Local Round-up: 'Outstanding' cafe's lease up for sale

A CAFE close to the Queen's Hall and Festival Theatre has been put on the market.

Home Bistro on West Nicolson Street is being sold with seven years of a 15-year lease left to run.

The current rent is 13,500 a year and a premium of offers over 60,000 is being sought.

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A sales spokesman for Christie & Co, which is marketing the property, said: "This is an outstanding and excellent opportunity for either a motivated individual or team of purchasers."

Sailor's Ark celebrates

A CHARITY set up as a soup kitchen in the 1930s is celebrating 75 years of helping the needy.

The Old Sailor's Ark on New Street was opened on May 25, 1936 after a bequest from sailor Captain Charles Taylor.

Today, the building is home to the charity Streetwork.

Plenty to huff and puff over

There will be an evening of poetry, comedy and music at the Canon's Gait Pub in the Royal Mile on Friday. The event is being held to raise funds for Great Little Libraries, which provides books for primary schools in disadvantaged areas of Scotland. Smoking In The Cinema begins at 7.30pm.

Seskpa prepares for summer

The South East Scotland Kidney Patients Association (Seskpa) will meet at the Masonic Club, Shrub Place Lane, off Leith Walk, on June 4. The meeting, which is the last before the summer break, will run from 2pm to 4pm with refreshments available.

Opportunity to talk about Shared Lives

COFFEE mornings will be held next month to provide information about the Shared Lives scheme. Shared Lives provides trained, paid carers who support adults with learning difficulties.

It offers both short-term and long-term care. The event will be held at June 9 at St Margaret's Court in Lanark Road, Juniper Green, and June 16 at The Haven in Burgess Road, South Queensferry, both at 11am.

Telecoms giant O2 launches new network

O2 ACTIVATES its "superfast" 3G network in Edinburgh this week to offer greater coverage and faster download speeds.

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The new service can travel longer distances and has a stronger signal.

Customers with 3G compatible devices like the iPhone receive data 30 per cent faster than before and areas with the new network, which can handle 50 per cent more traffic, O2 claims.

Edinburgh joins Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester as cities on the new networks.