City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News

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".

Edinburgh Trams - Struggling for Political Support

Tram on Princes Street - Driver's view

The Institute of Directors, Scotland, held the first "Edinburgh Hustings" for May's Scottish Parliamentry Election a week ago on 8th March in the offices of HSBC in Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Four representatives of the main political parties were given five minutes to set out their policies before the floor was thrown open to questions from the packed audience of Directors.

Edinburgh's Festivals Share £2 million Expo Funding

Laying first marble step at the Martin Creed Scotsman Steps

Edinburgh's Festivals will share £2 million from the Scottish Government to showcase Scottish cultural and creative talent.

Blood Brothers, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Nikki Evans and cast of Blood Brothers

Silver Anniversary Tour, but gold star performances all round from the cast of 'Blood Brothers'.

The Confidant, Traverse, Review

Jon Morrison and Lori McLean in  The Confidant

The scene, in this the final of the lunchtime A Play, A Pie and A Pint shows, is the bedroom of a married couple who have been involved in their country’s revolution which, according to the man, Joe (Jon Morrison), has brought back “...colour to the world”. The audience is lifted to laughter as the play opens with Joe coming home like an aged lad, very well bevvied from an all night party, to his wife, Carmen (Lori McLean). 

Cleopatra, Festival Theatre, Review

Ballet - Cleopatra

Northern Ballet bring the Queen of the Nile to Edinburgh in "the finest example of a modern classical ballet that you could ever hope to see"

New Garden Allotments Near Stockbridge

Approval has been granted for an overgrown patch of the New Town to be coverted into community allotments. A row of Georgian tenements on MacKenzie Place, near Stockbridge, was demolished in 1967. The only remnants of the buildings, located below Doune Terrace and beside the Water of Leith, are a line of bricked-up cellars. In recent years, the area has been relatively untended, with crumbling walls and fallen trees.

Trailer: You've Been Trumped

In spite of planning permission setbacks, Donald Trump has forged ahead with his plans for building a golf course resort on the wild estate at Menie on the North East coast of Scotland.

Yes, Prime Minister, King's Theatre Review

Yes, PM.jpg

I have to confess that I have not spent too much time watching the much-loved TV series. Not because I thought little of it.

King Lear, Theatre Royal, Review

Derek Jacobi as King Lear.jpg

Regarded alongside Hamlet as one of the greatest plays in English literature, King Lear explores the very nature of human existence, themes of love, duty, morality, justice, good and evil. In this touring production, the renowned Shakespearian and classic actor Derek Jacobi takes on this epic, complex role with gentle, emotional insight.

Interest Free Loans For Homes Installing "Green" Energy Equipment

The Scottish Government has launched a new £500,000 interest free loan scheme for householders installing micro-energy generating equipment. Loans will be available for a range of renewable heat and electricity technologies, such as heat pumps, solar panels, micro-wind turbines, or biomass boilers.

Somersaults, Traverse Theatre, Review

First of all, I confess to not having a word of the Gaelic. Scots, a minority language also protected under the European Charter, is ma ain mither tung. While I don’t always speak it, it aye speaks tae me.  Understandably then, the message of Iain Finlay Macleod’s play about the loss of the words and the language of childhood speaks loudly.

Film of the Week: The Space Between

Vivien Reid in The Space Between

Edinburgh film director Tim Barrow continues to battle against the odds with his second feature film, an Edinburgh-set romantic drama

Don Quixote, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Going to the ballet should be a treat but The Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s production of Don Quixote was a little lacklustre. To call the ballet ‘Don Quixote’ is somewhat misleading as, rather than centring on the foolishly romantic escapades of the eponymous hero, it focuses instead on the comical romance of Kitri and Basilio from the second part of Cervante’s novel.

Edinburgh Has Most Expensive Homes in Scotland

Edinburgh has the most expensive residential street and fifteen of the 20 most expensive streets in Scotland, according to a report from the Bank of Scotland.

A Dead Man’s Dying, Traverse, Review

A Dead Man Dying

The set for this play  was more elaborate than the usual minimalist props for these lunchtime plays in the A Play, A Pie, and A Pint series. We were faced with an iron double bed covered in dark, heavy brocade. A long brocade drape held by a pair of bull’s horns with a crucifix below hung at the back of the bed. There is salsa music playing to set the Latin scene.

Cat and Mouse, 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day Reading

A reading, on the anniversary of International Women's Day, of a new play looking at the experience of imprisoned suffragettes on hunger strike.

Local Television Over Scottish Digital Network Takes Step Forward

The establishment of the Scottish Digital Network (SDN), which would deliver local television to rival the BBC's Scottish programming, took another step forward today.

The Space Between: An Edinburgh Romance

Following on from his micro-budget success with The Inheritance, film director Tim Barrow is about to premiere Edinburgh-set romantic drama The Space Between.

Girl X, Traverse Theatre, Review

Robert Softley in Girl X

The National Theatre of Scotland aspire to challenge the notion of what theatre can achieve and with Girl X they push their audience further down the theatrical rabbit hole, challenging perceptions

Trams Mediation Gets Underway

Edinburgh Tram interior

It's crunch time for Edinburgh trams. The official mediation process between Edinburgh Trams, the City of Edinburgh Council and the construction consortium contracted to build the infrastructure element of the tram project, is underway this week.