Issue 136

Cover Story
Editor at Large

In the country of last things…

In the country of last things…

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Smells like Mean Spirit

With our world on a shaky peg, Colin Montgomery feels synaesthesia could be the weapon that restores it to its senses

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The King of Carnaby Street

Times change, reckons Kennedy Wilson, and never quite so quickly as in the mid 20th century

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MP for Edinburgh North and Leith

Let us talk about hope

We lift our eyes when we want to see further, believing in our common humanity lifts our eyes too, and it also opens them

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Saluting our Heritage Fashion

Tweed has a romantic, longstanding history dating back to 18th century Scotland

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MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith

The past, future & supporting each other

Let’s collaborate on tackling racism and xenophobia, let’s recommit to making Leith an even more tolerant and pluralist place in years to come

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Protempore

It didn’t take long and usually never does…

It didn’t take long and usually never does…

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Women Biting Back: Obedience and Defiance. “I try and get justice for women... at least in the pictures. Revenge too.”

Mira Koche reflects on the Paula Rego Exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which finished as we descended (or ascended) in to lockdown

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On the Loose

Strange Days Indeed…

The doctors wore masks too: sinister long pointed ones with herbs inside the beaks to protect them from the smell

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Novels in Three Lines

Three sentence exposés of biting beauty, irresistible irony and everyday theatre of the absurd? Félix Fénéon’s your man says Colin Montgomery

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Summer Health & Fitness

Leith’s Lockdown Lessons

Things turn full circle, once again I’m instructing people to fill a tote bag with cans of beans to use as a makeshift dumbbell

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Walking Solo

Notes on Lockdown

Soon I realised that I need the inspiration of new places, different coastlines, new colours, new sounds, new smells

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Something will be returned to us

Sally Fraser finds herself in a power cut with Doctor Who and some Milk Tray

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The No Recipe Man

A change is gonna come

Jack Monroe was a near-constant presence on social media, offering specific, practical, free advice

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Short Story

Days between stations

He used to think the acrobat had been brave in their love, because every night he threw himself into the air, ignoring that he had no wings

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Mrs MacPickle

No withdrawal of bedroom privileges

No withdrawal of bedroom privileges

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Sustainability & Satisfaction

The Precious Metals Workshop and This is Ian are two of the leading ethical jewellery based organisations in Scotland

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What does the legalisation of cannabis mean?

Dan Collins is here to tell us what the legalisation of cannabis DOESN’T mean

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