Looking At Edinburgh

20 June 2008

Leaves a reflection

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A car reflecting on Ferry Road. This photo is available on Redbubble: Leaves a reflection.

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19 June 2008

Blue stair

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This photo is available on Redbubble:Blue Stair.

18 June 2008

Shadows and light on the pavement

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Outside Fort House on North Fort Street the shadows and sunlight lie with sharp edges. This photo is available on Redbubble: Sunlight on the pavement.

17 June 2008

The Prince Regent Street Waterfall

On Monday 9th June I was walking down Prince Regent Street, and I noticed a stream running down the gutter.
Prince Regent St waterfall

So I tracked it uphill to its source:

Prince Regent waterfall source

And a couple of days later, walking down Prince Regent Street again, I took a photo of the drain all the water was falling into.

Prince Regent waterfall drain

Over a week later, the water is still running, and it’s now overflowed the drain and forms a delta where Prince Regent Street runs into North Junction Street:

Prince Regent Street waterfall delta

Up at the source, the water has by now washed away part of the tarmac covering the old cobbles:
Prince Regent Street waterfall source

It’s quite impressive that just leaving a water main to run unchecked and unmended for only eight or nine days can do this much damage. I wonder how much longer Edinburgh Council will leave it to run?

Drinking by the Shore

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glasses on a bollard

This photo is available on Redbubble:Drinks by the Shore.

16 June 2008

Footpath to the bus stop

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Footpath through grass

From the road to the bus stop, there’s a footpath made by people taking the most direct route. Over and over again you see this happen: planners design paths and steps where people ought to go, ignoring what must surely be their own experience: footpaths happen where people want them to be. This photo is available on Redbubble: City Path.

15 June 2008

Dirty Leith: the Water of Leith

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litter and leaves on the Water of Leith

It is sort of interesting, sort of disgusting, sort of attractive, and mostly just appalling, all at once. (This is one of the parts of the river where litter – leaf litter and other stuff) fetch up: most parts are cleaner. Still.)

This photo is available on Redbubble:The Water of Leith.

14 June 2008

The King’s Wark on the Shore

Filed under: buildings, history, photos, pubs, reflections, windows — Tags: , , , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

Windows in the King's Wark reflecting the Shore

The old King’s Wark was “an extensive building that appears to have occupied the whole ground between the Broad Wynd and Bernard Street. The exact purpose for which it was maintained is not clearly defined in any of the early allusions, but it probably included an arsenal, with warehouses, and resident officials, for storing the goods and managing the revenues of the port.”

This building was burned down in 1544, during the Rough Wooing. Henry VIII had ordered “Put all to fyre and swoorde, burne Edinborough towne, so rased and defaced when you have sacked and gotten what ye can of it, as there may remayn forever a perpetual memory of the vengeaunce of God lightened upon them for their faulsehode and disloyailtye. Do what ye can out of hande…to beate down and overthrowe the castle, sack Holyrood house, and as many townes and villages about Edinborough as ye may conveniently, sack Lythe and burn and subvert it and all the rest, putting man, woman and child to fyre and sworde without exception, where any resistance shallbe made agaynst you” – this was Henry’s idea of diplomacy.

Mary had the King’s Work rebuilt in 1564 by John Chisholme, “comptroller of artiller”, and in 1575 it was converted to a hospital for the reception of patients recovered from the plague. In 1614 the King’s Work was given by James VI to his favourite chamber-chield, or groom of the chamber, Bernard Lindsay of Lochill, by a royal grant which empowered him to keep four taverns there. The area was called Bernard’s Nook, even after the Magistrates of Edinburgh took possession of the area in 1649: Bernard Street is named for him.

The pub called The King’s Wark reportedly does very fine breakfasts.

This photo is available on Redbubble: The King’s Wark on the Shore.

PS: Today at 2pm till 5pm – Baking for Asylum in Artisan Roast on Broughton Street.

13 June 2008

Cobbles and grass

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cobbles and grass at sunset

All over Edinburgh, the same grey cobbles. Between the cobbles, tiny valleys of dirt. Where people often walk, or cars run, nothing grows. In any area sheltered from traffic, you can see these tiny gardens forming: grass and moss and even flowers. Green is tough. This photo was taken at sunset.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Grass in the cobbles.

12 June 2008

Baking for Asylum: save Jojo

Saturday 14th June 2008: 2-5pm, Artisan Roast, 57 Broughton Street:

Have you ever been on holiday and had your travellers cheques pinched? And your credit card? And your wallet with all your cash and ID? Or have you ever worried about what you would do if that happened – stuck in a strange country with no money and no way to prove your identity?

That’s the situation Jojo Yakob is in right now – only worse. It’s no holiday that brings him here: he arrived in the UK, an escaped prisoner hidden in a lorry. Yakob, a member of Syria’s Kurdish minority, was imprisoned for distributing anti-government leaflets. When the prison guards discovered he was gay, he was tortured and beaten: he spent nearly three weeks in a coma in hospital. Escaping from the hospital, he made his way to the UK, only to be arrested in Aberdeen for possession of a fake Belgian passport.

Released on bail, he still waits for determination of his status as an asylum seeker.

Church Poverty Action Group says, of their Living Ghosts campaign, “People seeking asylum in the UK who have had their application refused (often through unfair and incompetent processes) sometimes cannot be deported because it is not possible or safe to do so. Government policy is to use a carrot and stick approach of making rejected asylum seekers destitute whilst offering very basic support if applicants say they will ‘voluntarily’ return to the place they fled.” That’s exactly the situation Jojo is in – and so many other people like him.

This Saturday, Artisan Roast at 57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, is hosting a bake sale to raise cash for Jojo Yakob. You can come along any time between 2 and 5, buy a cake, give some bread, and, if you’re interested find out more about the new Positive Action Housing campaign is working to change the system that leaves failed asylum seekers destitute in a strange country.

Half the money raised will go to an account for Jojo Yakob: the other half to Edinburgh-based charity Refugee Survival Trust. Jojo said: “I don’t like to take money like this from people – there are so many worse off than me. When I’m legal, when I can get a job and earn money, then I’ll buy clothes.”

Maddi Marshall, who Jojo is staying with as a guest while he waits for the Home Office decision, says “Jojo’s a very independent young man, full of integrity: he doesn’t like hand-outs. But we want to let the Home Office know that he can’t be deported now, he’s got friends in Edinburgh, that we all want him to stay here.”

(If you want to bring baked goods to the sale, thank you! It will help if you e-mail bakesale@gmail.com to let us know what you plan to bring and when.)

I’m making and bringing rye bread and cupcakes…

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