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Issue 145

Cover Story
1956: a defining year for Elvis Presley
Here delaying his gig to call a sick girl
Editor at Large

Electric afternoon in Cleveland

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“Looking back, I realise I captured the birth of rock’n’roll”

Reflections on a more certain uncertainty

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As the tectonic plates shift and the world judders, Colin Montgomery takes himself off to Ayrshire

The Leith Glutton

Silenced by the brilliance...

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It’s the kind of place where everyone is younger than you but kind enough not to notice

The dark master

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Best remembered for Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote’s real magnum opus was far darker says Kennedy Wilson

Health & Fitness

A Totally Teetotal Twenty Twenty-Two

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The only thing ever questioned is why people don’t drink, it’s a qualifier for belonging

Deidre Brock

I didn’t envy Chris Stephens…

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Disability Payment will replace PIP for disabled people of working age
in Scotland

Protempore

UK politicians actually walking into television studios with straight faces and lying to the public

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Ministers took to the airwaves to lie, not obfuscate, or divert attention, but actually lie about what Johnson had said

Mao’s deputy was asked if the French Revolution had been a success or not, “Too early to say” came his chilling reply

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At the time of writing, France is in the middle of presidential elections. I’m predicting Macron again – but only just!

A Top of the Pops fixated childhood

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Tom Wheeler makes a decent fist of trying to justify bubble gum pop and Cheesy Wotsits

Short Story

The River Witch

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After they drowned her I tried to make myself as small as my hands when they were clasped in prayer

“Can you hear me Mother?”

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Accusations of monstrous bad behaviour quickly poisoned the well of the station’s much loved community spirit

In the beginning there was the word…

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Tim Bell (self-portrait) sends out a call to writers and would be writers to send in contributions for the second volume of Leith’s very own compendium of new writing: The Darting Salamander.

Shipbuilding

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It’s just a rumor that was spread around town
By the women and children
Soon we’ll be shipbuilding
Elvis Costello

10 Dalmeny St: The Lady in Black

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John S Tantallon interviews Ghosts Trapped Underground’s Jade Cappaso about her childhood encounter in Leith

The History of a Street

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Hawthornvale in Newhaven is a community within a community, Dougie Ratcliffe tells us more

Do you prefer telescopes or microscopes?

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Regulations from a bygone era continue, but the writing is on the wall: The numbers don’t lie