City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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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.

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

Film of the Week: 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.

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".

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.