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Council elections 2022 – SNP will pursue controls over private rents in Edinburgh to...

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Private rents will be restricted in Edinburgh under powers from Holyrood if the SNP leads the council administration after May’s local elections. The announcement comes ahead of the publication of the Edinburgh SNP council...

Book Review: Elizabethan Secret Agent by Timothy Ashby

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A person in a position of great authority is volatile, stingy, unreliable, and unwilling to take personal responsibility for anything unpopular. Scotland has not forgiven England for what it perceives to be crimes (and one...

Police searching for man missing from Wester Hailes

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Edinburgh Police are appealing for help to trace a man reported missing from the city.  Stuart Campbell, 36, was last seen in the Westside Plaza area of Wester Hailes in Edinburgh around 10.45am on Tuesday,...

Simple Minds announce second show in Edinburgh this summer – to raise funds for...

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Seventies band Simple Minds have announced a special second show on 13 August in Princes Street Gardens with all profits going to UNICEF for children in Ukraine. Tickets will go on sale on Friday...

Edinburgh lawyer takes on global role at legal firm Pinsent Masons

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Edinburgh-based solicitor advocate Jim Cormack, QC, has been appointed Global Head of Pinsent Masons’ Litigation, Regulatory and Tax (LRT) team. The role involves leading the law firm’s 265-strong LRT offering, which covers common law and...

Head along to Craigies Farm this Easter for family fun

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Queensferry-based Craigies Farm have announced they will hold an interactive Easter event, when families will help Little Bo Peep solve clues to find her mischievous missing sheep.  There will be an hour’s play session in the on-site...

Volunteering at the Edinburgh Ukrainian Club

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Our reporter Bruce Whitehead answered the call for volunteers during a shopping spree in the capital. The Ukrainian community in Edinburgh has gathered at the Edinburgh Ukrainian Club on Royal Terrace where donations have...

Crowdfunding begins for Queensferry plastic free shop

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Sarah Vance is a woman on a mission to rid South Queensferry of plastic waste. A graphic designer from Dumfries and Galloway, she's hoping to convert Queensferry shoppers away from buying goods such as...

Spokes launches election manifesto for safe cycling in Edinburgh

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Spokes publishes its election manifesto promoting safe cycling in Edinburgh. Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign, is a non party-political voluntary organisation, founded in 1977. The body promotes cycling for everyday reasons, alongside walking, wheeling and using...

Council to raise council tax by three per cent to fund £1 billion budget

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Council tax in Edinburgh will rise by three per cent from April, as part of a budget which has agreed spending of more than £1 billion over the next year. The City of Edinburgh Council budget...

Edinburgh stands with twin city Kyiv

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As Russian troops started a full-scale invasion into Ukraine, the Ukraine flag has been hoisted above the City Chambers. Overnight Russian President, Vladimir Putin, ordered a "special military operation" which he claimed was requested...

Save the Children patchwork quilt to be auctioned – see it on tour now

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Volunteers from the Save the Children charity shops in Edinburgh have made an enormous patchwork quilt which will tour the city in the next few weeks before being put up for auction. The quilters along...

Council election count may be held at new Meadowbank

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The new Meadowbank Sports Centre is set to host the vote count for this year’s council election. At a meeting last week, council leader Adam McVey said the redeveloped facility will be “a real jewel in...

John Swinney names skiff built by pupils at Castlebrae Community High School

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The pupil-built skiff was recently completed at Castlebrae Community High School, after six years or so of hard work. Today the boat was named officially by the Deputy First Minister who opened a...

Jollibee opens in Scotland

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Jollibee, the international fast-food chain known for for Chickenjoy, have confirmed the opening date for its first Scottish restaurants. The Edinburgh outlet will open on Thursday, February 24, Jollibee will open at 136 Princes...

Book review – The Queen’s Lender by Jean Findlay

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George Heriot’s School is an Edinburgh landmark. Its towers and turrets rise above the narrow streets of the Old Town, its alumni have succeeded in every sphere. The school was established in 1628 and...

Apulian no punches – Edinburgh’s Salento celebrates the best of southern Italy’s artisans

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Artisan craftspeople from the heel of Italy are enjoying a new market for their unique products - 1,800 miles away in well-heeled Edinburgh. Puglia, the region which stretches to the south eastern tip of Italy...

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – at Leith Theatre

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The National Theatre of Scotland has announced a range of work, some of it postponed from last year and some new. This will be the year that culture comes to life again if the...

Chinese New Year is celebrated in Edinburgh

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Earlier this afternoon at the City Chambers the Rt Hon Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank Ross lit the end of a Chinese firecracker which then crackled in front of the crowd assembled there to...

Chinese New Year Festival – the Year of the Tiger opens with a roar

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The Chinese New Year Festival will offer a programme of online and in person events to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Tiger. The celebrations in Edinburgh...

Council rents will be frozen for the second year

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Edinburgh council tenants are set to have their rent frozen for the second year running in response to the rise in the cost of living. The move by Edinburgh City Council’s SNP/Labour coalition to keep...

Edinburgh vigil to remember Ashling Murphy

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In Edinburgh this afternoon at 4pm people gathered at the Irish Consulate on Randolph Crescent to remember 23 year-old Ashling Murphy who was murdered in Tullamore, Co Offaly during the week. The young teacher...

Coronavirus – half a million booster vaccinations delivered in Lothian

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NHS Lothian announced on Tuesday that the body along with the region's four Health and Social Care Partnerships has administered more than half a million booster doses in the area. The health board launched its...

James Braid the father of modern hypnosis

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World Hypnotism Day is held every year on 4 January to promote the benefits of hypnosis and to answer any misconceptions about hypnosis, such as losing control. A University of Edinburgh graduate played a...

Hogmanay events cancelled for second year in a row

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Due to the change in Scottish Government guidance and restrictions announced by The First Minister to MSPs on Tuesday Edinburgh’s Hogmanay programme for 2021 has been cancelled. The Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Box Office team will...

Coronavirus – latest figures

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The latest number of Covid-19 cases was 6,734 cases announced yesterday. The next set of figures will be available at 2pm today. The First Minister will address MSPs at Holyrood on Tuesday to update...

Festive cheer at Prestonfield and The Witchery

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This year, two of Edinburgh's top spots have gone one step further to spread some Christmas cheer. The Witchery by the Castle have added traditional Christmas decorations - complete with lights, trees and mistletoe....

Coronavirus – First Minister addresses the nation

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Earlier on Tuesday evening the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, addressed the nation following an earlier statement to MSPs at The Scottish Parliament. https://twitter.com/scotgov/status/1470849260258213897?s=20 This is what the First Minister said: The last two years have...

Coronavirus – today’s figures and guidance issued about Christmas gatherings

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The Scottish Government has advised that arrangements for Christmas should change - but not be cancelled - and that a maximum of three households should gather at the festive period. Public Health Scotland...

The year of the new normal

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We have come a long way since Christmas 2020 and we now find ourselves in a new world of vaccinations, cautious meetings, face masks and worries about our future on the planet. Looking back on...

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