Looking At Edinburgh

31 May 2008

Origins: Leith stones

Filed under: photos — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:07 am

The original stones from Port of Leith, fenced off inside a housing estate garden.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Foundations behind fences.

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30 May 2008

Friday cat blogging

Filed under: cats, photos — Tags: , , — EdinburghEye @ 6:00 pm

Badgerbag has a theory that cats think laptops are robot cats. Hm.

This photo is available on Redbubble: “My human, my laptop, mine.”.

Aye butt. Nae butt.

Filed under: Current events, photos — Tags: , , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

In March 2006, the reason there were tables outside pubs and cafes in Scotland was because non-smokers preferred to sit outside away from the pong of cigarettes. From April 2006, the reason turned inside out: there are more tables outside than ever before, for smokers to sit outside because they can’t smoke indoors.

I remember when people could smoke on buses. (Running for a bus in winter, the cold air kniving at my throat, and trying to breathe shallowly through my nose because if I breathed smoke through my mouth I would start coughing and not be able to stop.)

I remember when people could smoke only on the upper half of the bus, only when they sat at the back, only in bus shelters.

I remember when I would come home from a night out and my jersey would smell like bonfires from all the smoke.

It hasn’t been that way for over two years now: I don’t miss it at all, but I do, sometimes, think it weird.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Aye butt. Nae butt.

29 May 2008

East by Kate

Filed under: art, buildings, photos — Tags: , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

This odd painting on a wall in South Fort Street teases the mind: is it graffiti? art? a notice? Was it painted to look as if the newer building had cut it in half, or is it older than the building next to it – and if so, what’s on the half that was built over?

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: East by Kate.

28 May 2008

Light on the pavement

Filed under: photos, shadows and light — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Light on the pavement.

27 May 2008

By the river

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I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: By the river.

26 May 2008

Green Grow the Stairs

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I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Green Grow the Stairs.

25 May 2008

Lilac: the 25th of May

Filed under: Current events, people, photos, plants — Tags: , , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 12:01 am

Lilac in Germany

How do they rise up, rise up, rise up,
How do they rise up, rise up high?

I took this photo (somewhere) about here. It’s available on Redbubble: Lilac in Germany.

Yes, technically, this is part of the Germany series of photos: but mainly I was thinking of Terry Pratchett.

He looked up.

Overhead, a lilac tree was in bloom.

He stared.

Damn! Damn! Damn! Every year he forgot. Well, no. He never forgot. He just put the memories away, like old silverware that you didn’t want to tarnish. And every year they came back, sharp and sparkling, and stabbed him in the heart. And today, of all days . . .

He reached up, and his hand trembled as he grasped a bloom and gently broke the stem. He sniffed at it. He stood for a moment, staring at nothing. And then he carried the sprig of lilac carefully back up to his dressing room. – Night Watch, Terry Pratchett, 2003

Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer’s. Sooner or later, every writer must stop writing: Death is the ultimate writer’s block. Alzheimer’s will steal not life but memory. Dementia – of which Alzheimer’s is just one form – steals memory, transforms personalities, kills everything that makes a person themselves before they die. Dementia is the Auditor: Death is only the end.

If you live in the UK and have the money to spare, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust.

(If you are a UK tax payer, as a registered charity they can claim the taxes you would have paid on this, which adds to the value of your gift: so, if you live outside the UK, please look for a research charity in your own country and donate there.)

They rise heads up, heads up, heads up, they rise heads up, heads up high!

24 May 2008

Banana Flats Bent

Filed under: buildings, photos, reflections, vehicles — Tags: , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

Banana flats, Leith

I’ve lived in or near Leith for years, and when people refer to the “banana flats”, I’ve always assumed they meant this block – the yellow and blue looms, and – or so I have heard – if you’re in the top floor, you know why these are banana flats – the block bends, noticeably, in a high wind. Wikipedia identifies a different block of flats nearby (Cables Wynd House) as the “banana flats” – asserting that they are called so because of the shape of the block from the air, curved like a banana. Which is right?

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Banana Flats.

23 May 2008

Deck the garden

Filed under: gardens, photos — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

This is the tiny back garden of The Howard Hotel. They do a fabulous afternoon tea.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Edinburgh garden.

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