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June/July 2019


Microsculpture THE INSECT PORTRAITS OF LEVON BISS From the collections of Oxford University Museum of Natural History Inverleith House Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Open daily, free entry 29 Jun – 22 Sept

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Welcome To The June/July Trinity Spotlight Welcome to this jam packed issue of the Spotlight. You can tell the summer holidays and the Fringe are looming. We have loads of info on events happening over the summer and shows coming to this years Fringe. Right on your doorstep, the Botanics have several exhibitions and events on over the summer which are worth a look. I won’t spoil the surprise though - have a read through our pages and see what you can find. As usual I will be taking a break over the summer months. A relaxing holiday is planned then I will be catching up with family and friends, enjoying the ‘down time’ and recharging my batteries. I will be back with the August/September issue the week after the schools go back. Don’t forget Trinity Gala which is taking place on the 24th & 25th August. I won’t have another issue before this event so put the date in your diary now so you don’t miss it!! (Details on pgs 43/44).

Best Wishes Sue

Have a great summer.

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Contents 6 Books - Holiday Reads 10 Be Inspired To Learn At The Botanics 12 Hard Sudoku 14 Parenting - Budget Friendly Family Fun 18 An update from Councillor Jim Campbell 22 Change Your Mind, Change your Life 26 Edinburgh Shoreline Saved For Summer 30 Trinity Community Council 32 General Knowledge Crossword 36 Health & Fitness : The Sun’s Out, Get Sprouting 40 Motoring - Fine and Points - Five Motoring Misdeeds

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Be Inspired To Learn At The Botanics The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is delighted to let you know that its new education programme for 2019-2020 is launching on Wednesday 19th June, with a host of short courses on offer unique to the Botanics. Take the opportunity to enrich your spare time and develop a new skill. Whether you are looking for a weekend workshop or a weekly beginner’s course, the Botanics has something for every student. Plus, Members receive 10% off all our short courses. The Botanics has a great selection of upcoming horticulture classes including the Blue Poppy (Meconopsis) workshop, giving you the opportunity to brush up on your propagation and division skills with Dr Alan Elliott. Botany and plant science courses reflect the Garden’s world-leading research work. Take a look behind the scenes of the research glasshouses in Gingers @ The Botanics, a workshop where you can learn more about their remarkable ginger collection with botanist Axel Poulsen. Next year will be the 350th year since the founding of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as a physic garden at Holyrood Palace. The Herbology department is still building on those origins and grows more and more each year. Join expert Herbology and Garden History tutors and take look back to the roots of the Botanics on the brand new workshop Remedies from the Physic Garden. The botanical illustration programme has a wide range of classes to suit all styles and levels. Beginning at Botanical Illustration is a ten-week class introducing students to the medium and runs at a variety of times to suit your schedule. There are also several complimentary classes focusing on specific botanical illustration techniques and themes, such as Painting Rhododendrons, along with a series of weekend masterclasses with visiting artists. Is there a more beautiful place for photography classes? Workshops range from a Smartphone-ography course, enabling you to make the most of technology in your fingertips, to Photographing the Weird and Wonderful with botanist and photographer David A. Purvis.

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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 46) 12






An Update From Councillor Jim Campbell The City Council puts a lot of effort into its annual Edinburgh People Survey. It’s time well spent to find out what residents think about our city, the local authority and to compare differences between districts. Costing around £60,000 in 2018, its the largest survey of its kind in Scotland.

figures are behind the city as a whole and have been getting worse in recent years. Despite that, just under two-thirds are happy with council management, which might be a bit flattering when only 30% in the ward say it delivers value for money, and a very low 23% believe it displays sound financial management or give them a say on local issues and services.

In this its 12th year, over 5,000 people took part, mostly in face-to-face interviews, including 310 residents from the Forth Ward. Other basic council services which So what do you think of Edinburgh and the cause concern are street cleaning (44% Council? satisfaction), rubbish collection (51%) and The vast majority of us, 95%, like Edinburgh the protection & support of vulnerable as a place to live. Within the Forth ward, people (46%). Depressingly, dog fouling this drops a little to 90% (an increase from remains a serious issue, with 70% saying 81% in 2013) for the City as a whole and it is a common problem and just 25% 78% for the “neighbourhood” roughly the agreeing the council tackles it well. Local area between Ferry Road and the water residents also want to be better informed between Pennywell Road to Newhaven. – with significantly fewer than the city Forth is a very diverse ward (by some average feeling well informed on school measures the most diverse in the city). performance, planning applications, Over the last decade it has caught up and crime levels and Council services and overtaken both the Scottish and UK average performance. on levels of employment. 85% of the ward’s population report level or improved finances More seriously, just 47% of residents in the in the last year giving a new high in this and ward are satisfied with the management of violent crime, a statistic I am sure the Police those feeling secure about their job /career will be as troubled by as I am. Thankfully, prospects. 71% still agreed that violent crime was It’s thumbs up from 89% of you for public not common in Forth, but that is below the transport, and 81% are happy with our city average and has fallen from 78% a local libraries. The 77% satisfaction with few years ago. Similarly, concerns about the parks and green spaces is a particular vandalism and anti-social behaviour are success for the city: it’s the fifth highest level higher than the city as a whole. in Scotland achieved on the third lowest per A lot of work is needed. The next survey is capita spend! in 2020. We are assured missing a year is Walking remains the most popular way to to save money rather than hide bad news. get around Edinburgh, followed by driving, The full results search for “Peoples Survey” using a bus, then using a bike. 64% of city on the Council website . cyclists are happy with the maintenance Let me know what you think about this, or of off road cycle paths, with which Forth is any other Council matter, by calling me on well served. Not so local road users, with 0131 529 4235, or better still, by email to just 37% satisfied with road maintenance and 42% satisfied with our pavements. Both 18




Change Your Mind, Change Your Life …

By Gillian Dalgliesh

Mounting pressure at work? A boiler on the brink? Kids pushing you to your limit? These or similar can make up just an average day! On days like this it can be hard to turn that frown upside down! However self-awareness and the understanding that we are not our thoughts or emotions – we call the shots! We can choose to feel low or overwhelmed or we can choose to “always look on the bright side of life!” Here are some tips that can help us to refocus. 1. Focus Focus is a powerful tool for achieving goals and attaining happiness. Believe it or not, whatever you focus on grows, whether negative or positive. If you are not sure what you want to achieve, then you are likely to become muddled & frustrated by lack of achievement. Identify clear goals and you will have more chance of achieving them. 2. Count Your Blessings Concentrate on the positive things in your life in order to encourage better things. Buy a notebook and before you go to sleep write down a minimum of 3 positive things that have happened to you that day. Re-read them and hold onto the positive effect they have on you. Having a bad week/month? Re-read your journal to revitalise, re-inspire and recalibrate yourself! 3. Destroy Your Limiting Beliefs Limiting self-belief can cause negative programming & conditioning but you have the power to change it! What do Alan Sugar, Michelle Mone, Karren Brady & David Beckham all have in common? They used to be nobody! They all found the motivation to achieve a dream and so can you! Buy an inspirational book about someone who accomplished a dream similar to yours! 4. Be Careful What You Think Many people don’t realise that you create your life with thoughts – Every thought you’ve had has led to an emotion, which led to a feeling, which led to a decision, which led to an action/inaction, which led to an outcome – Your Thoughts Create Your Reality! Write down your goals and visualise yourself having achieved them. How would you feel? What would be different? 5. Live In The Present The past is exactly that, the past. The future is an illusion that hasn’t yet happened. All that matters is the present, because that is what creates your future. Build the future that you desire from the present moment. The conscious decisions that you make right now have an enduring effect on your life. If you would like more information or support in changing your mindset in order to change your life for the better, see contact details in the ad. 22

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Weird Plants Paintings by Chris Thorogood of weird, wonky and sinister specimens from the world of plants John Hope Gateway Visitor Centre Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Free exhibition, open daily 15 Jun – 1 Sept


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BELOW thE BLAnkEt A walking meditation through art inspired by one of Scotland’s great wild landscapes

Wed 24 July – Sun 25 August 2019 (closed Tue) 19.00 – 21.00 (every 15mins) £14 / £12 RBGE Members / £8 Concession + booking fee East Gate, Inverleith Row, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, EH3 5LP B o o k I n G: See Tickets: 0871 220 0260 // Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 0131 226 0000 // (Mon 29 July – Sun 25 August dates only) Presented as part of the Peatland Partnership’s flows to the future Project in collaboration with lead partner rSPB Scotland and in association with rBgE, Below the Blanket is produced by Cryptic.






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Edinburgh Shoreline Saved For Summer

Two new volunteer groups, Seafield Shoreline and Joppa Shoreline are being set up by local people, supported by the Edinburgh Shoreline project. The project applied for more funding and were successful in securing £15000 from Scottish National Heritage’s Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund, one of the project’s initial funders. This allows them to continue until September 2019, saving the project from ending in April. Launched in March 2018 the project aimed to reconnect Edinburgh citizens with their coastline. The developers, Karen Chambers, Elspeth Wills and Leonie Alexander were passionate about raising Edinburgh’s profile as a coastal city. Project manager Charlotte Johnson of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh said: “Our first 12 months were a great success in connecting with people. Over 40000 attended an exhibition at the Botanics in summer 2018 and 1500 have been to events. We’re hoping to continue this engagement over the Summer.” The additional money will allow the Shoreline project to continue engaging the community, allowing people to explore the importance of the Firth of Forth, its landscape and habitats, challenging people to think about why we should treasure this resource. Charlotte Johnson explained: “We’re particularly excited to support these groups in their mission to improve their local greenspaces: planting shrubs for birds and invertebrates, Scottish native wildflowers for pollinators, creating insect hotels etc. We’re looking forward to working in collaboration with them and the City of Edinburgh Council to improve these local sites for people and wildlife, and we are always keen to hear from others who are interested in getting involved on their patch!” With new signage to be installed this month in Port Edgar, South Queensferry, Silverknowes, Granton, Newhaven and Leith, the Edinburgh Shoreline project hope to encourage people to visit and learn about the important places, habitats and wildlife found nearby, as well as signposting interesting places to visit. Whilst on your Shoreline adventure, check out the newly unveiled mural at Seafield Promenade, a celebration of the areas wonderful coastal landscape. The recently released Edinburgh Shoreline Activity pack is available on the project website This gives communities, families and groups great ideas on ways to celebrate our seas – from carrying out beach cleans to surveying your local wildlife. Over the coming months keep an eye on the website for fun activities/events like the Urban Butterfly ID Workshop where you will learn how to identify and record Edinburgh’s butterflies.



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General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. Female ruler of many countries (7) 5. Crests (5) 8. Popular drink (3) 9. Having existence (5) 11. The smallest quantity (4) 12. Moor (a boat) (3,2) 13. Male parent of an animal (4) 15. Horse-drawn vehicle with four wheels (8) 17. Cause to grow thin or weak (8) 19. Great achievement (4) 21. Devoutly religious (5)


22. Foundation (4) 24. Put to the test (5) 25. Hatchet (3) 26. Closed litter for one passenger (5) 27. Latticework used to support climbing plants (7) Down 2. Breakfast food (6) 3. Consequently (4) 4. Several parallel layers of material (6) 5. Grazing land (7) 6. Precede in time (8) 7. Cargo, payload (8) 10. City in southeastern France on the Mediterranean (4)

13. Church spires (8) 14. Came to a conclusion (8) 16. Male relative (7) 18. Small personal computer with a touch screen (6) 19. Professional

charges (4) 20. Compound capable of turning litmus blue (6) 23. Japanese drink made from fermented rice (4) (Soln on pg 46)




The Sun’s Out, Get Sprouting

By Tracy Griffen

.As the days are long and bright, I like to sprout seeds. Sprouts are seeds that have become very young plants. Sprouting is the simplest and most compact way of growing some of your own food and you can do it from your kitchen. It’s good to have a decent amount of daylight hours, and some warmth, to get the sprouts going. You can either sprout seeds using some kitchen towel and a plate or jar, or spend a little and invest in a seed sprouter. Many health food shops sell a high-rise ‘Biosnacky’ tray device that makes it possible to grow a variety of sprouts at the same time.

To Sprout Seeds In A Jar Or Sprouter 1. 2. 3. 4.

Depending on size of container, use 1 tsp – 1 tbsp seeds. Rinse well in cold water and soak overnight. Drain and place in jar / sprouter. Rinse at least twice daily. If using a jar, you can buy them with a mesh lid, or invert at an angle so the water drains away. Regular rinsing ensures healthy sprouts. 5. Sprout seeds in jar just until sprout tail appears, and transfer to a tray for growing longer sprouts. Or transfer seeds to a tray with soil for growing microgreens. They are ready after 3 – 6 days, depending on the seeds. 6. If you use a Biosnacky the seeds are spouted in a tray that drains, so no need to transfer the seeds to grow longer. Also regularly rinsing and draining the sprouts lessens the likelihood of food poisoning (stale or soggy sprouts should not be eaten, they’re good for compost). Sprouted seeds themselves are a nutritional powerhouse, effectively they have all the nutrients a seed requires to grow into a plant. I like sprouts in salads, sandwiches, as a garnish, or as a snack. You can also lightly cook them in a stir-fry. Smaller seeds equal smaller sprouts, for instance alfalfa, that tend to be better raw. Mustard sprouts are fiery and add a kick to salad and stir fries. Most of all, sprouting seeds is easy, fun and rewarding, and also a wonderful lesson in biology for children. So what are you waiting for? Get sprouting! Personal Trainer Tracy Griffen runs a wee fitness studio in Leith, and loves to eat. She writes a monthly newsletter with easy healthy recipe each month.

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Community Spotlight Corstorphine Art Group Exhibition 2019

Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August

‘Twitcher’ by Sheila Paton

St Ninian’s Church Hall, St Ninian’s Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh

(access from the front and rear doors of the church)


Saturday 27th July 10.30am - 4.30pm Monday 30th July to Friday 2nd August 10.30am – 4.30pm daily Late Opening Thursday 1st August 10.30am – 6.30pm Saturday 3rd August 10.30am – 3.30pm

Come along and enjoy the wide selection of original works by local artists. Most items on exhibit are available for sale. Everyone welcome – Admission Free If you would like to find out more about the Corstorphine Art Group and the benefits of being a member, please contact or visit for more information.

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Open Gardens Of The Lower New Town (an event in Scotlands Garden Scheme 2019)

29th June, 2:00-5:00pm

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Profile for Sue Hutchison

Trinity Spotlight June/July 2019 Issue  

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Trinity Spotlight June/July 2019 Issue  

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