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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 Trinity Community Council 18 The Benefits Of Pet Ownership 25 Food & Mood 27 Last UK Christmas Posting Dates 28 An Update By Councillor Jim Campbell 32 Newhaven Heritage Update 36 Rest Is Best 38 General Knowledge Crossword 40/41 Community Spotlight 42 Puzzle Solutions 43 Recipe - Beet Chocolate Brownies

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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)






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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 Jim Campbell Edinburgh is still very much a growing city. The mid-year population data from the National Records of Scotland show we swelled by 2,690 folk in 2020 to 527,620 (the most recent estimates). That’s only 10 people less that the estimated increase across all of Scotland, and largest absolute increase in any Scottish Local Authority. It continues a long trend of population growth in Edinburgh; since 2010 our population has grown by 12.28%, with only Midlothian higher at 13.1%. In broad terms Scottish Cities and the East of Scotland have increased population; the North and West have lost people. It is only a few years ago that the Council Chief Executive speculated on Edinburgh overtaking Glasgow’s population. That may be a bit off, but there is no doubt that the Edinburgh City Region continues to grow at a fair clip. Its a bit early to understand the effects of the Coronavirus on these long term population trends. The pandemic has already delay the long planned Census until 2022. Not only will that breaks the 10 year cycle and make us wait another year for the most accurate picture of Scotland people, but it will be first time since 1801 (accepting 1941) we don’t have a common Census covering the UK (England & Wales went ahead this year). Time will tell if this leads to unintended consequences. We do know that a timely knowledge of where people live is hugely important to Government. One of the big set pieces of Local Government that is intimately linked to population is the production of a Local Development Plan. This sets out how Local Authorities propose to manage land use through planning policies for 10 year periods. In August, our Planning Committee agreed to publish Choices of City Plan 2030, which starts a formal period of consultation on the proposed next Local Development Plan for Edinburgh. I would anticipate many organisations will make formal representations on the proposal, which the Council must consider. The Scottish Government Reporter has a role to approve the proposed Plan, and any legal challenges to the Plan would need to be resolved, before the Council can finally bring it into force. The Plan has to demonstrate there is “sufficient” land to build the houses we need. A quick reading suggested this can be done by developing “brownfield” sites, and that the provision of “affordable housing” can easily be increased. Unfortunately, I doubt it will be that simple. For a start, large areas of land that have been identified for housing are currently green fields: the International Business Gateway at the airport and the BioQuarter. Both look green at the moment, but are already zoned for business use, so don’t count as “greenfield” erosion. A cute solution? But where can businesses expand and create jobs if they have no land? A problem compounded by the assumption that many semi-industrial areas in the City will be redeveloped for housing. An example is Seafield, but ignores two big problems: one sizeable owner has no intention of selling and another has no identified alternative location for their bus depot. Closer to Trinity, we know that the redevelopment of the Granton Waterfront from brownfield to viable housing land requires hundreds of millions of pounds from Government. The Affordable Housing supply target is just 17,350. Less than the 20,000 over 10 years set by the Council Administration on coming to power, but a modest increase in rate, in comparison with the 5,000 or so that have actually been built since 2017. All a long way short of the 43,000 that the report suggests will be needed by 2032. And at odds with the Edinburgh Poverty Commissions words: “there is no pathway to ending poverty in Edinburgh without resolving the city’s housing crisis.” We need more houses of all types and tenures. You can find out more by searching for City Plan 2030 on the Council website. I can be contacted on 0131 529 4235, or better still, by email: 28




Ca’ The Lives O’ Men In October this year, members of the community of Newhaven gathered together at the harbourside to commemorate with a service of remembrance the fishermen from the village who had been drowned in the Eyemouth Fishing Disaster in 1881. In all, out of the 189 souls that lost their lives that dreadful day, 17 men and boys came from Newhaven leaving 11 widows and over 50 fatherless children. Over the generations, Newhaven has lost many fishermen to the sea — certainly numbering at least over 100. Over the centuries, tragedy was never far away from Newhaven’s doorstep. In that, it is, sadly, no different from other fishing communities up and down our coasts. Yet Newhaven has no memorial to these lost souls unlike these other villages. Newhaven Heritage would like to remedy this omission. An appeal for a suitable memorial to be located in the Old Burial Ground is now being launched. In the old cemetery in the middle of Newhaven Main Street lie at least 455 of Newhaven’s ancestors. This would make a fitting place for a memorial. In 2019, Newhaven Heritage were able to retrieve the Fishwives’ Drinking Fountain originally located at Anchorfield and removed when Lindsay Road was realigned. The Drinking Fountain had been presented to Newhaven in 1910 by trawler owners Thos. Devlin & Sons, at the time that they also donated the ornamental fountain in Starbank Park. Thanks to the eagle-eye and generosity of Messrs Brick & Stone of Broxburn, which was contracted to clear a Council yard in Sighthill, the long lost fountain was recovered and offered to Newhaven Heritage for its safekeeping. Although it was incomplete with the domed top missing, presumed broken, and the inscription badly abraded, it was nevertheless back home. The proposal is that a sculpture would sit on top of this pink granite pillar as a tribute to our fishermen who had been killed. In the form of a small creel in which the fishwife would display the customer’s selection, the carving will also act as a birdbath bringing life and joy in the face of tragedy. Not only will this carving be representational of the working relationship between the fisherman and the fishwife who sold the fish — the derivation of the Bow-Tow, the sobriquet for those born in the village — it will be a fitting tribute to many who not only died but whose bodies were never recovered. If you wish to support this appeal, you can donate online by visiting our appeals page at, you can send a cheque to our Boxmaster (treasurer) made out to “Newhaven Heritage” to Mr Dougie Ratcliffe, Newhaven Heritage, 19 Bathfield, Edinburgh EH6 4ED. Finally, you may make your donation in cash to members of Newhaven Heritage who staff the police box at Newhaven Harbour on Saturday mornings. In this instance, please place your donation in a sealed envelope marked Memorial Appeal. However you choose to pay — and we are grateful for any amount you wish to give — we ask you to considering signing a Gift Aid form if eligible. That way your contribution can be boosted by 25% which would help us reach our target all the quicker. 32



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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. 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 36

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.


General Knowledge Crossword

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Community Spotlight FRIENDS OF STARBANK PARK 2022 CALENDAR AND CARDS Due to the pandemic and in order to raise funds calendars and cards were initiated last year very successfully - more than 500 calendars and countless cards flew off the table. We are offering both again this year. Included in this year’s calendar is the Royal Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on May 27 this year. This photograph, courtesy of Fields in Trust, shows the very informal nature of this historic occasion. Calendars and cards will be available at Starbank Park every Wednesday and Saturday between 10.00 - 12.00 p.m. They are also available at Elliott Clark Flowers in Montagu Terrace and Newhaven Connections Cafe in Craighall Road. They calendars cost £6 each. Luxury Wreath-Making Kits will also be continued again this year. These Kits will be distributed in early December, however please make sure you pre-order. Please do pop along to Starbank Park and grab a calendar or cards before they all disappear - and remember you can also send the calendar to friends and/or relatives. In this case, size really does matter so the calendars are ideal for easy posting. The Friends of Starbank Park hope to see you soon.


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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

Future Meetings November 12th

Dawn Weaver from Chester “Wildwood”

December 10th

Karine Murray from East Kilbride “Christmas Joy” Membership for the year 2021/2022 is £20 and new members and visitors are always welcome 41

Accountants Cowan & Partners TaxAssist Accountants

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Art Studios Beaverhall Open Studios 7 Coburg House Open Studios 22 Baby Massage Scents Of Wellbeing Bed Suppliers The Bed Shop Blind Suppliers Bomar Building Services Penplaid Ronald G Graham Cafes Bongue Carpets & Flooring Bomar

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Carpets & Upholstery Cleaning Aquatec 21 CBD Products The Hemp Community Cleaning Services Creme de la Creme Complementary Therapies Gillian Dalgleish Scents Of Wellbeing Computer Services AV & PC Homehelp User2computers Counselling Services Bright Light Decorating Services AM Decorating Craighall Decorators DCM Construction EH5 Decor

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Dog Services Teddy’s Dog Salon 9 Driveways Alpine Paving & Driveways 13 Edinburgh Driveways & Landscaping 37 Electricians Kelly Electrical 27 McElhone Electrical 21 Estate Agents ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan 30/31


Events Beaverhall Open Studios 7 Christmas At The Botanics 3 Coburg House Open Studios 22 Light Up A Life 23 Eye Wear Gibson Syme Furnishings & Interiors The Nomads Tent Garden Design Good Garden Design Gas & Central Heating TB Mackay Energy Services Scott Findlay Plumbing & Heating Engineers Gift Shops The Nomads Tent Handyman Services House Hero Health The Hemp Community Health & Fitness Griffen Fitness Health Food Shops Real Foods Hearing Services Hear Here Helping Hand Service Ferguson Help4U Hypnotherapy Gillian Dalgleish Joinery Services George Laird Joinery Penplaid Landscaping Services Edinburgh Driveways & Landscaping

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Paving Services Alpine Paving & Driveways Plastering DCM Construction Plumbing Services Scott Findlay Plumbing & Heating Engineers Roofing Services Edinburgh Roofing Ronald G Graham

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Rugs/Kilim Repair & Cleaning The Nomads Tent 7 Solicitors ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan 30/31 St Columba’s Hospice Light Up A Life 23 Take Away Food Bongue 1 Tile Suppliers Edinburgh Tile Studio 20 Tutoring Chambers Tutoring 18


St Columba’s Hospice Light Up A Life



Window Renovation Ventrolla




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Language Tuition Speak Out With Confidence 35 Mortgages Malleny Mortgage Solutions 21 Simply Mortgage 24 Opticians Gibson Syme


Organic Produce Real Foods


Pantomime St Serfs Players


Across: 1 Aqua, 4 Godzilla, 8 Star Wars, 9 Okra, 10 Tracy, 11 Truffle, 13 Victim, 15 Euclid, 17 Le Havre, 19 Padre, 22 Etch, 23 Seasoned, 24 Camshaft, 25 Sump. Down: 2 Qatar, 3 Apricot, 4 Guam, 5 Deserter, 6 In-off, 7 Lorelei, 12 Ambrosia, 14 Iced tea, 16 Chamois, 18 Aches, 20 Rheum, 21 Mast.



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