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ISSUE 308 – OUT TOMORROW!

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 31/05/2022 - 20:51

As you read this, advance copies of the June Spurtle have already spread across the barony like fresh hail through a spring T-shirt. Gird your goosebumps and embrace the news.

On Page 1 we commence with news of the May election, and ill-advised speculations on a Coalition deal formulated before the real thing emerged just after it was too late to correct ourselves. When in doubt, Shoot the Editor.

We have reports, too, of a bipedal phenomenon newly arrived in Broughton, the botched beginning of beautiful bins, and the grisly end of a local landmark.

ISSUE 317 – OUT TOMORROW!

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 30/04/2022 - 10:48

As you read this, advance copies of the May Spurtle are already spreading across the barony like half-frozen political canvassers ducking into shops to get out of the wind.

Page 1 begins with a glaring absence, a brilliant presence, and mind-boggling Council self-contradiction. It continues with confirmed plans for the Beaverlands, then tapers to a wobbling close on Leith Walk. No officials were harmed in the writing of these reports.

ISSUE 316 — OUT TOMORROW!

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 31/03/2022 - 00:01

As you read this, advance copies of the April Spurtle are already drifting across Broughton like spring snowflakes on a northerly wind. Brace yourself.

Issue 316 begins with an icy editorial blast. It continues with news of a 6-month freeze, a much loved unlovely structure left out in the cold, and a frosty response to calls for consultation. Politicians beware – the hustings are coming.

ISSUE 315 — OUT TOMORROW!

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 28/02/2022 - 10:28

As you read this, advance copies of the March Spurtle are already spreading in all directions across the barony like confused pedestrians trying to cross York Place.

Page 1 begins with the word ‘Last’ and ends with the word ‘objections’. In-between there are thoughts on green flags and where not to find one, Edinburgh’s air and where not to breathe it, proactive approaches to Picardy Place, and a hippopotamus in a hamster cage.

ISSUE 314 – OUT TOMORROW!

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 31/01/2022 - 11:09

As you read this, advance copies of the February Spurtle are already fanning out across the barony like invitations to a Downing Street after-work work meeting for people who won’t be doing any work at it.

Page 1 jumps straight into a controversial development, grinding teeth, and serious crime before lightening the tone with coffee-and-cake news and ways to help local kids get lost in the countryside.

ISSUE 312 — OUT TOMORROW!

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 31/10/2021 - 13:05

As you read this, advance copies of the November Spurtle are already circulating around Broughton like fallen leaves down a recently unblocked gully.

The new printed issue begins with Leith Walk – how to get across it and whose garden to get comfortable in once you’ve arrived. It continues with a disturbing turn in a usually peaceful neighbourhood, speculates on the next round of hot-air about bins, and ends with a naked appeal for your dosh.

ISSUE 311—OUT SOON!

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 30/09/2021 - 07:40

As you read this, advance copies of the October Spurtle are already dispersing across the barony like dropped PPE masks on an easterly breeze.

Page 1 contains a refusal, an appeal, a crisis, and ‘an absolute disgrace’.

Page 2 takes a deep breath and calmly outlines a delay, a declutter, a bit more detail, and a desire for improved fresh air. Plus Enlightenment, a toucan, Walnut Whips, and an occult reference to an unusual body part most human beings don’t like to talk about.

ISSUE 310 — OUT SOON!

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 31/08/2021 - 06:01

As you read this, advance copies of September’s Spurtle are already scattered about the barony like pelicans chasing a fish supper.

Page 1 begins with high hopes of K-pop (but not as high as before), two men in hats, and a councillor feeling the heat. Locals, as usual, are sceptical about everything.

If it’s vampires that quicken your blood, Page 2 is the place to be with sleeves rolled down and socks up over the knees. We have reports on crime, pugilism, good and bad pop-ups, and regrettable departures from the Broughton scene. Also, bins.

ISSUE 309 – OUT TOMORROW!

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 31/07/2021 - 08:06

As you read this, advance copies of the August Spurtle are already brightening the barony like sunbeams on gull-proof sacks.

We begin on Page 1, as is our style, with a soggy outlook, a moggy on a bicycle, and foggy prospects for an architectural gem.

As usual, we continue with Page 2, where you can find out how much better or worse you’re doing than average, catch up on the latest Jacobite news, and learn about the nitty gritty of Broughton’s collapsing bridges, beauty, bookshops, and B-listed conversions.

ISSUE 308 – OUT TOMORROW!

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 30/06/2021 - 09:54

As you read this, advance copies of the June Spurtle are already dotting the shelves of local shops like huge pepper grounds on the boiled eggs of a salad nicoise accidentally left overnight on the kitchen table. At least, I think they’re pepper grounds.

Page 1 contains contested spaces, controversial clusters, and one word too many; takes a deep breath before consultation; and rejoices in the gore-bellied posturing of an Edinburgh humbug long gone but not forgotten.