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Film Review: ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ ★★★★

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An unexpectedly escapist delight of independent cinema from the master of satire.In a similar fashion to ‘In the Loop’ and ‘The Death of Stalin’, writer/director Armando Iannucci envelops this comedy-drama with his usual flair for...

Pizza boss enters the fold with Portobello beach deckchair plan

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Rental deckchairs could be on the way back to Portobello Beach after an absence of more than 30 years in an initiative by pizza specialist Civerinos Slice.City parks officials are considering a proposal by...

Aldi will have Christmas trees on sale from Thursday

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ALDI’S SCOTTISH-GROWN NORDMAN FIR CHRISTMAS TREES ARE BACK - WITH PRICES STARTING AT ONLY £14.99 Aldi’s hand selected Nordman Fir Christmas trees, known for their big, bushy branches and fresh pine aroma, will return to stores across the UK later this week, with prices starting...

Edinburgh’s Christmas – It’s Light Night – today!

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Edinburgh's Christmas season gets under way later today in the city centre with entertainment galore all culminating in the switch on of the Christmas lights and a fireworks display from Charlotte Square.  The free family orientated community...

Christmas market – numbers will be limited

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Numbers will be limited for the market planned for Edinburgh’s Christmas to ensure a Covid-safe event with no overcrowding, organisers have promised.While last year’s Christmas market was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this...

Last orders for Dalriada in £2 million home plan

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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.The prominent hotel and...

January recipe – pan fried cod roe

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Willie Little, Proprietor, Little’s Restaurant Blairgowrie and Fish in Crieff Fishmongers provides our recipe, but you will have to be quick as cod roe is only available in January and early February. Willie said :...

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

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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.“When I look out there I think, ‘oh...

Balerno Inn to be ‘heart of the community’

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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

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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 Year South East: Rapid Rolls (Edinburgh)Gastro Pub...

Top five scones in Edinburgh

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

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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...

New bookshop to open in Edinburgh later this summer

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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 to explore....

Little Dobbies to open in Stockbridge

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When you think of Dobbies you think of an out of town shopping experience with their café and range of plants and gardening gear.Now you won't have to go further than Stockbridge to...
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

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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 tour.Colin...

The evidence of slavery is all around us in Edinburgh

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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 earlier conversation with...

Sir Walter Scott Pageant held in Edinburgh to mark the 250th anniversary of Scott’s...

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In Edinburgh on Saturday a pageant was held - perhaps the largest this century - to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott.Following a service in St Giles Cathedral,...

The infamous Salisbury Crags Murder

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Forty years ago this month, a murder took place in the capital, the circumstances of which not only horrified Edinburgh citizens,  but also reverberated throughout Europe. Twenty-one-year-old Dutchman Ernest Dumoulin and 18 year-old German, Helga...

Travel and #COVID19 – the Taiwan experience

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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 Health Organisation (WHO)...

Enjoy the new virtual Harryhausen exhibition

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The Harryhausen exhibition at Modern Two is moving to a paid for online space so that more people can enjoy it.The exhibition opened in Edinburgh in October last year when few people were...

‘Once Upon a Time’ – A new collection from Lachlan Goudie

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Lachlan Goudie’s forthcoming exhibition at The Scottish Gallery presents a new collection of works, inspired by places that are, or at least may have recently felt far far away. The works bring fairy tales...

Black Lives Matter Mural Trail now popping up in Edinburgh

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Scotland’s BAME artists have stepped up, supported by leading arts organisations to produce a mural trail in the capital and across Scotland.The artworks forming the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail have begun popping...

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

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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...

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – We Are Back Together

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The City of Edinburgh Council has commissioned entertainment company, Underbelly, once more to help the city celebrate the end of the year.After a gap last year when the celebrations of FareWell were held...

Totty Rocks introduce the post Covid-19 ‘look’

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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 circumstances, although it is not mandatory.But for...

Dismissed Leith Police remembered 100 years on

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The Leith Police Dismisseth Us, is one of the world’s best known tongue-twisters and is said to have been a favourite of wily cops who wanted to test the sobriety or otherwise of the...

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay takes to the skies

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There is something you never thought you would read at this time last year.With ongoing Covid-19 restrictions the street party and all related events are cancelled. Instead, Underbelly who organise Edinburgh's Hogmanay for...

2021 Big Burns Supper goes digital with Janey Godley

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Scotland’s largest contemporary Burns celebration joins forces with Scotland’s much loved comic hero of 2020, Janey Godley, as Big Burns Supper goes digital for 2021. Marking the festival’s 10th anniversary, Janey Godley’s Big Burns...

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

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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 show has become...

Irn-Bru Christmas advert 2020

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So here is another Christmas ad to delight you and persuade you that Christmas is on its way. Is there anything more Christmassy than The Snowman?Look out for the Edinburgh scene...https://twitter.com/irnbru/status/1333711562708815874?s=20

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