1 April

BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR BETTER STREETS

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 01/04/2021 - 00:00

Critics have raised serious doubts about suggestions for reinventing Edinburgh’s 'front-line civic stewardship' as potentially unfair, unworkable and unaccountable.

The proposals emerged yesterday in a leaked report by Leith-based policy think-tank Dark Blue Sky (DBS). It argues a three-tier system operating on capital streets could complement the work of police and make life in the increasingly crowded city centre safer and more pleasurable for visitors and residents alike.

ANCIENT FELINE FAR FROM HOME

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 01/04/2020 - 10:45

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, Pompeii was not the only casualty. 

Herculaneum – nine miles to the north – was likewise engulfed, a pyroclastic surge burying the town and smothering many of its inhabitants in a thick shroud of volcanic ash.

Emanuel Maurice, Prince d’Elbeuf, began excavating here in 1719, and it was from his posthumous estate that the Edinburgh diarist and lawyer James Boswell acquired ‘not cheap’ the plaster cast of a young female cat (shown foot of page) during his Grand Tour of Italy, Corsica, and France in 1764/66.

STACK-IT-HIGH LOCALS AIM TO GAIN

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 01/04/2019 - 00:00

With concern mounting over the prospects of Britain crashing out of Europe, and the potential negative effects of such a hard Brexit on business and visitor numbers in the Scottish capital, you may think this is a difficult time to make money in Edinburgh.

Think again. Enterprising residents are finding a new way to prosper in the face of uncertainty, and observers say it could turn out to be more than a short-term trend.

The new earning model is called ‘warehoming’ or ‘warehosting’.

E-ROUTE TO SMOOTHER STREETS?

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 01/04/2018 - 11:12

 COMMUNITY APP TO FIX ROADS 

Cyclists and motorists could soon enjoy smoother journeys across Edinburgh thanks to a bespoke pothole-repair app going live tomorrow. 

UberHole is the brainchild of Broughton-based entrepreneur Bernard Dintman, who spots a gap in the market now that cash-strapped councils struggle to maintain roads across Scotland to acceptable standards.

HALF-SUNK WITHOUT TRACE

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 01/04/2017 - 19:12

… UNTIL NOW 

Cabinet papers newly released under the 30-year rule cast a surprising light on Edinburgh’s seascape. 

Inchmickery stands roughly two miles off the coast in the Firth of Forth. 

Members of the public may not land on this RSPB bird reserve, where ‘small but important populations of tern and breeding eider’ enjoy legal protection. Few pause to question the validity of that prohibition.