Looking At Edinburgh

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.

19 April 2008

In the Forest: dragon wall

Filed under: art, buildings, cafes, photos — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 6:40 am

wall in the Forest

On the upper landing of the Forest cafe in Edinburgh the lower walls are tiled in beautiful old green porcelain, and a dragon is growing on the upper wall. I cannot explain the cupboard with the tree that has no roots and the bird that has no feet. It just is.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: In the Forest: dragon wall.

30 March 2008

Outside the Relish cafe

Filed under: cafes, dogs — Tags: , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:25 am

Sheltie outside cafe in Leith

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Dude, where’s my coffee?

3 March 2008

In the Forest Cafe

Filed under: cafes, food, photos, windows — Tags: , , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 2:22 am

This photo was taken here. It’s on Redbubble: In The Forest.

The Forest is an organic cafe and a not-for-profit arts space. It is a perfect place to sit, dream, talk, surf the Internet, drink tea, and relax.

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