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October 2020




Welcome To The October Trinity Spotlight As I write this introduction I am hoping this issue is going to reach you as planned. With Covid 19 on the rise again it is clear that changes and restrictions are likely in the next few days - but as yet I don’t know what they are and if they will impact on printing and distribution of this issue. So all I can do is cross my fingers and hope that this Spotlight comes through your letter box early October. With that said, it is good to see more of the businesses I am in contact with up and running again after some difficult times. This issue still has less pages than I would usually expect at this time of the year but I am just grateful that I am still able to bring the Spotlight to you. My mum commented recently when she was looking through the last issue ‘you have been doing this for a long time now’. Which got me thinking about how long the Spotlight has been running - and it’s a long time. It is 14 years since I started the Trinity Spotlight, my original publication and 9 years for the Stockbridge Spotlight. My youngest was only 4 at the time and I wanted the flexibility to work around nursery/school hours and, importantly, school holidays. Starting any business is hard work and demanding but over the years I got exactly what I wanted - more time with my children and family and flexible working hours. It is not by chance that the Spotlight distribution is all scheduled around the school holidays!! But time doesn’t stand still. My oldest son will be 21 next month and his little brother 18 in December. And the Spotlights are still dropping through your door and helping both businesses and residents. That is definitely something that I feel very proud about.

Contents 6 The Money Pandemic

The Trinity Spotlight

14 Berber Rugs From Morocco

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18 Coping With Arthritis

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24 An Update From Councillor Jim Campbell

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10 Hard Sudoku

28 Contemporary And Botanical Artists Celebrate The Power Of Flowers 30 Sale On Behalf Of Christian Aid 33 The Men Who 34 Fitness - A Home Gym In 2020 38 Bedrooms On A Budget 40 General Knowledge Crossword 42 Puzzle Solutions 43 Crispy Topped Apple Pie

November 2020 Issue Artwork Deadline - 23rd October Distribution Date - 4th/5th/6th November 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)




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Berber Rugs From Morocco

By Piotr Wesolowski

Far from the markets of the Middle East and Central Asia; in the world unknown to the merchants of silk and opulent Oriental carpets, thrives a world of textile culture of a different kind. The various Berber tribes of the Moroccan Atlas have for millennia produced rugs of extraordinary aesthetic quality and spiritual depth. Undisturbed by modernity, the Berbers create masterpieces in wool that show both sublime colour ‘Berber Rug from Morocco’ sensitivity and nearly ascetic restraint in their minimalistic patterns sketched against typically plain backgrounds. Their indisputable artistry was already noticed in the late 19th century when, lured by the irresistible charm of Orientalism, many westerners travelled to north Africa. They were astounded by the richness of colour and the complexity of design: the fabric of Morocco. It was however the Swiss French architect and interior designer Charles-Édouard Jeanneret who introduced the Berber tribal rugs to the world. Better known as Le Corbusier, Jeanneret incorporated these rugs into his ultra-modern designs where the warmth of the material and the whimsicality of the primitive patterns contrasted the austerity of his interiors.

‘Le Corbusier : Villa La Roche, Paris (1924)’

The importance of his novel approach which broaches two seemingly irreconcilable aesthetics had an undeniable impact on the visual arts of the period. It is no coincidence that the works of the early 20th century western art appear so strongly to reflect ideas rooted in ancient cosmology of the Berber tribes from the Atlas Mountains.

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An Update From Councillor Jim Campbell Just like many businesses, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced the Council to work in new ways. Council officers haven’t returned to the “office”, and won’t for many more months. Given the rising concern about the increase in transmission of the the Coronavirus, this is probably wise. Council and Committee meetings have resumed, but virtually, courtesy of Microsoft Teams. Residents can still watch these meetings on the Council website, www.edinburgh.gov.uk Just like being in the public gallery, you can see and hear exactly what Councillors are doing as your representatives.

the bottom of the page. Once users have selected what they want, they should find a brief explanation and an oval shaped button that launches a form to be completed and submitted. The forms are designed to capture all the information needed to resolve the issue. A map interface is used to capture precise locations unambiguously, for example, and photographs can be upload, perhaps saving a thousand words. Email updates on progress can be requested too. Thankfully, registering with a mygovscot account is now optional, which makes things a lot easier.

Face to face communication is rare, save Officers whose role requires them to be out and about, and of course suitably distanced from others. Phone communication is a bit hit and miss (given all the home working). Email and video conferencing is the new norm. It’s remarkable that these huge changes in the way the Council operates took place over little more than a week last March!

On the main page, below the “Click to pay”, “Click to report” and “Click to request” buttons, there are more buttons and hyperlinks to various Council services displayed in a more traditional way, and including a lot of information about what the Council does.

Fortuitously, a programme to update the Council’s website was already in progress. The website is now by far the easiest way for residents to report any problems. It has been re-designed so that it would work well both on traditional computers, and on smaller mobile devices like smartphones. All the content has been rearranged around the idea of what residents were trying to do, rather than the departments of the Council. Now, when a resident reports something, this goes instantly to the relevant service for action, removing the previous need for human relay. On reaching the Council website, users will find a number of prominent “Click to...” buttons which let them pay, report or request things of the Council. On following these solid buttons, users are next presented with the most popular choices in further buttons, with less popular options listed as hyperlinks below. The lists cover the vast majority of issues residents raise, so it is worth looking down through them to 24

With some confidence, I can now say that reporting an issue like a bin problem, a street light issue or a blocked gully is best done on our website because not only is it the fastest way to getting it sorted, its also the most efficient way too. Reports can be made from home, or using a smartphone whenever you come across anything that needs attention. For residents who don’t have access to our website, or in an emergency, please still phone 0131 200 2000. I’ve written before about the financial challenges facing the Council. One of the consequences of this, is the Council has had to rely less on routine inspection of our assets round the City. We really do need to harness residents’ knowledge of what they are observing in their local areas. We must value the reports that residents make as free intelligence, and act on them quickly. Our website is a key resource in achieving this. Please let me know what you think of the new website, or anything else. As ever, I can be contacted at the City Chambers on 0131 529 4235, or better still, by email at : jim.campbell@edinburgh.gov.uk.




Contemporary And Botanical Artists Celebrate The Power Of Flowers As Inverleith House Re-opens New and existing works by contemporary artists Lee Mingwei, Annalee Davis, Wendy McMurdo and Lyndsay Mann join over 40 established botanical artists such as Mieko Ishikawa, Dianne Sutherland and Sansanee Deekranjang in Florilegium: A gathering of flowers, at Inverleith House, Edinburgh, which re-opens this Autumn. The exhibition is the first of a new programme as Inverleith House begins its transformation into Climate House following the award of the Outset Contemporary Art Fund’s Transformative Grant. In this exhibition, the artists have responded to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s globally-important plant collection comprising over 13,500 species. The title derives from the name for a group of botanical artworks and is part of the Garden’s ambitious project to catalogue the plant collection through botanical and contemporary art responses. The artists - living and working internationally - have overcome the challenges of a global pandemic this year to create new and never seen before works of art for Florilegium. They will be displayed for the first time in this major exhibition marking the post-Covid19 reopening of Inverleith House. Created during lockdown, Scottish artist and photographer Wendy McMurdo’s new series of images Night Garden (pictures) was inspired by the flowers growing in the garden beyond her studio. Watching the cycle of germination, growth and renewal from her studio window seemed in direct opposition to her world inside and online. Running from 16th October until 13 December 2020, Florilegium: A gathering of flowers also features works showing plants that can be seen growing in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Glasshouses. A florilegium is a book of flowers. It is commonly a group of botanical paintings depicting a particular collection. The collection may also represent an exploration of a garden or plant family.

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SALE OF PICTURES ON BEHALF OF CHRISTIAN AID The Snake Man of Marrakesh by the celebrated artist, the late David Michie, is just one of about two hundred paintings on sale this month for the benefit of Christian Aid. The bright green and or-ange colours of this tiny gem evoke the heat and magic of Morocco – and that holiday in the sun we were denied this year by the wretched Covid 19. Against all the odds the autumn sale will take place between 22 and 24 October at St Andrew’s and St The Snake Man of Marrakesh by David Michie. George’s West Church at 13 George Street. To ensure everyone’s safety there will be a new sys-tem of display with a circulation route, volunteers to assist visitors, and masks and hand sanitisers. All this, of course, to make it easy and pleasant to browse and buy. Every penny raised goes straight to Christian Aid to help the poorest and most needy right across the world.

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There has never been a more important time to actively maintain positive mental wellbeing. With the world around us changing in rapid and uncertain ways, and expectations to respond appropriately at any given moment, it can sometimes feel like life is getting away from you. And, as men, we are less likely to talk about how this makes us feel. The Men Who: exists to provide men across Edinburgh with a regular opportunity to express these thoughts and feelings. As part of a likeminded community that is free from judgement or agenda, men in our circle are free to share what’s on their mind when they need to share it. We talk and listen in a secure, dynamic and positive environment. This means that everything is shared in the spirit of mutual confidence, and remains at all times within the safety of our space. If you or somebody you know would benefit from participating in The Men Who:, reach out to us today on Instagram @themenwho_ or contact John on 07803 363 879.


A Home Gym In 2020

By Tracy Griffen

Twelve years ago I wrote a piece for the Spotlight on how to set up your own home gym. Regular readers with very good memories may remember the article. Fear not if you’ve forgotten, as my Home Gym 2020 hitlist is similar. In other words, fads come and go, but you only need a few pieces of inexpensive equipment to exercise from the comfort of your home: 1.Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) – Useful for making cardio (pulse-raising) exercise measureable. It’s an advantage that gyms used to have over home exercise, as HRM’s used to be mega-pricey. You can now get an entry level HRM with chest strap for around £30. 2.Trainers – Your shoes should reflect what you want to do. Many people feel they need to buy fancy trainers to start, but as long as shoes are comfortable with adequate cushioning, you’re fine. You can exercise at home barefoot. 3.Music – Create a playlist of your favourite tunes, to inspire and motivate. Or dig out a CD you’ve not listened to for awhile – It’s been proven steady beat can help you work harder, and for longer. 4.Resistance Tubes / Bands – Super portable, rubber resistance is making a comeback: lightweight and versatile, a Pilates band or resistance tube can add variety to your workout. 5.Skipping Rope – A cheap piece of kit which will get your heart rate up, anywhere, anytime. 6.Exercise Ball – Dependent on space you have available, an exercise (Swiss) ball is very good for ‘core’ exercises and is brilliant to sit on when working from home. Be sure to buy ‘antiburst’ as cheap balls are horrible and difficult to control (and can also burst). 7.A Reebok Step – You don’t need to be an aerobics whizz to benefit from using a step. It’s an easy way to get your heart rate up indoors, and it also doubles as a weights bench. 8.Exercise Mat – Hard floors need cushioning, and a mat also sets up a designated exercise area. 9.‘Get Fit and Enjoy It’ Book – My book on how to get fit from home is released next month. Check out next month’s column on how to get yours! Personal Trainer Tracy Griffen offers home visits and webcam workouts to show you how to exercise from home, using whatever equipment you have already. See adjacent advert. 34




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November Issue Artwork Deadline : 23rd October

Distribution Date : 4th/5th/6th November

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Across: 1 Digits, 7 Pharisee, 8 Lei, 9 Saliva, 10 Blog, 11 Psalm, 13 Mongrel, 15 Bigotry, 17 Amber, 21 Fins, 22 Maroon, 23 Yam, 24 Tapeworm, 25 Sniper.

Down: 1 Dollop, 2 Geisha, 3 Spain, 4 Matador,

5 Kitbag, 6 Kerosene, 12 Scimitar, 14 Crimson, 16 Oyster, 18 Bunyip, 19 Reamer, 20 Proms.




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