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Issue 143

Cover Story

Wishing you all the light you can see in  2022

Thanks to Nell from Chums Coffee Shop on Henderson St, for our cover image of her wonderful neon sign (by Solas Neon)

The Editor

Chefs in fiction
& fact


On returning from his bout of wet fishmongering he snatches the menu from that Ken Barlow

Never mind the quality feel the width!


Lawrence Lettice on a film festival with a unique remit, showing films on the screens they were intended for

A cure for Christmas…


Peace and goodwill are in short supply this yuletide after a brutal 2021, writes Colin Montgomery; so spare us the cheap sentiment

MP for Edinburgh North and Leith

What is the UK becoming?


The Nationality and Borders Bill will criminalise the RNLI for rescuing drowning people including children

Parks, Recreation & £625


Leith Links has always been an area of contestation avers Gordon Munro…


I recommend you read the William Burroughs short story The Junky’s Christmas


A Child’s Christmas in Wales is a monumental love letter to the innocence of childhood and it catches me every time

Seeing the bigger picture


Tom Wheeler reckons treading water is enough for these times, deserving of its swimming badge


All good things come to those who wait


Twelve Triangles’ miso caramel is so good it should be available on prescription only

A Manifesto for Newhaven


We hear from, Gordon Young on the efforts to forge a way forward for ‘the village in the city’

Mrs MacPickle

…a bit like AA for flashers


“My name is Celia and I have flat nipples”. But I don’t know if these things happen anymore.

Glasgow’s fallen Arches


Kennedy Wilson on a new book charting the rise and fall of Glasgow’s onetime party central, The Arches

Short Story

Hunted by Ghosts


She walked past the police station on Constitution Street and wondered what to do; the police didn’t deal in ghosts…

Spectrums of Scottishness


Sally Fraser on her traitorous kids’ penchant for Irn Bru and Lorne sausage, and hers for skooshy cream over squirty

Winter Health & Fitness

Just burn your own energy!


Having been an enthusiastic environmental activist for over 30 years, nowadays I am wary/weary of theatrics

Walking Solo

A menopausal ramble in West Lothian


I was of the opinion that HRT treatment should only be undertaken if symptoms were adversely affecting your life

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