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Patrick Thomson’s pair reunited after more than 50 years

MORE than half a century ago they worked together at one of Edinburgh’s premier shopping institutions. Now they live on opposite corners of the globe from each other, but they’ve ­finally been reunited.

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On this day 1962: King Olav visits Edinburgh

FOR probably the first and only time in history, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh slipped into the Capital with virtually zero fanfare. It was 16 October 1962 and the British royals were not the star attraction.

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Video: Ian Rankin serves up first pint of long-lost beer at Oxford Bar

As Ian Rankin arched over the Oxford Bar’s ebony beer fonts on Friday afternoon, it was clear to all in attendance they were witnessing a wee piece of history in the making.

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Travel writer Tim Pile takes aim at Edinburgh's best and worst bits. Picture: JP

Edinburgh slammed in Chinese travel feature

BAGPIPING buskers, shops selling ‘tartan tat’, rubbish strewn public areas and the city airport have all come under fire in an article on Edinburgh in a widely-read Hong Kong Newspaper.

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Nardini's world famous ice cream parlour, Largs, North Ayrshire. 
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Nardini’s: Scotland’s best-loved ice cream institution

It’s one of the iconic eateries, an ice cream empire that’s captured Scottish hearts, minds and taste buds for more than eight decades.

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Video: A pictorial history of Edinburgh’s floral clock

EDINBURGH’S floral clock is the most recognisable face in town and every year like clockwork it delights visitors and locals in their thousands with its unique and colourful designs.

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The inner ring road proposal for Edinburgh was not universally popular and never got off the drawing board. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh’s unbuilt Inner Ring Road

A six-lane motorway to encircle and split the Old and New Towns, the flattening Haymarket and Tollcross, the filling-in of Inverleith pond, and tunnels beneath Calton Hill. These were just some of the things on offer when Edinburgh’s inner ring road was approved.

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A collage of the Waverley Market site over the years.

In pictures: Waverley Market throughout the years

THERE has been a communal market area in the Waverley valley at the east end of Princes Street for well over a century.

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Lost Edinburgh: American who came to study in 1970s shares photos almost 50 years on

Lost Edinburgh: American who came to study in 1970s shares photos almost 50 years on

IN the early 1970s, Edinburgh was far removed from the festival heavy, tourist hub we know today.

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The Thomson twins are competing against one another for the Miss Great Britain crown. Picture: Contributed

Fife nurses ‘first ever twins’ to compete for Miss GB crown

FIFE beauty queens Louisa and Christina Thomson have spent their lives sharing everything together, but only one of them can scoop the Miss Great Britain crown. Amazingly, Friday will be the first time twins have appeared together in the same final.

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Lost Edinburgh: Duo captured Scott Monument’s construction

As an aficionado of both old images and the history of Edinburgh, the work of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson has me positively captivated.

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Video: Sea of tartan kicks-off Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017

THIS year’s Tattoo promised more tartan than a Bay City Rollers-themed wedding on Burns Night and it did not disappoint.

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Kirkgate Church - Henderson Street - Leith Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

Lost Edinburgh churches: then and now

THE last few generations have not been kind to Edinburgh’s ecclesiastical architecture. Shifting demographics, dwindling congregations and other societal factors have seen scores of church buildings fall by the wayside.

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St Serf's Parish Church, Dunning. Picture: Simon Warren/Dunning Parish Historical Society

Was a dragon once slain in the Perthshire town of Dunning?

Images of staff-wielding holy men valiantly battering terrible winged beasts into submission are generally associated with Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and other fantasy-led epics. They tend to be less synonymous with small villages in the heart of rural Perthshire.

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Workers head for home after their shift at Castle Mills. Picture: TSPL

The last remnants of Edinburgh’s ‘welly boot’ factory

Amid the increasing number of modern retail units and apartment blocks slowly eating up gap sites in Fountainbridge for the past decade, stands the last remnants of one of Scotland’s most important industrial landmarks.

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Celtic v Aberdeen at Hampden on 24 April 1937. The 147,365 attendance is the largest ever for a domestic match in Europe. Picture: PA

Scotland’s all-time record football attendances

TO THE foreign observer thumbing through a tome of soccer statistics it must provide a great source of bafflement to see one tiny nation consistently top the podium for record attendances.

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Princes Streets gorgeous vistas are famous the world over. This photogrraph was taken c.1900. Picture: TSPL

Lost Edinburgh: The fight to keep Princes Street views

Princes Street is somewhat unique for a busy, modern, commercial thoroughfare in that it offers unobstructed, world-class panoramic vistas on one side across the former Nor’ Loch Valley. It’s hard to imagine walking along Princes Street without being able to see Edinburgh Castle, but if not for the efforts of a small band of homeowners who took their fight to the town council, our main drag’s famed outlook towards the crag and tail of the Old Town could have been blocked out by buildings.

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Video: The forgotten tunnels hidden beneath Waverley Station

THE CENTRE of Scotland’s capital city is built on many layers and levels, all of different ages, interlocking and enveloping one another; a veritable warren of subterranean secrets.

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An original sample of arsenic, a key piece of evidence in the trial of Madeleine Smith who was indicted for the murder of her lover. Picture: Toby Williams

The Glasgow woman who laced her lover’s cocoa with arsenic

IT WAS labelled as the ‘crime of the century’, and even now, 160 years on, the Madeleine Smith murder case continues to fascinate criminologists and forensic experts around the world.

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Meet the family that lived on Calton Hill

PERCHED high atop Calton Hill, the Nelson Monument is one of Edinburgh’s must-visit tourist attractions, offering unrivalled panoramic vistas of the entire city and beyond.

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