Letters: Weather will dampen dreams of a cafe culture

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I DON’T see the point of the move to ban traffic from half of George Street throughout the Festival season (News, July 5). We are talking here about one of the major through routes in Edinburgh city centre. Do we not want people to be able to move around freely?

It is all very well for cafe owners to want more space for their customers, but would some of these customers not be expected to arrive and depart by means of taxis?

And there is one glaring law in the plan. The hope here is to establish Continental-style cafe culture, as is enjoyed in many European towns and cities. They have the benefit of summer weather which can usually be relied upon to stay dry.

Scotland does not benefit from such a fortunate climate. I don’t think the cafes will see much al fresco dining taking place when the wind whips in or the heavy rain starts bucketing down.

William Marshall, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh

Fish shouldn’t have been grilled for acts

IT’S too bad that singer Fish has stepped back from performing a benefit gig to help Hearts because of abuse he has received online.

I hope these internet assassins feel like real heroes, attacking people who are only trying to do something helpful. No doubt they are so brave their message are anonymous or posted under an assumed name.

Any Hearts fans sending abuse Fish’s way are harming the cause of the club that Fish, a Hibby, is trying to help.

And any Hibs fans who have abused him for trying to come to the assistance of their city rivals are attacking one of their own.

Let’s hope this doesn’t deter other people from coming forward to help keep a club that is an institution going.

A Kemp, Meadowbank, Edinburgh

Boxer Alex was a credit to city

I WISH boxer Alex Arthur well now that he has announced his retirement from the sport. He has quit at the age of 35, which is apparently what he had always vowed to do.

That means he and his family will enjoy life together while he is still young, fit and healthy, something which cannot be said of other boxers who have taken a fight or two too many for their own good.

Edinburgh can be proud of what he achieved and the manner in which he did so, unlike some other well-known boxing figure who figure more prominently on the front pages of newspapers than in the sports sections. Thanks for all the memories Alex, and I hope you have a long, healthy and happy retirement.

D Hunter, Willowbrae Road, Edinburgh

Good luck to guru promoting Capital

I WISH John Donnelly, the marketing guru challenged with the task of selling” Edinburgh, all the best.

He doesn’t have much to follow since the “Incredinburgh” gang were run out of town, so it seems the only way is up.

He comes with a glittering CV, and seems to have done sterling work for lots of major organisations, and will not be lacking confidence in his ability to mount a winning campaign.

But I think the biggest asset he has is the city itself. It is a top “product”, a beautiful city with great attractions and cultural events which keep visitors coming back.

Personally I think as a city, it’s beyond any competitors as a place to go, but there can be no room for complacency, and I’m sure Mr Donnelly will do a great job.

Neil Russell, Slateford, Edinburgh

Slack attitude lets youths misbehave

I WAS on my way home from work in Edinburgh on the Bathgate train the other evening and saw something that really disappointed me.

There were two teenagers making a racket and drinking alcohol though they both looked clearly underage. They had their feet up on the opposite seats despite the signs which clearly tell passengers not to do so.

The ticket inspector came along, asked for their tickets, saw them, said thank you and continued along the carriage. Not a word from the inspector, a grown man who could surely not have been intimidated by skinny youths, about their behaviour.

I don’t imagine ticket inspectors are among the highest-paid employees in the world, but with the way the employment market is at the moment, surely it’s not to much to expect for someone in that position to do what they are paid to do and keep some on order on the train for the benefit of those who have paid to travel in a civilised fashion.

Neil Galbraith, Livingston

Why must we wait for art from the greats?

I SEE the BBC is going to repeat one of its memorable series, The Crow Road, by the late, great Iain 
Banks.

It is a pity that so often it takes the death of a creative individual before we are allowed to share the pleasure of appreciating their work again.

John Wilson, Dalry Road, Edinburgh

Fear of trams that go bump in the night

REGARDING your story about ghost trams in the night (News, July 5).

The very idea of trams doing test runs in the small hours is quite scary.

Just imagine a reveller who’s had one or too many refreshments at a night out being confronted by one of these unexpected beasts while on his way home. The very sight of the thing they said would never happen would be enough to make him give up the drink for good!

Chris Watson, Ferry Road, Edinburgh

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