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10 essential things to tick off your Edinburgh bucket list

Edinburgh is a city full of amazing attractions, stunning views and unique things to do – but how many of them have you actually ticked off your bucket list?

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Milton Jones is Out There, at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Milton Jones

One of the best exponents of the one-liner in British comedy is on the other end of the phone and I’m braced for a machine gun fire barrage of witty puns and bon mots as Milton Jones limbers up for his Edinburgh Festival run. As well as puns, Jones has a taste for the surreal and the absurd so I’m wondering if I’ll get any sense out of the man responsible for “I’ve got a bad feeling about intuition fees” and “A lot of people like cats. Take the Pope, for example: I read recently that he was a cat-oholic!” or “I went out with this girl the other night, she wore this real slinky number...She looked great going down the stairs.”

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Hotly-tipped comedy shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Hotly-tipped comedy shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe doesn’t have much competition for being the biggest and best comedy festival in the world.

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Edinburgh Jazz Festival reviews: Kandace Springs | Georgia Cecile

It was impossible not to be won over early on by the Edinburgh Jazz Festival’s 2017 poster girl Kandace Springs. Looking like Scary Spice circa 1997 thanks to the combination of big hair and skin-tight, navel-baring attire – and displaying a similar youthful exuberance – Springs got the packed Spiegeltent crowd onside almost immediately thanks to her energy and charisma. Oh, and her playful sense of humour – much of it directed at her unlucky-in-love bass player.

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Baba Brinkman is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Picture: Contributed

Fringe interview: Baba Brinkman on the Canadian Fringe circuit

Promoted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In a regular series of interviews to mark World Fringe Day, acts performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe share their experiences of other fringes around the world. This week: rapper Baba Brinkman tells Jay Richardson about his experiences on the Canadian Fringe circuit.

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Alex Salmond . Picture: TSPL

Alex Salmond’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe show to reveal Trump dealings

Alex Salmond is planning to use his forthcoming show at the Edinburgh Fringe to reveal previously secret details about his arguments with Donald Trump.

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Scotland will exit the EU along with the rest of the UK, but the devolution of powers from Europe could prove tricky. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Six Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows targeting Brexit

Nothing, it seems, is safe from the consequences of Britain’s shock decision last year to leave the European Union.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie. Picture: submitted

Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows for the history lover

As you might expect, Edinburgh being a city steeped in history, the Festival Fringe has never been short of shows, events and exhibitions to satisfy the appetite of the history lover.

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Jarvis Cocker brings Room 29 at the legendary Chateau Marmont Hotel to Edinburgh next month Picture: Peter H�nnemann

Jarvis Cocker on bringing Room 29 to the Edinburgh Festival

The Pulp frontman on bringing Hollywood to Edinburgh, his first guitar, and why he never called it Britpop

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Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Jeremy Corbyn and Alex Salmond to appear at Edinburgh Festival

They may not be the most likely theatre performers – but two of the country’s most talked about politicians have proven a hot ticket at this year’s Fringe.

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Syria features in this year's Fringe shows covering terrorism

Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows taking on terrorism

Terrorism is a difficult subject to cover at the best of times – even more so at times of heightened radical activity and with Governments all over the world on high alert.

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Crowdfunded Edinburgh Fringe project shows comics in new light

The creator of a new book featuring never-before-seen images of the world’s top comedians in their early days at the Edinburgh Fringe is hopeful of securing funding by the time this year’s festival kicks off.

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Brigadier David Allfrey, below, has called for an overhaul of how organisers of events like the Tattoo, above, are being charged. Photograph: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh Tattoo chief’s fury over soaring cost for police

The man in charge of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has accused police leaders of setting up a charging regime for maintaining law and order at major events which amounts to “legalised racketeering”.

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10 of the best immersive events at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Working out what to see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be a daunting task. With over 3000 performances due to take places over various venues in the city, it can be hard to narrow it down.

If you like your shows interactive then we have picked our top ten immersive events that will take place this August in the capital.

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The Edinburgh roots of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holme's also merit a walking tour. PIC:TSPL.

Best tours for book lovers at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh has inspired writers for centuries with a clutch of walking tours allowing us to trace the footsteps of our literary heroes. Here we look at six tours to satisfy the book lovers amongst us this August.

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Owner of Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe Tanya Salitura pictured with two of her dogs Hepburn, left, four months, and Ama, four-and-a-half. Pic:  Greg Macvean

Edinburgh gets Chihuahua Cafe

It may sound barking mad but city dog lovers will soon be able to have their cake and eat it, accompanied by a Chihuahua of their choice at Edinburgh’s next animal cafe.

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Hundreds of performers stage free shows every day on the Royal Mile and The Mound during the Fringe.

Six hotly-tipped political shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, even before Scotland’s constitutional debate, Brexit, and elections at least once a year, has always had a political element.

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Nicola Sturgeon has been given a boost by the figures. Photo: SWNS

Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows that will tackle indyref2

At the febrile height of the Indyref campaign in August of 2014, the Edinburgh Fringe became a hotbed of political debate, humour, and even controversy.

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Mr Salmond will appear at this year's Fringe. Picture: PA

Alex Salmond accused of egomania after announcing Fringe show

Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond will star in his own show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Saved Castlebrae high school partners with Edinburgh International Festival

It was saved from closure at the eleventh hour less than four years ago.

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