City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News


Film of the Week: Limitless

Limitless

This is a cracking piece of enjoyably daft, Hollywood fluff posing as high concept intellectual guff but ultimately serving up a flashy thriller in the end.

Napier Sells Historic Campus Site For Development

Craighouse from the air

Edinburgh Napier University’s expansive Craighouse campus has been sold for residential development. The leafy, 51 acre site in the Morningside area dates back to the 12th century and has a colourful past as the home of an asylum and the man who introduced skyscrapers to Japan.

1960 Holyrood Train Campaign Painting Donated to Edinburgh

Holyrood Palace train campaign

An evocative, oil painting of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, once used by national railway operator British Railways in a PR campaign to get more people using trains, has been donated to the City of Edinburgh's art collection and will be displayed at the City Art Centre later this Spring.

Smalltown, Traverse Theatre, Review

Smalltown

There’s an odd thing that happens in this city when the sun comes out. It really does rub me up the wrong way. Everybody becomes so happy and luvy and optimistic......urgh! Whatever happened to the October crowd? The rain walkers? The Prozac munchers? Why can’t things just be the way they were?

Bike Station, Transition Towns, and Take One Action Film Fest Win Green Funding

The Bike Station, the Community Alliance Trust in Craigmillar and transition towns in Edinburgh South and Heriot-Watt University are among ten Edinburgh projects to benefit from a Scottish Government green initiative.

Edinburgh International Festival Launches Eastern Themed 2011 Programme

King Lear

William Shakespeare goes East as the music of the Rajasthan desert drifts into the city this Summer

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Playhouse, Review

Ever since the '97 album was launched to global acclaim, the Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club has been delighting audiences with their exuberant mix of traditional Cuban salsa music.

Consortium Chosen to Complete Third Forth Bridge

Forth Road Bridge Replacement Crossing

The Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortium, comprising Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Morrison Construction, has been chosen to build the new Forth Bridge Crossing it was announced yesterday.

Journey's End, King's Theatre, Review

Journeys End

A Journey’s End slingshots us into the British trenches of St Quentin a few days before the last great German push during the First World War. Raleigh, an 18 year old, joins up with a beaten, yet cheerful, group of soldiers only to discover that they are being led by his old school friend, Stanhope. A boy war scarred and struggling with his position as a man.

RSNO Naked Classics: Insomnia, Usher Hall, Review

Paul Rissmann

For the first time, the RSNO's Naked Classics series investigated music written in the past ten years - one of ten out of the ten selected for this season by Stéphane Denève. Previous Naked Classics have unpicked familiar music in the first half of the evening, and played the piece all the way through after the interval.

Lazybed, Augustine Church, Review

This production of Iain Crichton Smith’s last play, Lazybed,  has special significance for more than one member of this recently formed amateur dramatic company in Edinburgh, Falling Cutlery, and the performances have been dedicated to several people with links to them.

Film of the Week: Submarine

Submarine

This is an utterly delightful, frequently hilarious, and charming piece of nostalgia that proves to be an auspicious debut from director Richard Ayoade, better known from TV’s "The IT Crowd". It’s a visual and aural treat, beautifully shot and bordering on parody of the nouvelle vague and thoroughly reminiscent of the kind of fashionable imagery decking the pages of 90’s fashion mag The Face.

Video: Scottish National Portrait Gallery Renovation

The Scottish Government announced a further  £2 million yesterday for the refurbishment of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in

Assembly Rooms Renovation Receives Lottery Funding

Assembly Rooms - front

Edinburgh City Council's controversial renovation of the Assembly Rooms on George Street has received a funding boost in the form a £441,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Edinburgh Airport Bomb Alert (Update)

Edinburgh Airport is now "back to normal" following a bomb alert earlier this morning.

John Shuttleworth, A Man with No More Rolls Review

John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth is the flawless fantasy creation of actor Graham Fellows who, back 1978, also created an alter ego of the character Jilted John, giving him a hit and a memorable TOTP appearance.<

Japanese Consulate Opens Book of Condolence

A Book of Condolence, in commemoration of those who died in the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, was opened yesterday morning at the Japanese Consulate in Edinburgh.

The Book of Condolence "for the Tohoku district - off the Pacific Ocean Earthquake" is open for signing at the Japanese Consulate until Wednesday 23rd March (excluding the weekend) from 9.30am-12.30pm and 2.00pm-4.30pm.

Union Attacks Lloyds For "Drip Feed" of Job Loss Announcements

Lloyds TSB Hanover Street

Lloyds Banking Group has been criticised by the union Unite for "drip feeding" staff job loss announcements as it takes on more agency staff.

Government Money To Clean Up Bus Emissions

Buses on Princes Street

The Scottish Government announced funding of £243,000 for retrofitting older Edinburgh buses with emission reducing filters today.

Edinburgh Trams - Council and Tie Drag Out the Talks

After a week of discussions, in their highly expensive, secluded retreat at Mar Hall Hotel in the west of Scotland, the parties involved in the Edinburgh trams mediation made a very brief media statement. They told us they "have identified what the problems are holding up the project".