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Tuesday, 31 March 2020
As you read this, only a very few Spurtles are dispersing across the barony, maintaining a 6ft distance between each other at all times and accessible to readers from behind a plexi-glass safety...
Monday, 30 March 2020
Yesterday we came across guidance for over-70s and vulnerable others on receiving deliveries.  It comes from Dr Richard Simpson, an Honorary Professor of Health Sciences & Sport at...
Monday, 30 March 2020
1839–43 SOUP-KITCHEN.—We understand that a soup-kitchen was opened on Saturday at Greenside Row, which will be a great boon to the poor of that densely populated parish, among whom for some time...
Friday, 27 March 2020
Drum (Steads Place Ltd) and CAMVO 123 Ltd have this week submitted a proposal of application notice for the demolition of industrial units at 106–162 Leith Walk (even numbers).The intention is to...
Thursday, 26 March 2020
1837–38Fire.—On Thursday night, about seven o’clock, the premises in East Thistle Street Lane, in which Messrs M’Crie & Co. carry on the business of paper-staining, caught fire, which, however,...
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Residents associations across Edinburgh are rallying to support vulnerable locals who may need their help. We reproduce a list of those ones in Spurtle's area of operation, with thanks to Simon...
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Introduction Ever since the publication in 1886 of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, we have been accustomed to thinking of Edinburgh as a city divided. Its...
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
The Broughton Spurtle is a member of the Independent Community News Network. This lunchtime, its Director, Emma Meese, issued the following open letter. We reproduce it unedited and in full. As...
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Police Scotland issued a press release today. We reproduce it, unedited and in full, below. Police Scotland is advising the public to be cautious of strangers offering bogus services during the...
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
In the weeks to come, as a diversion from current inconveniences and alarms, Spurtle will serialise a previously unpublished work compiled by A. J. McIntosh entitled News from the Mews. It is a...

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