Is Greyfriars Bobby getting his lamppost back.

The pavement refurbishment on George IV Bridge could include a replcement lamppost for Greyfriars Bobby.

The current pavement refurbishment on George IV Bridge.

The statue situated on Candlemaker Row was unvieled without ceremony in 1873.

It was erected by Baroness Angelia Georgina Burdett-Coutts, President of the Ladies Committee of the RSPCA, with the permission of the City Council.The original statue contained a fountain for the public with bronze cups chained to it and at ground level a drinking trough for dogs. Bronze cups were used because the copper in the bronze kills germs and is hardwearing. They new a thing or two in those days.

Tell tale signs. Two plastic pipes for the wiring of the Lamppost.

There was also a gaslight behind the statue which illuminated the statue at night. This light was cut down to the height of the railings and stoppered when the city streetlights were converted to electricity. After a further refurbishment it was removed altogether

Now there are tell-tale signs that the City Council is replacing the lamp during the refurbishment of the pavements on George IV Bridge. To plastic pipes can be seen behind the statue of Bobby suitable for electric cables.

This idea of replacing the light at the famous and most photographed statue in Edinburgh came from the One o’clock Gun and Timeball Association.

Local historian George Robinson has recently compiled ‘The Greyfriars Bobby A-Z in fact & fiction’.

The book is available from Edinburgh Books, West Port, priced £5.00.


McVities Dark Chocolate Digestives 33% Extra Free, or is it?

2 Packets of McVities Digestives Dark Chocolate variety

Displayed are two packets of McVities Dark Chocolate Digestives bought recently in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh from large High Street Stores/Supermarkets.

Both packets are the same size 400g and cost exactly the same price.

Apart from the packaging, can you spot a difference?

The Best Before date on the one with the 33% Extra Free is the 5th November 2011 and the Best Before date on the VIP Club packet is 12 November 2011.

Barbecue (BBQ) Sites on The Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh

BBQ Sites 2014


Download BBQ Sites Map here.

The Barbecue maps are on display at the entrances to the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links.

The areas indicated contain two concrete paving slabs set into the grass side by side to put your BBQs on.

April Police News for Fountainbridge & Craiglockhart. Keeping Children Safe, vandalism, littering and garden crime.

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Easter priorities and tips to prevent garden crime.

Local operation in the Gorgie Road area to combet anti-social behaviour, particularly when the youth clubs close.

High visibility patrols to combet the rise in vandalism and littering in the Tollcross area. Many broken windows in shops, Tollcross Primary School, Scottish Widows Buildings and Lloyds TSB.

Extra Dog Warden patrols in Harrison Park and surrounding area.

The full Police report can be found here.

April Police News Meadows & Morningside. Keeping Children Safe. Grange area arrest.

Police interview victim

The Police News for April covering the Meadows & Morningside areas of South Edinburgh has news on Garden Security, Keeping Children Safe from sexual predators and news of successful developments in the case of OAPs being assaulted and robbed in the Grange area.

An initiative at Sciennes Primary School regarding speeding traffic and inconsiderate parking in the area.

Also news about drug dealing in the Dumbiedykes area.

Help needed with developments to prevent Anti social drinking in the Nicolson Square and Bristo Square

The full report is available here.

Edinbuzzers buzzing at McDonald Road Library.

Edinbuzzers at McDonald Road Library

Recently I had another dose of medicine and treatment from the #Edinbuzz Social Media Surgeons at McDonald Road Library. Well worth it, some really helpful tips from #BeatbloggerMike.

Among the eight Surgeons present were #prettysimple, #iaindbrown, #LockhartL, #tomallan, #ScotlandPhotos and #auntyemily who had a great story to tell us about #Adsthepoet when she joined some of us later in the Windsor Buffet.

Windsor Buffet, Leith Walk

If you get the chance to go to on one of these Surgeries, take it. It will improve your Social Media skills.

Planning Applications, April 4th 2011, from Friend’s of Gardner’s Crescent and for the Arnold Clark site at West Tollcross.

Garden at Gardner's Crescent

Comprehensive plans for the refurbishment of Gardner’s Crescent gardens submitted by the Friend’s of Gardner’s Crescent submitted. Looks very impressive with re-instatement of railings and gates and replanting trees.

Material alterations to planning on the former Arnold Clark site at West Tollcross with the application for Student Housing.

An application for off-street parking at 61 Gilmore Place. Access to the parking will be over the pavement through a large gap in the boundary wall at the rear of the property. This property is in the Marchmont, Meadows and Bruntsfield Conservation area.

Also new windows to be fitted to a flat at the rear of Lothian House.

All applications can be viewed here.

The above planning applications can be discussed at the next Tollcross Community Council meeting on Wednesday 13th April at 7.00pm, held in the Tollcross Community Centre, 117 Fountainbridge.

For those unable to get to the viewing of the new James Gillespies School plans there are also pre-planning sketches of the proposed James Gillespies High School available here.

Members of the design team will be at the next Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council meeting next Wednesday (13th) at 7:30pm in St Catherine’s Argyle Church. There will be an opportunity from 7pm to ask informal questions before the meeting.