Protempore: A bug eyed sociopath called Dominic

As I’m writing this, we’re now three short weeks away from the date on which we’re due to leave the European Union. As things stand, it looks as though a no-deal Brexit is the most likely outcome.       This is because we have a Prime Minister who is quite possibly the most irresponsible, […]...

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The Un-Bucket List (Abridged)

You can stick your dolphins; Colin Montgomery would rather be a perfectly evolved killing machine Death is, like lies from Boris Johnson, inevitable. But expecting too much from the bit before it can backfire.  Let me begin again. With another beginning.  The aforesaid bleak one at the top of this page with its idle talk […]...

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This Sporting Life

W e were resting on the loungers at the deep end of Glenogle Baths when our reverie was disturbed by a young voice directed to my fellow bather. “Granddad, can we go now? And can I get a £1 for sweets?”  I butted in: “Sweets? After we had a swim my Dad used to get me […]...

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The No Recipe Man: Give me strength

If at any point over the past few months you’ve found yourself burying your head in your hands and bellowing, “Give me strength!”, be assured that you’re not alone. Like millions of others, you’re perplexed and exasperated by the issue that has polarised the UK, divided families and threatened our quality of life. I’m talking, […]...

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From Smell-o-Vision to Odorama

The first movie of John Waters, Polyester, is out on Blu-ray. Kennedy Wilson asks: has it passed its smell-by date?  From the off, Hollywood was constantly evolving its technology. Early silent movies were often just a notch above the nickelodeon on the seaside pier. Even primitive classics with stars like Valentino or Gloria Swanson are […]...

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Falling back in love with Poetry

Kevin Williamson, of Rebel Inc. and Neu! Reekie! fame, will be writing a poetry column for us. Here he introduces us to what he hopes to achieve Why do people fall out of love with poetry? This is a question that gets asked much less than, say, why do so many folk hate poetry? But […]...

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Short Story: The Lawrence tree in Leith

After her shower, after she had been dressed by kind hands the care workers had sat Iris beside her bed in the moss green chair filled with foam cushion. She liked it there. There was a window beside her and she could see the sky out of it and feel the breeze on her skin. […]...

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Leith’s gift to the world

A statue unveiled on Leith Links in early September acknowledges the remarkable contribution of Leith Links to the story of golf, says Tim Bell Leith has a new resident. He’s 110% life-size and he’s out in all weathers. He is John Rattray, born in 1707 and died in 1771, and a statue of him is […]...

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Deidre Brock: Weapons dumps around our coasts

MP for Edinburgh North and Leith Take a few tons of phosphorous, a few more tons of mustard gas, add in radioactive waste for variety and as much unwanted high explosive munitions as you can find, add some stuff you’re not sure about, load it onto ships and dump it in the sea. That’s what […]...

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Sandy Campbell: Leith needs you – in 2020

Imagine the scene: The House of Commons, 8th June 1920, the Second Reading of the Edinburgh Boundaries Extension and Tramways Bill:  Captain Benn, MP for Leith from 1918 to 1927, rises to his feet to oppose the annexation of our Burgh and its resulting forced incorporation into the metropolis of Edinburgh.  “It is not to […]...

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From Derry to a shop in Leith

Every time someone asks me what I do for a living, I face a dilemma, because there is no easy way to describe my work. I am the director of a social enterprise; a not-for-profit business that exists to improve the health and wellbeing of our community by offering the best variety of products and […]...

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Ben Macpherson: Climate change & Pavement parking

MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith While Westminster is in a Brexit storm and static jam, Holyrood is striding forward to tackle climate change and ban pavement parking.  At a time when Westminster has been mired in Brexit paralysis, the Scottish Parliament has been getting on with making a positive difference. Over recent months we’ve […]...

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Cooperating with bereaved families

When someone dies it’s one of the most challenging things we have to deal with. Talking and coming to terms with death is still a taboo subject, but funeral directors deal with this every day, helping families through the most difficult of times. Our friends at Scotmid Funerals (part of Scotmid Co-operative, we all know […]...

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Mrs MacPickle Solves All Your Problems!

I recommend a vague all-round “thank you” as you exit the Middle Door Dear Mrs MacPickle, As a long term Leith resident I am struggling to deal with the changes brought about by Lothian buses.  Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be more delighted with being able to pay with my card and not have […]...

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