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Is Glasgow being mugged by ANOTHER sporting event?

I’m currently not in the best of moods, having noted that ONCE AGAIN Glasgow’s (city centre) streets are to be closed for a sporting event.

I’m not supposed to complain though, as it’s for a ‘Good Cause’ – “The annual Men’s 10k will arrive on June 16 and thousands of athletes from across the country are expected to get set and go.”

Great – if it’s so good, why not hold it on quiet road just outside the city, through some of Glasgow really BIG parks?

Instead, those of us not interested now seem to be expected to put up with this regular road closure disruption, and not say a thing.


I was really wondering about this advance publicity I spotted recently:

EUFA EURO 2020 Alert

EUFA EURO 2020 Alert

I don’t know anything about this, am not interested in it so won’t be wasting any of my time researching it, but wonder if it follows a similar swindle to the other large sporting events which cities are supposedly ‘honoured’ by being granted the privilege of hosting.

The event organisers (such as those being the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics) don’t have to raise a penny for them – the cities that host them have to cough up the money to run them, provide thousands of unpaid volunteers, and fund the building of new event spaces and stadiums.


No wonder Glasgow’s attractions, such as Tollcross Park’s sad winter garden, and now the People’s Palace winter garden are lying in ruins – when the council has to drop over £300 million on the Commonwealth Games, and recently settled an equal pay dispute (created by its predecessor) for £500 million. That’s just two obvious drains, if I actually looked, I could probably raise that to a loss of £1 billion that could have been better spent.

I always liken this sort of thing to the coercion, or just straight blackmail, of those involved in sales, marketing, and advertising.

When you turn them (and their fees down), they look at you through the narrow slits of their beady little eyes and say something like “If you don’t do this, we’ll take our service to your competitors, and make them a better offer. Can you afford to let that happen?

I’d say host cities are given a similar ultimatum by those event organisers, and told they’ll lose the money that visitors to their event will (supposedly) spend.


There was an interesting article that could be viewed in a sort of ‘Compare & Contrast’ way, as Edinburgh resident (or at least some of the mouthy ones) see, to be rebelling against the very thing that is keeping that city solvent.

And they’re certainly (apparently) more hostile to their tourists and events than Glaswegians seem to be their similar benefactors.

I don’t think I could easily lay hands on any published material where any  Glasgwegians (other than me of course) have made any negative comments about the disruption events cause.

Oh, that’s no longer true!

I just spotted this about Zippo’s Circus in Victoria Park:

They will put on two performances a day for the six day period.

Representations were received by Whiteinch Community Council and Jordanhill Community Council, with issues included the use of generators on the site.

“We welcome the coming of the circus, we just want to ask for conditions to mitigate the negative impact on surrounding houses,” a representative from Whiteinch Community Council said.

She requested noise was kept to an adequate level, parking restrictions were put in place and the use of generators and diesel vehicles were kept to a minimum.

Glasgow council grants circus licence despite worries over ‘intolerable’ noise

I don’t know how loud Zippo’s was, but I doubt it reached the levels of ‘Big Top’ shows taking place during the Fringe.

However, this reaction may be telegraphing Glasgow’s future reaction to tourists and events, IF it can stomach copying Edinburgh!

Edinburgh is at risk of being seen as ‘anti-tourist’ in the wake of campaigners raising concerns about the impact of festivals and events on the city, the chief executive of the Fringe Society has warned.

Shona McCarthy hit back at critics of what is claimed to be a growing “festivalisation” and “exploitation” of the city centre for major events, describing some of the criticisms that had been raised as “a bit weird”.

She insisted the Fringe should not be held responsible for the management of tourism numbers in the city centre, but warned the city’s welcoming reputation was “seriously in danger” due to an ongoing debate about the impact of the industry.

Edinburgh is in danger of becoming an ‘anti-tourist’ city, Fringe chief warns


Noisy performer

05/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Edinburgh oopsie? Pays Glasgow a compliment!

While the sane and rational of the two cities enjoy some competitive banter and rivalry, I have noted that others are sadly bigoted (which i no fun at all).

While reading about a proposal (not a plan) which could see tourists paying an admission charge to get into the Edinburgh museums while residents (who support free admission via their council tax, as is the norm for Scotland’s national museums  – except the National Museum of Flight) would get free admission as usual, I couldn’t help but notice that the council leader cited GLASGOW’s system as a possible model for changes in Edinburgh…

TOURISTS could be charged for visiting the Capital’s council-run museums and galleries while residents continue to get in free.

Council leader Adam McVey said a different regime for visitors and locals was one possible move which could come from a review of the city’s cultural services as part of budget cuts aimed at saving £150 million by 2023.

And he revealed the council was also looking at handing the management of its museums and galleries to an expanded Edinburgh Leisure, which already runs the city’s sports centres and swimming pools.

“We need to look at whether we keep cultural services directly run by the council or whether we look at a model that has a way of pooling assets.”

He said the Glasgow Life trust, which runs sport, leisure and culture in Glasgow, seemed to be a model which worked well.

City Centre Tory councillor Joanna Mowat said she was not against the changes proposed. “A lot of tourists are perfectly used to paying for museums. I have to pay when I go to Paris.”

She said her party had previously argued for a trust like Glasgow Life.

Edinburgh could charge tourists for museums while residents go free

PLEASE don’t start the silly argument about ‘Free Admission’ – this really is just a convenient form of words. Just try phrasing something more technically accurate in two words. Those starting that argument are just mischief-making, and diverting attention for the real issue.

I’ve never quite understood the deal with the National Museum of Flight, and can recall visiting the place at times when there WAS an admission charges, then there was NOT, and then it suddenly seemed to return again – and I looked silly as I just tried to walk straight in, apparently trying to avoid paying! But i just didn’t know the charge had been imposed again.

I just checked, and am almost glad I can’t get there any more, as the adult ticket is £12 – Geez! No wonder I started to make sure I only went there when another event was on, which usually included admission to the museum buildings.

Although it didn’t seem to gain any support, I was actually intrigued to see this proposal…

Budget proposals published by the Capital’s SNP-Labour coalition suggest “consolidating” venues like the Museum of Childhood, Museum of Edinburgh, Writers’ Museum, People’s Story and City Art Centre and creating a new museum and gallery.

But Cllr McVey played down suggestions of a new building and hinted the move was more likely to involve moving at least some elements from other venues into the City Art Centre.

He said: “The City Art Centre is a massive building which is heavily under-used. We need to make much more of it if we are going to have it as a city asset, making sure people know it’s there and capturing people’s interest. It is competing with some fantastic national assets. It needs to work much harder for the city.”

He said merging the museums into a single building was “probably not feasible”.

As a once regular visitor to Edinburgh and its larger museums (which I think are great), I wonder if they are right to dismiss that idea so quickly.

Although I know of the smaller museums and attractions listed, I NEVER got around visiting any of them. They seemed a bit small and specialist, and I just didn’t feel like making the effort to get to them. However, had they perhaps been close, or ‘consolidate’ within a larger venue, perhaps I would have supported them with a visit.

Thinking more deeply about the statements supporting the Glasgow Life by Edinburgh councillors, maybe it is a ‘Cunning Plan’ with other motives.

Although I can’t recall seeing any claims recently, I’m sure I remember all sorts of whining and claims of (I can’t recall exactly which form, so I won’t cite any specifics) corruption by handing city assets to the trust, or just plain uselessness, of the Glasgow Life trust system when it was introduced.

As far as I can see, we still have our assets, and none seem to have been spirited away into councillors living rooms, or sold off.

Our museums have been, or are being refurbished and enlarged, new ones built, and more and more exhibits are being taken out of storage and put on display in ever growing gallery space.

Maybe Edinburgh WOULD be wise to look west for inspiration!

Kelvingrove Lights

Kelvingrove Lights

28/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , | Leave a comment

Looks like Edinburghers don’t share Glaswegians sense of humour (just kidding)

I don’t know if this article is serious or not, I really just can’t gauge the tone.

However, I am sure I’m sad that the recent two-part Billy Connolly documentary was used to fuel it…

Then, my mate brought up the Connolly documentary, more specifically the bit in part one where Sharleen Spiteri takes a random pop at Edinburgh, even attempting a posh accent and my mood started to resemble Tony Montana’s in the final scene of Scarface.

The Texas singer said and I quote – “Glasgow was the arse end of Scotland because Edinburgh always got (attempts Miss Jean Brodie accent) ‘oh it’s lovely in Edinburgh – we’ve got a castle and it’s all fabulous’.” Really Sharleen?

The gist of what she was saying plays on the tired old notion of Edinburgh punters being “stuck up” and Glaswegians being a friendlier bunch.

I’ve listened to that type of inverted snobbery my whole life and feel it’s time to consign this dreary inter-city rivalry to the dustbin of history where it belongs.

It’s bordering on sectarianism and works both ways with Edinburgh people giving it “Weegie this and Weegie that” – there’s no way the Capital gets off the hook here.

Kevan Christie: Red Clydesiders would despair over Edinburgh-Glasgow rivalry

While there are a sad few who will always be genuine bigots and/or xenophobes, and will never change, most of us are normal, have a sense of humour, and a cheeky wink or twinkle in our eye as we say some terrible things.

The real problem is probably the ‘PC Brigade’ who won’t even allow this sort of comment to pass as innocent, and believe anyone who makes such comments deserves to be censured, and treated as if they were racist bigots.

It’s another example of what I see as people NOT actually being allowed to think freely, instead, being TOLD what to think by a noisy few who have some sort of agenda they want to further.

Maybe the writer should try this book…

I guess I’ll be criticised for this chose, since I’m a Weegie, and Weegies appear FIRST in the title, so it MUST be biased!


Weegies vs Edinbuggers

Weegies vs Edinbuggers


There’s a slogan that Glaswegians use when talking about Edinburgh’s world-famous joie de vivre: ‘Edinburgh! A castle, a smile and a song…One out of three isn’t bad.’ Edinburghers retaliate by talking of why all the Wise Men come from the East and all the cowboys from the West. So we have the Far East, the Wild West and an apparently unbridgeable gulf in between, usually called Falkirk. These are the jokes, the songs and the stories of why citizens of these two great cities would rather take Osama bin Laden home for tea than a Weegie or an Edinbugger, citizens of no mean cities though they be. Except, of course, traditionally, there is no request to tea in Edinburgh, more of a statement delivered without a question mark, as in ‘You’ll have had your tea.’ And ‘pal’ is the unfriendliest word there is in Glasgow. When a Glaswegian asks, ‘Ur you lookin’ at me, pal?’, you would be very naive indeed to think of it as a question or that the deliverer is intent on making friends. It is, in fact, a statement meaning something like, ‘Unless you come up with a smart reply sharpish, I’m going to attempt to remove your head from your shoulders with any weapon that comes to hand. Or my teeth.’ There’s nothing rational about it. Weegies know that all Edinburghers are just poncing about all day pretending to be flowers and waiting for dark to get up Calton Hill because, without exception, they like their vice versa. And Edinbuggers know that, in Weegie families, father, mother and sister often don’t add up to three, but that they do keep their chibs sharp, whatever a chib might be. There are hard hits from both sides, sharp jibes and bludgeoning diatribes, but it’s just friendly rivalry really. To use the double positive negative, a figure of speech unique to Scotland, ‘Aye, right.’

12/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Edinburgh follows Glasgow’s lead

While I don’t really like the hostility (or rivalry) some seem to genuinely promote between Edinburgh and Glasgow, I’m not going to ignore genuine opportunities to reflect the pair.

In this case, it’s the adoption of Low Emission Zones by the two cities, already underway in Glasgow, and a year away for Edinburgh.

Like the Glasgow case, the only sad thing about this news is the sheer lunacy of the campaigners who are spouting the usual rubbish about car exhausts killing people, as if they were dropping in the streets like flies.

If it wasn’t so silly, tragic, and counterproductive, it would be funny.

But it’s disingenuous nonsense, as it completely negates the efforts made over the years with various emission controls enforced on vehicles for decades, and the elimination of leaded petrol, which was a REAL danger at ground level, and has been banished from our roads.

But why let a little reality waste the panic and scare-mongering efforts of the activists and campaigners?

Cllr Doran has also highlighted the importance of tackling poor levels of air pollution, which she labelled a “silent killer”.

She added: “I always used to say Scotland has beautiful, clean air – but it has most certainly not. You always used to think Scotland had clean air because of the mountains and all the outdoors – but you cannot possibly say that in any way, shape or form.

“We are pushing our buggies along the road at car exhaust level. That is the most frightening thought and it is happening every single day. I would love to give a gift of clean air to future generations.”

The council will also bring forward plans for a Low Emission Zone next year, as well as specific proposals for monthly ‘open streets’ events on Sundays.

Cllr Doran said: “The LEZ will be for Edinburgh, it’s very ambitious for Edinburgh. People have to travel from city to city so there has to be a bit of joint working on how that will work.

“We can’t say people are not going to change, so what’s the point – the city will just grind to a stop. What we need is a city that is moveable and breathable and you can actually get around.”

Green councillors have called on the council to ensure that reality matches ambition. City centre Cllr Claire Miller said: “Across the world city centres are transforming away from car-dominated places of congestion and air pollution. Right now, Oslo, for example, is taking out car-parking spaces in its city centre so that pedestrians and cyclists come first.

Plans to ‘open up streets to pedestrians and cyclists’ in Edinburgh

The Green Loonies, campaigners, and activists are becoming little more than whining irritants nowadays, seeking to negate all the gains made to date, and trying to suggest that things are worse today than they were in the past, as if no progress has ever been made.

Have a look at the Moron Comment section after the following article, which simply reports some factual numbers, yet is met with much negative reactive from a certain type of respondent, which I will not identify again, other than to say they are sad, and not helping.

Greenhouse gas emissions by Scottish industry at 10-year low

Seriously, you can’t go on and on responding negatively, or rubbishing EVERY news item that reports advances in emissions or pollution control, and expect to be taken seriously.

I don’t mind admitting I no longer listen to, or give any credibility to any ‘Green’ activists or campaigners. Even before they start, I’ve turned off as I feel as if they are treating me like an idiot,

Now that I regularly cycle Glasgow city centre, I OBJECT to campaigners who TELL me I’m cycling in polluted, gridlocked, and congested streets they illustrate with pics like the one below – when my EYES (and nose) tell me they are spouting rubbish.

Campaigner Road Pic

Campaigner Road Pic

The realty of Glasgow is this pic, recently taken in Trongate at peak evening traffic time.

Full disclosure – I had to wait for the traffic lights to turn green, or I’d have taken the pic the same way ‘campaigners’ do, to make the street look as if it was blocked by traffic, which was really just waiting for the lights to turn from red to green.

If I’d wanted to be as ‘naughty’ as them, I’d have waited until the whole line had cleared, and shown an EMPTY street.

Gridlocked Glasgow Trongate

Gridlocked Glasgow Trongate

09/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

60 bikes – £30,000 – will this man go to jail?

(I’ve just realised Twitter lifts the pic and the post title – so have to note that the two are NOT RELATED, it’s just a sometimes annoying quirk of Twitter’s automatic formatting. I don’t write the tweets.)

It’s a pity the media jumped into this story before the conclusion was known.

Anybody stealing £30 k (as money) is probably going to jail.

And the US has a Three Strikes and You’re Out policy, referring to de facto life imprisonment of habitual criminals after being convicted of three violent or serious felonies (there are more details, but the idea is all I want to mention here).

I think 60 cycle thefts counts as ‘habitual’ though, so merits a more serious response that someone wandering off with just one.

I don’t know if the reporter concerned with bother to follow-up on this story, or the media will catch the conclusion, nor do we know when sentencing (if he is found guilty) will take place.

But, it would be nice to know how this ends.

And if he said “I just found them”, or “Never saw them before”.

Will he just get a slap on the wrist, or something juicier?

A man has been arrested and charged following the theft of more than 60 bicycles worth £30,000.

Under an initiative dedicated to tackling bike theft, the 41-year-old was arrested in August in connection with an attempt to sell a stolen bike online.

Following further enquiries, Edinburgh’s Community Investigation Unit (CIU) subsequently executed a warrant at flat in the Saughton area on Tuesday 27th November

The 41-year-old has now been charged with the theft of 62 pedal bikes, collectively worth over £30,000, which were stolen from common stairwells and outbuildings across the city.

Man charged over theft of 60 bicycles worth £30,000

I don’t suppose this is him, but in line with never giving a sucker an even break, this is a pic of a real bike thief.

And, guess what?

Bike thief caught in the act: “I was just checking if the lock was good” (video)

There’s no video now.

But, can we assume there is a connection between bike theft and a certain McDung fast food associated with a yellow ‘M’ on a red background?

Real Bike Thief

Real Bike Thief

30/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Where does the real problem lie?

I saw this story a while ago, but it has lingered in my mind after initially deciding not to bother mentioning it.

Then I saw the Comments Section after it (which you probably know I prefer to refer to as the Moron’s Section), and it changed my mind.

Being in Glasgow, I have to confess to having no idea, or experience, of this business, which I probably wouldn’t touch, but only because it’s a private venture with no accountability, and appears to want lots of ID and personal data.

But I read through more of the ‘comments’ than I really wanted to, and began to wonder what’s wrong with the British (or those that are motivated to spout their bile in comment sections. Has our climate, and ‘Nudge, nudge, wink, wink’ mentality made it almost impossible for us to regard a lack of clothes as meaning only one thing?

I know quite a few people from Continental Europe, and as a cold Scot in a Cold Scotland, I do get surprised with the ease at which they shed their clothes. I’ve become used to it (so this Edinburgh thing didn’t really catch my eye at first, until I saw the comments), and I suspect our Continental cousins would think it a little silly.

In light of that, I think I’d be more worried about being alone with most of the commenters who expressed their ‘shock and horror’ at this Edinburgh novelty business, than with anyone from the business.

As for the business?

Well, I did use the word ‘novelty’ for a reason.

If the initial interest in its novelty aspect wears off, it will disappear since it won’t be sustainable, and all ‘shocked and horrified’ people can trawl the news for something else to comment on.

Otherwise, it will be interesting to revisit the venture in a few years, and see if those expansion plans for Glasgow (seriously?) and Fife have materialised.

The idea is hardly new, but I don’t know if it’s been tried in our chilly and poor land. Hasn’t she read the news, most of Scotland is reportedly queuing up at food banks, and the kids are living in poverty. Unless… the media and politicians are making it all up.

A new naked cleaning business has launched in Edinburgh offering services in the buff for up to £80 an hour.

Glimmer strips back the hassle of household chores by supplying cleaners to carry out tasks such as ironing and hoovering while completely naked.

The company, set up by 25-year-old beautician Victoria Murphy, also has a lingerie and topless option, and has a number of male and female cleaners on its books of all age, shapes and sizes.

Clients are not allowed to touch the cleaners, take pictures or videos or have anybody else in the house for the service, with the price depending on how many clothes the employee has on. The nude cleaning service will set the client back £80 per hour. A cheaper alternative is for the cleaner to be wearing lingerie (£55) or be topless (£65).

Victoria told the Evening News: “There is a certain element of this business that is sexual. But there is a fine line of being in the adult industry and not. There is no sex involved. Glimmer is primarily a cleaning service with all our employees having past experience.”

Clients have to fill out a form and give photo ID before arranging a date and time for a cleaner to attend to their needs. Terms and conditions also need to be accepted ahead of their visit with the cleaner having the option to leave if they are made to feel uncomfortable.

After a positive start in the Capital, Victoria, of Murrayfield, is hoping to expand the business throughout Scotland.

She added: “I’m enjoying establishing Glimmer in Edinburgh and the Lothians but I see huge potential in this and I’m looking to push into Glasgow and Fife in the near future.”

Edinburgh woman, 25, starts up new Scottish naked cleaning business

Groundkeeper Willie

24/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Surprise opening of Calton Hill Collective

I spotted news of a development on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, around the site of the old observatory, not that long ago (back in August), and while mentioning it then, had no idea the work would be completed so soon.

I noted then that whenever I had visited Calton Hill, and the old observatory site, while there may have been a great view, it was really disappointing to see that this was really a dead place, with more interest for vandals than visitors.

It seems the work is done and the opening is set.

A new centre for contemporary art is to open at one of Edinburgh’s most iconic sites.

Collective – on Calton Hill – will include a new exhibition space and restaurant as well as the restored City Observatory.

The £4.5m development on the world heritage site is the result of a partnership between artists, businesses and local people.

The new art centre will open on Saturday.

Collective will include the restored City Observatory, designed by William Playfair in 1818, a new purpose-built exhibition space with panoramic viewing terrace, and a destination restaurant, The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage.

For the first time in its 200-year history the City Observatory site will be freely open to the public.

The City Observatory played a key role in the history of astronomy and timekeeping in Edinburgh.

The original telescope, installed in the observatory in 1831, will be on display.

Art centre to open on Calton Hill in Edinburgh

The only downside I can see is that I couldn’t get into the observatory building when I was a regular visitor to the area, now I can get in, but likely won’t be in Edinburgh again.

City Observatory Calton Hill

City Observatory Calton Hill

See also…

Observatory embarks on new mission after £4.5m makeover

23/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , | Leave a comment

Are ALL commenters on The Scotsman’s articles really morons?

While I take the results of most studies made by ‘business and financial advisers’ with a pinch of salt (you don’t have to be a genius to work how easy it is to skew the results by carefully crafting the study itself), I feel less charitable towards the commenters (or ‘morons’, as I tend to think of them nowadays) who seem to have endless time to spout their mindless and ridiculously preconceived views in those Scotsman articles that still allow comments.

I wouldn’t normally even waste the few minutes it will take to rattle this post together on their ramblings, but one stood out as so ridiculous, ill-informed, and biased, I had to stop for a moment.

This story caught my eye, initially to see how it had been fabricated. Probably the result of someone worried about keeping their job, and looking for a way to ‘get noticed’ by the boss, for doing something ‘clever’. In this case, inventing a term called ‘vibrancy’ and making sure Glasgow and Edinburgh came out at opposite ends of the scale.

Edinburgh and Glasgow at opposite ends of ‘vibrancy’ league table

But forget that, what really caught my eye as I sped-read down the page was this moron’s comment.

MLyons1952 • 6 days ago
Passed through Glasgow for the first time in many years last week. Judging by the people on Buchanan Street there is definitely something gone very wrong with the gene pool in the city. 200 years of bevying probably.


I’d venture that MLyons1952 has never set foot in Buchanan Street.

I’m there quite often.

It has some of the most expensive shops to be found in Glasgow.

Passing through it these days, I often feel like a peasant, as it filled with ‘The Beautiful People’ who are not short of a bob or two, are dressed in the latest fashions, and have mobile phones clamped to the ears (or rather their hands, as they seem to spend more time scrolling through social media than talking nowadays).

I’d venture that many of them are tourists too, with many American accents, and others babbling away in languages I can’t understand (and I don’t mean the Polish I’m used to hearing throughout the east end, from my fellow ‘natives’).

Maybe MLyons1952 is suggesting all those tourists are inbred (or staggering around drunk)?

At the moment (if MLyons1952 is not actually lying about being there ‘last week’), it’s also full of street performers, who I doubt would be wasting their time there if those in Buchanan Street were either ‘bevvying’, or suffering from gene pool defects.

I don’t have many pics of Buchanan Street – it’s too ‘kewl’ for me, and I’m so down-market I like to move quickly, for fear of being moved on as I look like a tramp.

Remember my ‘coffee victims’?

I’ve never paid (never would, never will) for a cup of coffee what they paid for those paper cups!

I wonder if MLyons1952 thinks they’re ‘bevvying’, or are inbred?

I think I’d quite like to chain MLyons1952 to a pole in Buchanan Street, with a copy of their comment pinned to their chest, and watch the locals’ reaction.

Coffee Fashion Victims

Coffee Fashion Victims

25/09/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Compulsory Sales Orders – Solving a problem, or just moving it along?

I spotted earlier news about Compulsory Sales Orders (CSOs) recently.

Wasn’t particularly impressed then, still not.

Forcing someone to sell a property (assuming it even sells at such a forced auction) could just shuffle an empty property from one owner to another, unless the CSO is made complex and has many requirements to be met. And I note the proposal even suggested returning it to the original owner if it is still empty after 3 years.

Sounds like another scheme to make lawyers/solicitors/agents/auctioneers rich – but not really tackle property/housing issues.

Maybe making it easier/cheaper to sell property would be a better idea, perhaps along the lines of…

Shaheena Din: How to get empty homes onto the housing market

More ‘carrot’, and less ‘stick’?

Edinburgh would seem to be getting ready to make a pre-emptive strike against vacant properties before this arrives (if it ever does) and serve Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) on owners of empty houses.

Sounds better, at least they’d be obliged to pay a decent market price.

And then the council would own the derelict, and have to find the money to make it habitable or worth renting, AND be responsible for its upkeep.

That should be fun, since most councils are cash-strapped these days – or does Edinburgh have a magic money-pot?

I’m always impressed by the people who jump up and down and whine about empty properties and demand someone do something.

But they never do anything else other than make a noise, threaten others do something ‘or else’, nor do they turn up with the bottomless purse that most empty property owners wish they had.

Oh well.

Owners to be forced to sell empty homes in Edinburgh

One to watch.

Council set to seize empty homes from owners to tackle Edinburgh’s housing crisis

Derelict House

Derelict House

01/09/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , | Leave a comment

Wake up Calton Hill

Ever since I ambled along to Calton Hill in the mistaken belief that I would find The Royal Observatory there (so, in those days, writers about such things were not so careful), I’ve always felt Calton Hill was a slightly disappointing place to visit.

That’s not to be interpreted as a call for development there, and it has some interesting features, and a great view that should always be protected and preserved. Rather, it’s just that you get there, and… not a lot of reward for your effort. You don’t feel as if you have ‘arrived’.

It’s hard to describe really, as there’s the National Monument, notable, but also notable for being started but not finished, Nelson’s Monument, also notable, but only takes a second to look at, and the site of the City Observatory.

The latter being what made me glum when I found it, more or less abandoned, closed, derelict some might say, and the repeated target of vandals and thieves, who apparently kept stealing the roofing materials.

I have memories of reading that it later became a holiday let – if that saved it, then that’s possibly a sad fate, but worth it.

So, plans for a new site on Calton Hill – to be called Collective – which will incorporate the City Observatory and City Dome as well as offering a new purpose-built exhibition space called The Hillside can’t be bad news.

Built on a cantilever partially suspended over Calton Hill, diners will be treated to breathtaking views of the city in The Lookout.

The new restaurant will be launched in partnership with Collective – the organisation in charge of the complete revamp of the City Observatory on Calton Hill.

The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage will feature floor to ceiling glass windows and promises panoramic views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

Further details including the menu and an opening date are yet to be revealed.

The best view in Edinburgh? Designs of new Calton Hill restaurant revealed

City Observatory Calton Hill

City Observatory Calton Hill

I’m so used to seeing drone pics these days I had to look twice at this one.

In fact, it was taken back in 2010, from the aforementioned Nelson Monument.

And it confirms my comment about the view – if for nothing else, it makes the (short) climb up the hill worthwhile.

09/08/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , | Leave a comment

Museum of Childhood set to reopen

Having closed towards the end of 2017 for planned refurbishment and expansion, Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood is set to meet its predict reopening date of March 2018.

It is scheduled to reopen on Saturday 03 March 2018.

Via Date confirmed for Museum of Childhood re-opening

In what is the first major change since then, the refurbishment will see new cases, floors and lights installed and objects displayed as the ground floor is opened into an interactive space, with dedicated zones focusing on memories of life at home, in school and at play. An area for film and a digital photo album will also be launched, focusing on how children have grown up in Edinburgh over the decades.

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Museum Of Childhood

Museum Of Childhood

08/02/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

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