John Gibson: Ali is no Canongate has been

Ali Celik, owner of Has Beans cafe Edinburgh. Picture: Toby Williams.
Ali Celik, owner of Has Beans cafe Edinburgh. Picture: Toby Williams.
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New kid on the Canongate block. Well, hardly a kid at 39. But, he insists, young at heart. No crotchety old curmudgeon would have Billy Joel and George Benson singing while the coffee’s brewing, the bacon sizzling.

Ali Celik has assumed command of Has Beans Coffee House at the top of the Canongate. A different animal from previous proprietor Graham Kenny, until two months ago owner for over a decade. For a start, he’s a Turk. Says Ali: “I now call myself a Canongate worthy. When I came up from London I spent seven years virtually across the road in St Mary’s Street in the catering trade at Empires and Circus Cafe.

‘‘I’ve done a total redec of Has Beans. It’s essentially small but it’s easier to cope due to its intimacy and I’ve always liked the name. My wife Agne will help me. This is the first place I’ve had of my own. I reckon it’s a privilege to own a business in a history-packed thoroughfare like the Canongate.’’

BBC’s own goal

The bungling BBC. Can Gary Lineker not do something about it? Sunday mornings, minutes before Match of the Day, the presenters of the preceding Breakfast, gaily spew out the results with film clips of crucial games that MOTD viewers, many of whom purposely avoid the previous day’s scorelines, thereby giving the game away, so to speak.

What’s known as own goals from The Bungling BBC. C’mon Mr Lineker, by now a big shot at the Beeb and, surely, a prime candidate for the Director General’s job.