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Lunch At Henderson’s

Henderson’s is a long-established restaurant in Edinburgh. My friend and I had lunch there.

My chilli was excellent.

June 3, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

Edinburgh’s Poor Bus Information

In London the bus information is superb, with route and street maps at any stop with a shelter. Even rudimentary stops have a text number and a small map.

But this is all you get in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh's Poor Bus Information

Edinburgh’s Poor Bus Information

If you are not familiar with the city, what possible use is this map, especially as there are no walking maps except for a solitary lith on Princes Street.

As a major tourist city, Edinburgh has to be labelled as Could Do Better.

Especially as the tram stops are a map free zone.

June 3, 2014 Posted by | Transport, World | , , | Leave a comment

The Edinburgh Trams Finally Arrive

One of the reasons to go to Edinburgh was to see the new trams.

The trams themselves are impressive and are the first I’ve seen with leather seats. Incidentally according to this Wikipedia article, the Edinburgh tram is a special design and unlike any others.

The trams, like many Lothian buses are being fitted with wi-fi, which is something I’d like to see on all public transport.

But I think that the design of the system shows a few shortcomings.

Edinburgh is a World Heritage Site, so why didn’t they use battery or catenary-free technology, through the historic centre, as is done in Bordeaux, Nice and Seville. Incidentally the Seville trams were built by the same manufacturer as those in Edinburgh; CAF. It therefore seems even more surprising that Edinburgh doesn’t use the same technology in the city centre, especially as in addition to not using intrusive and ugly catenary, according to some technical articles, I’ve read they are cheaper to install in heritage areas, as no posts or attachments on buildings are needed.

Even the most patriotic of Scots, will admit that it rains in their country. The ticket machines, like they are in many places I’ve been, are out in the open and buying a ticket without an umbrella wasn’t an easy process. All it needed was to make the shelters a little bit longer, as one of the pictures shows.

The ticketing is something that doesn’t take advantage of modern technology. These days, you shouldn’t need to buy a ticket, as you don’t on London’s buses, where if you haven’t got a ticket or an Oyster, you can use a contactless bank or credit card. I hope Edinburgh has plans to allow these cards, as visitors will demand this, as it gets implimemted in more places across the world.

I also felt the ticketing zones weren’t visitor friendly. You can buy one day tickets, but why don’t they do what I found in one European city and offer twenty-four hour tickets. This helps people who might fly into Edinburgh for business or a concert and then fly back out the next day. Charging people for two separate tickets will just upset visitors.

The tram also failed my map and information standards by a long way. Edinburgh has virtually no maps and surely there should be one on every tram stop.

June 3, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Skin Cancer Trial Results Exciting

That is the headline on this story on the BBC web site. Here’s the first few paragraphs.

The results of two international trials against advanced skin cancer have been hailed as “exciting and striking”.

Both treatments, for advanced melanoma, are designed to enable the immune system to recognise and target tumours.

The last statement is key. After all one of ourposes of your immune system is to fight infections and any other dangerous things it finds in your body.

Research has shown that coeliacs on a gluten free diet, have a reduced cancer rate compared to the general population.

So should everybody avoid obesity, too much drink, smoking and gluten, if they want to reduce their cancer risk?

I don’t have the data, so I won’t make a prediction.  But the man, who helped to identify the link between smoking and lung cancer, Richard Doll, was a coeliac and was obviously on a gluten-free diet.

He lived until he was 92.

He obviously looked at the data and probably massaged his immune system.


June 3, 2014 Posted by | Health, News | , | Leave a comment