year.

"I literally woke up blind

one morning due to diabetic

retinopathy and other health

conditions. Right now, I can't see

anything with my left eye and have

a little residual vision in my right."

The annual Kiltwalks allow

people to raise funds for the

causes they care about and

receive a 40 per cent top-up from

Sir Tom Hunter’s Foundation.

Those taking part can choose to

walk six, 15 or 23 miles on the day.

Elizabeth, and those she hopes

will join her for the Edinburgh

walk, will do six miles - 'the Wee


Register on the Kiltwalk website.

University letting

service has good year

A university service which

allocates second and subsequent

year students, on a first come first

serve basis, with private sector

and university-owned homes in

Edinburgh has delivered its best

ever year.

Relaunched in summer 2018,

after more than 20 years of

student letting, the most recent

academic year has seen “Domus”

reach a key milestone – housing

students across more than 300

properties in the city and providing

accommodation for 860 students.

Operated by The University

of Edinburgh’s Domus team,

landlords can receive a rental

income without having to manage


The university takes care of all

aspects of letting.

While the team attracted a record

number of landlords to its portfolio

in the last year, they are calling

on more property owners to join

the scheme for the new academic

year, with demand from students

still far exceeding supply.

If you are interested in this

telphone 0131 651 2130 or


UNISON rejects

universities' pay deal

UNISON, the union for higher

education staff, has criticised the

Scottish universities imposing this

year’s disputed pay offer of 1.8%.

This has been directed by the

UK-wide Universities and Colleges

Employers Association (UCEA),

just as UNISON and the academic

union UCU prepare to ballot for

industrial action. UNISON says

this is the second consecutive

year that a poor, disputed pay offer

has been imposed on university

workers, over the heads of their


Lorcan Mullen, UNISON

Scotland’s lead officer for higher

education, said:“This employer

behaviour is completely contrary

to the Scottish Government’s Fair

Work agenda, and is far removed

from the relatively progressive

collective bargaining norms in

Scottish public services. It’s

also not a good look when every

University principal in Scotland

earns more than the Prime

Minister and First Minister, and at

least four earn more than both put


First Minister at TED Summit

When TED came to Edinburgh they invited the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to talk

at one of their sessions. She spoke to delegates who had paid several thousands of

pounds each to be there, about her vision for making collective wellbeing the main

aim of public policy and the economy.

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Calm down

by Christine Jardine MP

The summer recess is meant

to be a calmer time for MPs. It

gives us chance to spend more

time meeting constituents without

being distracted by the rough and

tumble of Westminster politics.

But with a hard-line Brexiteer

cabinet in charge, hell bent on

bypassing parliament to take us

out of the EU without a deal, this

summer has felt somewhat more

unsettled than usual.

I continue to believe passionately

that the best deal for the UK is the

deal we have right now as a full

member of the EU, and that’s why

I’ve been fighting to stop Brexit for

more than three years.

In this moment of national

emergency, the Liberal Democrats

stand ready to work with anyone

to stop no-deal, and to put the

question back to the people.

To do this we desperately need

to remove Boris as PM and install

a government of national unity,

led by an MP who is respected

on both sides of House of

Commons and can command a

majority without seeking to lead a

government in the long-term.

This autumn will be turbulent, but

if we want to weather the storm,

now is truly the time for working


Festivalling in Leith

and North Edinburgh

by Ben Macpherson MSP

Edinburgh is a world-famous

artistic centre, and I am very

glad to say the arts and creative

industries are increasingly finding

ways to promote and showcase

their work within Leith and North


Leith Theatre continues its

transformation, following a

Scottish Government grant of

£190,000, and has showcased

several high-profile acts as part

of this year’s Festival including

Neneh Cherry and Kate Tempest.

North Edinburgh Arts is a hub for

community members to gather

and use the space for various

activities including music, art and

even knitting.

At Custom Lane in Leith,

events are lined up throughout

the autumn including one

called Trading Post which is a

marketplace that will include food,

drink art, and design. Excitingly,

we also have the prospect of a film

studio opening near the Shore,

bringing even more television and

filmmaking talent to the area.

Local Politicians have their say

The Edinburgh Reporter

Public finances mean we must

stay in the UK

By Ian Murray MP

In August, the official figures for

Scotland's public finances were


The SNP’s own data has

demonstrated one of the most

positive arguments for Scotland

remaining in the UK as they

show that we enjoy a large public

service spending dividend.

The pooling and sharing of

by Ash Denham MSP

This summer I have made a

special effort to meet with a

number of employers in my

Edinburgh Eastern constituency

who are paying their staff the real

living wage.

The real living wage is an

initiative from the Poverty Alliance

and the Living Wage Foundation,

and supported by the Scottish

Government, to encourage

employers to pay their employees

and any third-party contractors

a wage independently calculated

each year based on what

employees and their families need

to live on.

The wage is calculated to be £9

per hour - significantly higher than

the UK Government's minimum

wage of £7.70 for under-25s and

£8.21 for over-25s.

In August I visited Edinburgh Dog

and Cat Home, who only recently

became accredited living wage

employers, to hear their Director

resources means that Scotland

contributes 8% to the entire UK pot

but receives a share close to 9.3%.

That’s a lot of extra money into our

schools, hospitals and cherished

public services to the tune of an

extra £1,661 for every person in


If Scotland left the UK, the

only options to plug that gap

are massive cuts to public

of Operations, Lindsay Fyffe-

Jardine, speak so passionately

about how proud they are to be the

first animal welfare organisation

expenditure, eye watering

borrowing, and/or significantly

higher taxes.

The wrong-headed arguments

for Brexit are the same as for

independence. It's time we

rejected the divisive nationalism

of Boris Johnson and Nicola

Sturgeon and started to

concentrate on what really matters

to the people of Edinburgh.

Support for the Real Living Wage

in Scotland to be real living wage

employers, saying "we value our

staff as much as we value our


Sickening tale

by Gordon Lindhurst MSP

The saga surrounding the

new sick children’s hospital in

Edinburgh shows no signs of


We now have no guarantees

from the SNP’s Health Secretary

Jeane Freeman when it will open

at all, leaving families and staff

completely in the dark.

While it is absolutely right that

issues surrounding the site and

building are investigated, the

buck has to stop with the Health

Secretary and NHS Lothian who

appear to have taken their eye off

the ball regarding the planned new


With costs threatening to spiral

News from Strasbourg

by Sheila Ritchie MEP

July was a big month. I, and

16 other pro EU Members of

the liberal family took our seats

in Parliament on the 2nd. My

opening day had that first day

at school feel. I had got into

Strasbourg about 11pm.

Strasbourg is beautiful and

my colleagues, Lucy and Jane

and I had rented a student flat

right in the centre of the old

town. My bag, however, decided

a week in Amsterdam would be

more fun, which left me at the

formal opening in the clothes

I stood up in (and a bright

yellow Stop Brexit t-shirt).

I’m now on two key committees,

Agriculture and Rural

Development, and Budgetary

Miles Briggs MSP

0131 348 5946




The Scottish

Parliament, Edinburgh,

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out of control, including NHS

Lothian paying £1.4m every

month for use of the building, the

Government and the Health Board

have not been anywhere nearly

as transparent as they should

be regarding a facility which

should have been providing so

many benefits to youngsters and

families across the city.

With years already spent on

this project, people will rightly

be asking why issues were not

spotted well before it was due to


The need for a full Scottish

Parliament inquiry is evident to get

the answers for families and staff

that are long overdue.

Control. But the highlight was

securing a Human Rights

emergency debate in the full

Parliament about children in

US refugee camps. I was asked

to raise it by Jody Rae, from


In my speech I said: “The US

taught the world that life, liberty

and the pursuit of happiness are

inalienable rights. These camps

fall far short of those lofty ideals.

The US Government should end

these cruel policies and begin to

unite families once more.”

I was delighted that the

emergency resolution passed.

The big job now, is to stop

Brexit - leaving the EU would be

disastrous for Scotland and the


Westminster must address

pensioner poverty

by Gordon Macdonald MSP

Recently, a Tory-affiliated think

tank - the Centre for Social Justice

- chaired by close Boris Johnson

ally, Iain Duncan Smith - proposed

that the state pension age be

raised to 75.

The consequences of this would

be dire and disproportionate

across parts of Edinburgh and


According to NHS Health

Scotland, in parts of my

constituency, life expectancy for

men is 68 and 74 for women.

Whilst life expectancy is

improving in Edinburgh, this

change would result in many never

enjoying a retirement.

And this is yet another blow to

older people across the country.

The Tory Government’s approach

to the UK’s elderly population and

state pension policy has been

cruel and callous.

From the burning injustices

facing the WASPI women who

have been denied the right to their

state pension, to the stripping

away of free TV licences and the

clawing back of pension credit for

the over 75s. This government’s

attitude towards its older people is


There are currently 170,000 older

people in Scotland already living

in poverty. Recent OECD research

found that the UK state pension

was the worst pension scheme in

Dealing with drugs

by Miles Briggs MSP

Readers will be sadly aware of

the shocking drug death statistics

which were published last month

which revealed that last year 1,187

people in Scotland died from drug

related death, an increase of 27%

from the year before. 152 of those

drug related deaths were here in

NHS Lothian, where the number of

drug related deaths has increased

by over 50%, compared to 2015.

Last week a report from the

National Records of Scotland

showed that Life expectancy

in Scotland has stalled in part

due to the rise in drug deaths,

with the report stating that “The

largest causes of the stall in

life expectancy are the slowing

of improvements seen in the

reduction of deaths from heart

disease and increases in drug

related deaths”.

Alcohol and Drug Partnership

staff across Lothian work

incredibly hard to provide

treatments for patients with

alcohol and drug addictions,

however Scottish Government

cuts to funding along with poor

workforce planning has made

what is a difficult job even harder.

Last month it was reported that

the Edinburgh Integrated Joint

Board had also failed to utilise

£1.4m of funding for alcohol and

drug treatments. It is inexcusable

that funds that were meant for

drug and alcohol services have

been withheld and unutilised for

over a year. Waiting times for

Alcohol and Drug Partnerships in

Lothian are higher than anywhere

else in Scotland and these were

funds that they badly needed over

the last year.

There needs to be a major

redesign of alcohol and drugs

services in Lothian and across

Scotland, with a redirection

of funding into rehabilitation,

recovery and wrap around support

services. As we mark 20 years

since the Scottish Parliament

was reconvened perhaps it’s time

to ask ourselves how we have

managed to reach a point where

as a nation we have the highest

drug deaths in the world.

That is why for our part Scottish

Conservatives have called for a

cross-party summit on Scotland’s

drug emergency and for the

First Minister to show personal

leadership on this tragic and

pressing issue. We have called

on SNP Ministers to set a clear

target to halve the number of drug

deaths in Scotland over the next

five years and increase the number

of drug users accessing treatment

to 60 per cent. In November last

year I launched the Scottish

Conservatives drug strategy, at

the centre of which is a call for a

the developed world. And, a new

report that found the proportion

of elderly people living in severe

poverty in the UK is five times

what it was in 1986 - the largest

increase among western European


This is shocking and the UK

government needs to heed these


Instead of rolling out policies

written up by the architects of Tory

austerity, the new Prime Minister

should take action to address the

dire levels of pensioner poverty in

the UK.

The Tory government must take

a step back and tackle these

injustices - rather than ramping up

the threats.

personalised “Life Plan” for every

drug user so that, rather than

simply managing addiction, all

policy and intervention is designed

to support users into rehabilitation

and services. The strategy also

includes a “second chance” plan

that would mean that drug users

caught for the first time could

choose to avoid having a criminal

record, so long as they agree to

attend Local Commissions and

receive treatment if necessary.

Above all we need to get serious

about taking action to stop the

creation of a new generation of

addicts and problematic drug


I have personally spent the

parliamentary summer recess

traveling around Scotland meeting

with and listening to those at the

front line of drug and addiction

services in order to develop new

Scottish Conservative thinking

and proposals and I will be

constructively engaging with the

Scottish Governments new drugs

deaths taskforce. It is clear that

the approach taken to date in

Scotland simply is not working

and has led to the public health

emergency we see today. I hope

all political parties returning to

Holyrood will make taking forward

a new national approach the

priority it so desperately needs to

be. Because for many of our fellow

Scots it is literally a matter of life

and death.



Stop No Deal

by Tommy Sheppard MP

Under the new Prime Minister,

the UK’s headlong dash towards

the No Deal Brexit cliff edge has


Johnson makes demands he

knows the European Union cannot

accept. He demands the removal

of the backstop. The backstop

was designed to protect the

Good Friday Agreement and thus

peace in Northern Ireland and is,

let’s not forget, an international

treaty which is overwhelmingly

supported by the people of both

Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The EU has repeatedly ruled out

changes to the backstop so it is

Engineering the future

by Lorna Slater Co-Leader of

Scottish Green Party

I am very grateful to the

members of the Scottish Green

party for electing me as one of

the new Co-leaders of the party.

As Co-leader my role is to be a

spokesperson for the party, to

communicate party policy to the

public and be the external face of

the party. Unlike other political

parties, our policies are developed

at the grassroots by our members,

neither Patrick nor I take a lead in

this process. Our party members

tell us what to do, not the other

way around.

This position gives me the

platform to work on things that

Stopping Brexit

by Joanna Cherry QC MP

I was at the Church House

declaration in Westminster in late


The legal moves to prevent the

suspension of Parliament have

already been commenced in the

Scottish courts. I am proud to

be the lead petitioner in the case

which will be heard at the Court of

Session in Edinburgh on Friday 6


The Church House meeting was

clear that Johnson is deliberately

asking for the impossible while

gearing up to blame No Deal on

Merkel and Macron. I

n doing so, he is gambling with

all our futures. The warnings of the

economic and social effects of No

Deal are clear.

The SNP has been open that we

will work with all interested parties

and do whatever it takes to stop

No Deal. Scotland overwhelmingly

rejected Brexit and we will not be

left at the whim of Boris Johnson.

People in Scotland deserve the

choice of a better future than the

Brexit Britain being imposed on us.

I am passionate about: getting

more women into politics,

implementing a Scottish Green

New Deal and developing a vision

for Scotland as an independent


We’ve got our eyes on the

Holyrood 2021 elections where we

intend to get more Scottish Green

women into parliament than ever


My day job is working as an

engineer in renewable energy

and I’m hoping that by being an

ordinary person in politics that I

can inspire other ordinary people

to get active in politics. Parliament

should represent the people and

be as diverse as we are.

all about advancing the cross

party parliamentary strategy to

stop a No Deal Brexit, and it was a

huge success.

A No Deal Brexit would cost

jobs and lower living standards

badly. While the SNP Scottish

Government put in place

the means to hold a second

independence referendum it

is right for SNP MPs to work

cross-party to protect Scotland’s

economy and society from the hit

that would be caused by No Deal.

Local Politicians have their say

The Edinburgh Reporter

GERS reveal hyper austerity

by Daniel Johnson MSP

The latest Gers figures released

in August clearly show the

shocking reality that many people

still refuse to accept, mainly

that Scotland would be forced to

endure hyper austerity if it became


The vote that took place in

2014, was as clear as these latest

official figures.

by Deidre Brock MP

New railways please me. There

hadn’t been any in recent years

until the Borders line and the

Airdrie-Bathgate line got started

but they’ve whetted the appetite

and more are planned.

The recent announcement of the

new line to Leven is lovely (apart

People in Scotland, and

especially my constituents in

South Edinburgh, do not want an

independent Scotland.

Scotland’s notional deficit stands

at £12.6bn which equates to 7%

of GDP. That is over seven times

higher than the UK.

But this is only half the picture.

Given the commitment to setting

up a new currency, with the need

On the right track

from the jokes about Leven on a

jet train) and I hope there will be

many more to come.

It isn’t quite reversing Beeching

or returning to a golden age of

trains but it might help change

or view of train travel to chime

more with our continental friends

that with our memories of British

Editorial - Our Festival City

I know the council is on it, with

the City Centre Transformation

Project, but that will take a

while. Meantime, I have a few

suggestions for them on how to

improve things during the Festival

period, and also at other times of

the year. These comments are not

just intended to improve things

for visitors (important though they

are) but also for those of us who

live in the city. And I would love to

hear from you with yours!

Congestion causes frustration

and as anyone who has driven on

a motorway knows 'Frustration

causes accidents'. Police need

to curtail the speed of all traffic

using our city streets. One black

cab driver told us that he knew he

was driving us home at 35 mph

but the 20mph speed limit really

did not apply to taxis.... It is not

all about taxis of course, there are

large vehicles and small speeding

along our streets putting everyone

in danger.

Leith Theatre was used for

Edinburgh International Festival

again with fabulous entertainers

like Jarvis Cocker and Neneh

Cherry. But there were nights

during August when this great

venue was empty and unused.

Get it booked up on other nights

for Fringe acts so that people are

encouraged to go to Leith rather

than everyone cramming into

Bristo Square. And while we are

at it, St Bride's Community Centre

which has a terrific adaptable

theatre space did not appear to

booked during August. The council

own it - they are supposed to be

'maximising their assets'. Make

sure that all the schools and

buildings owned by the council are

publicised as Fringe venues first.

They have the infrastructure to

make them accessible too.

Give us more places to sit

down. Put out moveable tables

and chairs wherever we can in

our parks and open spaces. In

Paris parks they have beautiful

metal chairs (some of them with

reclining backs to encourage you

to have a wee snooze at lunchtime

perhaps). These get moved around

to the places people really want

to use them, making their own

configurations to suit the moment.

Take the wooden benches away

from the south side of Princes

Street. This is a busy pedestrian

area at the best of times and it is

now too narrow for anyone to sit

there as well as allowing people to

pass by. When Summer Sessions

were on in Princes Street Gardens,

the benches were corralled behind

ugly barriers (more of them in a

minute) and unusable anyway. So

put them somewhere else - either

to build currency reserves to back

it up, this will only add pressure to

this deficit figure.

The reality is that in an

independent Scotland, the only

way you can introduce a new

currency is if you either cut public

expenditure or borrow.

Borrowing would be extremely

expensive for a new country with a

new currency.

Rail. Clean and comfortable trains

on well laid and well maintained

tracks taking people to work, study

or leisure. Let’s be ambitious

I can’t help contrasting the

beauty of opening these normal

lines, lines to serve people, with

the utter mess of HS2 and I think

there’s a wee politics lesson in

there – do what’s needed, not

what’s flash. All aboard!

during the Festival or all year

round - for people to actually sit

on and enjoy a view. We could

replace them with flip up or down

seats attached to the railings in

case someone really does need

to take a seat there. Take them to

Portobello Prom or George Street,

Craigmillar outside the Library,

Westside Plaza in Wester Hailes

or anywhere that we should be

encouraging people to sit awhile.

Get the rubbish and street

cleaning sorted out. All too often

I passed bins overflowing with

rubbish. Either encourage people

to take their rubbish home or the

council needs to give the areas

which are heavily used a deep

clean in the early morning hours

Oh and please take the

companies behind Silent Discos

aside and suggest that they use

less well-populated areas. It would

be best for everyone's safety and

sanity, even if for some obscure

reason we cannot licence them.

It would be as well to remove

these ugly metal barriers used

to move people off the streets

but also to keep people off the

War Memorial outside the City

Chambers. These have no place

here in our beautiful city, so who

has a better idea to guide people

away from places they should not

either walk or drive?

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Meeting the new CEO at the Scottish

Paul Denton is the CEO of the

Scottish Building Society. He is

recently appointed to the post,

travelling in to his still relatively

new office from Fife each day.

He explained : "This is week

five and along the way I have

spent a lot of time out with our

key stakeholders so I have met

our internal colleagues as well

as a lot of members at our recent

AGM which was just prior to me

starting. I've been out visiting a

number of Edinburgh agencies

which is a key part of our overall


"I have also met with a large

number of our mortgage

intermediaries which is also

important to us. Getting to

understand the business and

meeting our key stakeholders

in the first few weeks has been

incredibly important for me."

The Scottish Building Society is a

members owned building society,

owned by its 33,000 members.

The organisation has 80 people

working directly for SBS. The HQ

is in Dalry Road and has a branch

attached to it. They welcome

anybody to the branch who wants

to visit.

Mr Denton said : "We are a

very traditional building society.

Of all the building societies left

across the UK we are the oldest

remaining, established in 1848.

First supermarket Listing for Chain

Pier Distillery

Edinburgh based, Chain Pier

Distillery signed a contract with

Asda to produce an exclusive Extra

Special Scottish gin, available

in 50 Scottish stores. It draws

inspiration from the Scottish

landscape and is infused with the

flavours of nettle and gorse.

It’s the first gin listing for the

distillery which is owned by spirits

and wine producer Halewood

Wines & Spirits who are also

Scotland’s largest independent

drinks manufacturer and

distributor. Chain Pier opened

earlier this year, marking the first

in a series of investments into the

Scottish artisanal sprits industry.

John Foster, National

Account Manager at Halewood

International, explained : “It’s a

very exciting time for craft spirits

as we’re experiencing a period

of sustained growth, which has

allowed us to invest £50m back

into the artisanal spirits business.

We are extremely proud to produce

Asda’s Extra Special Scottish Gin

using the finest local ingredients

to give Asda customers a real

taste of Scotland.”

Heather Turnbull, Regional

Buying Manager at Asda, added

: “We know just how much our

Photo by Ian Georgeson

customers value locally soured

produce, so we’re delighted to be

working with Chain Pier Distillery

to capture traditional Scottish

flavours and bring it to market as

an Extra Special Gin. We’re proud

to support Halewood International

and its new distillery as the gin

market continues to grow.”

Leith Walk Police Box Pop up space

Thursdays 12noon to 7pm - En Elladi - Greek artisan

produce - Greek honey, olive oil & mountain herbs

Saturdays - Edinburgh Tool Library 10:30am - 1pm

7th September - 1pm-5pm Edinburgh Northern and Leith

Labour Party on the Walk

Our business is formed from retail

deposits from our members and

we lend on residential property

here within Scotland.

"Put simply, people deposit

funds and we lend out for the

purchase of homes.We are in

profit and throughout the course

of the last 10 years - which have

been difficult for a lot of financial

services - we've had sustained

growth throughout that period.

We've benefited from a prudent

approach to lending - a very

Scottish prudent approach to

lending over the course of recent

years. That has stood us well

through some difficult times for

financial services.

"But inevitably we have come out

of the financial crisis far better and

far stronger. For myself coming in

as a new CEO I feel very blessed

that our balance sheet is actually

in a very healthy position, and we

have strong reserves that we can

grow from.

"We don't pretend to be the scale

and size of Lloyds or RBS. We are

a small player within the market.

We are well funded on our balance

sheet and we are well controlled

from a credit position.

"And we are blessed that our

members trust us with their

deposits and we therefore have

money to lend out to potential new


New face at

Hamilton &


Jonathan Payne is the new

managing director of jewellers

Hamilton & Inches.

The company, who are Royal

Warrant holders, plan to invest in

the training and development and

make significant infrastructure

updates.Victoria Houghton,

the company's CEO, said: “His

understanding of Scotland as a

retail destination will add credence

to our global development


The firm aim to double turnover

over the next five years and say

that renovations to the George

Street showroom will deliver a

fresh retail approach which has

not been seen before in Scotland.

Payne said: “Hamilton & Inches

represents everything a luxury

jeweller should be. This includes

the talented team in the workshop

handcrafting exceptional

silverware and jewellery, the vastly

knowledgeable and experienced

retail team and the longstanding

relationships the team has

developed over many years with

clients and brands."

Jonathan was involved in the

growth of a £35m turnover in four

locations including Edinburgh,

when he worked at Laings. He was

also sales and operations director

at Holland & Barrett.

Edinburgh Trams kick

off new rugby season

Edinburgh Trams and Scottish

Rugby will be ‘As One’ this season.

In a new partnership there will

be advertising panels inside the

trams to reflect the Scottish rugby


To mark the new deal the

Scottish Rugby squad travelled by

tram to Edinburgh Airport ahead

of their opening 2019 summer test

in Nice.

The squad travelled on a

uniquely branded Scottish

Rugby Tram, which features fan

favourites Stuart Hogg and John

Barclay in the new Scottish Rugby

kit for the forthcoming season.

Louise Marshall piped the

players into the airport wearing a

kilt in Edinburgh Trams tartan.

11th and 13th September 11am to 6pm - Tipico quality

nuts plus delicious Sicilian confectionery

20th September - 11am - 6pm - Tarot card readings with

AmberLee Alchemy

27th September 11am - 5pm - Veez Vegan pies

28th September 2pm - 4pm - Invisible Edinburgh

Street Barber

29th September 11am - 6pm - Wild Maremma artisan

handmade pasta and tiramasu

Spotlight on Cramond Residence

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west Edinburgh provides the

highest quality care for older

people, including nursing, respite

and dementia care.

Designed to an exceptional

standard, it has a selection of

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class-facilities and latest care

home technology to meet all care


The thought of recovering at

home without medical and nursing

assistance may feel daunting for

anyone who has recently spent

time in hospital, due to surgery or

debilitating illness.

A temporary stay at Cramond

Residence can help, with shortterm

care packages available from

one week up to three months for

people over the age of 50.

Care and support complements

a doctor’s recovery strategy. It

aims to help people return home

as strong and independent as


Staff are available 24 hours

to assist with post-operative

procedures and to oversee

medication. Cramond also has a

visiting GP ensuring guests are

comfortable and taking part in

their rehabilitation programme.

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The Residence provides a

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bathrooms and wheelchair access


Cramond Residence has a

partnership with physiotherapists

Balanced offering optional health

and wellbeing support.

An in-house physiotherapy

gym allows people to exercise

safely under the supervision of

a specially trained rehabilitation

physiotherapist. Regular body

balance classes, clinically proven

to reduce the likelihood of falls, are

also available.

The Residence has something

to suit everyone with a private

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blockbusters or classic movies, a

hairdressing and beauty salon for

a spot of pampering and a café to

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There are musical performances,

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The Edinburgh Reporter

More teacher training at Napier

Edinburgh Napier University is

addressing teacher shortages in

areas of science and technology

by training more people on the

Professional Graduate Diploma in

Education programme.

The first batch of students

enrolled for the year long course

at Sighthill will study a secondary

teacher education curriculum

in Biology, Maths, Physics and

Chemistry. They will use new

Andrew Gallacher greets the new trainees

teaching tools like video analysis

of body language as well as

studying verbal communication

and practical skills.

Andrew Gallacher, Head of

Teacher Education, said: “We are

hugely excited about getting this

postgraduate programme under

way, and look forward to producing

people who will be a real asset to

Scotland’s local authorities.

“We will help students

develop their confidence and

communication skills so that in

time they will be ready to embrace

the diverse demands of the job

and inspire children to thrive in the


The university plans to expand

the General Teaching Council for

Scotland-accredited programme

by offering courses in Computing,

English and Modern Languages

over the next three years.

Rachel wins top award

Rachel Gateley from Balerno

won a top award for her final

degree project at Scotland’s Rural

College. She graduated last month

with a degree in Applied Animal


22 year-old Rachel was

awarded the Texel Sheep Society

Educational Award for Best

Honours Dissertation. She studied

the use of new technology to

investigate differences in feeding

behaviour between Lleyn and

Scottish Blackface sheep.

She said: “I was honestly so

shocked and grateful to receive

the Texel Sheep Society award for

my dissertation.

“Throughout my project I didn’t

once consider the award – I was

too busy sorting data – so to

be recognised for my work on a

subject which could hopefully

benefit the industry was great.

“It also made all the difficulties

and disasters – including

smashing my memory stick –

faced during those months worth


“I’d like to thank my supervisors

Dr Nicola Lambe and Dr Ann

McLaren for all their support and


Dr McLaren said: “I’m delighted

that Rachel’s hard work

throughout her project has been

recognised through this award

from the Texel Sheep Society.

The study was one of the first

to assess individual sheep feeding

behaviour using newly available

technology and a number of

findings from Rachel’s dissertation

will hopefully go on to be

extremely useful in future research


“Rachel was a pleasure to work

with and I wish her all the best for

the future.”

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Doyenne Duo brings a

programme by lyrical masters

to the Scottish Arts Club on 13

September 2019.

French flute favourites Cécile

Chaminade, Philippe Gaubert and

Michel Blavet, American Daniel

Dorff’s spiritual odyssey Three

Lakes, dreamy improvisations

of English composer Ian Clarke

and François Borne’s Fantasy on

Bizet’s tragic heroine Carmen.

The programme begins with

the majesty and fireworks of the

Concertino for flute and piano

by the first lady of French flute

repertoire, Cécile Chaminade.

The wistful elegance of French

Baroque virtuoso Michel Blavet’s

Sonata “La Lumagne” will be

followed by American composer

Daniel Dorff’s programmatic suite

Three Lakes depicting the lakes

of his childhood in the Northeast

of America. Lyrical, charming and

Debussy-esque, Gaubert’s 3rd

Sonata will be followed by Ian

Clarke’s popular Hypnosis based

on improvisations with Clarke,

David Hicks and Simon Painter

during their studio sessions and

time performing together as a rock

group. Bringing the programme to

a close, will be the tour-de-force,

showstopper by François Borne, in

his take on well-known melodies

from Bizet’s opera Carmen.

Equal parts fiery and melodious

-a programme not to be missed.

Theatre Art Music Shows Festivals

The Scottish Arts Club entertains

Tickets from the club 0131 229


As part of Doors Open Day on

23 September 2019 there is a talk

about The Bauhaus –a moment in

the story of man and machine by

Dr James Lawson.

The Modern can seem a

destructive force, visiting

obsolescence on the

long-practiced and cherished.

With the headlong development

of industrialised processes of

organisation and production, in the

nineteenth century, the craftsman

was seen by many as the victim.

A sanctuary was required for the

preservation of the arts and crafts.

The art school and the guild were

given the role.

Walter Gropius and his

At the Royal Lyceum

The Royal Lyceum Theatre,

Malthouse Theatre and Lyric

Hammersmith Theatre have just

announced that the actor playing

Kris Kelvin in the UK run of David

Greig’s adaptation of Stanisław

Lem’s Solaris is to be Polly Frame.

David Greig said: “Writing the

adaptation for Solaris was as

fascinating as exploring a newly

discovered planet.

"I had no idea Stanisław Lem’s

book was so funny, so moving, and

such a fascinating philosophical

disquisition on the eternal human

problem of our relationship with

‘the other’ – whether that other

is a person, a planet, a lover or a

monster. The premise is simple:

there are three scientists on a

space station orbiting a great

planet, a psychologist arrives

to check on their wellbeing, and

strange things start to happen – is

the planet communicating with

them? Or are they imagining it? Is

it a god? Or a demon? Or a child?

"It’s a huge pleasure to be

teaming up with the bold and

brilliant Malthouse and Lyric

Hammersmith theatres, and I’m

delighted to be working with

Matthew Lutton again."

The cast also includes

internationally celebrated actor,

Hugo Weaving (Lord of the



colleagues at the Bauhaus,

founded in Weimar a century

ago in the immediate aftermath

of the Great War, chose not to

lament, but to put to use the tools

of modern industry, exploit the

economies of which they were

capable, and supply the practical

and aesthetic needs of the many.

In developing the educational

programme suited to those ends,

art, craft and modern modes of

production would collaborate.

There is an ancient history of

dialogue and difference between

art and craft, and the economics

of production had long been

problematical for supply. Quality

of product had usually been in

an inverse relation to quantity.

The Bauhaus boldly resolved the


At Museum of

Edinburgh this month

Past Lives of Leith Exhibition.

This coincides with the

publication of the results from

the archaeological excavations

undertaken by The City of

Edinburgh Council and Headland

Archaeology in 2009.

These excavations were done

before any work was carried out

in preparation for the Edinburgh

Tram project in Constitution Street

in Leith.

They unearthed an unknown

section of the graveyard

associated with South Leith Parish


The exhibition explores the

results of the detailed forensic

analysis undertaken of the nearly

400 burials uncovered, which have

shed new details on the life and

death of the ordinary inhabitants

of Leith.

It also showcases forensic art

reconstructions undertaken for

The Tumbling Lassie Ball takes

place on 5 October 2019 at

Prestonfield House Hotel.

This is the largest anti-trafficking

fundraiser in Scotland.

Tickets are £90 each or £850 for



at the biggest club in town this summer.

Join online today at

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the project by students working

as part of an internship developed

between CEC Archaeology Service

and the University of Dundee

Centre for Anatomy and Human


A publication Past Lives of

Leith: Archaeological Work for

Edinburgh Trams accompanies

this exhibition priced at £35.

And next month join in a drop

in family art session when the

Royal Mile is closed during Open

Streets in October, with artist

Rachael Forbes. Make beautiful

collages inspired by your favourite

buildings in old Edinburgh. Bring

some photos along of your

favourite places. Free - no need to


Open Streets opens up streets

to people by closing them to

vehicles. The idea behind it is

to help people explore, use and

become aware of the connected

areas in the Old Town.

Tumbling Lassie Ball

a table.

Have a look at their website

where you can learn about the

court case that spawned a charity.

Rings trilogy, Cloud Atlas, The

Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta, The

Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of

the Desert), who features via video

as Gibarian, the ill-fated doctor

whose love and fascination for the

mysterious planet Solaris causes

his mysterious demise just before

Kelvin arrives on board the space


The original footage

accompanies performances from

an international cast.

Solaris will open The Lyceum’s

2019/20 season on 12 September

2019, running until 5 October


It will transfer to Lyric

Hammersmith Theatre on 10

October 2019, running until 2

November 2019.



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At Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

As part of the Edinburgh Art

Festival 2019 , the Edinburgh

Sculpture Workshop (ESW) ran a

series of exhibitions of work from

three contemporary sculptors

displayed for, at least, the duration

of the Festival (some of them are

still there).

Lucy Wayman was

commissioned to create a new

public sculpture for the cycle

path close to Edinburgh Sculpture

Workshop which connects

Newhaven to Edinburgh City

Centre. Her practice makes use

of craft techniques, such as

weaving, knotting and macramé,

Photo by John Preece

Photo by John Preece

but at a dramatic scale. The

work, created from marine rope,

follows Wayman’s interest in the

industrial and historic uses of

rope, connecting ideas of system,

control and release with skills

recognisable from the domestic


ESW also commissioned Adam

Benmakhlouf to make a new

sound work for its beacon tower.

His practice mixes painting,

writing, print, sculpture, sound

and video. The works he produces

reveal hints of autobiography,

friendship and intimacy, which

can be tender, honest and candid.

The Noise of Making Spills Over’

is a looping sound collage of

the noises of ‘working it out’ and

informal education.

It is played through four

speakers set high in the tower.

As a response to the radical ESW

Schools Programme, recordings

of the primary 5s describing their

own and each other’s artworks

are mixed into noises of inclusive

and community music groups’

warm-ups and reheasals, putting

the listener in a rich soundscape

of practice and the steady

progress of collaborative learning.

ESW invited Caroline Achaintre

to make new work for the central

courtyard space. She is known

for her sculptures in ceramic and

metal as well as her drawings,

prints, watercolours and fabric

pieces in the form of tufted

Planning permission has been

granted by The City of Edinburgh

Council for a new kind of space at

Edinburgh Park.

This is not just another boxy

style building however, but a

multi-purpose building and

art installation to be built by

Parabola.. It is designed by

well-known Scottish artist David

Mach and will be made from

shipping containers. This is a

joint project between architectural

studio Dixon Jones and David

Mach. The end result is a

dynamic blend of architecture and


Parabola will also commission a

Scotland-based poet to write and

Photo by John Preece

rugs.For this project Achaintre’s

outdoor sculptures, made from

constructed and cast metal as

well as elements of ceramic, will

be an extension of her drawings

of multipersonalities. The

imaginative co-existence within

one object-body, and a deftness

perform a poem about Mach 1 in

the new building. Working with

the Scottish Poetry Library (SPL),

the poet chosen will be expected

to produce a long poem, for which

they will be paid £3,000 and will

be expected to perform the piece

at Mach 1next year In addition

to securing planning permission

for Mach 1, Parabola received

in use of materials creates a

perception of fluidity despite the

rigid constituent parts. Achaintre

often integrates small sculptures

within larger support structures,

called ‘display furniture’, and

within whole exhibition schemes.

Mach 1 is Go at Edinburgh Park

planning permission to site its

sculpture collection at Edinburgh

Park. The collection includes work

by Geoffrey Clarke (Past, Present,

Future); Brian Kneale (Pendulum);

Kenneth Armitage (Reach for the

Stars) and Sir Eduard Paolozzi’s

Vulcan, one of the last works of

the Edinburgh-based artist.

Colony of Artists 2019

Colony of Artists at Abbeyhill

takes place on 21 and 22

September 2019.

From 12 noon to 6.00pm each

day there will be art on display,

music to listen to and food and

drink to enjoy in this creative

corner of the city.

With 66 artists and 40 venues

(which are the artists' own homes

in many cases) there is a lot to see

and enjoy.

The artists who live in the colony

houses at Abbeyhill have held

the community exhibition for 14

years. It was artist Gill Smith and

her partner Bob Giulianotti who

organised the first few years and

since then artists Bill Mazur and

Kat Chisholm have led the way.

There are paintings and artwork

of all kinds including photography,

textiles, ceramics, paintings,

handblown glass, woodcraft,

socks, knitwear and upcycled

plastic bags, jewellery to see and


Narcissus Flower School will

show off their contemporary

floristry design and McBarkers will

sell homemade dog treats. Nick

Gardner will do tarot readings.

Venues include the colony

houses just off London Road to

The Hive (a music stage set up on

Rossie Place), Abbeyhill Primary

School with a whole programme

of children’s events, The Artisan

Bar and The Safari Lounge, Citadel

Books and Century General Store

on Montrose Terrace

Our suggestions for Doors Open

Days 28-29 September 2019

Doors Open Day in Edinburgh

on 28 and 29 September 2019

is a great opportunity for you to

get into buildings that you may

have admired for a long time from

the outside and wondered what

treasures they hold inside. And it

is all free.

There are behind the scenes

tours, talks and exhibitions which

will tell you more about the history

of each one. It is organised

by the Cockburn Association,

Edinburgh's Civic Trust. The

Scottish Civic Trust act as the

umbrella organisation to bring all

the regional programmes across

the country together.

Here are our top suggestions

for buildings you may never have

been inside :

Leith Town Hall and Sheriff Court

at 29-35 Queen Charlotte Street

EH6 7EY are both within Leith

Police Station. Built in 1828 there

is also (who knew?) a debating

chamber inside referred to as

Leith Town Hall. The building is

unaltered since 1864.

Town HQ 603 Squadron RAAF

25 Learmonth Terrace EH4 1NZ

Booking Cpl Alex Mills 0131 332

2333 This is a Victorian mansion

designed in 1891 for whisky

distiller, Arthur Sanderson. Since

1925 it has been the home of

603 Squadron. The interiors were

decorated by William Scott Morton

with each room individually

designed.The Drawing Room is

inspired by Robert Adam. Tours at

1.00pm and 3.00pm

Arthur Conan Doyle Centre 25

Palmerston Place EH12 5AP This

is another Victorian Townhouse

built in 1881 and was the home of

William McEwan of The Fountain

Brewery who gifted The McEwan

Hall to Edinburgh University. Have

a cuppa at the Sherlock Holmes


Queen Street Gardens Central

and East Districts. It was a private

Act of Parliament in 1822 which

safeguards the private gardens

along one side of Queen Street.

Anyone living in the area can pay

to get a key and enjoy the pleasure


Another garden is Grove

Community Garden which is a

mobile community garden - or

part of a 'meanwhile' project in

Fountainbridge. The project has

brought some life to brownfield

sites not currently being used

for development and it moves on

when they are. It is to be found on

Drysdale Road EH11 1FA and you

will be offered refreshments.

Queensferry Parish Church

The Loan EH30 9HY (there is a

personal reason for including

this one here! You will have to

ask me when you see me.) This

church was opened in 1894 during

the reign of Queen Victoria and

there are some nice stained glass


Sir Patrick Geddes Apartment

Ramsay Garden EH1 2NA Although

you may have visited the Patrick

Geddes Centre at Riddle's Court

this is an apartment in the iconic

Arts and Crafts building at one end

of the Castle Esplanade. It was

designed by Geddes and retains

many original features. Advance

booking required

Harlaw House Visitor Centre

is at Harlaw Road Balerno EH14

7AS and if you visit here you will

be able to see the Harlaw Hydro

project and meet representatives

from Malleny Angling Association.

It was built as a waterkeeper's

cottage and is now an information


The Institut Francais d'Écosse

is the former Lothian Chambers,

taken over in recent years as a

little piece of France in the city

centre. The building upstairs

has some beautiful architectural

features and downstairs there is a

fabulous bistro where they serve

the best soup.

JM Architects invite you to their

office at 64 Queen Street EH2 4NA

on Saturday only. This is a 17th

century A-listed townhouse built

for the 7th Earl of Wemyss.

For children one of the most

popular events is getting on a bus

and going through the bus wash

at Lothian's garage on Annandale

Street. You have to book early.

Advertise your business in

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Story and Development of


Press and Publishing.


early beginnings during the


Dynasty, via the invention of


printing press, to the world of


publishing today.


Crawford Hay has worked


the publishing industry for


than 40 years, with books,


and newspaper


in Edinburgh, London


Melbourne. She became


of PPA Scotland, the


which supports


publishers for more


12 years, before becoming


Hydropathics in



the late nineteenth century


were over 20 'Hydropathic'


in Scotland. This talk


look at where they were,


took place there and what


to these interesting



Dr Jane Neil-


retired from the


she forged another career


writer and novelist under the


name of Jane Tulloch. A keen


into local social history,


interest has led her into many


nooks and crannies of


life which she enjoys


we got to the



24 humans have ever been


the Moon and back. One of


brought some tartan along


the ride. Journey with a


geek who never got


see a Saturn V fly and still


forgive himself for missing a


Shuttle launch. Alastair


completed his PhD in


in 2018 and currently


at the Royal Observatory


He splits his time


researching active


and working for the


Webb Space Telescope UK


Engagement Campaign.


going to the Moon. Alastair


bring the Lego...


First New Town


James Craig


the space of a generation,


experience a profound


- and social -


This talk will examine the


to the construction


Edinburgh's famous New Town


learn something about the


and the early


Eric Melvin is a retired


teacher and headmaster


has published many books on


history, this is sure to be


fascinating morning that


who has spent time in


New Town is sure to



Scientific History of




Campbell will be joining


to explain how Western


instruments work, how


developed historically, how


are manufactured, and how


are used to make music. An


fascinating talk which


delighted anyone with an





Story and Development of


Press and Publishing.


early beginnings during the


Dynasty, via the invention of


printing press, to the world of


publishing today.


Crawford Hay has worked


the publishing industry for


than 40 years, with books,


and newspaper


in Edinburgh, London


Melbourne. She became


of PPA Scotland, the


which supports


publishers for more


12 years, before becoming




Theatre Art Music Shows Festivals @EdinReporter /EdinReporter edinburghreporter WHAT'S ON 19

At the Queen’s Hall in


7 September doors 7.00pm

Last Podcast on the Left Hosts

Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and

Henry Zebrowski talk about all

sorts of dark subjects like Jeffrey

Dahmer, werewolves and iconic

hauntings. A look at the dark side

of humanity. Don't be scared to


9 September 8.00pm An Evening

with Richard Jobson of The Skids

with special guests Bruce and

Jamie Watson.The legendary

Richard Jobson who launched

the punk rock band in 1977 with

partner Stuart Adamson. Now

revived presumably with the aid of

some oxygen they toured in 2018

to mark the release of their new

album. He has also written his

memoirs. Get a ticket if you can.

15 September doors 7.00pm

Femi Kuti is the son of Afrobeat

pioneer Fela Kuti. He is Grammy

nominated and began his career

by playing in his father's band the

legendary Egypt 80 in 1979.

19 September doors 7.00pm

Peter Hook & The Light The

background is Joy Division

and New Order. You know what

to expect. More than just the

greatest hits they will also play

lesser known material during the


20 September 7.30pm Duncan

Chisholm The Gathering. The

award-winning fiddler comes back

to the hall with his music rooted

in highland music. His latest

album, 'Sandwood', explores the

specific area of Sandwood Bay

and chronicled his own personal

journey through the Highlands

to this place of beauty, which

became his muse.

22 September 7.30pm QH@40:

Folk singer Heidi Talbot presents

Duke Special, Brìghde Chaimbeul

Heidi has shared the stage and

recorded with Mark Knopfler,

Graham Coxon (Blur), Eddi

Reader, Idlewild, Matt Rollings,

King Creosote, Kris Drever, Tim

O'Brien and Jerry Douglas and has

performed globally in the world’s

finest concert halls.

27 September 7.30pm Scottish

National Jazz Orchestra and Bill

Evans. An American Journey Here

is Evans reunited with the SNJO

to perform a new programme of

wild-at-heart, cross-genre music

in the true spirit of the west and

the music and performance are

guaranteed to raise the bar again

for jazz music in Scotland.

28 September 7.30pm Phil

Cunningham & Aly Bain.

Traditional music. Traditional

musicians par excellence.What

else do you need to know?

29 September 7.30pm Penguin

Café with their beautiful, haunting

and memorable music. They have

released three albums of music

much to the delight of their band

of devoted followers.

At Soundhouse in


Two of the many events

organised this month.

Drummer Alyn Cosker leads

a powerful, exciting group

presenting exhilarating virtuosity

and accessible melodies on a

deep, funky groove.

With the Scottish National

Jazz Orchestra Cosker has

featured alongside luminaries

including Randy Brecker,

John Scofield, Mike Stern, Joe

Lovano and Dave Liebman and

as a freelance musician he has

worked with Larry Carlton, Frank

Gambale and Jim Mullen, Hue and

Cry, Eddi Reeder and Capercaillie.

His group features

keyboardist Steve Hamilton and

guitarist Davie Dunsmuir (both

currently touring with Billy

Cobham) and bass guitarist Colin

Cunningham (Larry Carlton).

Along with award winning special

guest Konrad Wisznieski on

tenor saxophone – the group will

perform material from Cosker’s

albums Lyn’s Une and KPF as well

as new material.30 September

2019 The Traverse Bar 7.30pm


The Budapest Café Orchestra

take the stage on 16 September

2019 to celebrate their 10th

birthday year. This concert is

part of their tour of Scotlandia to

some of the most midge-ridden

parts of the Highlands and now

Edinburgh.16 September 2019 The

Traverse Bar 7.30pm £12

Bach Choir Stages Its

First “Come And Sing”

by John Knox

The Edinburgh Bach Choir has

been performing in the “city of

song” for over a hundred years.

It’s now to open its doors to

anyone who wants to sing for a

day and enjoy two classic works

– Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s

Coronation Anthems which include

the famous Zadok the Priest.

Conductor Stephen Doughty

said: “These are wonderful, joyous

works and I’m sure anyone who

comes along – whether they have

sung them before or not – will

have fun and be inspired.”

The Bach Choir wants to

take advantage of the current

popularity of “come and sing”

events to encourage more people

to take part in the musical

life of the city and experience

for themselves the thrill and

challenges of the classical


It also wants to swell its own

ranks and it’s hoped the day will

give potential recruits a taste of

what the choir has to offer.

As you would expect, the

70-strong choir performs a lot of

Bach – most recently the B Minor

Mass and the St John Passion.

And Bach’s Magnificat will be

part of its Christmas concert this


But its recent programmes have

also included Beethoven’s 9th ,

Rossini’s Petite Masse Solennelle

and Bernstein’s Chichester


Future plans include Kodaly’s

Missa Brevis and Seiber’s

Hungarian Songs.

The “Come and Sing” will be

held at the Methodist Church,

Nicholson Square, EH8 9BX on

Saturday 7 September 2019.

The rehearsal will run from 10am

(with breaks) and a performance

will begin at 3.00pm.

Scores will be provided. Tickets

for singers cost £15 and audience

tickets for the performance cost


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evolving at


All summer at Dovecot Studios

they have been weaving a

magnificent new tapestry to a

design created by artist Victoria

Crowe. Titled Richer Twilight,

Venice the tapestry can be seen

from the public Tapestry Studio

Viewing Balcony. It is available for

sale and will be completed by the

end of September 2019.

It is a meditation on the city’s

Byzantine palette and distinctive

skyline which excites artistic

comparison with Edinburgh. In

Venice two Scottish artists are

taking part in the 2019 Biennale.

This is Crowe’s fourth

collaboration with Dovecot,

marking a celebration of her 50

year career. Dovecot Studios

and City Art Centre are offering

a special ticket offer to current

exhibitions Victoria Crowe: 50

Years of Painting, and Julie Cope’s

Grand Tour: The Story of a Life

by Grayson Perry. Valid until 13

October. The offer allows half

price entry to the exhibitions upon

presentation of full price ticket

from the partner venue.

At the



Microscopes: Nature Revealed

Until Sun 15 Sep 2019

Exhibition Gallery, Level 1


This display will tell the stories

of the makers and users of

an instrument that has been

fundamental in improving our

understanding of the natural

world. Using examples from this

significant collection, you will see

how optical improvements saw a

change in the public perception

of the microscope from being a

simple optical toy to a reliable

instrument of science.

Body Beautiful: Diversity on the


Until Sun 20 Oct 2019

Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3


Discover how today’s fashion

industry is challenging perceptions

and championing alternative

ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in

advertising, editorial and behind

the camera.

Wild and Majestic: Romantic

Visions of Scotland

Until Sun 10 Nov 2019

The Magic of Makhazhin

Sat 5th Oct 2019, 10.30am


Art Walk Porty 2019

There is lots on in Portobello

from 7 September. You will have

to get the Art Newspaper from

a local stockist as there is too

much for us to tell you about here

- but we have a couple of walking

suggestions :

A Sunday stroll led by Deirdre

Macleod called ‘Cul-de-sac'

Walks on 8 and 29 Sept and 20


Three Sunday strolls around

the suburbs of Gilberstoun,

Newcraighall, and Musselburgh.

These suburban walks will

explore and appreciate the

particular character of the

different residential estates and

Adult £10, Over 60s £8.50,

Student, Unemployed, Disabled*

£7.50, Child (5–15) £7.50, Under

5s free

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3

Dramatic highland landscapes,

heroic histories, tartan and

bagpipes are among the defining

images of Scotland for many

people around the world today.

This exhibition considers the

Photo by Neil Hanna

speakers coffee mornings 2019-2020

at the royal scots club

Free to attend &

Everyone welcome!

us on the first Saturday of every month for a tea, coffee and biscuits from 10.30am followed by


interesting speaker. Non-members welcome.


Free to attend but please book in advance at

Sat 2nd Nov 2019, 10.30am


the changing edges of the city.

Residents from each area are

particularly invited to join.

Suzanne Parry 'In my shoes'

Sound Walk 9 September,


When we walk from A to B, the

places and people in between

are so often left a mystery, an

irrelevance, an obstacle.This

circular sound walk invites

participants to experience their

environment through a series

of intimate sound portraits with

QR codes to scan at a number of

waypoints. Bring mobile phone

and head/ear phones with you.

origins of these ideas and explores

how they were used to represent

Scotland around the world.

Early Doors for Autism

Saturday 7 Sept 2019

9:00 -10:00

Free, booking required

(contact Communities.L&P@nms.

Join in the pre-public opening

sessions for autistic children and

their families. In the September

event explore the exhibition Body

Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk,

investigate costumes and create

your own fashion piece.

Sat 7th Dec 2019, 10.30am


Sat 4th Jan 2020, 10.30am


At the City Art Centre

this winter

At the City Art Centre there will

be a group exhibition featuring

work by nine contemporary artists

based in Scotland - Sara Brennan,

Michael Craik, Eric Cruikshank,

Kenneth Dingwall, Callum Innes,

Alan Johnston, James Lumsden,

Karlyn Sutherland and Andrea


Beneath the Surface features

the artists displaying a minimalist

and abstract approach to their

work, which ranges from drawings,

paintings and constructions to

ceramics, glass and tapestry.

All of their artworks have an

economy of gesture in common

- a limited tonal palette or a

monochrome colour plane.

The surface of any artwork is

often the most readily accessible


However, what lies behind

or beneath the surface often

deserves a closer look.

With most of the artworks in the

exhibition, the process of making

is not hidden.

Making constitutes the very

subject of some of them, as is the

case with the works by Callum

Innes, Michael Craik and James

Lumsden. The layering and

reduction of materials are

processes that feature repeatedly

Sat 1st Feb 2020, 10.30am


in their work, used to create

effects of translucency or depth,

as well as to portray the passage

of time.

Whereas for Kenneth

Dingwall the thought and

reaction produced in the act of

making seeks a form that carries

analogies to aspects of human

nature and emotion.

For artists Sara Brennan and Eric

Cruikshank, their inspiration

derives from something more

tangible such as nature or

landscape. They use these

elements as starting points, but

without the intention of creating

literal representations. While

artists Alan Johnston, Karlyn

Sutherland and Andrea Walsh are

concerned with the interaction of

light and shadow on surfaces and

the definition of space or memory

of a place.

Beneath the Surface

Sara Brennan | Michael Craik |

Eric Cruikshank | Kenneth Dingwall

| Callum Innes | Alan Johnston

| James Lumsden | Karlyn

Sutherland | Andrea Walsh

16 November 2019 to 1 March


City Art Centre, 2 Market Street,

Edinburgh EH1 1DE

Admission Free

Sat 4th Apr 2020, 10.30am


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Out and about in Edinburgh

It has been a visual feast over

the last month in Edinburgh

with our streets full of Fringe

performers and we have done our

best to take as many photos as we


Our first photograph taken by

Martin P McAdam shows the

scene at Tynecastle where the

LA Philharmonic played some

classics from the movies. It was a

gorgeous evening! Actor Brian Cox

was spotted among the audience

of 15,000 who attended the

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Opening Event.

We met Fringe act Diane Chorley

at the bespoke nightclub that

Assembly had created for her. She

was a hoot!

John Preece was at the

Edinburgh International Book

Festival and he snapped local

Val McDermid there in the press

area. He also went to many of the

Edinburgh International Festival’s

photo calls too.

Sitting atop the old car below is

one of the members of Leith-based

Creative Electric who put on their

shows each weekend at Army at

the Fringe.



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ESPC announce charity partnership

ESPC has announced their

charity partner for the upcoming

year. Fresh Start an Edinburghbased

organisation helps people

who have been homeless get

established in their new home.

possibly some volunteering

days throughout the year, so it

is already set to be a successful


“All of this support will allow us

to raise awareness of the issues

surrounding homelessness and

help fund direct service costs that

help some of the most vulnerable

people across Edinburgh. Through

ESPC's help we can make a real

difference to those affected by

homelessness and provide them

with the social and practical

support they need to move

forward with their lives."

Working with local volunteers

and organisations they deliver

services to provide practical and

social support to help people

resettle successfully. They help

thousands of new tenants like this

each year.

Paul Hilton, CEO of ESPC, said:

“We are really excited to be

working with Fresh Start over

the next year. The service they

provide to the local community

is fantastic. The team will get

involved with volunteering and

fundraising to help Fresh Start

provide support to the thousands

of new tenants they help settle

into homes every year.”

Jen McQuistan from Fresh Start

said : "We are absolutely delighted

to be selected as ESPC's chosen

charity for 2019/20. As a small

local charity, the fundraising they'll

be doing throughout the year and

the awareness raised will make a

big difference to the people Fresh

Start support.

The ESPC team have already

started planning some exciting

fundraising events and we also

hope to get them involved in

Starter Pack collections and

Colourful Edinburgh

The Virgin Money Festival

Fireworks are a sight to behold.

We took up positions on Calton

Hill where it seemed there was a

bigger audience than usual. The

woman in blue above is Catherine

Cohen who won the Dave’s

Comedy Awards Best Newcomer

category. And she is as her show

title said GORGEOUS!

While we were out and about

at the Fringe Ian Georgeson

was taking photos at the Royal

Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Performers of The Tattoo Dance

Company align in glorious colour

and symmetry at Camera Obscura

representing the seven hues of the

kaleidoscope - this year’s theme

at The Royal Edinburgh Military

Tattoo against the backdrop of

The Tattoo’s official tartan.

Climate change advice for property owners

A new guide has been published

advising property owners on the

impact of climate change on

traditional buildings in the capital.

It provides practical advice on how

to protect such buildings against

damage and decay.

The Guide to Building

Maintenance in a Changing

Climate reports on the effect

of fluctuating weather patterns

on the condition of Edinburgh’s

buildings, and provides step-bystep

advice and guidance on how

to identify damage and carry out

repairs to keep properties wind

and watertight.

New guidance suggests that

Edinburgh will face unprecedented

weather events, and homes will

be disproportionately affected

by changing rainfall patterns and

an increase in extreme weather

events. It also cautions that

damage such as blocked drains,

ineffective gutters, inappropriate

vegetation growth, and stone

erosion can adversely affect the

ability of Edinburgh’s buildings to

keep out wind and water.

Recommendations to property

owners include taking simple

actions that can mitigate the

risk of having to pay for greater

repairs further down the line,

especially following major weather

events. Research quoted in the

new guidance states that “every

£1 ‘saved’ by not carrying out

preventative maintenance could

cost £20 in repairs within 5 years”.

This guide, a joint Edinburgh

Adapts project between Edinburgh

World Heritage and Historic

Environment Scotland (HES),

contains practical and effective

solutions designed for property

owners to help them ensure

that their historic homes and

businesses are climate ready,


What to expect from climate

change in Edinburgh

How both daily and extreme

weather events affect historic


Why maintenance is important

and who is responsible for it

Step-by-step guides and

checklists for roofing, windows,

gutters, stonework, paintwork,

walls, chimneys and more.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of

Edinburgh World Heritage said:

“Although efforts to prevent

climate change are necessary and

urgent, there is no question that

we must now confront the already

substantial and unavoidable

impact of climate change on our

historic homes.

The resilience of the historic

buildings in our World Heritage

Site is dependant on our ability

to act now to maintain them.

Systematic and proactive

measures taken today to prevent

decay and damage is one of the

most important things we can do

to prevent damage and loss in the


Mairi Davies, Climate

Change Manager at HES, said:

Edinburgh’s climate is changing

at an unprecedented rate, making

it more urgent than ever that

we deal with the impact on the

historic environment. We are

moving towards warmer, wetter

winters and an increase in

the frequency and intensity of


“This guide provides a practical

toolkit which will empower

owners of historic buildings

across the capital to adapt their

properties and enhance resilience

to the effects of climate change,

protecting these irreplacable

heritage assets for the future.”

Download The Guide to Building

Maintenance in a Changing

Climate here, or pick up a

copy from one of the following


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Recipe of the month

Ballotine of Corn Fed Chicken

with Truffle Mash, Sweet Carrot

puree, Braised Gem Lettuce,

Shaved Truffle, Baby Onions,

Pickled Grapes

This tasty recipe is written for

The Edinburgh Reproter by Glenn

Roach, Regional Executive Chef

of the Surf & Turf restaurants

situated in Macdonald Rusacks

Hotel, St Andrews & Macdonald

Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh.

For the mashed potato recipe

you will have to read the online

version of this article. This looks

complex - but it is pretty easy.

Here's what you have to do :

Carrot Puree - Peel 1 kg of

carrot and grate. In a pan of

boiling water, add the carrot and

cook for 5 minutes. In a food

processor blend until smooth and

pass through a fine chinois.

Braised Gem Lettuce Take 1

Head gem lettuce, an orange,

250ml chicken stock, 1

clove and1 bay leaf In a pan

add chicken stock, orange, clove

and bay leaf and bring to the

boil. Add the gem lettuce to the

boiling stock for 2 minutes remove

and cool.

Ballotine Chicken Take 1 chicken

breast and wrap it in cling film to

make the shape of a long cylinder.

Steam for 20 mins. Remove

chicken from the cling film and

slowly crisp the skin until golden

brown in a frying pan with 10ml of

vegetable oil.

Braised Baby Carrots Take 2-3

baby carrots, trim and peel them

and boil in salted water until

soft. Melt butter in a pan a brush

the carrots and add Malden salt

to taste.

Pickled Red Grapes 50g red

seedless grapes, 10ml white wine

vinegar, 10ml water and10g sugar.

Put vinegar, sugar and water to

a pan and bring to the boil until

sugar dissolves. Halve the grapes

and add the pickling liquor. Leave

for 20 mins

Baby Onions Peel baby

onions and roast in the oven at

120 degrees until golden.

Shaved Truffle Shave truffles on

a mandolin slicer and use a 25ml

pastry cutter to cut in to circles

Assembling the dish! On the

bottom of the plate place carrot

puree and drag across the plate.

Slice the chicken and place at

the side of the puree. Add

gem lettuce to the plate and

scatter onions and grapes

around the plate. In a piping bag

add mashed potato and place

black truffle circles on top and

baby carrots in the middle of the


A guide to Edinburgh’s

oyster howffs

by Juliet Lawrence Wilson

Now deemed the height of luxury

oysters weren’t always the treat of

the rich. Once an abundant food,

oysters were usually served in

drinking dens, otherwise known as

Howffs, sometimes in a steak and

oyster pie but more often eaten

raw with their shells scattered on

the floor. Up until the 19th century

they were cheap and plentiful.

Sadly you’d struggle to get an

oyster in a working man’s boozer

these days and whilst I hate to

be a gentrifier, I prefer my oysters

with champagne rather than stout.

Luckily for me there are plenty of

great places to indulge.

The Cafe Royal Circle Bar on

West Register Street has to be

one of Edinburgh's most beautiful

pubs. I recently had three oysters

with a glass of Veuve for £15. This

bar has a terrific atmosphere and

is a true unspoilt gem.

At Le Di-Vin Oysterman Events

is back, shucking his oysters for

the customers. Expect to see

the Oysterman there on 20th

September, 25th October and 29th

November. Le Di-Vin has plenty of

fantastic wines by the glass and

the fresh Loch Fyne oysters are on

the house.

Ondine continue to offer their

oyster happy hour and at only £1

for any raw oyster it’s a great way

to try not only various species

but one of Edinburgh’s top

seafood restaurants. Great for an

after work treat, from 5.30pm to


Of course if you’d rather shuck

your own my current favourite

oyster purveyor is Something

Fishy on Broughton St. Owned by

the charming Daniel, I’ve always

been really pleased with the

quality of all his produce but his

oysters are some of the best I've

tasted. Just remember to buy a

good shucking knife and a chain

mail glove unless you fancy your

evening ending in A&E rather than

shellfish Viagra.

Juliet's Food Diary

Well thank goodness that’s over.

Whilst I enjoyed a few Fringe

shows I found the plethora of

catering trucks utterly depressing.

Having enjoyed a pleasant

and pretty low budget lunch at

Civerinos on Hunter Square: a

stunning sandwich, fries and a

soft drink for £10, it surprised

me to see a pop-up stall selling

the same thing. The former was

delivered to me while I sat in an

albeit hipster, but comfortable,

environment, the latter to be eaten

on the pavement.

The Festival used to take us

to parts of the city we rarely

frequented and resulted in

restaurants, cafés and bars

earning extra income having had

the decency to open all year round.

I know, it’s uncool to be an ‘it was

better in my day’ bore, but it’s true.

The Festival, and its catering in

particular is beyond redemption.

Hopefully the establishments of

Leith fared well in August. While

there are a few great venues in

the north of the city they’re yet to

be ruined with an artisan venison

burger stall or pop up Prosecco

camper van.

I’d be pushed to name my

favourite establishment in Leith,

as there are so many but La Riva

Pizzeria on Assembly Street

is now my ‘go to’ when I want

something great value for money,

cooked brilliantly.

On a recent family outing I had a

Hellboy: tomato sauce, fiordilatte,

pepperoni, nduja, chorizo and fresh

chilli. It was a triumph, as was

my daughter’s kids' margherita

in the shape of a bunny rabbit.

All their pizzas are made with

traditional stone ground flour and

the other ingredients are also

top quality. However, an Italian

restaurant without atmosphere

is like David Hasselhoff minus

speedos. Fortunately La Riva has

the wonderful Andrew Byatt as

manager and front of house who

really made the evening special

for us. If you recognise Andrew

it might be because he’s also an

actor who has appeared in not

one, but three episodes of Taggart,

as well as numerous forays onto

stage and screen. He certainly

plays a starring role here so if

you’re booking, make sure he’s in.

I was delighted to attend the

packed launch of Noto, Stuart

Ralston's second Edinburgh

restaurant on Thistle Street. The

canapés served were utterly

stunning and the front of house

staff beyond welcoming. The

décor was, save for some plants,

minimalist in the extreme and very

bright. If your eyesight isn’t what

it once was this is the restaurant

for you. However judging by the

canapés the food here will be

beautiful so why not show it off?

However if sumptuous décor

and flattering lighting are more

your thing, and my goodness

it’s mine these days, dinner at

The Bonham in the West End

is a must. I took the Silver Fox

boyfriend to their Bluesy Snoozy

evening, where they have a couple

of supremely talented acoustic

musicians and an incredible

offer of three courses from their

Market Menu with half a bottle

of wine for £25 a head. There’s

not a better bargain to be had in

Edinburgh. Bluesy Snoozy is on

the first Thursday of every month.

The SF was so relaxed he even

managed to shrug off his recent

poor golfing performance whilst

stroking my knee under the table:

it’s restaurant valium! See my full

review at www.edinburghreporter.

Make it Edinburgh!

Hotel investment from

global brands is reinforcing

Edinburgh’s appeal as a worldleading

conference, incentive

meeting and events destination.

The city currently ranked

27thin the International Congress

Association (ICCA) World

Rankings and second in the UK,

only to London, is also the number

one ‘hot spot’ for hotel investment

and development in the UK*.

YOTEL Edinburgh’s arrival as the

brand’s first city centre hotel in

Europe,follows InterContinental

Hotel Group’s takeover of the

Principal Edinburgh George

Street, making the newlynamed

InterContinental Edinburgh - The

George, the first hotel in the group

outside of London in the UK.

This comes after last year’s

announcement that Sir Richard

Branson will open the first

Virgin Hotel outside the USA,

in Edinburgh’s historic India

Buildings on Victoria Street.

Coupled with its reputation

as a unique centre of

excellence, innovation and

heritage, as celebrated

in the city’s current Make

it Edinburgh campaign,

these developments further

boost confidence in the Scottish

capital as the perfect place to host

conferences and events.

Amanda Ferguson, Head

of Convention Edinburgh

commented: “Continued

hotel investment from global

brands gives conference and

event organisers just one more

reason to choose Edinburgh

as a host city. Accessible,

compact and beautiful, Edinburgh

is renowned for its thriving

knowledge economy and worldclass

academic credentials in

sectors such as Technology, Life

Sciences, Creative Industries, Food

and Drink, Renewable Energy and

Financial Services. These are

huge drivers of business tourism.

“For the past 18 months, the

Make it Edinburgh campaign, a

collaboration of private and public

organisations operating in the

conference and meetings industry,

has been striving to showcase

these strengths to the business

events market.

"So, it’s great to see Edinburgh

gaining recognition globally as a

place to invest.

"The more conferences we

bring in to the city, the greater

the opportunity for collaboration,

innovation and lasting impact

within these sectors, whether

that’s through knowledge

share, developing new technology

or raising Edinburgh’s profile

within these fields.”

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The secret is out and it’s tartan!

Vixy Rae is one of the owners

and the creative director

of Stewart Christie, an old

established outfitter in Edinburgh

which mainly works in tweed.

Recently she invited some of her

friends down to Custom Quay in

Leith for a photo shoot - and asked

them all to don some tartan.

She has just completed writing a

book and these photos were being

taken to complete the final pages

of it. The Secret Life of Tartan will

be published next month by Black

and White Publishing.

Tartan's status means we all

have a relationship with Scotland's

famous fabric, but how much

do we really know? The Secret

Life of Tartan goes behind the

scenes - and beyond the kilt - to

stitch together never-before-heard

stories, fascinating anecdotes and

historical gems.

From supermodels to clan

patriarchs, from New York's Tartan

March to classic wedding finery,

tartan transcends boundaries.

Stunning images show a different

side to tartan, celebrating the

romance and style of a cloth that

shaped a nation. This landmark

book is a visual guide to the poetry

of tartan, looking at the dark past

of the most majestic of cloths.

It covers the types and styles of

tartan, exploring colour and craft,

texture and cloth, viewing aspects

of sustainability, from the handing

down of kilts to the lost art of

vegetable-dying yarn.

It features the people behind

the cloth: families, weavers and

designers, mixing tradition and

heritage with the contemporary.

From the shortbread tin to the

catwalk, regal palaces to highland

bothies, The Secret Life of Tartan

showcases tartan's dramatic

diversity and outstanding heritage.

Publisher: Black and White


ISBN: 9781785302596

Watch Vixy and some of her

friends telling us the story of their

relationship with tartan on our

video on YouTube

Scan the QR code below

The Callum MacDonald Memorial

Award 2019

Entries are encouraged for an

award now promoted by the

Scottish Poetry Library (SPL).

The Callum MacDonald Memorial

Award was established in 2001 in

memory of the Scottish publisher

to encourage and reward the

publication of poetry in pamphlet

form.The award was founded by

Callum Macdonald's widow, Tessa

August Crossword


7. How dumb ! Hats are spoiled by

watery earth mixture (8)

9. Covering of frozen water in a

nice capital (6)

10. Thin sort of clue (4)

11. One lacking seamanship might

blunder round lab (10)

12. Members of Royal College of Art

fib about the material (6)

14. Giant snake from Canada ? No (8)

15. Set Tam against the least

wild creatures (6)

17. Some people often donate a piece

of strong tissue (6)

20. Carts her off to this French city (8)

22. Debt is compounded for

small room (6)

23. Sequence of cards makes Queen

turn red (5, 5)

24. Rip out old rate and replace it (4)

25. Some ideal errands for one

distributing cards (6)

26. Coil silk round slippery film on

surface of water (8)

Crossword by David Albury Answers on page 29

Ransford OBE, who died in 2015.

She was a poet ,founder of SPL

and an energetic supporter and

campaigner for poetry in Scotland.

The publisher will receive £500,

and the poet will receive an

additional award of an Inspiring

Scotland Bursary (up to £1500)

from the Saltire Society. The

bursary is intended to fund a


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gum in fat (8)

2. Help in placing a wager (4)

3. In hospital I created a new

print form (6)

4. All crime swept away in this torrent

of water (8)

5. Odd, old beer restores one's feeling

of vitality (3-7)

6. How horrible ! Fed nag on

cigarette butt (3-3)

8. Used an unusual method to create

this ice-cream concoction (6)

13. Manage to make barrel

distinguished (10)

16. I refer us to a dead-cert winner ! (8)

18. Ices a nun drops are a source

of annoyance (8)

19. US code for foreign currency (6)

21. Shove out initially using horse's

feet (6)

22. Contemplate how bold he

appears (6)

24. In the toilet I let others lay a

floor covering (4)

second print of the winning

pamphlet, the print of a new one,

or travel to book festivals.

The SPL manage the

administration of the award along

with the Saltire Society, and it will

be presented in November 2019 at

the Saltire Literary Awards.

Submissions must be made to the

SPL by 4 October 2019 at 5.00pm.

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Susan’s shortlisted

Just as we were going to press

we heard that Susan Harkins who

is Head of Business Gateway

Edinburgh was shortlisted for the

Women of Influence Award at the

Scottish Women’s Awards.

Susan said: “I am absolutely

delighted to be shortlisted for

this fantastic Women of Influence

Award and really looking forward

to celebrating the achievements of

everyone who has been shortlisted

at the Awards ceremony at the end

of the month.

“To be recognised for something

I’m incredibly passionate about

and really enjoy is wonderful, and

very unexpected.

"The entrepreneurs I work with

are truly inspirational and it’s

always an honour to be part of

their journey and help in any way

I can whether it’s 1-2-1 support,

funding advice, helping them to

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NEW - Bloc Gallery

There is a bright new art space

on Ferry Road. It is more than

an art gallery, it is a space for

any creatives whether artists,

designers or makers to display

their work.

Situated where it is the space is

just around the corner from Leith

School of Art so is this going to

be the next art q,uarter in the city?

It is also just up the street from

Coburg House and the owners

have good links with some of the

artists who work there.

The idea is to stage exhibitions,

classes or host small events in the

light, bright space with its doublefronted

windows to the street.

Keith Paton, one of the owners,

has a plan for putting up a

projector... he has lots of ideas!

We met Keith with co-owner,

Lisa Arnott, at the new space

where they hosted their second

exhibition in August. 'adfectus'

included some of Lisa's own

jewellery designs.

The other exhibitors were her

fellow jewellery makers from the

Abbeymount studios at the top of

Easter Road.

The jewellery was shown

hanging on the walls - showing

it off more like paintings or fine

art than the way that jewellery is

traditionally exhibited.

Both owners live locally and

coincidentally they had both

walked past the then empty space,

and both had the same idea about

turning it into an artist run space.

Their first exhibition 2020 vision

was a collective staged earlier this

year involving 30 artists looking at

clear sight, hindsight and related


Keith is a visual artist working in

paintings, but branching out into

sculpture now too.

He explained : "Having a

space like this is obviously an

opportunity for us to show our

own work too."

Lisa said : "I think the exciting

thing about this space is that

when artists put on exhibitions

the public will get to meet them

as they will be here. They also get

to take ownership over that. In a

commercial gallery you can be

a bit detached from the people

who buy work or see your work.

Here, we are creating a space that

artists can actually talk to the

public who can ask more about

their work and inspiration. The

world of arts can often seem quite

an aloof, detached world whereas

we have created this space right in

the middle of our local community,

right next door to Artroom32

where young people go to make

their own art.

"People can find out more about

the next stages of art and perhaps

have their own exhibition in this


"We hope that with some of the

other independent arts businesses

in Leith that we can collaborate

and support each other's

businesses. I think that is a really

important thing. We are not just

doing this for ourselves, we are

part of an artistic community."

Keith added : "We are not trying

to transform the area we just

wanted to open the space because

we think it is great. It will be run

by artists for artists and it looks

like a gallery but we want everyone

to come in and have a look. We

would love to hear from any artists

who are interested in having a

show in our space or working with

us in any way.”

There are some new exhibitions

in the pipeline including art

exhibitions, printmaking,

contemporary crafts and pop up


At the end of October painter and

graphic designer, Alan Lennon, will

be exhibiting his work there.

The 25 square metre space is

available for hire at £350 per week.


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and learn how to sketch in

beautiful surroundings.

Mark explains : “No prior

knowledge is needed to sign up for

my relaxed and friendly workshop.

I provide all the materials and you

will create a number of sketches

out on location before adding

detail and watercolour whilst

discussing your pieces over

refreshments, before leaving with

a unique piece of art and souvenir

you created yourself.”

As well as the West End there

is a tour in the new Town on 4

October 2019 for just half a day.

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Reilly’s medals to stay at Easter


by John Hislop

The Hibernian Historic Trust is

planning to host an open evening

at Easter Road Stadium to thank

the Hibs’ fans who donated money

to enable the charity to purchase

medals won by the late Lawrie


The medals which date from the

club’s last top-flight title wins in

1951 and 1952, will be displayed

alongside other artefacts from

Reilly’s decorated career including

match worn Hibernian and

Scotland strips and his boots.

The nine carat gold medals,

originally valued at between

£1,000 and £2,000, eventually

sold for £12,000 after a flurry of

offers from anonymous bidders at

the Thomson Roddick auction in

Edinburgh on Thursday 22 August.

Club historian and trust curator

Tom Wright said : “The final price

was more than we were expecting,

but it was worth it in the end.

“We knew going in that the

valuation was always likely to be

much lower than the actual price,

but we never expected it to go that


" I am delighted that the medals

Meeting Jamie Ritchie

by Gary Heatly

Edinburgh Rugby’s Jamie Ritchie

has just turned 23, but the exciting

back-row player has packed a lot

into his life so far and one of the

pinnacles of his rugby career could

be just around the corner.

The former Madrascals [St

Andrews}, Howe of Fife and

Strathallan School player joined

Edinburgh straight from the latter

in the summer of 2014 and since

then has gone on to be a star

player for the national under-20s

side, the pro outfit and Scotland.

He is now in the mix to make

Scotland’s 31-man squad for the

World Cup in Japan which starts

next month.

Since he joined the pro ranks

he has been seen as one of

Scotland’s most promising talents

and he has handled that pressure


Indeed, when you realise that he

and partner Millie have also been

bringing up a son and daughter

- three-and-a-half-year-old Oscar

and 18-month-old Ava - while his

career has been on an upward

curve then you have even more

admiration for this measured


“Family life 100 percent makes

things like this summer camp with

the national team better,” Ritchie


“You can go home after a tough

day and be exhausted, but the kids

always have smiles on their face

and that is great to see.

“I have been quite lucky in that

becoming a dad has run almost

alongside my rugby career, Oscar

was born the same day as I made

my first Edinburgh start against

London Irish [in December 2015]

for example and Ava has been

around while I have been making

my Scotland breakthrough.

They keep me grounded and

busy and while balancing rugby

and family life can be tough, Millie

has been brilliant and she puts in

a lot of hard work with the kids

to allow me to live out my rugby


“Taking the kids out on the pitch

after big games like Scotland

internationals is an amazing

feeling - it is great that I get to

share it with them all.

“I was fortunate to sign for

Edinburgh straight from school,

but then I had to get used to get a

professional game and get used to

that environment, every player has

to take their own, different path to

get to where they want to be.

“Sometimes you need luck, but

if you put the hard work in you will

get there.

“In the first year at Edinburgh we

weren’t getting great results and

will return ‘home’ to Easter Road

and I’d like to thank everyone who

donated to the cause.”

The centre forward, who died in

2013 aged 84, scored 238 goals in

333 games for Hibs.

He won 38 caps for his country,

netting 22 times.

there were a lot of injuries so I

was kind of saying to the coaches

‘chuck me in’, but I learnt about

being patient and just getting the

head down.”

Ritchie made his Edinburgh

debut in October 2014 just a few

months after his 18th birthday, but

had to wait until December 2015

to make his first start.

During the intervening 14 months

he did a lot of growing up, Oscar

was born and he remembers one

Fishing bulletin

by Nigel Duncan

The Almond was fishing steadily

according to West Lothian Angling

Association chairman, Bruce


He added : “There has been a

welcome spate in the river around

the right time of year for salmon

and sea trout to run.”

The Cramond section from

Newbridge to the estuary has also

been fishing well with a number

of brown trout being caught

upstream going into the two

pound mark.

Chairman Adam Cross said dry

files have worked well and he

reported that a number of sea

trout been taken on wet and dry

flies on the bottom stretch of the

beat. A few salmon been also

been hooked and all the fish have

been in great condition.

The Edinburgh and Lothians

coarse angling club have

confirmed their match dates for

the rest of the season. They are 8,

man helping him a lot.

“Roddy Grant was a huge help

to me, he was still playing when I

was coming through at Edinburgh

and he was always passing on

advice and tips,” Ritchie said of

the former Edinburgh skipper who

then went on to become forwards

coach before a move to Ulster this


The main thing I learnt from

Roddy was being loud out there on

the pitch.

14, 21 and 28 September 2019.

Meanwhile, 48 pegs are already

taken for Iain Reid’s two-day

Memorial Match on Saturday,

November 9 and Sunday,

November 10.

Registration is at the Caravan

Site at Leven Promenade Car Park

and it is a measure and return

event counting for PENN Sea

League points.

Entry is £30 and fishing times

are from 12.30pm to 4.30pm

(registration 11.30am) and contact

David Dobbie on 07940 111729 or

Alan Combe on 07872 899791

On shore, the Whiteadder is

in good condition with the river

holding grilse. Prospects look

good but the river needs rain to

keep the level up.

Thomas Slow from Edinburgh’s

Portobello area won the ninth

round of the Bass Rock Sea

Angling League summer series

title which was a roving match

based near Torness Power Station.

“When you were out there playing

he would literally talk to you

constantly in attack and defence

and make sure everyone knew

their roles and I realised that for

me to become a better player it is

something I had to bring into my


“I took that on board and am

given it my all to make the World

Cup at the moment.”

Scotland’s World Cup squad is

named on 3 September 2019.

Edinburgh baseball umpire on visit to China

Thomas Haywood is an

Edinburgh based international

baseball umpire. Recently he was

invited to officiate at the U18

International Rubber Baseball

Organisation (IRBO) in Xi'an

(pronounced "See-Aan), China. In

2018 Thomas told The Edinburgh

Reporter he also took charge in

Taipei, Taiwan.

He found that the hosts had

built two full sized baseball fields

side by side using astro turn on a

concrete base in just two months.

Thomas told The Edinburgh

Reporter : "The weather is always

a very British talking point.

During the day it was generally a

constant 33C and 23C at night,

however, on the second day of the

tournament, the whole day was

lost to rain. Under normal western

standards, you would shunt the

games around to make up time

and everyone would be happy. The

Chinese answer was to disqualify

one of the Chinese teams.

"To say that that team was

annoyed, was putting it mildly! It's

a cultural thing. In China, often

things are dictated to you, you

don't have an option. The shame

was the second Chinese team

was actually quite good. As a

consolation they were allowed to

play against the Chinese Taipei

team which turned out to be a very

good exhibition game.

"Rubber baseballs are hollow like

a tennis ball. They do not give a

crack when hit by a bat. It is more

like a dull "boof" sound and they

do not fly as far. Often when they

are hit by the bat, they can really

spin so the umpires have to trust

the players' reactions (hit by pitch

etc) and have to wait until the ball

has spun in the direction it wants

to go. In all other aspects the

tournament was played to OBR


"The tournament was won by

Chinese Taipei in a close fought

game against China 1st team.

Korea came third.”

The strong teams in the

tournament turned out to be

Korea, Taipei and China (1st

team). Singapore and Hong Kong

sadly did not have the pitching

or the quality of fielding needed.

Games against these last two

teams tended to be lop-sided.

The Chinese did not waste time

using the new facility after the

IRBO tournament. They then

hosted the National U18 national

Championships there two days

later for a 10 day tournament.

Morton reflects on an emotional day at Meikleriggs

by Gary Heatly

When Heriot’s captain Keith

Morton lifted the silverware

after his club’s Citylets Scottish

Cup final victory over Carlton on

August 25 it was extra special to

him for a number of reasons.

For one it means that Keith, 29,

has now led Heriot’s to a clean

sweep of trophies during his five

years at the helm of the first XI,

this Cup triumph following in the

footsteps of previous CSL Eastern

Premier Division glory and wins

in the National T20 event and the

Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy.

And secondly it was a fitting

way to end what has been a tough

time personally for him and the

Goldenacre club who have had to

deal with the passing of Morton’s

own father Willie and the passing

of fellow first XI player Joe

Kinghorn-Gray’s father Mark during

the last few weeks.

Willie was a former Scotland

Heriot's win the Cup by Donald MacLeod

internationalist and one of Keith’s

first coaches while they played in

a Cup final together for Penicuik

against Ferguslie back in 2008.

It was a lovely moment therefore

when Keith lifted the trophy to

the sky after their four wicket

win to show his dad what he had

achieved and then was able to

share the moment with his mother

Donna and his wife Hannah in

the late sunshine at Ferguslie’s

Meikleriggs ground.

“This Cup win is dedicated to the

people who should have been at

the match but sadly weren’t - we

did it for them,” Keith, who has

now played in four Cup finals and

won two, said poignantly after the


“It has been a tough time, but

focusing on cricket has helped and

I put a lot of pressure on myself

leading into the final because I

wanted this so much.”

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