Forever Came Today

Will nostalgia for the 1960s ever go away? No chance, says Kennedy Wilson ‘Sexual intercourse began in 1963/Between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles’ first LP’, wrote poet Philip Larkin. His inspiration, in part, was the 1963 Profumo affair the most famous political sex scandal of the 20th century. It was discovered […]...

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Oh Norris McWhirter, where are you?

Record keeping is in short supply. Colin Montgomery reckons it’s about time for it to make a comeback  He’s dead. Sorry, that’s the answer to the titular question above. And this would be a sorry piece if it were the only matter of record here. Luckily, even mortality’s coil won’t stop this rant. Indeed I […]...

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A future we want to see

Deidre Brock MP for Edinburgh North and Leith I’ve got an interest in Scottish history – it has a romance that’s been woven around the tales of royals and battles and loyal clans that is superficially appealing and that’s fine as far as it goes. There’s another strand, though, which is more earthy and engaging […]...

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From Lone Nut to Provost

Sandy Campbell On the Loose This year’s Leith Festival Board have chosen me as their ‘Lord Provost of Leith’ for Gala Day on the 8th June a stupendous honour on this, our 99th year since annexation by the city at the top of the Walk. But forgive me a wee pedantic quibble. Leith, in the days […]...

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A Leith Festival Hat

We all have different hats. Depending on what we’re doing, we wear different metaphorical hats. This year I have been alternating between wearing my Personal Training hat (a woolly beanie) and Leith Festival Coordinator hat (a clown type hat, perhaps with bells on). I love both of my hats, even though they are quite different.  […]...

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Music for Nighthawks

Graham Ross waxes lyrical about a quietly sensational new album from Edinburgh based band Sanna There are some strange moments in life when you feel positively disconnected from everything but still connected to an invisible something. As if you’re the only person in the world who gets it; the only one who knows the score, […]...

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The short term lets problem

Ben Macpherson MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith Short-term letting, through platforms such as Airbnb, is increasingly causing concern in Leith, with the consequences becoming more and more evident. Though we of course want to welcome tourists to Edinburgh and into Leith, and recognise the very positive contribution that visitors make to our economy, I […]...

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We Were Alone

Katy Nixon’s Short Story At the top of Arthur’s Seat one Sunday Amy and Charlie stood together, hand in hand, staring out across Holyrood park. The sky was uneasy with huge clouds, rippling muscle, which blocked the sun behind them as it tried to break through.  Neither of them spoke. That morning they had argued […]...

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We have a World to Win

Children around the globe are right to go on strike Gordon Munro explains why The youth of today are revolting and they are right to do so. In her Edinburgh Medal address – instituted by the City of Edinburgh Council in 1988 and given annually to men and women of science and technology whose professional […]...

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A 3.4km swim, 202km cycle & 42km run

Rob is offering an extremely generous prize of: One month free personal training and fitness coaching! See bottom I recently got the opportunity to try an unusual type of mind/body health practice called the Wim Hof Method on a sunny Saturday morning at Threipmuir reservoir. If you’re not familiar with it, it involves a meditative […]...

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“I am by no means cutthroat”

Mrs MacPickle Solves All Your Problems! Dear Mrs MacPickle, I have a colleague who seems to believe she is my boss, even though she clearly isn’t. My actual boss does not do anything to stop her bossing me around, in fact he seems quite happy to let her boss him around too, which makes matters […]...

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“Let’s start having an adult conversation about cannabis”

Stereotypes abound in every sphere of life. Often a source of humour, they are indicative of our innate desire to understand and categorise information in the world around us. Some stereotypes are fairly benign, funny even. Many jokes rely on predictable tropes, some of which have little basis in reality.. What comes to mind when […]...

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Walking Solo: Leith’s Harbours & Wetlands

Carolyn McKerracher This week, I’ve been working from home.   Now, when I say, ‘working from home’, I mean I’m trying to develop a couple of my own ideas, unpaid of course. Having spent much of my life in jobs I hated, all of which had a detrimental effect on my mental health, I’m once […]...

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Elections, elections, elections!!!

Protempore So, there we have it. The local council elections in England completely decimated the Tories who lost 1330 seats and also provided a blow to Labour who were expecting to gain seats rather than lose the 80-odd which they did. Even UKIP lost over 100 seats. Theresa May has consistently said that “the people […]...

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