"I worked in the
hostel in the Men's Hostel in Parliament Street, Leith, as a care warden
for a short time in 1981. The hostel was just
across the road (to the left) from these new
buildings have been built, on
the corner of Parliament Street and Sheriff Brae:
I used to look out
at what was happening on the street from
the first floor office windows."
Supervisor was a retired Army Major.
This was one reason why I
was hired even though I was a Yank. He was a wonderful man and a
"I dreaded the night
shift as we had to call the fire department
whenever the fire alarm went off. Smoking
was banned in the hostel bedrooms, but, this didn't stop some
intoxicated residents from lighting up,
which set off the smoke alarm.
"In 1981, there were
some old-time apartment buildings on
Sheriff Brae, across
from the modern building. I noticed they were gone when I
visited the area in 2004.
It surprised me as I thought they weren't that old compared to
other building surrounding them."
Henry (Hank) Kaczynski, Annapolis, Maryland, USA:
December 29, 2011