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Zut Alors! Robots Invade Lothian Street…

New single from My Tiny Robots

Thought I might try my hand at spewing out a tenuous, tabloid style headline – worryingly, I found it a little too easy…

However, what I allude to is of more satisfying fare than you would find in your bog-standard red top. This coming weekend sees the launch of the new single from Edinburgh four piece My Tiny Robots at the Ten Tracks (familiar presence on FHF) base – The Third Door (formerly Medina on Lothian Street). The crossword puzzlers amongst you may have already surmised that Zut Alors is the title of the single and my hack-u-like titular reference.


Ed Stack of Ten Tracks has graced the blog several times in the past and has always served up some damn fine and varied musical delectation. This would appear to be of the usual high standard. If you are in any doubt, have a listen to the re-mix of the Robots’ single by HeeX on SoundCloud.

With a wee bit of luck and favourable winds – we look to speak with the lads about the single and general world domination plans for 2012 – to be served up on FHF as an audio interview in the very near future. If master plate-spinner Ed Stack can find time, we hope that he too can bring the non-initiated up to speed on The Third Door and it’s numerous forthcoming events.

This could shape up to be a wondrous year, unless you are convinced of the more absolute translation of the Mayan prediction for December 2012. Hey, if it’s true we should all party like it’s….you get the general drift?

Look out for more local issues, events and enquiry here on FHF and hoping you and yours are enjoying a fine start to the year!

Video Loves the Radio Star: My Tiny Robots Single Launch

Saturday 14 January – 19.00 – 22.30

The Third Door

45-47 Lothian Street Edinburgh








Fun At The Forest

Calling all poets, film-makers and devotees of the Forest Café to an extensive event starting tomorrow at 1500. For full details see the following link:- http://filmsattheforest.blogspot.com/

Anyone interested in low-def, DIY film, performance poetry and noise should come along – or even if you just want to support the under-threat venue – any excuse will do!

Making the Community Sexy

Okay, I know it’s a cheap tactic, but you have to admit that the attention is drawn by the adjective, if not the noun? Perhaps it is problem of modern society that we are just not terribly interested in anything without a hint of spice, salaciousness, money or glamour and
let’s face it, what could be less sexy than the notion of community?

Any local wit might argue that Leith at least can lay claim to a little of that – in the shape of the local entrepreneurs that still nightly trawl Leith Links or Salamander Street in search of custom. However, these tenacious street traders are on the list of complaints that has seen
locals relegate Leith to the bottom of a recent resident satisfaction survey in the capital.

Excluding the ongoing matter of street prostitution and the apparent lack of zeal in dealing with it on the part of the local police, the litany of negative factors cited included: the general crime rate, drug use and users, the Seafield stench and the proposed biomass power-plant by Forth Energy. Of course, most areas are affected by crime and related modern social woes, but many feel that Leith is often dealt a rotten hand in terms of environmental and community expectation and support.

If the local “consultations” regarding the power-plant in February slipped under the radar, the numerous news reports and articles on the matter have drawn local and centralised attention and criticism to the scheme, both from residents and the political establishment alike. Only the Scottish government however, can rule on whether the planning application to be lodged in June is passed or not.

Whatever happens, Forth Ports shares are currently buoyant – after rejecting three recent takeover bids by Northstream, a consortium of it’s own shareholders, the company can be very confident that it’s portfolio of residential and commercial developments along with it’s interests in sustainable energy makes it an attractive investment prospect – money IS sexy. Power-plants and their associated environs on the other hand – are not.

Despite boasting bustling bars, restaurants and shopping in the area and providing a home to a diverse, multi-cultural populace – some Leithers still feel overlooked, neglected and unheard because of such commercially driven high-handedness. Where is the area’s famous sense of identity and community? Surely Leith’s biggest asset should now be primed for reactivation in the face of corporate disdain?

People have always been the greatest commodity of the area and if somehow the innate pride and energy of the local community can be metaphorically kicked up the backside and motivated to collectively make itself heard then the time is right to be passionate about the place and the people again. Perhaps it’s time to make the community sexy.

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