Protempore: “The other morning, I woke up with a hangover”

Rain was battering off the windows and it was still dark outside. Despite the lack of light, a squadron of seagulls were making a noise which I can only describe as being like the kind of horror-inducing squeals that Joe Pasquale would make if he was being interfered with in a maximum-security prison. My head […]...

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Another Girl, Another Planet

“Jordan created punk rock. She was selling it on the front line.” Adam Ant The revival of interest in Punk saw the story told from all kinds of viewpoints but there was one last great story still to be told and here it is Defying Gravity – Jordan’s Story. Told with the help of Cathi […]...

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Oh, what a lovely war

The UK seems increasingly on a wartime footing – all part of the plan claims Colin Montgomery   Britain lost the war. In fact, it lost two wars; this is not some insane revisionism at work, no, it’s jingoism that now holds sway as the exit door from Europe beckons us ever closer. Because if […]...

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The No Recipe Man: Season’s eatings

Tom Wheeler  Few people would disagree with the principle that cooking according to the seasons is an excellent idea. And even fewer people could ever be accused of putting that principle into practice. This shouldn’t be a surprise: the supply chain has developed over decades to meet our desire for standardisation. Never mind the quality, […]...

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A Celebration of Leith

Deidre BrockMP for Edinburgh North and Leith It’s 99 years since Leith was captured, annexed, corralled, encircled and appropriated by Edinburgh. We’d fought off the Romans in 211 and we were independent (apart from an unfortunate couple of decades of occupation by English forces at the end of the 13th century) until Robert the Bruce […]...

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The magical door at 64 Constitution Street

A grey stone building with a large turquoise front door on Constitution Street is fast becoming a local landmark in Leith. Tourists and families with children linger outside the windows to exclaim at the changing displays of cuddly toys and puppets. Like an old fashioned toyshop, it epitomises childhood memories new and old. One week […]...

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Short Story: The Butterfly & The Snow Globe

Katy Nixon The toilet on the train was not a glamorous experience for Sam. He became a contortionist as a metamorphosis in the bumpy cubicle began. Although uncomfortable he felt himself repairing the damage small towns do to a boy like him. He did it with eyeliner and eye shadows that looked like the dust […]...

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Brexit in someone else’s shoes

Sandy Campbell On the Loose I am proud to be living in the constituency with the highest Remain vote in Scotland. I voted Remain, and will do so again, given the chance. But I’m no fan of the EU, certainly not in its current form. When it came down to it there were really only two […]...

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A new planning system

BenMacphersonMSP for Edinburgh North and Leith Issues about planning are very much in the news at the moment. Leith has seen some controversial plans for new developments – and I have written about my support for the Save Leith Walk campaign in a recent issue of the Leither. I think it’s a really positive and […]...

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Billions of tiny receptors

We are still shackled to The Misuse of Substances Act (1971) says Dan Collins Alot has changed since 1971; it was the end of Sean Connery’s tenure as 007, and the beginning of decimal currency. The Daily Mail went from a broadsheet to a tabloid, and music lovers across the country tuned in to the […]...

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Walking Solo: The Fife Coastal Path

Carolyn McKerracher Now that most of the tourists have gone and local kids are back at school, I feel able to venture back out on the coastline. Good summer weather plays havoc with solo walking.    The Fife coastal path is a great combination of isolation, villages, shops and cake. It stretches 117miles from the […]...

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I was never really there…

Theme:Hero worship, focusing on sixties TV producer and key writer Rod Serling whose whip smart, stylish, sparkling ideas in Sci-Fi, human drama, urban tales created great TV that will never be forgotten Suggested Titles:You’re travelling in another dimensionNo smoking. Really?“I’m not really here you see.” You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of […]...

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Autumn Health & Fitness: Move your body

Tracy Griffen There are only a finite number of ways you can move the human body. Given that, it’s interesting that there are so many different approaches to fitness and exercise. In Leith at the moment we’re witnessing an explosion of the number of fitness businesses opening up. Where once was retail, now is yoga […]...

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Protempore …

By the time you read this, we will know who our next Prime Minister is As I’m writing, the “contest” is in full flow. What is at stake is the future economic prosperity of the country and for some, the United Kingdom as we currently know it. And then there’s Brexit. We still have to […]...

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