Protempore … So I’ve decided to reply to Mrs May

On 24 November, our Prime Minister Theresa May wrote an open letter to the UK public urging us all to support the Brexit deal that she had just made with the other 27 EU Member States. In her letter, May said that she would campaign ‘heart and soul’ to get the deal through Parliament – […]...

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Pauline Knowles: Lighting up the Stage

Sally Fraser on her brilliant friend. A force of nature and quite possibly an angel My friend has a son who is obsessed with unicorns. She pretty much rolls with it; lets him have unicorn costumes and everything. My friend is an atheist, and she was surprised recently when her boy had said “hands up […]...

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Charlie, Amy & the Piano

A short story from Katy Nixon who we fervently hope will be contributing many more! When Charlie finally looked up from months of self-destructive excess autumn had moved quietly into Leith. He felt like time was laughing at him, throwing sudden red leaves at his feet. Every day since the beginning of the year Charlie […]...

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Deidre Brock: This small business shopping malarkey

Small, when it comes to business, is the new big. In six years we’ve seen a 37 per cent growth in small business in Edinburgh North and Leith – we’re a pretty entrepreneurial bunch, given half a chance! Local businesses selling, making, creating things and fixing things are the lifeblood of Leith’s community, and also […]...

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SandyCampbell: You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

On 22nd October this year, a Leith campaigner and founder of Leith Civic Trust, died aged 98. Few today will remember Margaret Street. But the footprint of her life is there for all to see on the Shore. One of the oldest and most iconic buildings in Leith; rich with stories of its days as […]...

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Not waving, but flagging

Colin Montgomery gets seriously vexed about vexillology, or to put it another way, he’s quite f**cked off with flags It was a Thursday evening ritual. The raising/lowering of the union flag (not the ‘jack’, as we weren’t at sea, although I think we are now; more on that later). This solemn ceremony wasn’t at my […]...

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When arsenic has closed your eyes

Kennedy Wilson hails a founding father of forensic science  It was not the invention of transatlantic radio wireless that captured Doctor Crippen but the painstaking work of the Pathologist Bernard Spilsbury. Almost forgotten now, in his day he was as famous as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.  At the height of Spilsbury’s fame a cartoon appeared […]...

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Ben Macpherson: Look Back, Look Forward – Persevere

As we approach the festive season and reflect on the past year, a lot has happened in Leith. The renovation of Leith Theatre brought us another hugely successful Hidden Door festival, as well as Light on the Shore as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, many other shows are in the pipeline.  The Leith community […]...

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Tracy Griffen: Life in Leith

We are the Specialists What do you actually DO in there?” is one of the most common questions I get from curious neighbours, the concept of Griffen Fitness is perplexing to some. I have a shop front just of Leith Walk on Balfour Street which four days a week is a fitness studio. “But WHERE […]...

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Mrs MacPickle: “Have I never been out of it or never been in it?”

Dear Mrs MacPickle, I am concerned that I might be lacking passion. Every time I turn on the television, or pick up a paper, or read a book, there are all these people talking about how passionate they are about, seemingly, everything. And they are all pushing themselves out of their comfort zones. I am […]...

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Walking Solo with Carolyn McKerracher

Tom Weir did it his Way back in the 70s and 80s, complete with whiskers, breeches and a bobble hat. Muriel Gray followed closely behind, with street cred, platinum crew cut and an alternative to the Tube. More recently, Meghan Markle did it up the steps of St George’s Chapel, in full-length frock and duchess […]...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost

Penny Jackson’s search for romance on the web proves to be funny, often misleading, and not without its intrigues OK, I know what you’re thinking, yet more tales of infinite joy found through that magical medium of the internet. Well, you’d be wrong. This is a true story but the names are changed to protect […]...

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03 London Beer Flood

Editor at Large: The Great Beer Flood of 1814

Funeral technicians working on Princess Di’s death mask used it to make a vodka jelly of her face...

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Illy by Berni Reid

Brexit and the Normando Pizza

A crusading little Englander leading the country backwards into the sunlit uplands of the 19th century says Protempore...

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