Looking At Edinburgh

29 November 2008

Burning off the double yellow lines

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

workmen removing double yellow lines

This photo is available on Redbubble: Double Yellow Lines.

15 November 2008

The Forth Bridges Accordion Band

Accordion and Drum band playing on Princes Street in front of Register House

There I was walking along Princes Street feeling a little down (not excessively so: just kind of Saturday-afternoon-shopping-down) and suddenly I could hear lively music like a marching band, with accordions and drums.

Which turned out to be The Forth Bridges Accordion Band (on bebo) which “are a new marching accordion band started up in the East of Scotland in South Queenferry … to provide learning facilities for people who want to learn an instrument such as the drum or accordion.” Though they’re also looking for experienced players. They sound great. Band Practice is Wednesday 7pm-9pm at Vennel Halls, according to the card one of them gave me.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Forth Bridges Band.

(One of the band members contacted me via Redbubble to let me know this was their first public performance: it sounded great, and I hope it’s the first of many.)

8 November 2008

Tiger on Leith Walk

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

a very large soft toy in dignified possession of Leith Walk by Elm Row

This photo is available on Redbubble: Tiger on Leith Walk.

28 October 2008

Unbuilding Edinburgh

Filed under: buildings, graffiti, people — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

taking down a house on Couper Street

taken down a house on Couper Street

These photos are available on Redbubble: Unbuilding Edinburgh and Unbuilding Edinburgh – later.

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27 October 2008

Swordplay on Leith Walk

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two boys with toy swords

Two boys who just bought shiny swords in Bits’n’Pieces, practice their swordplay at the foot of Leith Walk.

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25 October 2008

Feeding the family

a family buying lunch at the farmer's marker

A family getting well hung and tender (beef, that is) at the farmer’s market.

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23 October 2008

Royal Museum of Scotland: Empty Steps

The museum on Chambers Street

The Royal Museum of Scotland (44 Chambers Street – you can’t miss it, though you also can’t get in now) was designed by Captain Francis Fowke of the Royal Engineers, and the building was begun in 1861: Prince Albert’s last public act was to lay the foundation stone on 23rd October, 147 years ago. (Prince Albert died on 14 December that same year). It was then called the Museum of Science and Art, and in many ways it still is – or was: I don’t know what it will be when they’re done with it.

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11 October 2008

All Essential Services: Bagpipe Makers

Filed under: buildings, history, people, photos — Tags: , , — EdinburghEye @ 10:23 am

Sinclair Bagpipe makers 1 Madeira Street

I had probably passed by this door and window a thousand times before it occurred to me to take the snapshot and looked up the history of it. William Sinclair & Son have been professional bagpipe makers since 1933. William Sinclair Senior’s father Alexander Sinclair made the first set of pipes on a foot-treadle lathe with the pedal power provided by his son: by trade William Sinclair Senior was a stone-hewer and his son William was a joiner, but there was a long family tradition connected with the pipes – Alexander Sinclair taught his sons with his other students of the pipes, and William Sinclair Senior was Pipe Major of the Leith Celtic Pipe Band, the Broxburn Pipe Band and the 5th Volunteer Edinburgh Rifles. He was also Pipe Major of the Boys Brigade in Edinburgh. (The old Boys Brigade headquarters is just up Ferry Road from 1 Madeira Street.) During a stone-hewer’s strike William Senior made reeds for the pipes to bring in money: in the 1926 General Strike, William Junior left the building trade to become a professional Bagpipe Maker, and in 1933, the firm of William Sinclair and Son set up shop. And they’re still trading today.

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4 October 2008

Walking into the light

Filed under: history, people, photos, roads, shadows and light, vehicles — Tags: , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

People walking down the Mound into the sunset

“Where Princes Street Gardens are now, the Nor’ Loch was ‘a receptacle of many sewers, and seemingly of the worried cats, drowned dogs, and blackguardism of the city’. Initially stones and planks were laid across its swampland by a tailor with a shop in the Old Town and clients in the New. This gave rise to the name Geordie Boyd’s Mud Brig. In time the ‘Brig’ was filled in by rubble from the excavation works – some two million cartloads tipped out by contractors and private citizens – finally forming a great earthen mound, known now simply as The Mound.” – Stories in Stone

This photo is available on Redbubble: Sunset on the Mound.

19 September 2008

Red girl, blue boy

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

On Leith Walk:
red girl

On Castle Terrace:
Blue Boy

These photos are available on Redbubble: Blue Boy and Mother and daughter.

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