Editor at Large: Stuff For Free


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Hello you…fancy winning a DVD of Alexander Mackendrick’s beautifully restored classic Whisky Galore? Hang around till the end and I’ll tell you how…what authors call the slow reveal!

Whilst on the subject, I was devastated to hear of the demise of The Vintners Rooms, a super nova in Leith’s culinary firmament for nigh on 25 years – long before all these Michelin starred whippersnappers, indeed, should long have been Michelin starred itself. It had lately restyled itself as a veritable museum of whisky, stocking over 1,000 rare whiskies. The sheer scale of the enterprise (curated by the World’s biggest private collector of whisky) was, quite literally, dizzying. No matter, Silvio, Grant and the others have gone, a huge loss to the area and – with Cafe Fish next door relocating to Stockbridge – an ominous sign of things to come.

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On a happier note, two of our contributors have books forthcoming. The Laird, as everybody in Leith knows, (including babies still in the womb), releases a book of his recipes, and a colourful wee package it is – a bit like the man himself then! Be warned those, ahem, infamous jokes are all intact and there is a picture of him with Rod Stewart hair. Oh, and he promises a book signing in…no, let’s do another competition. If anybody can tell The Leither where The Laird will be launching his book, we will send him or her a free copy. (Clue: this is the easiest question you will ever answer.)
Tracy Griffen meanwhile has conjured up 192 informative pages full of ideas on thriving with the seasons, entitled The Healthy Living Yearbook. It offers fitness ideas for all weather conditions, seasonal eating advice…and how to resist temptation. I may ask for bullet points from that chapter.

Now to those Whisky Galore! freebies; the film ranks among the most popular and best-loved of Ealing Studio’s comedies and is included on the BFI’s list of the 100 Best British films of all time. From the director of The Ladykillers and The Man In the White Suit, Whisky Galore! is a 100% proof classic, and we have 3 copies to give away. Just send the answer to this question – Where is the film’s location? – to info@leithermagazine.com, and one could be yours!

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