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ISSUE 102 November 2021




A warm welcome to this issue of the Spotlight. To be honest, I was at a bit of a loss on what to write in this section for this issue - which is most unusual. So I started to reflect on what I have been doing these last few weeks/months thinking maybe I could draw on something from there. Which made me realise that really, despite all the major Covid changes in what we are now able to do, nothing much has actually changed for me personally. Yes we have gone out for a meal a few times and I have gradually caught up with friends. And the shops are open again so you can go for a browse and actually try on clothes before you buy. But I haven’t been on a train, I haven’t been to the cinema or theatre and, although I would love a holiday in the sun, I definitely do not want to go on a plane at the moment. Before Covid, I always seemed to be on the go and rushing around with never enough hours in the day for the things I wanted to do. I planned way too much into the hours I had so never got to the end of my eternal lists - which stressed me out at times! Over the last 18 months the whole pace of life has changed and I have come to realise that it has changed for the better. Of course I still want to go out and meet friends and I have a business to run and deadlines to meet. And yes I still have my endless lists. But, I am more realistic in my planning and timescales for achieving things. And more pragmatic at deciding what needs to be done and what can wait. My ‘old self’ was starting to stress about the front door not being painted and the letter box changed before the winter - it was on my plan for doing in September. But in a quiet moment of reflection, my ‘new self’ gave me a swift, hard kick. Of course the door can wait - Spring is a much better time for outdoor painting. So instead of stressing looking for paint in just the right colour, you are more likely to find me on the sofa reading a book. I know which of the two I definitely prefer doing these days!!!

Contents 6 Book Review : Chilling Reads 10 Hard Sudoku 14 Stockbridge Music Hub 18 The Best Tech To Keep You Warm This Winter 25 Food & Mood 28 An Update By Councillor Max Mitchell 32 Short Story : The Pied Piper 37 Rest Is Best 38 Cryptic Crossword 40/41 Community Spotlight 42 Puzzle Solutions 43 Recipe - Beet Chocolate Brownies

December 2021 Issue Artwork Deadline - 22nd November Distribution Date - 6th/7th/8th December 4

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HARD SUDOKU HOW TO PLAY Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through to 9 with no repetition! Thats all there is to it. You solve the puzzle with reason and logic - there’s no maths involved and no adding up. Its fun. Its challenging Its addictive. (Soln on pg 42)





The new Stockbridge Music Hub has got off to a flying start! Its launch on September 17th saw an audience aged between 0 and 80. The variety of music performed at the lunchtime event gave listeners a taste of the diversity that the community can come to enjoy in the months and years to come.

Stockbridge Music Hub

Clea Friend, who has been employed as a community music practitioner for the neighbourhood, brings her twenty years of experience as an educator and professional cellist together to create something unique and exciting. The idea for this post alongside the creation of the Music Hub was made possible by funding from Amati Global Investors who recognised the need for something community-based to aid with Covid recovery. Recent scientific developments have been able to prove how music affects the brain and body and why this has an impact on our health and wellbeing. Clea has an MSc in this subject from Edinburgh University, works in special and mainstream education as well as being a performing musician. Her skills as a musician, yoga teacher and counsellor give her a unique and holistic approach to communication through music. The pandemic has done great damage to our social lives and sense of community. For many of us there is a sense of apprehension and anxiety about coming together again. A musical performance or activity is a safe and gentle way to share and experience with others without the pressure to interact or be too close. Stockbridge Church is a welcoming building, warm and comfortable with full accessibility. The current minister has delayed his retirement in order help with setting up this hub. Whilst primarily a place of worship Stockbridge Church is also somewhere that welcomes all members of the community, whatever their faith, and is a generous resource and meeting point for clubs and organisations. The Music Hub the first of its kind, offering activities, events and workshops with the primary aim of providing a safe, welcoming and engaging space for anyone to enjoy. As well as putting on regular concerts, Clea is delivering workshops in local schools and care homes and running creative music sessions for children on the autistic spectrum. ‘Spectrum Music’ is being offered in partnership with the Glasgow based charity Hear My Music ( uk). Spaces were filled within days, highlighting the demand for such provision. ‘Culture Club’ enjoyed a screening of the original 1961 film of West Side Story recently and future meeting include a silent Buster Keaton movie with live improvised music. On the first Friday of each month there will be a free lunchtime concert and other activities in the pipeline include ‘Tutti!’ – and ensemble for anyone with an instrument at any level. All information is on the website where footage from recent concerts can also be enjoyed. Stockbridge Music Hub is for everyone. Please make contact if you have any ideas, questions or feedback. E : T : 07989 563358 14




Many free-standing heaters and radiators have built-in timers, but you can also add a smart timer to existing plug-in heaters by fitting a £10 smart plug.

From toasty toes to remote-controlled radiators We love winter, but sometimes it gets so cold that the central heating just isn’t enough. Not to worry: there’s tons of tech designed to keep you toasty. There are lots of heaters for your home in a range of prices. If money is no object, Dyson’s Purifier Hot+Cool uses Dyson’s bladeless fan technology to deliver winter warmth or summer cool without the buffering or noise of traditional fan heaters. Now might be a good time to invest in a smart heating system. Systems such as British Gas’s Hive enable you to make your thermostat smart, so you can control it from your phone, tablet, smartwatch or smart speaker. You can get it to turn on automatically when you’re coming home and off when you’re going out, so you’re not paying to heat an empty home. You can also get smart radiator valves that only heat the room(s) you’re currently using.

If you have frosty feet an electric foot warmer could be a brilliant buy. We like the ones that look like a single oversized slipper – although they’re not ideal when you have to get up and answer the door. Technology has the answer when we venture outside too. In addition to smart fabrics that retain body heat, which you’ll find in products such as Columbia Sportswear’s Omni-Heat jackets and fleeces, you can even take an electric blanket under your coat: lots of different firms make heated body warmers, which look like normal body warmers but include heating elements and batteries that recharge just like phones. Expect around ten hours of warmth at the lowest setting and three on high. To just warm up your hands, you can get a rechargeable hand warmer, or there’s a rechargeable heated scarf for less than £10 – and if your car doesn’t have heated seats, you can add a heated cushion for less than £40.

Columbia Omni-Heat Jacket There’s a whole range of OmniHeat products from this famous sportswear brand, including fleeces, lightweight coats and heavy jackets. From around £200,

Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Keep cool in summer, warm in winter and breathe nicer air all year round with this typically clever Dyson appliance. £549,

Hive Smart Thermostat Make any heating system into a smart heating system with the Hive Smart Thermostat. You can control it with your phone, tablet, smart watch or smart speaker. £249 including installation, Zippo Heat Bank 9s Hand Warmer Zippo are famous for their lighters, but there’s a whole range of hand warmers too. The 9s is the latest model, and it not only heats your hands but charges your gadgets too. £44,


Conqueco Heated Vest There are many heated vests on sites such as Amazon and this is one of the more expensive models, but it has hundreds of positive reviews. £102,



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Tucked behind a Big Red (and freshly muralled) shutter in the very heart of Leith, Coburg House Art Studios has been a creative home to artists, makers and designers for the past 22 years. The studios have grown, now taking over all four floors of this former granary building, and is now the proud home to a dynamic creative community with a well established reputation for excellence. In addition to 50 studio spaces with over 70 artists, the building offers a gallery and event space (which can be hired for your own exhibition) and a shop offering paintings, prints, jewellery, textiles and so much more all made by the artists of Coburg. The shop and gallery is open every weekend from 11am to 4pm. Twice a year, pandemic allowing, the artists open the doors to the whole building. It’s a bi-annual chance to see behind the scenes of a working studio complex, poke around the artistic process, ask the creatives questions, and get your hands on some real rare finds. We’re talking one-off pieces, discontinued ranges, prototypes and completely unique gifts. Plus, there’s a pop-up coffee shop from Coburg’s friends Domenicos, because with more than 70 creatives to chat to, you’ll probably need a pick-me-up during your journey. The next open studios event will happen on the Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December 2021, doors will be open from 10am to 5pm. Pre-pandemic, the open studios could be a busy affair, but you can rest assured the artists have organised this event with the utmost care and consideration for your safety. Numbers will be monitored to make sure the studios don’t get too crowded, hand sanitiser provided in all studios and regular disinfection of the public spaces. It’s the perfect chance to see what the artists have been up to during a variety of lockdowns, get a handle on the Christmas shopping and shop local and handmade. Coburg House Art Studios are located at 15 Coburg Street, just off the Shore and opposite the new Aldi on Constitution Street. There’s over 70 artists who can’t wait to welcome you.




Food & Mood

Batch cook – soups & casseroles to have at lunchtime or to come home to

Increase your Plant Fibre intake – change your recipes to half meat/half pulses, The longer, dark days of the winter can often legumes etc have an effect on our wellbeing so this month A Mediterranean type diet – very effective I want to give you some tips to boost your in supporting our immune system & helping mood. to reduce depressive symptoms You probably already know that our food Fermented Foods & Drinks - naturally choices affect our digestion, weight & immunity probiotic foods full of healthy bacteria – all aspects of our physical health. But did you know that the food you eat has a direct A 12 hour Fasting Window - enables the microbiome to clean up the gut for optimum impact on our minds as all as our bodies? gut health. It’s becoming more & more widely known & accepted that the healthy bacteria, fungi & This article is abridged - You can find the other microbes – known as ‘microbiome’ or longer Food & Mood article in my blog at ‘gut flora’ – that live in our gut, send messages to our brains via what’s known as the gutJanuary 2022 – I’ll be running a Vision brain axis. A healthy & happy gut affects our Board Workshop to set our intentions & mood & wellbeing. visualise everything you want to manifest for A healthy microbiome has a large number 2022! Places very limited – get in touch for & diversity of gut bacteria. Studies have more info. shown that the absence of varied gut bacteria January 2022 – “Change Your Mindset to decreases our abilities to manage stress. A Change Your Life” workshops. healthy gut not only affects our moods, but it also positively affects our immune system and our resistance to disease. By Gillian Dalgliesh

So how can we increase & maintain our gut flora in order to support our health? It’s simple & enjoyable! We eat the types of foods that support our gut health and avoid those that diminish our healthy gut bacteria. The more plentiful & diverse your gut bacteria, the healthier you’ll be and the more psychologically resilient! Here are some suggestions: Quit highly processed food - Convenience food at lunch time, ie sausage rolls etc, ready meals, takeaways, sugary snacks (biscuits, cakes, sweets etc), refined bread, some cereals, anything with a long list of ingredients, foods containing ‘E’ numbers, ingredients with chemical sounding names, artificial sweetners, emulsifiers (these are added to highly processed foods to keep the texture consistent & to increase the shelf life). Also, too much alcohol & too many sugary or fizzy drinks. Vary your diet – Try new recipes

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An Update From Councillor Max Mitchell City Plan 2030 Another day, another Council consultation! City Plan 2030 is possibly one of the most important statutory documents produced by the Council as it is the new Local Development Plan. This will allocate where can and cannot be developed within the City of Edinburgh, as well as how it can be developed. The plan is a brownfield-led strategy to reduce the need for greenfield use, which is welcome, but includes previously allocated greenfield sites as well as the BioQuarter and International Business Gateway. What is concerning about the plan is that the total number of new homes planned is 31% less than what is estimated to be needed by 2032, the number of new affordable homes proposed is less than half projected to be needed, and only nine of the 91 brownfield sites are presently vacant, which potentially throws up all kinds of problems in terms of deliverability and timescales. One of the biggest challenges facing this city relates to providing enough homes, especially affordable homes. With the average home costing seven times the average salary, Edinburgh is the most expensive place for housing in Scotland and is second in the UK only to London. Failing to meet the demand of housing will continue to push up the cost, both in terms of prices and rent. In the most pressurised housing market in Scotland, if housing is not delivered it is those most in need of housing who will suffer the most. The current Council ‘Administration’ (the political parties in control of the Council) have only managed to deliver just shy of 42% of their affordable housing target – i.e. not quite 4,200 of the 10,000 target. The consultation opens on Sunday 7th November for six weeks and can be found on the Council’s consultation hub. The Scottish Government will later review the plan submitted by the Council.

Spaces for People, Canonmills I received several dozen complaints, and continue to receive complaints, about the impact of the Spaces for People measures between Canonmills and Rodney Street. The removal of the second vehicular lane into town has caused vast amounts of congestion in the area with subsequent rat-running in surrounding streets. Much of the Canonmills-Broughton Street scheme has been praised, but this section has not been well received. Indeed, Lothian Buses were reporting frequent delays in their services and some cyclists described it as dangerous. This part of the scheme is to be removed and reinstated as before. This is planned for later in November. Please don’t hesitate to contact Inverleith Ward councillor Max Mitchell by email,, or by phone on 0131 529 4409, with any local issues or questions. 28









Rest Is Best It is a time where life is returning to ‘normal’. After lockdowns and enforced staying at home, many of us are back to working at the office, socialising and generally being busy. What’s not being talked about is how we’re coping. It’s exhausting having a hurly burly lifestyle, especially if you are recovering from Covid. My accountant told me how exhausted she was, post-viral, working full time with a house to run, whilst caring for her elderly Mum. I naively asked if she ever had time for an afternoon nap, and she looked at me as if it was the craziest question anyone had ever asked her. We make time to be busy, but should we be making time to rest and recover? Perhaps we should. If you’re recovering from a viral infection, you may find your energy levels are not what they used to be. Having recently qualified in Covid Rehabilitation and trained a number of post-Covid fitness clients, I have heard their frustration at not being able to do what they used to do. If they go for a run or fast walk, they’re often wiped out for days afterwards. This is their body telling them to take it easy. As frustrating as it may be, the only way to build up fitness post-viral (or any fitness really) is slowly and gradually.

By Tracy Griffen

previous column I recommended heart rate training, wearing a heart rate monitor (HRM) to ensure your exertion levels stay within a lower level of intensity. Exercise so you feel slightly puffed, but not absolutely exhausted. If it means that you need to go slower than before, so be it. And I wasn’t joking about the afternoon nap. If you can get 20 to 30 minutes shut eye in the afternoon, you might find your energy levels and concentration improve. If anyone asks, tell them you’re napping for your health and mood. More on napping in my next column. Personal Trainer Tracy Griffen runs a private fitness studio and is the author of Get Fit & Enjoy It, her new book that teaches you how to get fit from home. Order yours from www.getfitandenjoyit. com for £7.99. Tracy schedules her working day around afternoon naps.

If you have not been active, it is unlikely you’ll be able to do what you could do even a year ago. The important thing is to recognise this, set small and achievable goals, and take extra rest in between bouts of exertion. Sleep is when your body repairs itself, when your brain processes the day’s information and when your body mops up oxidative stress and prepares you for the day ahead. You need to rest and recover after aerobic exercise, as the body replenishes it’s glycogen supply (sugar stored in the muscles, your fuel). High intensity exercise puts an extra stress on the immune system, so it’s best to avoid strenuous exercise if you’re feeling under the weather. In my 37

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Community Spotlight


EDINBURGH FLORAL ART CLUB MEETINGS The club meets at Blackhall St. Columba’s Church hall, Queensferry Road, the second Friday of each month from 2pm to 4pm

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Art Studios Beaverhall Open Studios 5 Coburg House Open Studios 22 Auctioneers Ramsey Cornish Baby Massage Scents Of Wellbeing Bed Suppliers The Bed Shop

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Building Services Ronald G Graham


CBD Products The Hemp Community


Chiropodists New Town Footcare


Christmas Trees Crimbo Trees


Cleaning Services Creme de la Creme



Driveways Alpine Paving & Driveways 35 Edinburgh Driveways & Landscaping 35 Electricians Kelly Electrical McElhone Electrical

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Roofing Services Ronald G Graham


Rugs/Kilim Repair & Cleaning The Nomads Tent 15

Furnishings & Interiors The Nomads Tent

Gas & Central Heating TB Mackay Energy Services 36 Gift Shops The Nomads Tent


Handyman Services David A Burnett


Health The Hemp Community


Health & Fitness Griffen Fitness


Health Food Shops Real Foods


Hypnotherapy Gillian Dalgleish


Kitchens Countryside Kitchens & Interiors 19

Dog Services Teddy’s Dog Salon


Property Management St Andrews Property Centre

Eye Wear Gibson Syme

Computer Services AV & PC Homehelp 13 Simplyfixit 39

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Plastering DCM Construction

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Interior Design Countryside Kitchens & Interiors 19

Decoratoring Services AM Decorating Barry McGuire DCM Construction

Paving Services Alpine Paving & Driveways

Events Beaverhall Open Studios Christmas At The Botanics Coburg House Open Studios Light Up A Life

Complementary Therapies Amethyst 7 Gillian Dalgleish 25 Katherine Dandridge Acupuncture 34 Scents Of Wellbeing 16

Counselling Services Bright Light 11 Counselling Conversations 15


Estate Agents ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan 30/31 St Andrews Property Centre 17

Jewellers Sheila Fleet

Landscaping Edinburgh Driveways & Landscaping

Removals/House Clearances Man/Men With A Van 9 27

Solicitors ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan 30/31 Gibson Kerr 29 St Columb’s Hospice Light Up A Life


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Tile Suppliers Edinburgh Tile Studio


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Language Tuition Speak Out With Confidence 21 Mortgage Services Malleny Mortgage Solutions 27 Simply Mortgage 24 Office/Garage Clearance Man/Men With A Van


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Organic Produce Real Foods


Pantomime St Serfs Players


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