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Sticky Kids Christmas Singalong Show, Storytelling Centre, Review

Sticky Kids' Anne Butler and Alan Windram

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 Continues As Temperatures Drop

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.

Army May Be Brought In To Shift Edinburgh's Snow

New Town snow

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 School Closures (Wednesday 8 December)

Edinburgh City Council said earlier today that schools should be open tomorrow (Wednesday 8 December).

We Need More Know Snow or It's No Go

Snow Again in New Town

As Edinburgh's snow related problems plummet new depths, it feels like we are in the script of a Hollywood disaster movie.

Video: Strip the Willow

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.

Stranded Central Belt Motorists Left In the Dark

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.

Scotland's Christmas Card Carries Gift With A Twist

First Minister's Christmas Cards (2008-2010)

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.

The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain, Traverse Theatre, Review

Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain

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 School Closures (Tuesday 7 December)

Snow Again in New Town

Most of Edinburgh's schools are to open fully on Tuesday (7 December) with only a few exceptions in spite of the unpredictable weather and the

Airports Close Again to Clear Snow

Queen Street Blizzard

Heavy snowfalls have grounded planes at both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports again today.

Edinburgh City Council School Closures Updated (Monday 6 Dec)

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.

Edinburgh May be about to Derail its Tram Project

Tram works on Princes Street (June 2009)

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, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Review

The Snow Queen

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.

A Little Respite from the Snow

Heriot Row park

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.

RSNO: Postcards from the Americas Review

Dávuur Juul Magnussen

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.

Edinburgh's Train Service Suffers As Temperatures Drop

Train under a blizzard

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.

Skier Carves up Arthur's Seat

A skier takes off down Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park after heavy November snowfall.

What You Should Do If Someone Falls Through The Ice

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.

Arthur's Seat Avalanche Warning; Pedestrian Warnings

Icicles hanging off a Leith building

Snowboarders and skiers venturing out to the Pentlands hills and even Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park are being warned of the risk of avalanches.

Edinburgh City Council School Closures (Friday 3 Dec)

Edinburgh Old Town in a flurry

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.