City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Film of the Week: Hell and Back Again

Hell and Back Again still

When Sergeant Nathan Harris enlisted in the US Marines aged 18 he was asked ‘why do you want to join the army son?’ He replied ‘because I want to kill people sir’. The man signing him up said ‘that’s the best answer we’ve ever had’.

Three Edinburgh Trams Options, One Square.

St. Andrew Square Gardens

With Edinburgh City Council's crunch vote on the future of the trams due on Thursday 30th June we should at least agree on the name of the destination. Of the three options, the one recommended by the authors of the Edinburgh Tram Project report, is to build the tram into the City Centre.

Edinburgh Residents Ask First Minister To Be "More Active" On Trams

Tram displayed on Princes Street

Following the outcry over the anticipated cost overruns for the crisis hit Edinburgh trams project, Alex Salmond today in first minister's question time called a public inquiry into the project "an excellent thing to do". Salmond and the SNP did not support the trams from the start, and have kept their distance from the project and its ongoing woes, saying it should be dealt with by Edinburgh City Council.

Don McLean, Usher Hall, Review

Don McLean

Don McLean has been a successful singer-songwriter for 42 years with over 30 albums to his name so doesn’t have too much to prove especially to the fans, mainly of a certain age, who had turn

Up to £740m To Scrap Edinburgh Trams Project

Tram works on Princes Street (June 2009)

Edinburgh City Council is due to meet on 30th June to decide on what direction to continue with the Edinburgh trams project.

Edinburgh Film Festival To Host Bike Powered Screenings

EIFF's Bike Powered cinema

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is saving a few watts of energy at a series of bicycle powered film screenings this week. I say "bike powered" but you could as easily say it's "whisky powered" as the event - in a rare combination of a form of transport and alcohol - is being sponsored by Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky.

Jekyll and Hyde, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Marti Pellow in lead role

Marti Pellow stars in a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's gothic classic.

EIFF - Days 4 & 5: The Good, The Bad and the BBC


I've just come out of a screening of 'My Brothers', thought it was a lovely little movie from first time writer Will Collins and first time director Paul Fraser.

EIFF - Day 3: "If it bleeds, we can review it..."

EIFF Horror

On Day three I decided to catch up with the actual films of the festival and try to leave the critical theory behind me for a day.

EIFF - Day 2: Project New Cinephilia

New Cinephilia at Inspace

My second day was almost entirely consumed by the day-long symposium that was Project: New Cinephilia. This seminar-esque attempt to create meaningf

Film of the Week: Perfect Sense


Since the Edinburgh International Film Festival is under way it seems only fitting that EG's Film Of The Week should focus on one its highlights.

Council Claim "they have balanced the books again"

The latest Edinburgh City Council press release claims that the Council "have balanced their books again

Gruffalo Author and Children's Laureate Is Guest Selector at Edinburgh Book Festival

Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson

The recently appointed Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson is this year's Guest Selector at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

Edinburgh Book Festival 2011 Reflects on Modern Revolutions

Nick Barley launches 2011 EIBF programme (cropped)

The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011 will see 17 days of book readings, discussions, and events around the theme of Revolution in the 21st Century.

Edinburgh Trams - TIE in Meltdown?

Edinburgh City Council appear to be moving to get rid of Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (tie) from involvement in the ill-fated Edinburgh trams project.

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Day One - Calm Before The Storm


It’s underway then, and as we speak glasses of wine are being poured and the viewing public is preparing to decide what it thinks of opening night film,

EIFF 2011 Review: Turin Horse

Turin Horse

A new film by the Hungarian master of cinema, Bela Tarr, is always to be welcomed, particularly when it represents his final artistic statement, as “Turin Horse” is seemingly set to be.

Tiny Old Town Nature Reserve Holds Open Day

Johnstone Terrace Garden, a tiny nature reserve just 50 metres below Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, is holding a one-off open day this Saturday.

Council Warns Residents About Council Tax Scam

Edinburgh residents are being warned by the Council not to fall victim to bogus telephone calls claiming that you can get a reduction in your Council Tax such as the banding in return for your bank details.

Preview: The Edge Festival 2011

The Edge 2011

In amongst the overload of theatre, comedy, cabaret, burlesque and pretty much every other artform known to mankind (barring cinema), Edinburgh in August is also home to a pretty good musical selection for the discerning gig-goer.

‘Storydads’ celebrate active fatherhood for Father’s Day

There’ll be a special day for fathers this Saturday at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, giving dads the chance to share their experiences and challenges of parenting with each other – and to learn and practice the skills to become ‘storydads’, able to share their own and other stories with their children to build and strengthen the bond between them.