Monthly Archives: November 2009

stats for this blog

Just looking at the stats for this blog.

One of the most often viewed and linked to entries is the unique article about the “Wild West” in Edinburgh, summarising the history of the cinema at Springvalley Gardens. Its also  linked from a website about the  buildings of  Scotland’s Cinemas ,  which includes a lot of historical entries like the Springvalley Gardens Cinema, with pictures from inside of the building. I always loved this house for its character, its surroundings and its atmosphere, it is something really special.

The other most popular entry is of course “How to catch a lost hamster”. It seems like in the whole wide world of the Internet nobody else has tackled such an ordinary but yet difficult problem. Fluffy would be proud of his contribution to hamster welfare, would he still be alive. The entry has 72 comments all of people chasing after their little pet. I never really replied to any of them as all the principles of catching a hamster escapee are either in the article or in the video and I don’t have the time unfortunately, either, for personal hamster catching advice.

At the moment this personal blog has about 150 visitors looking at the site per day.

Audio Interview about bin worker dispute in Edinburgh

Here is a five minute Interview with the bin worker solidarity group. The bin workers themselves did not want to be interviewed on audio recorder or filmed as one of the binmen who gave quotes to the Edinburgh Evening News has been suspended for talking to the press.

Interview (Ogg-Vorbis, 5 min, ca. 3 MB)

Interview (WAV, 5 min, ca.27 MB)

Interview (mp3, 5min, ca 5 MB)

private company's bin lorry
private company’s bin lorry

Fire in our Highrise

This morning I smelt a disgusting stink when getting up, quickly dismissing it as “the kids have set the rubbish chute on fire – NOT AGAIN.  So I wasn’t too alarmed when three firetrucks pulled up in front of the house. But quickly it turned out to be much more, as the ladder was brought up and the firemen wore gas masks and oxygen bottles, and the smell became more, not less intense.

fire brigade in front of Fidra Court

fire brigade in front of Fidra Court

We got a bit more alarmed when a fireman on his ladder rushed by in front of our window on the way up.


The rectangular squares are part of the anti-pigeon netting, obviously ;-)  .

Anyways, the firemen knocked on our door several times and asked us to stay indoors, open the windows and the balcony doors and if we are all okay.  I asked where the fire was and was told it was on the ground  floor, but still they are all zooming around here as if there would be something more going on in the upper regions of our little 14 storey skyscraper.


At the moment – a few hours after the first signs of the fire – the fire brigade still are around and seem to check that nobody passed out or got too affected by smoke inhalation. It seems they are breaking into a flat upstairs at the moment – I can hear the noise.  There will be more detailed reports in the papers later I assume, as there were quite some press photographers around.


Carers and support workers’ protest at Edinburgh City Chambers

Wednesday was an incredible bad day for me with nearly everything going wrong which could go wrong. The only highlight was that I finally was able to make it to report from the protest at the Edinburgh city chambers, against the privatisation of the social care and support services. Report and pictures as usual on Indymedia – UK for pictures and Scotland for local report and networking. I even brought the camcorder along but it was a bit too dark for filming. Nevertheless, hopefully I’ll have time to produce a little video, but not more than 2 minutes length with voice-over only.

Deaf Action in action

Deaf Action in action

Nuclear Bunker also in Nuremberg

Reading the local Bavarian paper on the internet, my attention was drawn to a video clip about the cold war nuclear bunker in Nuremberg.  I did not know there was a nuclear bunker in Nuremberg at all, let alone underneath the main pedestrian  shopping zone.  Compared to the secret bunker in Crail in Fife it is a civilian not a military bunker though.  In 2006 the German government decided that it was unlikely that the bunker would be needed anymore in future and therefore gave up its maintenance, handing it back to the local authorities. In the case of Nuremberg, the local the fire brigade ended up with the obligation to look after the building.