Caught a ‘Lone Piper’ playing Bagpipes in Edinburgh tonight – Video


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The Royal mile to the left and right, Edinburgh Castle to the left, where Piper was is circled red….

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Stupid thing to share here but so many people from all over the World ask me about the “Lone Piper” If you have seen ‘Braveheart’ they mention it there. Here in Scotland the ‘Lone Piper’ will often play at funerals as the hearse is driving away, weddings, kinda most things. Well this was outside the ‘Balmoral Hotel’ in the City Centre where rooms are £700 a night at the top end ($1,500)  Outside at night a lone piper will play for the guest and anyone passing, like me tonight. I can sit and watch a lone piper any time of year, the noise I think maybe only Scottish people can feel. There was a saying once around the 1300’s, the time of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce when Scottish people were banned from playing the Bagpipes by Longshanks the King of England or Edward the 1st, yeah there is ‘History’ that wants Scotland to leave this British Union. Many say to me “Britain had an empire through death” HOLD ON!! England had an empire, Scotland was being robbed, raped and murdered by the English around the same time. So that is the story of the bagpipes “Outlawed Tunes on Outlawed pipes” was the saying, you seen braveheart, you are there.

The Balmoral Hotel, 5 star hotel, one of the better Edinburgh hotels

The Balmoral Hotel, 5 star hotel, one of the better Edinburgh hotels

Anyway, Dawn the girls and I had been shopping like ALL DAY, we popped in to visit my Mum and headed home about 18:30, I don’t usually go through town, I use the motorway/freeway that circles Edinburgh. I am glad I took this route tonight. You will hear my Parter Dawn telling me to hurry up as the traffic was moving, then as I drive around the corner (Map below :D) I almost hit a curb and burst a tyre 😀 Anyway, enjoy, it’s short but I love this

Where the piper was and where I drove (HOW SAD AM I) HAHA

Where the piper was and where I drove (HOW SAD AM I) HAHA

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Labour Burns Supper axed due to lack of interest!! As Karma keeps hitting the #RedTory#


Local Labour MP Sheila Gilmore

Local Labour MP Sheila Gilmore

By @ShaunyNews VIA: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/labour-burns-supper-axed-due-to-lack-of-interest-1-3668811#.VMBKaflWBt5.twitter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma

Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म; IPA: [ˈkarmə] ( ); Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual. Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in some schools of Asian religions. In these schools, karma in the present affects one’s future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives – or, one’s saṃsāra.

When Labour entered into a pact with the London Tory party to lie cheat and deceive Scotland in the 2014 referendum many Labour members sighed a sigh of relief as it kept them in work. Here we are 5 months later, the polls are showing 40 lost seats at Hollywood, in-fact I did this earlier today guys > http://shaunynews.com/2015/01/22/stv-poll-snp-at-52-as-labour-faces-general-election-annihilation/ The dealt with the devil and now they are getting burnt hands. This is KARMA at it’s beautiful best, my opinion of course!

The Referendum went bad for Scotland, but it will be worse for Labour #RedTory

The Referendum went bad for Scotland, but it will be worse for Labour #RedTory

LABOUR activists in a crucial battleground constituency have been forced to cancel their annual Burns Supper due to a lack of interest.

Deputy Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, local MP Sheila Gilmore and a shadow minister from Westminster were among the speakers lined up for the Edinburgh Eastern fundraising event on Saturday. But after poor ticket sales, the local party executive decided to cancel the supper, promising refunds to those who had booked.

Former Edinburgh East Labour party chairman Paul Nolan said the event had been a popular fixture in the diary for many years and usually attracted up to 150 people. But he said he understood fewer than 50 tickets had been sold and admitted the situation was embarrassing. He said: “It is worrying that we can’t get members to come to a fundraising Burns Supper two or three months before an election.

“If we can’t get the activists motivated, it’s going to be even harder to get ordinary voters to turn out on polling day.” Mr Nolan said last year’s Burns Supper had raised around £1000. Edinburgh East will be a key constituency at the general election in May as Labour fights to stop a predicted advance by the SNP across Scotland.

Although once one of safest Labour seats in the Capital, it recorded the biggest Yes vote in Edinburgh in the independence referendum – 47 per cent – and has been represented atHolyrood by the SNP’s Kenny MacAskill since 2007. Ms Gilmore had a majority of 9181 at the last election in 2010.

The Burns Supper, scheduled to be held at the EH15 Restaurant at Edinburgh College’s Milton Road campus, was initially advertised with the invitation: “Join Sheila Gilmore MP, Kezia Dugdale MSP, Ian Murray MP and Kate Green MP, to toast the immortal memory of Robert Burns, a fantastic traditional meal and entertainment.”

The notice added: “Tickets are £30 and selling fast.” But now those hoping to attend the event have been sent a memo from the constituency party executive telling them: “Unfortunately the Edinburgh Eastern Burns Supper has had to be cancelled due to low ticket sales. All those that purchased tickets will be contacted and refunded.”

One political opponent said Labour activists’ lack of interest in a fundraising event so close to the general election was bad news for the party.

He said: “You sometimes wonder if the polls exaggerate Labour’s plight in Scotland. “But it shows the dire state the party is in when something like this, where leading lights are due to speak, has to be cancelled because of lack of interest. “It suggests that even in an election year, the party cannot enthuse its own members. “And of course, it means they will have less money for what is a crucial campaign for them.”

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STV Edinburgh – New Channel Starts 7pm Tonight – Listings here


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The Fountainbridge Show – Kickstarts STV Edinburgh 7pm Tonight

By @ShaunyNews

Good channel this, dedicated to Edinburgh only. STV Edinburgh will broadcast on Freeview channel 23, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and will be available to watch live on the STV Player. This looks like a really good channel, they are going over old historical stories, live news and more. Here is the home page: http://edinburgh.stv.tv/ One programme for example is this below

That time the elephants came down Leith Walk…

Leith Walk Today...

Leith Walk Today…

Same place, this was 1890

Same place, this was 1890

The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that this is no ordinary Victorian street scene. The elephants are a bit of a giveaway for starters.

In the 19th century there were hundreds of circuses operating in Britain and Sanger’€™s was one of those that travelled from town to town. ‘Lord’ George Sanger was the most successful circus owner of Victorian times. He was known for being a smart dresser, instantly recognisable by his top hat and diamond tie pin.

These images are one of the many “then and now” scenes you can explore on Our Town Stories, which brings Edinburgh’s past to life in a unique way. You can fade between “then” and “now” to get some interesting effects like the one below.

Now and then

Now and then

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Scotland: Edinburgh kids design January sales hoarding app


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Lara Findlay with the Life-Pod app.

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/graduates-clear-up-with-anti-hoarding-app-1-3646931

Got to love the education system in Scotland. As a Country that invented the TV, Radio, Telephone, Penicillin, Radar and Insulin and 1,000’s more in our history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_inventions_and_discoveries A group of kids from Edinburgh University have came up with this ‘Anti January Sales’ App, the ‘Life-Pod’ for mobile phones. I hate the January sales so don’t go near town, for those looking for a specific item, this App will tell the user if the ‘Really need’ what they are buying, you can talk to it and it asks you questions. Brilliant App and something I might buy 😀 I am the Worlds worse ‘It was near the till’ shopper 😀 I went for milk once and came back with a laptop, did I need it? No, so this app I might buy, it acts as a voice on your shoulder saying “What you buying this for, you have 2 already” PS: I Forgot the milk 😦

5164VGKZD3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_COMPULSIVE shoppers can seek help for a January clear-out courtesy of the world’s first app dedicated to thwarting hoarding.

A team of Edinburgh Napier University graduates has created Life-Pod, an app that acts like a journal and asks the user questions when they buy something such as when they will use it and how many of the same item they already own. It encourages users to set goals and to establish what triggers they need to make purchases – whether it is to de-stress after a hard day at work or because they cannot find what they are looking for at home as there is too much clutter already.

The designers of the app – named after a Capital-based firm offering expert advice and practical support to those affected by hoarding disorders – had been challenged to create the tool by Linda Fay, the UK’s only certified chronic disorganisation specialist.

The four-strong team underwent a lengthy design phase to make sure the app was clear and concise before creating a prototype.

Lara Findlay, 24, director and project manager, said: “One big aspect of hoarding is when 
people keep buying things that they don’t need. “It’s really to help people at the moment they are about to buy something and they are asked a few questions about whether they actually need to buy that item.”

The festive period can be particularly difficult for hoarders as the pressure to buy extra goods is so high, said Ms Fay, director of Bruntsfield-based firm Life-Pod. She said: “People who continuously acquire do it all year round but for people who just about keep a handle on it then Christmas may make it much more difficult. “What I do mainly is to help people to reduce their clutter and reorganise it but as much as I may try to help people to get rid of the stuff, I also need to help them stop buying things in the first place.”

As Scotland’s only certified counsellor specialising in helping people with compulsive hoarding disorder, Ms Fay has helped people whose homes are stuffed to the rafters with piles of papers, books and other junk.

There are many complex causes for this behaviour, she said, including an inability to let go after trauma or loss or loneliness.

She said: “For some people when they are standing in a shop and looking at what to buy it can feel like a life and death decision. “We try to get them to work through that and rationalise their thought process.”

It is not only compulsive hoarders who might benefit from the app but anyone who is tends to shop too much or needs help curbing their spending. Ms Fay added: “I have tried it with a few of my clients already who say it is a really useful tool for them.”

The app, which was launched in November, is now available for purchase on Apple and ­Android devices.

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Murray D’Angelo died after running from taxi in motorway horror – I knew him!


Murray with pregnant girlfriend Rachel who is expecting his baby

Murray with pregnant girlfriend Rachel who is expecting his baby

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Murray was from Broomhouse in Edinburgh, I had met him a few times and was a really decent lad. We were not best friends but if we met we spoke. Good athlete, liked boxing and working out at the Gym, really confident lad. Amazing times ahead with Rachel and sadly it’s gone. In the blink of an eye, hundreds of peoples lives are changed with a baby girl on the way. Rachel will get support from all over but this is hard for her. The two lads in the taxi with him should come forward and tell the police what they know, they longer they hide the worse it will be for them. For them to do a runner at a time like this is just pathetic and sad. R.I.P Murray, a true gentleman, Today I did an article on a kid who was murdered by his Mother (We are told) Two woman who died in 2 different car crashes, not I stumble onto this.

Always up for a party

Always up for a party

A MAN who died after running from a taxi on to a motorway was due to become a dad for the first time. Tragic Murray D’Angelo, 28, was killed on Saturday morning after he and two friends got out of a taxi on the M8 on the outskirts of Edinburgh . His heartbroken girlfriend Rachel Symington is pregnant with their first child and friends said they had been busy making plans to move into a new home. A devastated pal who asked not to be named said: “It’s tragic. Murray was so excited about being a dad.

“They were making plans to move to a new house and prepare for her arrival. “Rachel is absolutely devastated and struggling to take in what’s happened.” The friend said the couple had picked out names and had delighted in showing off scan photos of their baby. He said: “It’s heartbreaking he won’t be here to see his little girl.”

Murray and Rachel's baby girl, Murry won't see his Daughter

Murray and Rachel’s baby girl, Murry won’t see his Daughter

Hundreds of tributes to the dad-to-be have been posted on social media. Murray was hit by two vehicles within seconds of leaving the cab on the M8 between Hermiston and Gogar junctions. He died at the scene. Police are still hunting for the two men in the taxi with Murray. They are believed to have left the scene shortly after they ran from the cab, around 6.15am. The road was closed for 10 hours as police carried out investigations, resulting in huge tailbacks.

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Muirhouse church fire: Looks to be deliberate


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Like watching an ex house I lived in gone to ruin

I think I broke the news on this one as it was happening thanks to a friend living opposite it. https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/scotland-st-pauls-chapel-pennywell-road-muirhouse-in-flames/ To see a part of your youth in that state is more that sad. I have so many memories of this building. They used to do “Poor oots” at Wedding where the newly married couple would throw loose change for the kids to fight over. ‘Poor oots’ was from 200 years ago when the rich married in the big churches they would throw money to the poor, so, ‘Poor oots” I research the oddest stuff. It’s just so sad, many family memories for me when I lived down there as a kid

St Paul’s, in the Muirhouse area of Edinburgh, was engulfed by flames at around 9.30pm on Sunday. A group of youths were seen near the building less than an hour before the blaze started. Fire crews managed to get the flame under control by midnight and worked through the night dampening down the building. An investigation into the cause of the fire will started on Monday.

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The outside looks almost ok, then we see the windows above, or lack of

Inspector Alan Carson said: “This was an appalling attack on a religious building which, despite its closure, was still of importance to the local community in Muirhouse. It was a reckless act which could well have resulted in serious injury or worse. “We are eager to talk to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious around the church on Sunday night. “We are particularly keen to trace a group of youths who were seen near the church less than an hour before the fire was reported. Tracing these young people would significantly help us with our enquiries.”

The Catholic church, which welcomed its first worshippers in 1971, closed in October. The 11,745sqft site is currently up for sale as a potential industrial or residential development. Anyone with information about the blaze is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 08000 555 111.

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Scotland – St Pauls Chapel Pennywell Road, Muirhouse – In Flames!!!


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EDIT – Media now picking this story up http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/muirhouse-church-fire-police-hunt-for-youths-1-3620908

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Devastating that the building is well alight.  Numerous fire engines in attendance, Fire is ripping through the building, I went here as a kid, it’s a building I was in as a baby, this is so tragic. To people who know this street below, you will know how far it is from St Paul’s church, I am being told the Church is GONE. So, so, so sad. I had family married there in the past  

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Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland – My Home


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On top of Arthur Seat, dorment Volcanoe

 

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Princess Street, our main shopping street. Can attrack millions in the festival months

 

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High up Arthur Seat looking to my area of Edinburgh. I am behind the hill at the top left. I am on a hill, I see the water you see on the right, The River Forth

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe can dominate some people’s thoughts about Scotland’s capital city, and not without reason – it is the world’s largest arts festival, after all. However, that’s not to say Edinburgh isn’t bursting with things to do for the remaining 11 months of the year. Whether you’re just visiting or have lived here for years, here are the 20 essential things you have to do for a true Edinburgh experience. Living here I drive past the Castle most days and never look, when I say this to someone from foreign shores they ask how I can, only answer I have is, all you see here I see most days. I have lived here 41 years, my whole life. We attrached Millions of tourists a year, something the people of Edinburgh get grumpy over, I guess I am one of them. At the height of Tourist season you can’t move in your own City, but turn the coin around, it is why Edinburgh is one of the richest cities on Earth. I find it odd talking about my own city because I JUST KNOW some fool will read and think “He has a high opinion if his life” And I am not that type of guy. I was bored, I have a blog page, so take it or leave it 😀

Enjoy my home, it is paradise here, would swap it for medical reasons only….

Wash your face in the dew of Arthur's Seat

Wash your face in the dew of Arthur’s Seat

Not many cities can boast an extinct volcano at their centre – Edinburgh squeezes two into as many miles. Arthur’s Seat, visible from much of the city centre, rises out of the wide grasslands of Holyrood Park and, at just over 250m, it’s a relatively easy hike that offers unmatched views of the city skyline. On May Day it’s traditional for young women to wash their face with the hill’s morning dew to make them beautiful, though we’d argue it’s a bracing start to the day at any time of the year.

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Eat a hearty breakfast at Hemma

Eat a hearty breakfast at Hemma

A stone’s throw from the foot of Arthur’s Seat, Hemma is one of the city’s five family-friendly Swedish-run bars (and the only one that lies outside of the Leith area). Their Arthur’s Breakfast is hearty fare suitable for anyone returning from a morning hike: haggis, bacon, poached eggs, sautéed potatoes, mushrooms, roasted tomato and a generous hunk of toasted bread from the local Manna House bakery. They’ll also mix you one of the most luxurious Bloody Marys in town if you’re in need of non-exercise-related recuperation.

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Go on a shopping spree on Victoria Street

Go on a shopping spree on Victoria Street

The long curve of Victoria Street swoops from George IV Bridge down to the historic Grassmarket, and is home to Edinburgh’s finest selection of independent boutiques. There’s hip fashion on offer in Swish and more formal, tweed-based couture in Walker Slater; designer homewares in The Red Door Gallery and Context; vintage hardbacks in The Old Town Bookshop and party tricks in the A-Ha-Ha joke shop; not to mention a range of foodie delights, from the distinctive whiff of IJ Mellis’ cheesemonger and the hog roast of Oink to the array of flasks and bottles in the windows of Demijohn and The Whiskey Shop.

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Old Town

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Sip a coffee at Brew Lab

Sip a coffee at Brew Lab

Adding a splash of science to your everyday espresso, Brew Lab’s high tech fittings wouldn’t count for much if they didn’t make such a damn fine cup of coffee. It’s also the perfect place to sample the wares of some other indie Edinburgh icons, including soup from Union of Genius and cakes from Lovecrumbs.

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Old Town

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Ride a tram

Ride a tram

Coming in years late and millions of pounds over budget, the Edinburgh Tram system (in reality just a single route from the airport to the city centre) is something of a sore point among the locals. As such, it’s almost certain to be a topic of conversation in any bar or shop you visit along its route – make sure you have a go on it so you’re fully equipped for the debate.

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Take a stroll through the Meadows

Take a stroll through the Meadows

The large, leafy expanse of the Meadows lies in the shadow of Edinburgh University’s central campus, so it’s not surprising to see the place swamped with sunbathing students during the summer months. A relaxing, airy alternative the rushing traffic and labyrinthine wynds of the Old Town, the Meadows also connects the city centre with the calmer suburbs of the Southside, home to many a deli, cafe and boutique.
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Grab brunch at Falko: Konditormeister

Grab brunch at Falko: Konditormeister

Among the Southside’s many trendy eateries, Falko: Konditormeister is one of the least precious about its food. Sturdy German breads and pretzels accompanied by wooden platters of cold meats and cheese make a basic but tasty brunch, and you can always peruse the more delicate cakes and gateaux if you’re still feeling peckish after.

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Bruntsfield

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Catch a film at the Cameo

Catch a film at the Cameo

Apparently one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite picturehouses, the Cameo Cinema has been operating under one name or another for over 100 years. Recently refurbished with some of the comfiest reclining cinema seats in town, it’s the ideal place to catch a well-curated season (usually focused on a specific director’s work) or special cinematic event (such as their legendary All Night Horror Madness marathon sessions). Even if you don’t fancy a film, the Cameo Bar is an easy-going place to sip a pint and eavesdrop on some serious cinephile chatter.
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Scale the Scott Monument

Scale the Scott Monument

Its sooty spire a throwback to Auld Reekie’s polluted past, the Scott Monument (dedicated to the memory of Sir Walter Scott) is a gothic marvel puncturing the well-manicured greenery of Princes Street Gardens. Squeeze your way up its narrow spiral staircase for a breathtaking view that recently made an impression on the silver screen, making a cameo appearance in ‘Cloud Atlas’.

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New Town

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Sip a schooner at the Hanging Bat

Sip a schooner at the Hanging Bat

Craft beers are a fairly commonplace sight in pubs and bars these days; less common are those brewed on the premises. The Hanging Bat’s selection is partially drawn from its own glass-walled microbrewery in the back of the bar; indeed, they’re so proud of their beer that they’d rather you savour it in 2/3 pint ‘schooners’ rather than thoughtlessly knocking back pitchers of the stuff.

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West End

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Enjoy the view from Edinburgh Castle

Enjoy the view from Edinburgh Castle

One of the UK’s premier tourist attractions, Edinburgh Castle is worthy of the attention: sitting boldly atop the city’s other extinct volcano, it’s a grandiose and constantly visible reminder of the settlement’s historic roots. Plan your visit to coincide with one of the Castle’s many actor-led historical tours – those old stone walls really come to live when it’s Robert the Bruce showing you around.

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Take in some art at the Scottish National Galleries

Take in some art at the Scottish National Galleries

Whatever your artistic preference, there’s a Scottish National Gallery to suit you: the Greek columned National Galleries Complex is located right at the heart of the city, at the foot of the Mound on Princes Street; the red sandstone Portrait Gallery is nestled five minutes away in the New Town; and both Modern Art One and Two occupy the grassy area above the picturesque Dean Village to the west. Set aside an afternoon to absorb some resident masterpieces and visiting exhibitions.

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Imbibe a cocktail at Bramble

Imbibe a cocktail at Bramble

Regularly cropping up on worldwide Best Bar lists, Bramble makes a lot from a little: its packed basement premises can probably fit less than 100 people comfortably, but the expertly-curated cocktail menu ensures you’ll be rubbing elbows with the hippest of Edinburgh’s drinking set.

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Watch a play at the Traverse

Watch a play at the Traverse

Edinburgh’s not short on theatrical ventures – its annual hosting of the world’s biggest arts festival makes sure of that – but in terms of promoting Scotland’s best and brightest dramatic talent year-round, the Traverse leads the pack. Proudly proclaiming itself ‘Scotland’s New Writing Theatre’, it’s the place to go if you want to witness fresh, thought-provoking performances, or if you just want to immerse yourself in the post-show hubbub of the Traverse Cafe Bar.

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Eat a swanky dinner at Castle Terrace

Eat a swanky dinner at Castle Terrace

A definite destination for lovers of fine dining, Edinburgh is home to five of Scotland’s 16 Michelin-starred restaurants. The newest of these is Castle Terrace, a city-centre eatery with links to The Kitchin (itself the worthy proprietor of a Michelin star in Leith). Chef Dominic Jack’s signature dish is spelt risotto with ox tongue and confit veal heart – splash out and treat yourself to something sublime.

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West End

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Experience a gig at the Queen's Hall

Experience a gig at the Queen’s Hall

Despite suffering a series of venue closures over the past decade or so, Edinburgh still has a vibrant live music scene – you just have to know where to look. The high-ceilinged Queen’s Hall is probably the venue with the broadest scope of genre: in addition to hosting gigs as part of the annual Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and being the permanent home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, it’s also welcomed Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales, pop chanteuse Sophie Ellis-Bextor and grunge survivor Mark Lanegan in recent years.

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Have a chuckle at The Stand

Have a chuckle at The Stand

Rightly considered the leading light of the Scottish comedy scene, The Stand (which also has branches in Glasgow and Newcastle) is just as likely to have old hands like Frankie Boyle and Stewart Lee practising new material as it is rising stars treading the comedic boards for the first time. Keep an eye out for their Monday-night Red Raw sessions for a helping of both.

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New Town

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Dance yrself clean at Sneaky Pete's

Dance yrself clean at Sneaky Pete’s

The LCD Soundsystem-inspired murals that cover the rear walls of Sneaky Pete’s should clue you in that this is a club with impeccable taste. It’s open every night to crowds of 200 max, but don’t let the small size full you – with recent guests including The Juan Maclean and a residency by tastemaking Glasgow label LuckyMe, it’s probably the finest club in town.

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Old Town

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Do almost anything at Summerhall

Do almost anything at Summerhall

Art exhibitions, theatre performances, gigs, clubs, films, talks, workshops – there’s very little you can’t do at Summerhall, the multi-arts venue housed in a former vetinary school just off the Meadows. It even has its own microbrewery – the tasty and refreshing Barney’s Beer – which you can sip while enjoying a meal at the wood-panelled bar out back.

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Sleep in the lap of luxury at the Balmoral

Sleep in the lap of luxury at the Balmoral

If you enter Edinburgh via the Waverly train station, the first sight you’re likely to see as you exit is the imposing bulk of the Balmoral hotel. Topped with a clock that allegedly runs a few minutes early so commuters  get to their trains on time, it’s an old-school hotel that follows in the grandest of traditions – after you’ve stayed here once, you won’t want to fall asleep (or wake up) anywhere else.

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Royal Mile was on lockdown after motorcycle thief seen on Edinburgh rooftop


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By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Did live coverage of this early Sunday, at first I heard it was a man with a Gun: https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/breaking-major-police-incident-in-edinburgh-city-centre/

Parts of Edinburgh city centre were cordoned off on Saturday night as police hunted for a thief reported to be on a roof.

Emergency services were called to the Royal Mile at Cockburn Street around 10pm.

More than 50 officers in riot gear were seen searching buildings around the area, while a police helicopter hovered overhead.

Early reports of a shooting were dismissed by Police Scotland, who said there was no risk to the public.

A spokesman for the force later said: “Police in Edinburgh were in attendance in the Royal Mile on Saturday evening to trace a man in connection with an earlier incident involving a stolen motorbike.

“The man was reported to be on the roof of a building in the Cockburn Street area and a cordon was put in place.

“There was no risk to the public and no armed police were involved. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the man.”

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One person in Custody after Edinburgh incident


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By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Thankfully this ended well. https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/breaking-major-police-incident-in-edinburgh-city-centre/

A person has been detained after an incident in central Edinburgh which led to part of the city being cordoned off, police have said.

Officers were called to reports of a man inside a building on Cockburn Street at about 22:00 BST on Saturday and began searching the property.

A man was later reported to have been seen on the roof of the building.

Police Scotland said its helicopter was sent out to assist and streets cordoned off as a precaution.

The cordon was being removed, it said later.

Witnesses on social media reported seeing the police helicopter circling the Scottish capital’s Old Town.

Some earlier postings on Twitter suggested a man was armed with a gun.

But Police Scotland says no firearms were involved in the incident and there was no risk to the public.

The Scotsman newspaper said that its former office at 30 Cockburn Street had been searched by officers.

The paper said 50 police officers carrying riot shields were at the scene, as well as fire engines.

While the incident was taking place a Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police and the fire service are in attendance to trace a man reported to be on a roof in Edinburgh city centre.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-29775812

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