Here at Edinburgh Spotlight, we can hardly believe we’ve been bringing you news, information, reviews and photos for 6 months now!
Ever since we nervously pressed the ‘go live’ button on our first article on 1 Nov 2009, we’ve been delighted with the response from our fans and visitors. Your comments and feedback make it all worthwhile!
We’ve met some amazing people; seen some wonderful plays and entertainment; and – of course – eaten some fantastic cakes…
Here’s a short look back at some of our favourite places, people and events.
Tea Tree Tea in Bread Street was our first ‘Spotlight on…’ feature. We held many of our Spotlight startup meetings there, and we still regularly visit this friendly and vibrant cafe – in fact, it’s virtually our office away from home!
Towards the end of November, we met and interviewed Grant Stott, just before the start of the panto season. He was the first of many interviewees, with Moonwalk founder Nina Borough and best-selling novelist Ian Rankin following suit.
Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations were next, and we had a great (and busy) time covering and visiting as much as we could. Our visits and followers rose greatly during December, and we realised we were onto something special here…
We also started our Friday lunchtime ‘Guess where in Edinburgh’ quiz – never guessing that it would end up so popular. Remember, this one’s still unguessed…!
It was around this time that our love affair with cupcakes began, with a review of the fabulous Cupcakes & Ribbons, swiftly followed by the equally scrumptious delights of Rainbow Cupcakes and the wonders of Lizzie’s Tea Party – and culminating in our recent Edinburgh Cake Trail feature.
One thing we’re constantly humbled by is the efforts of local residents raising money for charity. Whether it’s marathon man Mark Cooper, young Everest mountaineer Stephen Green or the remarkable fundraising efforts of Lynne McNicoll, we’re constantly amazed by the efforts of Edinburgh’s people.
Edinburgh Spotlight has allowed us to report on the city’s vibrant and eclectic arts & culture scene too. The Lyceum Theatre’s 2009/10 season was hugely enjoyable (Every One was our favourite); and the Traverse also provided some quality entertainment, not least during it’s Play, A Pie & A Pint Season. There was also some notable fringe theatre in the city, including works from local collective Actors Kitchen.
Musically, things were just as exciting. We met and spoke to a huge variety of bands, including personal favourites The Nature Boys and Hosemox. Most exciting of all however, was realising there was an Edinburgh scene out there, spearheaded by bands such as Pose Victorious, The OK Social Club and The 10:04s and supported by promoters like We Luv Musik. Exciting times indeed.
Around this time we also launched iEdinburgh, our iPhone app and were delighted with the great feedback we received as a result.
All great motivation to keep getting out there: eating cakes, watching plays, visiting fascinating places, speaking to amazing people, eating great food and hearing some cracking music (all on your behalf, of course…!)
We’ve no doubt missed out a great deal here, as it’s been a whirlwind blast of non-stop activity – which we’ve enjoyed immensely!
So, here’s to the next 6 months – we’ve got some exciting developments planned. And whilst we can’t predict exactly what the future will hold (although we’re very excited about the Edinburgh Festival & The Fringe in August), one thing’s for sure – we couldn’t do it without you.
So a huge thank you to all our readers, to our Facebook friends & Twitter followers and to everyone who visits the site. You make it all worthwhile.
Alison & Keith