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This is the building opp to the Cafe Royal if you are puzzling about where it is. It’s on the buildings at risk register.   More info here at the Cockburn Associations’ Facebook page. The most important thing to note is that it looks likely that this building’s demolition will be rubber stamped without going to full planning committee as not enough objections have been lodged. You can email tonight as long has he gets the email before Monday raising objections to this building’s demolition.  To quote the Cockburn Association ‘We are concerned with the potential loss of the Category B listed building, dating from the 1850’s, to the corner of West Register Street and Register Place. This represents a good quality building within the conservation area and World Heritage Site with characteristic Craigleith sandstone finish and it should be retained.’

**UPDATE** got an email back from Euan McMeeken who said the planned demolition will go to the Planning Committee probably in October. If you are local please follow Cockburn Association either on facebook or twitter to get updates and be prepared to write or even go to the meeting. As this poor building is surrounded by commercial properties there is not a local constituency of people living near it to leap to its defence so Edinburgers please keep an eye on it!


Thank goodness the Venetian style warehouse beside it appears to being kept by the developers. I dashed past yesterday taking photos of the utterly charming and exquisite details on the building.

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Despite our gentle schedule we made time on our last day to record an episode of Mountain Shores podcast  – coming soon! And as all our presentations bar one with a technical hitch were recorded a mini site is going to be set up where they can be accessed. I’ll keep you updated.

In the meanwhile can we encourage more of these kinds of events? Lets get out from behind our screens and do meet ups in real life. This one was a bit ambitious having people from 4 different countries but why not?

Here plan your own at Gladstones Library!






Pictures of new cafe in Edinburgh Lovecrumbs

Dear Readers

I would like to hibernate. I’m waking up in the dark dragging myself out to work in the dim light for ONLY 4 HOURS and I can barely make it. I staggered out this afternoon, forced myself to the post office to post out parcels. Came home and have barely managed to open a bottle of alcoholic ginger beer, make dinner and flit about the internets. I think I’d like to take 2-3 months off every year – starting mid Nov to end of February. I’d do a lot of craft, read library books, perhaps even study, but otherwise live SLOW. No rush no deadlines. I can remember reading online or in a book how medieval peasants dozed away the winter months in the dark, worked fewer hours than we did and did an interesting two stage sleep system.

Medival work hours

Medival Sleep


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