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Issue 158

Cover Story
Editor at Large

Once upon a time…


A hefty slap on the back returns his eyes to their sockets and his tongue to its sprocket

A Giant on the Bridge


The content of this column may have varied over the years – at least Tom Wheeler hopes it has - but one thing it’s never contained is a review

A cracked pencil on Tolbooth Wynd


The dwindling supply of Blackwing pencils became mythical, going for exorbitant prices to avid users and analogue devotees

Deidre Brock

Deepfake: The edge of a precipice


Tools like DALL-E, ChatGPT, and Bard have made it easier than ever for anyone to create deepfake images

Tracy Griffen

Life can sometimes feel wonky…


According to Albert Einstein ‘life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance, you must keep moving’

Graham Ross

Regular readers of this column…


It’s a run off between “mark my words” Biden and that piece of walking incoherence, the criminal Trump

On the

We, on the Yes side, need to do something the independence movement has not been adept at so far: listening to Unionists


This is election year on both sides of the pond. As 2025 approaches we’ll find ourselves on the brink of the Starmer/Trump years; Labour in charge at Westminster while Trump gets busy making the world even scarier

The Leith Glutton

Tipo, Ardfern, Dúthchas & Askr


Ingredients are heavily Scottish, but with discernible twangs from five years working for Gordon Ramsay in New York

Netflix: the ultimate disrupter


Kennedy Wilson on the female Beatles, chalets for crossdressers, HBO and Hitchcock’s storyboards

Monumental Leith


Leith can claim a good part of Ken Buchannan MBE, undisputed world featherweight champion
in 1971

Earth: The Remake


It’s not the planet that’s tatty, like Norma Desmond it is still ‘big’, humanity has come up short

The Newhaven Fisherwomen’s Choir


One of our more treasured possessions is the Diary of the Scottish Newhaven Fisherwomen’s Choir, dated 1927– 1977

The happiest days of our lives?


For Lawrence Lettice, school days were happy ones indeed, while others may see things in a different light

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