The Trinity Spotlight June/July 2021 Issue

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June/July 2021


Welcome To The June/July Trinity Spotlight

Hi and welcome to this issue. At last life is opening up again, all be it in a slightly different way that what we used to call ‘normal’. I was on a train recently for the first time in over a year - face masks on a hot, busy train though are not ideal! Then we were in a restaurant for lunch, again for the first time in a good while and it was lovely just to feel you were able to do every day things again. Lets hope we keep going in the right direction. By the time this issue drops through your door the schools will be just about finished and the traditional summer holiday period will be upon us. Though this year will be far from what we would usually look to do during the summer period. With so many Staycations, costs for holidays have rocketed and demand seems to be far in excess of supply. Perhaps as an alternative, so many people are deciding to tackle those home and garden improvement projects they might have had in the back of their head for a while. Either through lack of skill or the need for specialist services such as builders, plumbers, electricians, garden planners etc, at some point an expert will be needed to get to the finishing line. Hopefully you will find who you need in these pages but there’s a problem looming. Shortages. Across the various trades, wholesalers are reporting issues in their supply chain for wood, cement, steel and other materials. Brexit, the pandemic and the Suez Canal blockage earlier this year, have all contributed to this issue but surprisingly, the biggest cause of shortages is demand. And of course, the other shortage is of skilled tradespeople - they are all so busy! So if you are a homeowner with big dreams, pick up the phone now or you’ll be at the back of a long queue. And if you are skilled tradesperson and are available for more work, this magazine is a great place to let people know about your business. Whether you are managing a break away or getting stuck into the home improvements have a great summer. I think we all need and deserve it.

Contents 4 Smart Gardening 8 An Update By Coucillor Jim Campbell

The Trinity Spotlight

14 Camping With Kids

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16 Create Your Perfect Life While You Sleep

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19 Edinburgh Volunteers Urgently Needed For Scottish Poppy Appeal

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26 Books - Celebrity Authors

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10 Hard Sudoku

30 A Long Hot Summer 34 Trinity Community Council 38 Be Here Now 40 Cryptic Crossword 42 Puzzle Solutions 43 Recipe - Peach & Passion Fruit Yoghurt Ice Cream

August/September 2021 Issue Artwork Deadline - 10th August Distribution Date - 24th/25th/26th August 2

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An Update From Councillor Jim Campbell Forgive me for writing about transport again, but it is a big month for roads in Council. The recent ‘Living in Trinity’ survey by Scotinform for Trinity Community Council (TCC) did echo my correspondence confirming roads as being the thing residents would most like to see improved in our area, so I think we have a shared concern. But first, what a wonderful tribute to the volunteers and Friends of Starbank Park to host a visit by Prince William and Kate last month. It’s a reminder of all the work local people contribute to making our area such a popular place to live (as the TCC survey confirmed). Secondly, work progresses more or less on schedule to complete phase 1 of Trinity Academy - building the new sports facilities at Bangholm. Phase 2, the rebuild of the main school site, is still in planning. It is likely this will now include the demolition of the mid-century modern tower block as well as many of the low rise buildings that are considered to be in poor condition; the main Victorian building will be kept and refurbished. I’m sure most residents will be familiar with the Spaces for People (SfP) and all the plastic bollards, kerbs and ‘floating’ parking bays & bus stops it has spawned round our city. It was to be a temporary 18 month response to the Public Health Emergency we faced. We are now asked to accept that most SfP schemes will be kept, with some modifications, for an additional 18 months. The intention being, legalities allowing, that they then be made permanent. The extension of SfP beyond the ‘temporary’ basis on which they were legally implemented thus far is through the use of Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders. I very much support experimentation in Local Government. In this case, I fear, it looks more like a case of Gerrymandering in our streets. It doesn’t seem to matter that emergency vehicles response’s are compromised; that our buses are getting stuck in traffic; that the needs of the less-able are ignored; that congestion & resulting pollution are increasing; and all without any data to show 8

what a successful SfP scheme looks like! But SfP is not the only significant transport change we face. In addition, much of the city centre is set to become a Low Emissions Zone in 2024, with penal fines should any drivers enter in vehicles that don’t meet modern emissions standards: Euro 6 for diesel (around September 2015) and Euro 4 for petrol (around January 2006). Edinburgh’s air is now clearer than its been since before the industrial revolution, cleaning our Auld Reekie moniker. The concern with restricting access to our city centre is that it will displace traffic onto other routes, potentially including Ferry Road and Lower Granton Road. Indeed, it is expected to reduce air quality for residents around the edges of the zone. It will certainly curtail the ability of residents with older vehicles to travel North / South through the city centre. We could see Lothian Road, the Mound, the Bridges and east to Abbeyhill all inaccessible to drivers that can’t afford a new vehicle. And then we have proposed City Centre Transformation (closing George Street et al, apparently promoting tourism over locals), the City Mobility Plan (Panglossian vision on the Council website) and emerging proposal to tax work place parking. It’s all very reminiscent of the ambitious plans put forward by David Begg some years ago. Back then, Cllr Begg put the plan to a City wide referendum, where it was overwhelmingly rejected. The Council seems less open to listening to citizens today. Almost 18,000 individuals and businesses responded to the Council’s recent survey on retaining SfP measures. A huge response to a Council survey. A significant majority were opposed, and duly ignored. It’s certainly an impressive act of political courage for the Council administration to promote such ambitious plans again with such little apparent support so close to the next Council Elections in May 2022. Although the City Chambers remains closed, I can still be contacted on 0131 529 4235, or better still, by email:


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)







Create Your Perfect Life While You Sleep!!!

By Gillian Dalgliesh, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Sleep keeps us healthy and functioning well. It lets our body and brain repair, restore and re-energise. While we’re sleeping, our subconscious mind can get to work, approaching any problems we have from a variety of angles and making connections that may hold the answers to our problems. You’ve probably heard of the phrase “I’ll sleep on it”. And you may have had the experience of doing this and then miraculously wakening up with an answer to your problem! That’s because the subconscious mind never rests. The conscious mind sleeps, but the subconscious mind is alert 24/7/365. It loves us and is always looking for ways to protect us, keep us safe and keep us alive. In fact, many of the world’s most successful people intentionally direct the workings of their subconscious mind while they are sleeping. Ask yourself, “What do I need to know?” and while you are asleep, your subconscious mind will get to work. Let me explain a bit more …. Most people go to sleep at night, and when we’re asleep, we’re asleep! Even though we may have restless nights, when we sleep we’re in the Land of Nod – that dreamy land where anything is possible!!!! Immediately before sleep is a potent time for setting your intentions about what you want to manifest in your life and create affirmations that help to reprogramme your subconscious mind as you drift off to sleep. It’s a very magical time where we can connect with our loving, creative self without the distractions of our daily lives! So here is a simple, but potent & powerful programming you can create in order to experience significant & lasting positive change in your life: • Decide on a goal – initially, just one goal • For the next 7 nights, before you go to sleep, set your intention for your subconscious mind to show you the path of least resistance to manifesting .... “whatever it is you want to achieve ...” (Your subconscious will then be subtly influencing your thoughts, feelings, actions and behaviours). • Commit to being aware of changes in your life - as you become aware of them each day, note them down. 16

• Note what has changed after 7 days and how you feel. • By consciously observing the changes that you have experienced, and writing them down, it helps to embed them and builds lasting positive power in your life. • You can continue with the same goal for the next 7 days, or change it to something else. • Initially, just one goal per 7 days - this exclusivity helps you to better focus on the changes - some of them may be quite subtle. • Make sure to refresh yourself by taking a break at least every 3 weeks from this practice. Wishing you sweet dreams!!!! Abridged - You can read the complete article on my website.

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EDINBURGH VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED FOR SCOTTISH POPPY APPEAL The annual Poppy Appeal is Scotland’s largest fundraising campaign and the money it raises provides life-changing support for the Armed Forces community. This year will mark the centenary of the Scottish Poppy Appeal and the range of services it enables Poppyscotland to provide is as vital today as it was in 1921. The Appeal is only possible thanks to the dedication of hundreds of volunteers and as planning gets underway for the 2021 Appeal, Poppyscotland needs new Scottish Poppy Appeal Organisers in Edinburgh. The charity’s Head of Fundraising Gordon Michie said: “By volunteering for Poppyscotland, you will be helping us transform the lives of veterans, those currently serving, and their families. Our Armed Forces community needs our support now more than ever. We’re asking individuals, businesses, groups of friends, or community associations that have good organisational skills to step forward and lead this year’s Appeal in Edinburgh. Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do – without their vital support, we simply wouldn’t be able to deliver the Scottish Poppy Appeal.” Scottish Poppy Appeal Organiser volunteers are crucial in helping raise funds for the charity’s welfare services, with demand expected to grow in the aftermath of the pandemic. As well as helping to make a difference to people’s lives, volunteering is also an opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills and experience, and get involved in the local community. To find out more about becoming a Scottish Poppy Appeal Organiser for Edinburgh, or other opportunities to get involved throughout the year, contact Ian Jackson, Volunteer Development Officer at Poppyscotland, on 0131 550 1559, email or visit

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Often the focus is on the offer of financial compensation to the employee. However, the other (quite lengthy) terms of the agreement are also important. For example, employees will want to know what their rights will be in relation to matters such as shares, options, bonus and benefits. It may be important for an employee to agree an employment reference that they will receive, to assist their future employment prospects. Employees will also need to be aware if they may be subject to any restrictions as to where they can work when they leave the employer, if their employment contract or the Settlement Agreement contains “restrictive covenants”. These are just a few examples of issues that we often advise on, and it’s likely that there would be amendments to the agreement whether they are financial or otherwise. How ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan can help If you, or someone you are close to, is presented with a Settlement Agreement, or asked to consider a financial offer, we are always happy to have an initial no-obligation discussion about it, and then to advise on the situation fully. Employers may make offers to employees through a formal draft agreement, or a “without prejudice discussion”, or a “protected conversation”. WeExpert can advise on any of theseA with the benefitTouch of decades of experience – Advice With Personal because our Employment Law Practice specialises in employment law, and we represent our clients all the way from initial advice SELLING through to representation at Employment Tribunals, BUYING AND PROPERTY we are able to focus on the relevant issues and advise on the best approach. Some clients are keen on a swift resolution, and others wish to take more time and perhaps enter into an ongoing negotiation. clients prefer to go through a grievance process WILLSSome & LIVING WILLS rather than enter into a Settlement Agreement, because they wish to stand up for themselves and also continue in their role. Sometimes the amount on offer from an employer is not sufficient, and clients wish to call the employer to account through an Employment Tribunal POWERS OF ATTORNEY claim. We can assist in any of these situations, and we will give our clients advice based upon our experience to help them achieve their desired end result. Get in touch


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Be Here Now Mindfulness is a new buzzword, but meditation has been around for thousands of years (especially in relation to religion). It’s an antidote to our anxious times and over the last two years I have been delving deeper into the process of... doing nothing.

Relearning how to breathe (we often hold our breath when stressed) and to slow the constant flow of unhelpful thoughts has given me a boost, however it is an ongoing journey and I personally have a long way to go.

Many think that meditation is like unplugging, emptying your brain and switching off. If anything, it is actually brain training. Accepting that we all have thoughts, but instead of letting our thoughts dictate to us, focussing on the present moment.

I got into mindfulness by seeing Gelong Thubten speak at the Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival early 2020 pre-lockdown. I bought a signed copy of his book ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’ that guided me through a simple way to incorporate meditation into my daily life. Being present in the moment, rather than always thinking of what’s coming next, became something I tried to practise every day. In the shower, thinking about how nice the water feels, rather than distractedly running through my schedule. Stopping to take a breath. Appreciating the changing seasons. Simple stuff that’s easy to miss.

As a Personal Trainer I’m not that great at sitting still, so have always struggled with the concept of meditation. However when the first lockdown hit, I knew I had to do something to allay my constant worrying. It became a professional requirement, especially as my job involves supporting others.


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The Headspace app on my smartphone has been useful, allowing me to try five and ten minute meditations. Despite losing a close family member recently and having to rebuild my fitness business for the ‘new normal’, I can honestly say I’m more content than I was eighteen months ago. And I’m not sure I want to return to the old ways of doing things. As a sign (of the times) outside the Kadampa Meditation centre says, “Relax, nothing is under control... But you can still be happy anyway.” Personal Trainer Tracy Griffen runs a private fitness studio just off Leith Walk and helps clients incorporate breathing and relaxation into their personalised exercise programmes. You can telephone her direct on 07743 741088 if you’d like a wee blether about your fitness requirements or see adjacent advert.

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