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Good morning lovely people,


Things can happen that can surprise the most jaded of us.  I’m feeling jaded by the latest interest rate rise.  It’s cruel for families and businesses trying to survive and recover but as Monty Python sang, always look on the bright side of life.   

I’ve mentioned how beautiful the Chanel 4 Series “The Piano” was.  Hearing lovely Lucy, the winner,  play at the Coronation Concert would leave nobody jaded. I often say (I must have stolen this from someone as it’s excellent) good food feeds my soul but good music fills my heart.  And I’m tone deaf. Food never makes me cry, even when I’ve eaten too much, but music often does.  Lionel Ritchie had Victor and I up dancing on Sunday night, temporarily distracting us from the obvious lack of Scottish Coronation participation.  


Thanks to a tiny suggestion from a lovely virtual friend on Twitter, we’ve managed to catch up with Sean Logan and Daniel Wilsher, finalists in The Piano Series and we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be putting on six shows in August at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant. Serendipity indeed. 


14th, 15th, 16th and 22nd, 23, 24th August, 7pm to 10pm shows. We’ll have a light supper before the show (a choice of two delicious courses) and two sets from Sean and Daniel shared with all their love of music, life experiences and fun.  I know I’ll be crying, happy tears, at some point. £40 per person.  A Fringe bargain not to be missed. 


We’re so looking forward to confirming all the details but get these dates in your diary. 


To add to the fun, The Scottish Cafe has adopted (not another Rocco, although that would be exciting) a Piano from The PianoDrome.  Located at the Wee Hub at Ocean Terminal, filled with donated pianos that can be brought back to life, loved and the joy of their souls can be shared with a new community.  Unbelievably by another stroke of fate, Tim the architect of the PianoDrome shared that back in 2017 the idea was born over coffee at The Scottish Cafe.  Wow. We do live in a very small world.  Our new Piano is available, everyday, for any of you talented lovely people who would like to pop by and delight us with a tune.  


Contini George Street is now open from 9am Monday to Friday, by popular demand, yes we do listen to your requests and I’m delighted to say we’re staffed enough to be able to deliver.   Our homemade ravioli stuffed with Parmigiano Reggiano DOP and burrata with burnt butter, porcini soil and fresh summer black Truffle from Calabria is our team and our customer favourite.  Delicious. 


Cannonball is starting to feel like it’s at the heart of the summer.  Full of tourists and the stand for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo slowly and incredibly rising up around the perimeter of the Castle Esplanade. The engineering feat of this task is world class, the slow but steady build is a visitor attraction in itself.  There are too many favourites on the Cannonball menu to choose one.  Best to just enjoy the Tasting Menu which is the best reason to visit.  Great news that a direct flight from Beijing to Edinburgh has been reintroduced, a first since the Pandemic.  A sign of global recovery.  We just need our politicians and Bank of England to be as focused on our recovery at home, I’m being good and not getting grumpy. It’s too draining.   So, bad news aside there are many talents around us and much in our lives to shout about.  


Keep well and keep dancing, it’s good for the heart, the soul and your waistline. 



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