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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A look behind the Wall

Tim Bell gives us a moving and deeply personal account of a trip he took earlier this year In March I was with a group from the Church of Scotland on a study tour of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories – chilling and thrilling. Everyone there is behind the Wall. Walls don’t work and […]...

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‘Art made tongue-tied by authority’

Gordon Munro invokes Shakespeare’s Sonnet 66 to highlight uncertain times ahead for EIF   Fergus Linehan is right to point out the impact of cuts to Edinburgh International Festival’s budget by your council. This will impact on programming and given the cuts agenda faced by your council he is also right to say “salami slicing”, […]...

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We’re all going to diet

Tom Wheeler: The No Recipe Man In these uncertain times – the chief uncertainty surrounding which will obliterate us first, climate catastrophe or total societal meltdown – it’s somehow reassuring to remember that two things are certain to outlive us all: the cockroach and the fad diet. When the apocalypse arrives, the only discernible sound […]...

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Everything Beezer & Dandy?

Shakespeare was wrong, the world isn’t a stage it’s a comic book. According to Colin Montgomery at least Tired of the cynicism? Tired of the funeral rites that pass for news these days? Tired of the endless whining from chippy commentators like yours truly? Worry not folks, because the truth is, this rotten bloated corpse […]...

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So many ways to begin

Where to start, when life comes full circle where to start a story? For Tracy Griffen it’s Leith Festival As a child growing up in South Australia, my hippy family revelled in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the second biggest (we heard) in the world after Edinburgh. My curiosity was piqued, and as a teenager I […]...

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It’s happened twice now in the last fortnight…

… The first time I found it horribly sad; the second time I felt outrage. And while I hope there isn’t a third time any time soon, I hope that if there is, I still feel the same sadness and outrage, if not more. I hope I don’t become de-sensitised, don’t stop letting it get […]...

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The wars of the sewing machines

The computer and the sewing machine have a lot in common argues Kennedy Wilson Isaac Merrit Singer was the Bill Gates of his age. Both men became vastly wealthy and were entrepreneurs ahead of their time. Both identified a huge, global market that encompassed the domestic and commercial spheres – one in the development of […]...

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New action to tackle child poverty

Ben Macpherson MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith The long weeks of the school summer holidays are upon us and there’s even been some sunshine on Leith… Albeit some heavy rain too…  For many families in our area, whether there’s sunshine or not, the school summer holidays are a happy period. They are often a […]...

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Short Story: The Granarchists & the Drum

Katy Nixon Her feet echoed in the stairwell, they still sounded as young as they had sixty years before when she had chased her wee brother out into the street to get her mother’s messages. A mist sat heavily in the air almost reaching the pavement, it should have been light but looking down Duke […]...

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Food Review: Macau Kitchen

Alan Bett Macau Kitchen93 St Leonard’s StreetEdinburgh07577 667334 While our ever-changing politics forces an ongoing reassessment of American Psycho, few would dispute it’s attack on the fad of fusion cooking. Whether it’s the novels vacuously hip Chinese/Creole eatery or quail-stuffed blue corn tortillas, two tasty things combined does not necessarily double the pleasure. The vogue […]...

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“Brexit is like an unwelcome pregnancy”

Mrs MacPickle Solves All Your Problems! Dear Mrs MacPickle, I am concerned that Brexit is affecting my sexuality. The other day I found myself enjoying footage of John Bercow Being Firm, and I actually heard myself saying “phwoar” as the Right Honourable Keir Starmer (MP Holborn and St Pancras, Labour) flashed up on the telly. […]...

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WalkingSolo: Levenhall to Seaton Sands

Carolyn McKerracher It’s that time of year again. The Festival.   A time in which the nation – or the good citizens of Edinburgh at least – is divided into two camps:  Those who embrace The-Festival-Season like an old friend and those who baton down the hatches/ lock the doors/ go on holiday/ emigrate/ frankly […]...

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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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