Glasgow’s unbuilt Inner Ring Road

IT famously cuts through Scotland’s biggest city and was the biggest engineering project since the introduction of the railways.

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The famous opening scene features Renton and Spud running down Princes Street after stealing goods from John Menzies. Picture: Film4.

Five Trainspotting locations which have changed beyond recognition

IRVINE Welsh’s Trainspotting with its mean streets, drug-ridden council estates, and dodgy toilets showed the world a gritty side of Scotland’s capital they had never seen before.

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Bill and Helen Teviotdale, owners of Casey's sweet shop on St Mary's Street, stand outside their shop in 2002. Picture: Rob McDougall/TSPL

Edinburgh’s lost sweet shops remembered by city’s residents

CHOOSE sweets, choose acid drops, choose jelly babies, choose a really big gobstopper. Choose sherbert dabs, kola kubes, parma violets, Edinburgh rock and liquorice straps in a wee paper bag.

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Santa arrived on the Fair Isle by plane on Christmas Eve 1937. Picture:

On Christmas Eve 1937: Santa Claus flies by plane to the Fair Isle

WITH his sleigh presumably sat in the garage, Santa was determined not to disappoint the children of the Fair Isle on Christmas Eve 1937 - travelling to the remote settlement by plane instead.

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Leckie's coal depot at St Leonards. Picture: Ron Leckie

Memories of Leckie & Sons: the Edinburgh coal merchants

When the weather outside was frightful they were the capital’s angels with dirty faces – the coal men who put the reek in Auld Reekie and the colour into people’s cheeks.

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Meeting Santa at his grotto is long-standing Christmas tradition across the world, but did it all start in Edinburgh? Picture: TSPL

Can Edinburgh claim the world’s first Santa’s Grotto?

ACCORDING to numerous sources the “world’s first Santa’s Grotto” appeared at Lewis’s Bon Marche department store in Liverpool, laying the foundations for a cherished Christmas tradition which would be copied around the globe - but is this really accurate?

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Officials gather for a photograph on the opening day of the Glasgow District Subway system. Picture: SPT

On this day in 1896: The Glasgow Subway opens

120 years ago today the world’s third oldest underground was officially opened. But day one of Glasgow’s ‘Clockwork Orange’ almost ended in catastrophe.

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A Christmas Carol is arguably the world's best-known festive tale. Picture:

How an Edinburgh gravestone inspired Ebenezer Scrooge

EBENEZER Scrooge: the quintessential miserly, old curmudgeon. How appropriate then to have been inspired by a Scot.

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Life study of Sean Connery, 1952 by Richard Demarco, with thanks to Giclee UK.

Sean Connery: How ‘Mr Oddjob’ became 007

THOMAS Sean Connery had more jobs in his early days than you could shake a martini at.

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The Witches Well set into the wall of Edinburgh Castle esplanade. It commemorates the hundreds of witches persecuted and burnt at the stake on that site. Picture: TSPL

The Witches Well: Edinburgh’s witch trials memorial

A PLAQUE on an innocuous-looking drinking fountain attached to a wall opposite Edinburgh Castle remembers the hundreds persecuted for witchcraft centuries ago.

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Panorama of Jenners department store created by Jorg Dietrich of

On this day in 1898: William Hamilton Beattie, Jenners’ architect dies

ONE of Edinburgh’s most revered Victorian architects passed away on this day 118 years ago.

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Jim Haynes, second from left, watches as the elderly lady burns her copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover outside his shop. Picture: Demarco archives.

Book burnings and rhino heads in 1960s Edinburgh

THEY used to say that in Morningside, “sex” was what your coal came in. Hell mend anyone who attempted to publish or sell an erotic novel, then...

Boots on Princes Street pictured in 1956. Picture: TSPL

The Edinburgh building which championed the great Scots of history

It was quite possibly the most Scottish shop front ever, featuring seven of the nation’s most prominent historical figures.

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Contemporary illustration showing rescue workers removing 'the dead and wounded from the fallen house' on 24 November 1861. Picture: Contributed.

On this day in 1861: Edinburgh tenement collapse kills 35

AT around ten past one on the morning of Sunday 24 November 1861, an immense 16th century Edinburgh tenement containing at least 77 inhabitants suddenly gave way and collapsed to the street below.

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The UCI at Kinnaird Park was extremely popular during the 1990s. Picture: TSPL

5 Edinburgh cinemas which are no more

Popcorn at the ready as we take a nostalgic look back at some of the Capital’s best-loved picture houses of yesteryear.

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Lost Edinburgh: Princes Street then and now

A series of ‘then and now’ photographs depicting the many changes throughout the years along Edinburgh’s main drag.

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Those who opened their windows regularly would be at lesser risk. Picture: Contributed.

A true account of arsenic poisoning in Victorian Edinburgh

Commercial production of arsenic during the 1800s resulted in untold numbers of grim, painful deaths in households up and down the country.

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The last tram entering Princes Street at the Mound, 1956.

The final night of Edinburgh’s original tram system: 60 years on

TO paraphrase the Evening News of the time: old folks, young folks, everybody, it seemed, ventured out on to the streets of Edinburgh to bid farewell to the “last” of the city’s electric tramcars.

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The Goblin Ha' at Yester Castle in East Lothian. Picture: Mr Smith/ /Creative Commons.

The East Lothian castle hall built ‘by demonic forces’

CONCEALED below the medieval ruins of Yester Castle in East Lothian lies a mysterious vaulted chamber known as the Goblin Ha’.

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