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Edinburgh’s Ross Bandstand architects shortlisted – BBC News

Link from the auld bbc –  Seven shortlisted designs for the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street gardens.  We all know this wee place needs some TLC, some of the designs are just a tad horrendous. But I do like the Flanagan Lawrence design

It is hoped a new pavilion to replace Edinburgh’s Ross bandstand will revitalise West Princes Street Gardens.

Source: Edinburgh’s Ross Bandstand architects shortlisted – BBC News

But here is a better page with the entries

What! Gin not Whisky?

whoda thunkd it!

I always thought whisky would be more popular, apparently not

IF THEY produced a food and drink version of Trivial Pursuit, this would make a great question, writes Stephen Jardine.

Which European city consumes the most gin per head of the population?

You might assume it would be cocktail-mad London or thirsty Barcelona but the answer is Edinburgh. That may seem surprising until you understand the city’s rich gin heritage.

Back in 1777 there were eight licensed distilleries and almost 400 illegal stills operating in Edinburgh and Leith. Edinburgh was a centre for gin excellence as well as consumption.

Scotsman Link 14th June 2014 – Clicky


George Street to be revamped

Link from BBC 13th July 2014 – Full Article Linky

The first phase of a project aiming to improve George Street for pedestrians and cyclists will begin next week.

Work, which will last about four weeks, will begin on Monday and will make way for an increase in pedestrian space on each of the street’s four blocks.

Changes are set to come into full effect after the Edinburgh Festival.

The works will also result in the introduction of a dedicated two-way cycle lane and a one-way system for general traffic and buses.

Preparations for the scheme will be phased along the length of the street from west to east, with the north side of the street being closed from Charlotte Square to Frederick Street and the south side closed between Frederick Street and St Andrew Square.

BBC - George Street to be revamped

BBC – George Street to be revamped (Image (c) BBC 13 June 2014)

I’m sure this will be a unmitigated success, just like the the tram works 😉