Letters: Freshen up Porty with new faces and ideas

Picture: David Moir

Picture: David Moir

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Have your say

The estimate of how many candidates in the Portobello Community Council elections are in favour of the school on the park (Fears Portobello High will dominate community vote, News, October 4) would appear to be a little on the low side.

I think the figure might well be closer to 80 per cent but that has nothing to do with Portobello For a New School. That’s simply a reflection of local opinion. The real reason so many people have put themselves forward is a desire for change.

Portobello Community Council lost its way in recent years. On issue after issue it expressed views that didn’t reflect, or were even at odds with, the community it was supposed to represent. And expressing the views of the community, whatever they may be, is the core duty of a community council.

I stood for election because change was needed and ensuring an election was a first step to get new people in. From the list of candidates that is assured whatever the outcome. So while I am a candidate I wouldn’t encourage anyone to vote for me. Let’s have new faces and fresh thinking.

Sean Watters, Brighton Place, Portobello, Edinburgh

What happened to Tattoo’s Scots stamp?

What has happened to our Tattoo? We were there this year and my sister and her family from Australia were there this year and last. We both agree that it is nothing like what it used to be years ago when we were children. We used to go every year with our late dad, every year from 1953 onwards until our late teens.

What has happened to the Tattoo for Scotland? People want to see Scottish connections. Most of the dancing was not Scottish. The Scottish Country Dance Society and Highland Dancing is what visitors want.

Pipe bands and sing-a-longs are things we remember. Horses, household cavalry, dogs. We have had the Mounties and the Royal Artillery, the Gurkhas – all military displays.

I have spoken to many people this year who went to see it and all say the same, that it was a big disappointment. It was not Scottish and they felt it was poor compared to the good old days.

What happened to the relay teams of naval personnel racing against each other to build gun carriages in the quickest time? Where were the RAF dogs and other military display teams?

I know we are a tolerant, multicultural city, but the Edinburgh Military Tattoo used to be a display or showcase of mainly Scottish performers and that is what visitors come to see.

Fay Holmes, Paradykes Avenue, Loanhead, Midlothian

Global warming fears are a load of hot air

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its “Fifth Assessment Report”.

This report discounted the global warming standstill since 1997 as irrelevant and deleted the acknowledgement in its June 7 draft that climate computer models had failed to “reproduce the observed reduction in surface warming trend over the last 10-15 years”.

One excuse for the past warming standstill was volcanoes and the report’s forecast of temperature rises by 2035 assumes no major volcanic eruptions. Wishful thinking.

The volcano Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991 and spewed out more greenhouses gases than the entire human race had produced in its entire years on earth and the earth cooled 1 degree Fahrenheit.

Volcanic eruptions proves how puny are the attempts of man to control the climate.

There are 500 active volcanoes in the world.

The report says that “it is extremely likely” that mankind is responsible for more than 50 per cent of the temperature rises since 1951 but offers no evidence to back up this claim. The global warming theory is crumbling by the day so time to stop wasting taxpayers’ money on the IPCC false and expensive green god gravy train.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Tory chiefs served up a load of old mince

At the Conservative Party conference, David Cameron and George Osborne both proved beyond all doubt that members of a political party can be given a standing ovation by their audience, even when they talk a load of mince.

Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar, East Lothian

Sniffing out the truth behind Bobby’s past

The article featuring Greyfriars Bobby’s nose job (Bobby nose what’s coming, News, October 1) mentioned that the wee dog’s owner’s name was John Gray.

The name ‘John’ was added by Eleanor Atkinson in her classic novel published in 1912. The first name of the owner, who was thought to be a farm labourer, was not mentioned in previous press reports.

The stone which stands in Greyfriars Kirkyard was set up by friends of the author in 1924 to commemorate Eleanor’s fictitious character Auld Jock Gray, the shepherd, who worked at Cauldbrae farm.

A portrait of Bobby painted while he was still alive and chasing rats can be seen in the visitors centre at Greyfriars Church.

George Robinson, Grove Street, Edinburgh