National Poetry Day – Harlaw Hydro – Swimming in Edinburgh – Water of Leith sculptures – Queensferry Crossing
– These gondolas? A woman asks.
– A new transport initiative? An integrated system with the buses, so that –?
– Ye’ve seen yer last bus.
– With the trams then, so that –?
– Trams! (another gob mightier than the last) Gon-dol-as, I’m telling you!
Our only hope in this damn climate. Fleets of them,
flotillas, convoys lining up along the City Bypass.
We’ll hear them serenading nearer when the time comes.
“Following a meeting with the City’s flood prevention team and the Panel Engineer responsible for approving any changes and ensuring the integrity of the dam it became clear that a detailed design of the hydrology is needed to obtain their approval. Accordingly the hydrology design has been separated from the main contract and we will shortly be commissioning a design engineer to undertake this work.”
You will find Edinburgh Leisure swimming pools at these locations:
- Ainslie Park Leisure Centre
- Dalry Swim Centre
- Drumbrae Leisure Centre
- Glenogle Swim Centre
- Gracemount Leisure Centre
- Leith Victoria Swim Centre
- Portobello Swim Centre
- Queensferry High Recreation Centre
- Royal Commonwealth Pool
- Warrender Swim Centre
The update from the National Galleries is as follows:-“”As you know, the 6 Times project has suffered some frustrating technical difficulties which have forced us to remove the four figures that were sited along the Water of Leith. After a period of discussion with both the artist and ECC we are now in the process of pulling together all of the relevant information to submit a new planning application for their reinstallation. This will be progressed in tandem with consultation from a structural engineering firm who will be looking into altering the current mechanism we have on the works. I should stress that the length of time before we see the figures back in the river is still uncertain, (due to the complexity of the project) but rest assured we are working hard to try and get them back in place.”
Meantime we shall have to make do with a video of Antony Gormley talking about his work at a TED event in 2012.
The largest single transport project to be undertaken in Scotland in recent years is the Queensferry Crossing which will be another option for some traffic travelling between South Queensferry and Fife.
The most recent news on the project is that it will cost around £145m less than anticipated. Not the usual kind of announcement one expects in connection with projects of this nature, it was explained by the government that it has been brought about by “successful management of the project and the delivery of key milestones”.
You can watch the progress from one of seven webcams set up to show you the progress of the construction by clicking the link here.