As you read this, advanced copies of October’s Spurtle are already knocking at doors in the barony like an AirBnB guest arriving 24 hours too early.
Page 1 begins with a gentle rattling of the key safe and some disapproving tuts concerning pipework. It continues with muttering about money, a threat of kerbside discontent, pessimistic outpourings, and a determination to hold someone to account.
It’s nearly March, and copies of the latest Spurtle have already begun bouncing about the barony like spring hares on a garden trampoline.
Issue 282 of your action-packed local stirrer begins with big decisions, bad baking, and a by-election … plus high jinks among pond life.
It continues with buses, borrowing, and a welcome absence of bollards, bids farewell to the lady boys of Pilrig, ruminates on leviathans, and puts in a good word for scruffy unfortunates.
As you read this, copies of the February Spurtle are already being distributed across Broughton and beyond. From the snow-capped peaks of George IV Bridge to the lush valley of Canonmills, from Pilrig’s sunny meadows to the mist-girt slopes of Howe Street and Henderson Row, local news, views, gossip, and reviews are on the move.
Page 1 of Issue 281 begins with booze and the forthcoming lack of it, proceeds with rising unease to the goings-on in parks, gets cross, then reaches a hopeful conclusion.
As you read this, the latest Spurtle has been written, printed, folded, and carefully counted into piles ready for wind-powered distribution across Broughton and beyond.
Issue 279 kicks off with some bad good news for first-time home-buyers, some good bad news for car parkers, and mixed tidings for those following the hypothetical progress of inevitable trams.
Page 2, like everywhere else at the moment, is dominated by Planning issues, with a sprinkling of wobbly parapet, airy art, and disappearing police box.