Talk of the Town

Fans hope it's just a dreadlock holiday

CONCERNED locals noted with great dismay earlier this month that Leith Walk's most famous homeless resident, affectionately known as Rasta Man, had been made "homeless" again after his sleeping spot outside Majestic Wine was walled off.

Now, a Facebook campaign is gathering steam to force Majestic to tear down the wall, and it already has more than 1,500 members.

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Site creator Fiona Lindsay said: "When they first opened they put up a number of large 'decorative' balls in the corner he lives in - presumably to try and make him move.

"He stayed. Now they have walled in the entire area, effectively forcing him out of his corner.

"He is part of our community, and I don't think we should stand by and watch him ousted in this way."

Don't leave borrowed books on the shelves

IT'S great to see the city's libraries looking to open their doors for longer at weekends, but should readers be picking up a hint of menace in the letters that are being sent out when books are overdue? The fact they are signed by a certain William Wallace certainly could be read as a subtle attempt at intimidation. What happens if you don't get your books back pronto?

Will he come round your house with that big sword of his? His cosy sounding title of library services manager is doing nothing to soothe our nerves.

Bumper boost

THE recession-fuelled success of the city's car-sharing club continues unabated.

After doubling its membership in a year, the City Car Club has expanded its fleet to 90 cars. Club bosses say that each of its vehicles replaces 24.5 privately-owned cars on the roads. They point out that adds up to 2,205 fewer cars in Edinburgh, which if placed end to end would stretch from the Holyrood parliament building to Dalkeith five miles away.

Coincidentally that's exactly the length of the tailbacks predicted to be caused by the latest tram works.

Not-so-bright sparks

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WHEN it comes to getting their hands on the latest technological gadgets, it seems shoppers in the Capital are a canny bunch, spending plenty of time on their research.

A new survey found that 70 per cent of people surveyed in Edinburgh said they now spend more time and energy seeking advice before purchasing electrical goods than they did two years ago.

Quite what they are researching is not entirely clear however, since 72 per cent of people in the city also said they did not use all the features on many new electrical products – because they were too complicated.