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November 2020

TRINITY SPOTLIGHT


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The magical, botanical, illuminated trail

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Welcome To The November Trinity Spotlight I hope that all the local residents reading this are safe and well in these uncertain times. By the time you receive this issue I don’t know where we will be in terms of tiers and lockdown - all I know is that things are not getting any easier. Times are tough for everyone just now. As someone who runs a small business, I know how hard it is for anyone who is self employed at the moment and trying to keep their business afloat. I have an elderly parent who lives on her own and is desperatly missing the company and enjoyment of the various groups she used to go to that can no longer run so I can appreciate the effect the current situation is having on elderly people. At the other end of the scale, I have friends who have children of various ages at school who are worried about the spread of Covid in schools and classrooms. And for the older children there is the potential impact on exams and their future. Appointments with the NHS are just not happening, there is a huge backlog of patients awaiting treatment for all sorts of issues and there is no sign of any catch up or improvement of this situation. I would like to be able to say I can see a light at the end of the tunnel but alas that is not the case at the moment. All I can say to people reading this is be strong, be kind to each other as much as possible and, most importantly, stay safe. If the situation is getting you down phone a friend for a chat, think about watching a film you haven’t seen but have always meant to watch, read a new book, get the cards out and play a game with the kids or your other half or simply go for a walk. It’s not easy but it’s the little things that can help you get through each day. Please stay positive, things will eventually get better!!

Contents 6 Travel Insurance Advice

The Trinity Spotlight

12 Trinity Community Council

Editor : Sue Hutchison T : 0131 618 6622 (Always include area code when calling)

16 Fireworks Phobia

M : 07817 206 418

18 Health - Are You Eating Enough Fibre?

E: sue@trinityspotlight.co.uk

10 Hard Sudoku

22 Fitness - Get Fit And Enjoy It 26 Ma`dan People – The Marsh Arabs 28 Motoring - First Drive Of The Volkswagon e-UP 32 Fast Fashion 34 Update From Councillor Jim Campbell 36 Quick Crossword/Xmas Posting Dates 37 Community Information 38 Puzzle Solutions 39 Recipe - Fruit & Nut Energy Balls

December 2020 Issue Artwork Deadline - 20th November Distribution Date - 7th/8th/9th December 4

Best Wishes Sue

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Get Fit and Enjoy It: Learn How To Exercise From Home By Tracy Griffen

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staying in shape. Based on over 15 years of experience training individuals of all ages and abilities, it aims to show you how to improve your fitness (and confidence) using minimal equipment. This full-colour book is 113 pages long, taking you through the process of designing your very own exercise programme. It’s a very ‘in house’ production (literally!), you will even spot Coco the fitness pug (my studio assistant) on the front cover. In our lounge room. When it was first designed, the original front cover had skinny models doing impossible exercises - but this is a realistic fitness book that needed a more homely cover, so the cover photos were shot in our house... Staying fit and healthy is essential for good


mood, especially over the darker months and you don’t even need to go to a gym. Here’s what you’ll learn: • Goal setting and how to get started • 64 fully illustrated exercises, with clear instructions • Ideas for tailoring your workout to your needs • Fitness ideas no matter the weather • How to stay focused and see real results It is a fitness book especially written for the times. If we’re going to have to stay close to home over winter, we may as well make the most of it. Get fit and enjoy it!

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Ma`dan People – The Marsh Arabs

By Piotr Wesolowski

The origins of the Marsh Arabs, the swamp dwellers of southern Iraq are rather obscure; their customs are neither Arab nor Muslim, and they speak a dialect that is largely foreign to other Iraqis. The Ma`dan people, it appears, ‘likely maintained a range of pre-Arab, pre-Muslim cultural practices going back to the Sumerians.’ It is believed that sometime in the late eighteenth century, they converted to Shiite Islam which had a tragic effect on their destiny later in history, namely, during reign of Saddam Hussain at the end of the past millennium. The Hussain regime viewed Ma`dan clans with suspicion; allegedly ‘the marshes were used by expatriate Iraqi Shiite guerrilla fighters based in Iran trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, to infiltrate into Iraq.’ To prevent that, in the aftermath of the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s, on the orders of Saddam Hussain, the Ma`dan people were relocated to other parts of Iraq and the marshes drained out. What is left of the Ma`dan, the Marsh Arabs, however, is their artistic legacy. The women of these Arab tribes were famous for their most exquisite wedding blankets with abstract, yet symbolic patterns embroidered on plain wool kilims bought on nearby markets from Kurdish weavers. Typically, two naturally brown wool kilims would be sown together (a symbol of unity in marriage) and covered densely with exquisite design in a most unpredictable range of colours. These beautiful object d’art are no longer produced, a result of Hussain’s genocide against the Marsh Arabs, the destruction of their way of life and diaspora.

Quotations from Marsh Arab Rebellion: Grievance, Mafias and Militias in Iraq Juan Cole Fourth Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture, (Bloomington, IN: Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, 2008). Pp. 1-31. 26


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An Update From Councillor Jim Campbell Recently, the rather arcane subject of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) has become quite a hot topic. Not only in relation to the Low Traffic Neighbourhood proposals for the East Craigs area, but also here in Trinity. TROs are legal instruments that Roads Authorities (a distinct legal hat the Council also wears) used to change the management of our roads. Together with Redetermination Orders (the legal authority to change the status of roads), they form a body of law that protects public highways and byways. Being able to move around freely, to trade goods and services, are still fundamental parts of our society, even if a little more has moved on-line these last six months. Given this importance, statute sets exacting standards that Roads Authorities must follow. This includes the need to advertise proposed change, the right to object and a clear quasi-judicial process that must be followed before a decision is reached. The kind of changes covered include: making a road a pedestrian precinct, changes to parking restrictions, the creation of disabled parking bays, closing a road to through traffic, changing speed limits, installing bicycle storage sheds and so on. The changes are advertised on-line and with notices in the area. Don’t underestimate the importance of official notices tied to lampposts; you never know what it might be alerting you to! We also have Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs). In this case, no notice is required, and they can come into force immediately, but only for a limited time. These are typically used where repairs are needed. Utility companies, for example, have statutory rights to be able to dig up the road, as installing or repairing utilities is considered to be in the public interest. Early in the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government observed that TTROs could be used to change the allocation of road space as part of a response to a public health emergency. This didn’t involve new legislation, just a re-interpretation of existing powers. A prudent step facilitate 34

social distancing; the Spaces for People programme was born. The statutory justification for using a TTRO remained the same; it had to be reasonable and proportionate to the public safety issue it was seeking to address. Given that TTROs are much easier route for Authorities, there was always a danger that they might be misused. That seems to be what happened at East Craigs, where residents have been campaigning to preserve their rights under a full TRO process. There is no doubt the lack of any statutory consultation has lead to poorly received measures at Morningside, George IV Bridge, the “floating” bus-stops & disabled parking bay, amongst others. At least the absence of any supporting modelling stopped the outrageous proposals to stop private vehicles travelling north/ south through the centre of Edinburgh. In our own area, locals have been more likely to contact me about parking. Some residents oppose any loss in parking space, others are keen on residents’ parking permits, while others still are exercised about the obstruction parked cars can cause. A related concern I also hear is about the safety of children getting to or from school, including reports of poor behaviour that drivers sometime display on the “school run”. I am disappointed that planned improvements at our local primary schools have not been delivered as I write this; they are promised. There can be little doubt of the significant pressure on our road space and the way we use it. Active Travel is a great choice in terms of individual & population health outcomes, and lower levels of pollution & congestion. Even residents who are unable to travel actively will still benefit. But it won’t solve the tensions over the competing uses of scarce road space. Just as well we have a body of legislation to govern changing priorities that has evolved over many years. We should use it! As ever, I can be contacted at the City Chambers on 0131 529 4235, or better still, by email: jim.campbell@edinburgh.gov.uk.


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