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As you read this, advance copies of the March Spurtle are already spreading across Broughton like fresh mildew on the shower curtain of civilisation.

Page 1 begins with the strain of river management and other bits we’d rather not think about. We have all the latest news on a lack of progress, a growing to-do list, making motorists fume, and the joys of spring.

Food – a lot of it – features on Page 2, along with a possible end to downhill misadventures, a headless mystery, unhinged waste management, confusing corners, and potentially problematic pongs in the offing.

Part of Page 3 has been operating as a short-term let for over 10 years and we see no reason to change it. Shiny youth, the travails of parking, a goose, a pig and a chicken also appear, and, confusingly, the Briefly column kicks off with 4 columns.

We wrap up Issue 337 with views on the New Town, some of them bricked up, a virtual neb, the future of bagels, a boozy neuk and surprising statistics on the comparative sobriety of Edinburgh drivers last Christmas.

We cover the square-mile of Spurtleshire in the kind of detail usually experienced only by ants. If you want to know what’s happening without getting trodden on, pick up your copy from any shop, pub, café, restaurant or public library between Stockbridge and Pilrig, Greenside and Canonmills.

Alternatively, visit the Scottish Room in the Central Library or download a colourful pdf from our website after midnight tonight. Past issues going back to February 1994 are available here.

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