Posted at 4:00 PM on September 21, 2006
by Euan Kerr
I also wanted to present an image of something I stumbled across as I wandered around Edinburgh.
I passed the Odeon Cinema on Lothian Road, a place I have spent more money than I care to think about in years long passed. It used to be called the ABC. This was the place I nervously queued as a 16 year old to get into "Death Race 2000," a Paul Bartel masterpiece which the British Board of Censors labelled with an "X" certificate. At that time it just meant no-one under 18 was allowed to be admitted.
The flaw in the system was no-one in Britain, or at least very few folk, carried photo ID, so if you looked a little older than you were you could bluff your way in. This was the first time I had tried, and I was scared witless I'd be refused admission. It had not yet occurred to me that the movie house was quite eager to take my money, and wasn't really in the business of turning people away.
Anyway fast forward thirty years and the place has a new name, and a very spiffy makeover with electronic billboards. Yet the effect was spoiled by the thing lying outside the front door.
People don't often misplace their bathtubs, but someone clearly had.