Looking At Edinburgh

12 November 2008

A room in the Old Town

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

a room with two chairs and a table under a window

This photo is available on Redbubble: Edinburgh Room.

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3 September 2008

Coastal Edinburgh: Fun Park and Fried Food

Porto Restaurant

This is the other side of coastal Edinburgh: the deep-fried food and shiny fun parks. There are fairly obvious reasons why this is so: if you go for a sunny day on the beach, it will probably rain. All of these places have been around for decades – if they’ve changed ownership in twenty-five years, they haven’t changed name or function.

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6 June 2008

A Leith cameo

Filed under: photos, reflections, windows, windows — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:36 am

Like most pubs in Leith, the Cameo Bar has lots of beer, lots of meaty/fishy pub grub, but if you’re vegetarian, better come at the weekend for breakfast. Which they serve at lunchtime.

This photo is available on Redbubble: In the Cameo window.

(No one ever seemed to click on the Google Map tags, so I’m not going to do them any more.)

14 May 2008

The Scottish Government from Beanscene

Filed under: buildings, cafes, photos, windows — Tags: , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 1:39 pm

Staff friendly and helpful, coffee good, music fine, outlook lovely: but it’s a good thing the wifi connection came free with my coffee, or I’d have asked for my money back!

The connection was claimed to have an Excellent signal strength and to be available at 54Mbps (IP address 10.31.81.85) but it took me two minutes to get through to The Cloud Networks login page, and after 20 minutes of trying to get any page other than a Google search page to load, I realised that (although I was the only person in the Beanscene using a laptop) the wifi system was so poor that it was unusable.

It’s a pity: this Beanscene is a nice place with good atmosphere and pleasantly sunny, but wifi this poor is better not advertised: you wouldn’t want anyone to come in *because* of the wifi. I’ve heard from other customers that this is a common problem with Beanscenes – the wifi service exists in theory but is shoddy in practice. I’ve had similar problems with other chain cafe wifi systems – probably a low-bid problem, but Beanscene is certainly the worst. (Local cafes which offer wifi where the manager herself chose and is making use of the system, don’t have this problem: it’s always chains where the local cafe staff didn’t get to choose the wifi provider and don’t have the authority to change it because of its poor performance.)

But the coffee is good. Seriously: take the “free wifi” signs down. It comes close to being false advertising. Beanscene should stick to selling coffee.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: the Scottish Government from Beanscene.

12 May 2008

Scottish Parliament from Reid’s Close

Filed under: buildings, photos, windows — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:12 am

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Scottish Parliament.

28 April 2008

King’s Stables Road: Shiny!

Filed under: buildings, photos, reflections, windows — Tags: , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:47 pm

metal door

On King’s Stables Road, just beyond the bridge of Castle Terrace, there is a house with a shiny metal door and window. The metal is somewhat dented, and gives the most interesting reflections.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Shiny!

21 April 2008

Leith: Cats reflecting

Filed under: cats, photos, windows — Tags: , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:10 am

two cats reflecting

One cat, or two? Black and white cat reflecting in a window in Leith, Edinburgh, in spring sunshine.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Cats reflecting.

14 April 2008

Bricks Behind Bars

Filed under: buildings, photos, windows — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 9:27 am

You see these windows that are no longer windows all over Edinburgh.

Bricked-up window with bars

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Bricks Behind Bars

9 April 2008

Blind-eyed building

Filed under: buildings, photos, windows — Tags: , — EdinburghEye @ 8:34 am

Building on McDonald Road

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Blind-eyed Building.

8 April 2008

Leith: Jigsaw Window

Filed under: photos, windows — Tags: , — EdinburghEye @ 6:31 am

Leith - jigsaw window

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Jigsaw Window.

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