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Edinburgh’s top five charity shops

Charity shops: you either love them or loathe them. If, like me, you are unable to walk past one of these treasure troves of possibility without a 'quick look' at the books...then the dresses...then...

Susan Boyle – wild horses won’t keep her away from Edinburgh

Watching Susan Boyle standing on the empty Usher Hall stage, the silence is deafening.It would be almost impossible not to be ever so slightly nervous.

Balerno Inn to be ‘heart of the community’

Ben Watson was a former pupil of Balerno High School and he has returned to the village to open an addition to the eating options at the gateway to The Pentlands. The Ratho resident saw...

Food Awards Scotland 2019 – the Edinburgh winners

There were lots of worthy Edinburgh winners announced earlier this week from the many restaurants and foodie outlets that we have in the capital.Takeaway of the...

Last orders for Dalriada in £2 million home plan

An Edinburgh entrepreneur is understood to be closing in on a deal to purchase the Dalriada Hotel on Portobello Promenade with the intention of converting the building into a luxury home.

New bookshop to open in Edinburgh later this summer

It is always good news to hear of new businesses making their home in Edinburgh, but this is particularly good news as will be a new independent bookshop for all of us...
Image from the Disney production of The Lion King which is on at the Edinburgh Playhouse next December.

Disney’s The Lion King Roars into Edinburgh

Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King will return to the Edinburgh Playhouse at the end of this year. London west-end’s best-selling stage production will make Edinburgh its only Scottish date on its UK and Ireland...

Top five scones in Edinburgh

 Sometimes they come in plastic packets, sometimes they are the size of a teeny thing. Sometimes - heaven forbid! - they are toasted in a panini machine or defrosted in a microwave. I have...

The evidence of slavery is all around us in Edinburgh

Recently I met with Sir Geoffrey Palmer in Forth Street at the east end of the New Town. There was a purpose in our meeting there. He had dropped into an...

Travel and #COVID19 – the Taiwan experience

While I travelled in Taiwan during last week, the country was taking highly visible and proactive steps to stop the spread of what was called Novel Coronavirus and which the World...

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ****

I’ve heard plenty about the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. My wife Marion loves it (particularly when Donny Osmond performed it but that’s another story) and I’m aware of how popular the...

Totty Rocks introduce the post Covid-19 ‘look’

Edinburgh fashion label, Totty Rocks, have introduced a new look for the post Covid-19 days.The government now recommends that we all wear masks in certain...

LIDL’s £10,000 giveaway

LIDL is giving away £10,000 of shopping vouchers to celebrate opening its 100th store in Scotland.If you are among the first 100 customers in a...

Coronavirus – Edinburgh theatres will be closed from today

Capital Theatres are complying with Scottish Government guidance on cancelling mass gatherings of more than 500 people and have closed the doors of all their Edinburgh theatres today.

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2018 – the details

This is the sixth year that Underbelly has organised Edinburgh's Christmas, and so there is an element of established events and also some new attractions which are being introduced for the first time.Beginning on...

Kylie at the Castle

Kylie is the second act to grace the Castle stage this summer. Here she is 'giein' it laldy' up on the Esplanade.She performed songs from her...

Pride Edinburgh – the route of the Pride Scotia March on Saturday

Pride Edinburgh 2019: This Is Me has announced the route for the 2019 Pride Scotia March. For the first time in a decade the March will not halt at the...

Edinburgh’s Christmas begins with Light Night

The Christmas season begins in November in Edinburgh with Light Night on 17 November 2019 in the Old Town.The day of festivities involving the community will...

Edinburgh International Festival – My Light Shines On

The name of the 'opening event' of the 2020 Edinburgh International Festival comes from Primal Scream lyrics to their hit song, Movin' on Up.This is an opener...
Lord Provost and dancers pose by the Ross Bandstand at Diwali Launch

Edinburgh Diwali 2018

Lord Provost of Edinburgh and Patron of Edinburgh Diwali, Frank Ross, was present yesterday at the unveiling the story of Ramayana, told through a series of traditional Indian puppetry tableaux projected on screens in...

The Game on New Year’s Day: Hearts 0 Hibs 7

With the fortieth anniversary approaching of arguably the finest performance from a Hibs team in the club’s history, Edinburgh headmaster turned author, Ted Brack, has  launched his latest book, ‘The game on new year’s...

Take a seat at Vue – a nice new comfortable recliner awaits you

Vue Ocean Terminal has recently undergone a major transformation.Every single standard seat has been replaced with a luxurious padded leather recliner, and the good news is that there is no increase in the price...

Scottish Ballet – The Snow Queen

Scottish Ballet's 50th anniversary year will be brought to a spectacular close this winter with the World premiere of Christopher Hampson's 'The Snow Queen'.In a year...

Edinburgh’s Tower Restaurant to remain closed

Last orders for Edinburgh's Tower RestaurantOne of Edinburgh’s long established restaurants has closed its doors for the final time in the wake of thecoronavirus pandemic. 

Edinburgh Summer Sessions – tickets for Lewis Capaldi on sale on Friday

Tickets go on sale on Friday 8 March 2019 at 9.00am for this year's Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens.Lewis Capaldi will headine the event on...

New director appointed at the Galleries

NEW DIRECTOR OF COLLECTION AND RESEARCHThe National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) has announced the appointment of Dr Line Clausen Pedersen as their new Director of Collection and Research.   Dr Clausen...

Loony Dook 2019 – in pictures

And what a picture some of them were. The participants processed to the sea and then jumped in the River Forth. Yes it is madness, but with a good reason behind...

The dinosaurs are back!

Hang on to your hats, the dinosaurs are now back at the National Museum of Scotland.Tyrannosaurs from 23 January to 4 May 2020

Review – Enlightenment House – a play that really does what it says on...

Nicola Sturgeon had better watch out - her neighbours are listening to her conversations through the wall with the aid of a crystal glass. Yes, the inhabitants of The Georgian House on Charlotte Square...

Cold Town House will be warm and inviting

Signature Pubs has just opened Cold Town House, a new bar and brewery opening in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.Following a £4m investment, the former site of the Robertson Memorial...

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