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Edinburgh’s top five charity shops

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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....
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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

LIDL’s £10,000 giveaway

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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 LIDL store in Scotland on Saturday 25 January...

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...

Coronavirus – Edinburgh theatres will be closed from today

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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.The Festival Theatre, the King's Theatre...

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2018 – the details

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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

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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 back catalogue as well as singles like...

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

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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 half way point...

Edinburgh’s Christmas begins with Light Night

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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 also include a flying visit from Santa....

Edinburgh International Festival – My Light Shines On

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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 with a great deal of thought behind...

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...
Lord Provost and dancers pose by the Ross Bandstand at Diwali Launch

Edinburgh Diwali 2018

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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...

Scottish Ballet – The Snow Queen

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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 of celebrations for Scotland's national dance company,...

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...

New director appointed at the Galleries

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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 Pedersen is an independent scholar and curator. From 2003 to 2019, she was employed...

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

Edinburgh’s Tower Restaurant to remain closed

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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. Twenty two years after first opening, The Tower Restaurant on...

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