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The Porty Podcast is a community project, highlighting events in and around Edinburgh's seaside - Portobello! It's a very active area with sailing, rowing and kayaking on the Forth, a vibrant artistic community and a strong sense of identity which makes it slightly separate from the other parts of Edinburgh.
 
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You may have noticed on assorted Porty pages online a proposal to bring some light and colour into this rather dark and dismal time of year. That’s especially true when so many of the events which would have taken place in December have all had to be cancelled. The idea is to turn night-time Portobello into one, large art gallery with people fillin…
 
Today we'll meet up with our fellow Destination Historians in the fittingly named Palace Square. Our destination is a building that has lived through some harsh times. It has survived monarchies, revolutions upon revolutions, and finally settled into its current role of prestigious musuem. Make sure to check out the new updates to our website at de…
 
It’s almost 5 months since the Velvet Easel Gallery came under new management. And this month, the new owner, Jane Grant, opened her first winter exhibition. She’s the first to admit that it wasn’t easy taking over in the middle of a pandemic. But she’s been delighted by the support she’s received from the buying public and the artists as well.…
 
Road safety - the safety of cyclists in particular - was once again headline news this past week. The tragic death of a cyclist, killed by a lorry, brought into focus yet again just how vulnerable you are on two wheels. That complex junction at the end of Portobello High Street has seen more than its fair share of such tragedies over the years. And…
 
EARL OKIN'S GRAMOPHONE SHOW No.140. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) I'd Rather Charleston – Gershwin. FRED & ADELE ASTAIRE. GEORGE GERSHWIN. (2) MANON – Massenet. En Fermant Les Yeux. ANDRÉ D'ARKOR. (3) My Kid's A Crooner – Harris/Montgomery. FRANCES DAY (with SYBIL JASON). (4) MIGNON – Thomas. Io Son Ti…
 
Today's destination takes us into deepest, darkest Peru to a lost city that was rediscovered not too long ago. Come on a journey of wonder and intrigue at what the Spanish missed out on, and the mystery that continues to this very day. This episode also features a podcast suggestion. So don't waste another second and discover History Detective for …
 
Today’s episode is rather more serious and sombre than usual. It’s because tomorrow marks the start of a week-long event called “To Absent Friends”. It’s a festival of remembrance – but one that’s very different to Remembrance Day which falls the following week. It’s much quieter and reflective and is designed to give people across Scotland an excu…
 
This episode we're back in London saying a 'how do you do' to Lord Nelson and his massive column. Discover the eccentricities of Trafalgar Square like what they do with their corner statues and the traditional that has evolved around their chrismas tree. Don't forget to check out the website to see photos, reference links and more about this destin…
 
You may have noticed bags filled with gravel outside Bellfield recently, at least on one side of the building. It’s currently being prepared for a new community garden by a group of volunteers. The idea was first proposed over a year ago – but progress drags slow when there’s pandemic. But now it seems, the first moves are being made to create a ga…
 
Last weekend saw an unique event – the Portobello Book Festival Online. It was very much a question of necessity being the mother of invention as the organisers had really no choice in the matter – go online...or cancel! In the event, it was more successful than anyone had hoped. People are still catching up with any of the features they had missed…
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No.139. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) RIGOLETTO – Verdi. Pari Siamo. RENATO ZANELLI. (2) Nature Boy - Ahbez. DICK JAMES. (3) Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia – Perkins/Parish. BARON LEE'S BLUE RHYTHM BAND. (4) IL TROVATORE – Verdi. Il Balen. CARLO MORELLI. (5) You Keep Sen…
 
This Australian icon has quite the dramatic past. The site it sits on was considered a meeting place to the Indigenous locals, and is still considered a meeting place for those that frequent the area today. This World Heritage Listed building has stood fast during turbulent and changing times. The Sydney Opera House has been an important part of Sy…
 
You may have seen an appeal from the local Rugby Club for funds to help the Portobello Hornets, the club’s junior teams. Thanks to the lockdown, the club, like every other sports organisation, has (as you’ll hear) been hit by a massive reduction in income. So they have resorted to crowd funding in order to raise the money to buy new kit for the gro…
 
Next weekend, the 12th Portobello Book Festival will get under way; you may already have looked at the excellent programme on the website (link below). However, it will all be very different from those of previous years – the pandemic has seen to that! Like so many other events across the world, technology has come to the rescue. People will access…
 
In this episode, come with us on a trip to the capital of France, where a day trip west to the Palace of Versailles is a must. Walk the gold gilded halls and revel in the vast amount of history that took place within its walls. Take a turn through the numerous gardens, following in the foot steps of Louis XIV or Marie Antoinette. At its height, the…
 
This weekend, you will see more tartan than usual out and about because the annual Kilt Walk is taking place. This year’s event is rather different – instead of people walking en masse, they’re choosing their own routes around Scotland. The idea is to raise money for assorted charities, clubs and others good causes. So what motivates them? Porty Po…
 
This latest episode tackles on of the most famous antique markets and the surrounding area. The history of Notting Hill is vast and covers cultural divides to the present day. Portobello Road Markets started as a bric-a-brac market and has grown into a tourist attraction of its own. To help the podcast grow, take 20 seconds to fill out this small s…
 
It's September - which means it's time for Art Walk Porty. However, these are not usual times. Some of us seriously wondered if there would an event at all. Those fears were thankfully unfounded - but it is a very different event to that of previous years. There are no Art Houses, for example, and everything is having to be managed to suit the rule…
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No.138. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) Back Home In Tennessee - ???. G.H. ELLIOTT. (2) So Amor Em Minha Vida - Bittencort/Melo. ANNA (Ana) LUCIA. (3) LA TOSCA – Puccini. Recondita Armonia. TOM BURKE. (4) Tennessee Parody - ??? ERNIE MAYNE. (5) Porque Razao – De Abreu/Peixoto.…
 
Todays destination takes us to one of the only building's in the world still being used for its original purpose. Come and take a stroll through the 1800s and wonder at the fascination of the age of International Exhibitions. This destination has lived almost all the lives a building has lived and is still loyally serving the people of Melbourne da…
 
Today's destination takes us to Scotland, where we dip our toes into the freezing loch water and learn the basics behind one of Scotland's oldest, and biggest, clans. Inveraray Castle holds its own in the haunted department, it's survived numerous fires, a relocation and now shows itself for the general public. Take a listen and enjoy, as we learn …
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No.137. To listen or download, click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) The Night Began To Fall – Mayo. SAM MAYO. (2) Picking My Way – Lang/Kress. EDDIE LANG & CARL KRESS. (3) LA PERLE DU BRÉSIL – David. Charmant Oiseau. LISE LANDOUZY. (4) When It's Night Time In Italy, It's Wednesday Over Here – Kendis/Brown. THE …
 
Today’s destination finds us down south in Australia. One of the most recognisable bridges in the world, this destination has some surprising features that you wouldn’t think to find on a bridge. Not to mention, the drama at the opening that saw someone fined for the price of a ribbon. You can read the transcript, see the pictures, and learn more a…
 
Today’s episode takes us to one of the busiest airports in all the world. Come take a wander through time as we see how this world class airport got its start and what happened to the medieval village that had the misfortune to sit in the way. Head over to the website to see extras on this and other episodes: destinationhistorypod.com…
 
For some people, one of the escapes from the pressures of lockdown has been their ability to get into their allotments much more regularly than before. They are lucky – there are many more people who want an allotment than there are allotments available. And if you are fortunate enough to be given a place on the waiting list, you may have at least …
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show. No.136. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) Some Of These Days - Brooks. LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCHESTRA. (2) IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA – Rossini. Una Voce Poco Fa. JOSEFINA HUGUET. (3) And Her Mother Comes Too – Novello. ALBERT PLUNKETT. (4) Stardust – Carmichael. THE CHOCOLATE DA…
 
As we’ve heard through the weeks, many organisations which work with young people have struggled to keep going through the lock-down. They’ve turned to the Internet to keep in contact with their students, be it theatre, film or dance. In many respects, dance has proved the most difficult. The teachers try their best by making videos for YouTube or …
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show. No. 135. To listen or download, please click HERE. P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) Ill Wind – Arlen/Koehler. LENA HORNE. (2) Tre Giorni Son Che Nina – Ciampi? FAUSTA LABIA. (3) Why Is The Bacon So Tough? - Prentice. BERT FIRMAN'S RHYTHMIC EIGHT. (4) IL TROVATORE – Verdi. Il Balen. MARIO ANCONA. (5) My Daddy Rocks Me – …
 
This episode we travel to Melbourne, Australia to see how a humble weatherboard shed became one of the busiest train stations in the world. From the early days of the Gold Rush to handling record numbers of passengers still today, our destination has many unique features, including a nursery, rooftop gym and its very own ghost. flindersstreetstatio…
 
We’ve heard how local musicians are creating their own concerts or ceilidhs online. However, it was really good to hear that singer-songwriter Rosie Nimmo had been invited to sing, almost out of the blue, in a relatively new online service called Home Songs for Lunch. It was created in Campbeltown by David Fee, a full-time foster carer who also has…
 
Last week, we heard how Edinburgh Youth Theatre is managing to keep going online through the lockdown. The company often works with the Film Academy Edinburgh which is also based locally. The academy usually uses the television studios of Edinburgh College at Milton Road; but, like everything else, it’s currently closed. However, the teachers and s…
 
Edinburgh Youth Theatre has been one of Portobello’s success stories. Led by the actor Shauna Macdonald, it has brought self-confidence to a generation of young people. But its base at Bellfield is currently closed. Staff, teachers and students have to stay at home thanks to the lockdown – but that DOESN’T mean to say they can’t get together and ha…
 
Something good has emerged from the current crisis – and that’s the way in which musicians are finding new ways to reach their audience. Local singer Mairi Campbell has an international following and is using technology – Zoom in particular – to bring them together in what she’s calling Campbell’s Ceilidhs. Once a week on a Sunday, people connect f…
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No.134. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) Little Red Monkey - Duncan. ROSEMARY CLOONEY. (2) Why I'm A Klansman - ??? KU KLUX KLAN CHORUS. (3) DON GIOVANNI – Mozart. Deh! Vieni Alla Finestra. MATTIA BATTISTINI. (4) Assanhado - Bittencourt. JACOB DO BANDOLIM. (5) Agnus Dei - Bizet…
 
When you walk along the High Street or down along the Prom, it’s noticeable just how quiet everything is. With a number of exceptions, most shops are closed, as are the cafés, bars and restaurants. For the owners of those businesses, it’s a very worrying time despite the significant help coming from the Government. They don’t know when they’ll be a…
 
Walking or cycling along the High Street, it's unnaturally quiet. a lot of shops are closed - and those that are open are enforcing, rightly, a one person at a time policy. We know that some are providing delivery services - but, just like the supermarkets, it can be hard to sign up to get a slot. And, in any case, how do people hear about them? We…
 
The Dalriada has been a fundamental part of life in Portobello for many years. Music has played a large part of that with both organised and impromptu sessions regularly taking place in the bar. The Sunday Sessions were particularly popular with musicians and the public alike. They were the brainchild of Jed Milroy who was looking for a new venue –…
 
What has emerged from the current near-lock-down is even more evidence of the strength of community spirit in Portobello. Individual streets have been forming WhatsApp groups to keep in touch with each other and especially with those who may be self-isolating for whatever reason. And there’s now been a group set up to help those confined to their h…
 
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