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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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Portobello Town Hall is now OUR Town Hall. On Thursday afternoon, the City of Edinburgh Council accepted the proposal put forward by Porty Central, the action group that’s been working hard to ensure that we got to this position. So now, the hard work really begins. In the Council’s own estimate, the building will need £1m over the next three years…
 
The Friends of the Prom was formally set up three years ago as a charity. Its objectives include the organisation of recreational activities on the Prom, helping to promote the arts, heritage, and culture present on the Prom and working to improve and protect the environment of the Promenade itself, the beach and the waters of the Forth. Understand…
 
Scotland has a new astronomer Royal, the first woman to be so honoured. It’s an honorary title but it carries immense weight and influence, and Professor Catherine Heymans is determined to use it to bring science to the masses, to inspire young people and to foster a better understanding of our place in the universe. Education is a key part of the …
 
Like so much else, Portobello’s Community Hub at Bellfield has been closed throughout the pandemic. The governing body that manages the building, Action Porty, has not been idle through this time. Work has been carried out to improve the building, they’ve invested in the equipment needed to re-open safely and they’ve been thinking about the future …
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No. 146. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) IL TROVATORE – Verdi. Ai Nostri Monti. CLOTILDE ESPOSITO & LUIGI COLAZZA. (2) Hello Sunshine Hello – Tobias/Murray/Tobias. ALBERT WHELAN. (3) My Pretty Girl – Fulcher. JEAN GOLDKETTE ORCHESTRA. (4) CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA – Mascagni. Il Ca…
 
How did you spend your lockdown? Some people helped others in the community. Some turned to reading or writing – writing the limericks we heard about a few weeks ago for example. Some chose to take a hobby or an enthusiasm and turn it into a business. We’ll be hearing from some of them over the coming weeks. We’ll start with Caitlin Knox who turned…
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show. No.145. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) Give Your Love – Green. MALCOLM GREEN. (2) Bourgeois Blues – Leadbelly. REDD SULLIVAN. (3) I've Got The World On A String – Arlen/Koehler. EARL HINES. (4) The Queen Of Hearts - Trad. MARTIN WINSOR. (5) And The Band Played Waltzing Matil…
 
On Thursday this week, there was an online conference and workshop run by Porty Community Energy, which brought together experts in the field along with some of those who practice what they preach. The theme was Low Carbon Transport in Portobello and the idea was not just to look at what was happening here but also to learn from others by looking a…
 
You may have noticed in the media that the Portobello Sailing and Kayaking Club has been awarded £75,000 by Sports Scotland to build what they’re called a new water sports hub. But that money depends on the club being able to themselves raise at least that sum before the project can move forward. So this weekend, the first in a series of fund raisi…
 
There’s an intriguing book currently doing the rounds in Porty under the catchy title of “Life and other distractions in and around Portobello past and present”. But what makes it really different and thoroughly readable (in a dip into way) is that it’s presented in 200 limericks written and privately published by local resident Jim Hurford. He’s a…
 
It’s been long awaited. People have been talking about its imminent arrival. But this week, Civerinos Porty Slice will finally open to the public from its premises on the Prom. When the weather finally improves, people will be able to hire a deckchair and sit on the Prom or the beach enjoying their slice of pizza – or take a whole 20 inch pizza hom…
 
With schools now back and some relaxation in the rules we’ve all lived under for the past year, it’s good to hear about a new business being set up to encourage children to get out into the open air and learn new sports – and perhaps a new language as well. “Sport and Spanish” will start holding classes outdoors here in Portobello as well as The Me…
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No. 145. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) CARMEN – Bizet. Votre Toast (in Italian). EMILIO DE GOGORZA. (2) Nobody – Eilliams/Rogers. BERT WILLIAMS. (3) Portrait Of Bert Williams – Ellington. DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA (4) LA TOSCA – Puccini. Act 2 Excerpts. EMILIO DE MARCHI, EMMA…
 
The past year has been hard for so many people and businesses. We have become used to working from home, online meetings on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or one of the other online services, as well as home schooling and not being able to travel far for work of leisure. The Chancellor offered some help through the furlough scheme – but it didn’t apply to e…
 
When David Calder set up the Porty Podcast back in 2016, he never thought it would last much beyond Christmas, much less 200 episodes four and a half years later. The thing about Portobello is that it has a strong community spirit with a lot of quite strong-minded and determined people wanting to make things happen and to make things better for the…
 
EARL OKIN'S GRAMOPHONE SHOW No.144. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) RIGOLETTO – Verdi. Deh! Non Parlare (in Italian). YVONNE GALL & JEAN NOTÉ. (2) Meet Me Down At The Corner – Hoyt/Cobb. ADA JONES & LEN SPENCER. (3) Hey! Good Looking - Williams. DINAH WASHINGTON & THE RAVENS. (4) LE COQ D'OR – Rimsky-Kor…
 
This past week has been rather a difficult one. One of the key messages from all of the medical staff over the past three-and-a-half years has been: be careful how you manage your energy. This has been all too obvious over the last few days, especially after the Co-Vid vaccine last weekend. The previous week had been quite stressful. And so, waking…
 
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. But if you’re looking for love or romance, trying to do so during a pandemic is a major problem. That’s the theme that Porty Playwright Claire Wood took for her latest online production, Love Roulette, which opens tonight on Zoom in a show that’s free but ticketed. What she’s created is a television game show, one where…
 
It’s Friday the 12th of February. Welcome to Porty News. In case you didn’t know, today is the Chinese New Year (Happy New Year or shin nee-an kwai le with apologies for the pronunciation) and this is the year of the ox. It’s a celebration we’ve been invited to share many times in the past. However, we were rather disturbed to learn that the Police…
 
It’s Thursday the 11th of February. Welcome to Porty News from the Porty Podcast. Firstly, thanks to local MP Tommy Sheppard for pointing out the call by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) for the £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit to be made permanent. In its latest briefing document, it describes the extra £20 a week, introduced at the start of th…
 
It’s Wednesday the tenth of February. Welcome to today’s bulletin from Porty News. And thanks to several people who’ve drawn attention to the news that we will soon have a cycle path (albeit temporary) from Portobello all the way to Musselburgh. The City of Edinburgh Council had taken soundings from local people who liked the idea – but it would ha…
 
It’s Monday the 8th of February and welcome to the 7th edition of Porty News from the Porty Podcast. I’m David Calder Art Walk Porty has ambitions to involve more communities than just Portobello, though we’ll remain very much at its heart. One example of this is called ‘Line Walk Mindful Drawing’ which is part of an ongoing residency in Craigmilla…
 
Portobello Singer-songwriter Rosie Nimmo’s fourth album, “Where Time Suspends”, has just been released. Produced by Marc Pilley (ex-Hobotalk, and now Arksong) , its ten tracks have been a long time in the making – and the lockdown didn’t help though the internet has brought together several different musicians to produce a beautiful, polished sound…
 
It’s Friday the 5th of February. Welcome to the 6th bulletin from Porty News You may have seen the posts from Portobello Community Council (PCC) about the two “expressions of interest” in Portobello Town Hall. As we’ve reported before, one of these comes from a community group (Portobello Central) and another from a ballet school (Peter Schaufuss).…
 
You may have come a cross the Council’s proposals for Seafield, which it describes as an “urban area housing-led mixed-use site” – whatever that means. In practice, it means turning the ‘metal mile’ into a new shoreline community. If done well, it could be real asset, transforming the western end of Portobello beach. However, the document contains …
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No.143. To listen of download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) C'Est Paris - Yvain. MAURICE CHEVALIER. (2) Groove Station – Sears/Cue. AL SEARS. (3) SAMSON ET DALILA – Saint-Saens. Amour Viens Aider Ma Faiblesse. LOUISE HOMER. (4) The Wives Of Commercial Travellers - Flannigan. LILY MORRIS. (5) Doub…
 
Last week, we heard from Geoff Pearson from Porty Central about their ambitions for the Town Hall. On Monday evening, those were discussed at length by Portobello Community Council. There is another proposal from by the Peter Schaufuss company who already run the St Stephen’s Centre in Stockbridge but no-one from that organisation turned up to put …
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No. 142. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) Lover Come Back To Me - Romberg. ARTHUR SCHUTT. (2) EVGENI ONEGIN – Tchaikowsly. Duel Duet. VLADIMIR KASTORSKY & MITROFAN TCHUPRINNIKOV. (3) Sitting On The Ice - Cottrell. GEORGE FORMBY Jr. (4) The Temple Bells – Woodford-Finden/Nicolso…
 
When you think of Portobello Beach, you tend to think of an area from (say) the Figgate Burn along to the Swim Centre. But it actually stretches almost two and a half miles from Seafield to Joppa. People tend to be put off using the Western end by a number of factors, not least the caravans at the foot of Kings Place and the air of neglect along th…
 
In the past month, the RNLI lifeboat from Kinghorn has been called out to Portobello-Joppa Bay a number of times; but the crews have found themselves sent across here more this year than usual. In part, it’s the result of more people taking to the water – such as open-water swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking amongst other individual activities.…
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No. 141. To listen or download, please click HERE... P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } (1) This Year's Santa Baby – Javits/Springer. EARTHA KITT. (2) Christ Was Born On Xmas Morn - ??? COTTON TOP MOUNTAIN SANCTIFIED SINGERS with PUNCH MILLER. (3) The Night Before Xmas – Moore. HARRY E. HUMPHREY. (4) The Night Before Xmas – Mo…
 
The past few months have been very difficult for so many people. For long weeks and months, it was particularly hard for those who had to “shield” from possible infection. The “Stay Home” advice was everywhere which, in effect, meant isolation from the rest of the community. It was fine for those of us who had a garden and perhaps a view out over t…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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