With Christmas bursting onto the horizon, but tantalisingly not quite here yet, the kids are slowly winding themselves up with excitement and itching for Christmas-inspired fun. The Sticky Kids Christmas Singalong promised the opportunity for kids to run off a bit of Christmas steam in a controlled environment – and that’s what it delivered.
Travel disruption is continuing across Scotland. Edinburgh was around -13C last night and the Met Office is forecasting a high of -6C during the day. Obviously, the problem on roads is ice, not just snow with traffic crawling along.
The army may be brought in to tackle Edinburgh's snow-covered residential streets as the legion of Council staff and contractors struggle to cope with "the worst snow since 1963".
Edinburgh City Council said earlier today that schools should be open tomorrow (Wednesday 8 December).
As Edinburgh's snow related problems plummet new depths, it feels like we are in the script of a Hollywood disaster movie.
Strip the Willow is probably one of the most popular Scottish dance tunes on account of the fact that it's fairly easy to learn, and it's highly physical. Participants get a chance to fling partners across the floor.
Hundreds of drivers stranded in their cars overnight as temperatures plummeted to -14C. Journeys that normally take minutes taking hours, with motorists reporting traffic crawling at a mile an hour. Abandoned cars and lorries littering the sides of roads, causing even more obstacles to the traffic flow and delays.
The First Minister of Scotland's official christmas card, created by Jack Vettriano, was unveiled last night at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. The image, entitled Let's Twist Again (pictured on the left) features a stylish couple in black tie dress dancing at a Christmas party.
This is a unique version of Alexander Dumas’ 1844 exciting, and at the time serialised, tale of the 17th century trio of swashbucklers and daring-doers with their young wannabe, D’Artagnan. Writer Chris Hannan has taken the spirit of the tale and, with insight into Dumas’ emotional isolation within his colourful and unusual life, has created a rumbustious, anarchic and thoroughly entertaining take on the original.
Edinburgh City Council schools are not expected to be completely back to normal this Monday as the city enters its second working week of snow and ice.
The resignation on Friday of three more key officials from the staff of Tie (Transport Initiatives Edinburgh) means that some six or more have abandoned ship in the past few months. The
The Snow Queen is one of the supreme midwinter children's stories, made all the better by Mother Nature breathing the perfect icy white setting over Edinburgh, creating an enchanting backdrop for the tale of an evil woman, an innocent boy betrayed by a slice of hardness in his heart and a speck of glass blinding him to good, and of the fearless little girl determined to rescue him.
Edinburgh awoke today (Sunday 5th December) to another cold , wintry day - but thank goodness there has been no more snow overnight, which is some relief for us all in the capital city.
John Whitener, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Principal Tuba player, is an American and was well placed to give us a real sense of twentieth century American classical music in his pre-concert talk.
The snow showers may have relented for now, but it has given way to a fiercesome freeze in the last couple of nights that has seen temperatures drop as low as -15C in Edinburgh. Parts of North Scotland have recorded temperatures as cold as -20C.
The Pentland Ranger Service is telling people not to venture on to frozen reservoirs in the Pentland Hills this weekend. The rangers warn that the ice forming on the reservoir is of varying thickness and could be extremely unstable. There have been three incidents in the Pentland Hills in the last ten years, one resulting in a fatality.
Edinburgh City Council has defended its policy of continuing to close schools to some pupils after a week of wintry weather. Some children will be having a fifth day off school tomorrow due to the adverse conditions.