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‘Got to feel gorgeous!’

Amanda Wakeley is passionate about creating beautiful clothes for busy women

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan have been filming Outlander in Scotland for more than three years.

Outlander helps double value of Scotland's film & TV productions

The value of film and television production to Scotland has almost doubled in the space of four years - to more than £50 million for the first time.
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Sigmund Freud leaves Victoria Station after his arrival in London 06 June 1938. PIC:  AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Freud - In His Time And Ours, by Élisabeth Roudinesco

Biographers of Freud face a very specific set of challenges. It is not just that he has been both valorised and demonised – one could easily say the same about Picasso, Schönberg or DH Lawrence. The stumbling-block lies in Freud’s own achievements. Setting aside the veracity and verifiability of his theories of libido, transference, the subconscious and suchlike, to what extent should they apply to their creator? Even if one were to discount the mental architecture he described, what do the theories tell us about the theorist? Élisabeth Roudinesco negotiates this minefield with considerable grace and formidable intelligence. This is a book which eschews simple answers and is thus a significant milestone in our understanding of Freud.

The Edinburgh skyline as seen from Calton Hill  PIC: Steven Scott Taylor

Book review: Umbrellas of Edinburgh, eds. Russell Jones and Claire Askew

Alexander McCall Smith has famously described Edinburgh as “a city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” That quote was carved into the walls of the new Atria office building near the EICC in 2013, and I usually allow myself a wry smile whenever I walk past it, the building in question being an edifice unlikely to break anybody’s heart with its beauty either now or at any point in the future. Still, McCall Smith’s words certainly apply to the city in general, if not that particular corner of it; in spite of some recent architectural misadventures, Edinburgh remains a beautiful place, and – to judge by the writing in Umbrellas Of Edinburgh – its beauty does indeed seem to have a melancholy quality.

Birth of a Nation

Film reviews: The Birth of a Nation | Snowden | Life, Animated | Office Christmas Party

Based on true events of a slave rebellion in 19th-century America, Birth of a Nation is powerful, violent and clichéd. Snowden, meanwhile, is rescued by an excellent turn from Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the NSA whistleblower

Author Alexander McCall Smith. Picture: Jon Savage

Alexander McCall Smith supports book project for children

SCOTS author Alexander McCall Smith, famous for The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, has given his support to an initiative to provide books for disadvantaged children at Christmas.

Young film-maker Zeki Basan. Picture: Contributed

16–year-old Scots film-maker captures vision of John Muir

A 16-year-old Scottish filmmaker has followed in the footsteps of John Muir, creating a short film on the wild places found along the John Muir Way.

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Music review: Pixies

As far as rock reunions go, that of Boston’s noisy alternative rock outfit Pixies has been a staggered affair. They released four albums – all varying degrees of classic – between 1988 and 1991, were disbanded suddenly via their frontman Frank Black’s fax machine in 1993 and made a live return in 2004. Yet it took them until 2014 to release a new collection of material, the fairly unimpressive EP collection Indie Cindy, and only this year’s reunion album proper Head Carrier has begun to hint at past glories.

Mamma Mia!

Joyce McMillan: Behind the scenes at the Edinburgh Playhouse

One o’clock on Saturday afternoon, and I’m standing centre stage at the Edinburgh Playhouse, looking out at the red and gold auditorium, and the 3,400 seats that make this by far Scotland’s largest theatre. Behind me, crew members are beginning to sweep and wash the stage for the Saturday matinee, in a routine as old as theatre itself; but the theatre’s resident stage manager Paul Skeggs – in the job since 2002, and universally known as Skeggsie – is also keen that I shouldn’t forget the building’s remarkable history. “Stand there,” he says, nudging me a step to the right. “Laurel and Hardy stood on that spot! And Joe Strummer! I love The Clash…”

Clio Gray

Book review: The Legacy of the Lynx, by Clio Gray

The Academy of the Lynx (actually Lynxes) – Accademia dei Lincei – was an early scientific society, founded in Rome in 1603 by Federico Cesi, son of an Italian Duke; Galileo was an early member. (The name was chosen because the lynx is sharp-eyed.) So in making a search for the lost Library of the Lynx the occasion of her novel, Clio Gray is not dealing in a Da Vinci Code sort of fantasy or historical nonsense. The library of the Lynx has been dispersed and now, at the end of the 18th century, Golo Eck – a descendant of one of the first academicians – is trying to recover it. This is a nice starting point for a Romance or quest novel, and Gray writes with bravura, invention and a wild imagination.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden

Interview: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on playing Edward Snowden

Joseph Gordon-Levitt sighs wearily. It’s ten days after the American election and the star of Inception and The Dark Knight Rises is talking to me down the line from London, trying to figure out if the meaning of his new film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has changed since Donald Trump became president elect.

Primates by Dalziel and Scullion 2013 PIC: University of Dundee Museum Services

Art review: A Sketch of the Universe: Art Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson

In its heyday at the beginning of the last century, Dundee was the world capital of jute and jam, but it was also home to a significant group of artists and collectors while Dundee University could boast two remarkable professors, D’Arcy Thompson and Patrick Geddes. Both were scientists – Geddes a botanist and D’Arcy Thompson a biologist – and, though differently, their ideas had a wide impact on the visual arts and indeed beyond.

Cast members of Aladdin being performed at the Panoptican theatre. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Glasgow Panopticon prepares for first panto in 78 years

GLASGOW’S historic Panopticon music hall is gearing up for a new production of Aladdin - the first panto since the building closed almost 80 years ago.

David Beckham is to be recognised for his role as a fashion icon. Picture: PA

David Beckham to feature in Scottish National Portrait Gallery

He was a hero to millions of English football fans and the nemesis of the Tartan Army as he led the Three Lions into battle.

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Adele has been nominated for best album and song of the year at the Grammys. Picture: Getty Images

Adele’s album 25 and single Hello nominated for Grammy Awards

Adele’s 25 has been nominated for album of the year at the 2017 Grammy Awards, while her single Hello is up for record and song of the year.

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine Kelly to host STV's Hogmanay party

Lorraine Kelly, Judy Murray and the Bay City Rollers are to head STV's Hogmanay coverage, it was announced today.

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Album reviews: The Rolling Stones | Peter Doherty | Jools Holland

So you wait ten years for a new Rolling Stones album only to find out it’s a collection of fusty old blues covers, sounding a lot like what they used to play more than half a century ago before they started writing their own songs. And it turns out to be the most invigorating thing they have produced in years. Blue & Lonesome started out as an informal jam session in Mark Knopfler’s studio, close to the Stones’ early 60s West London stomping ground. The plan was to warm up to some original material by knocking out a few old bluesy faithfuls by the likes of Willie Dixon and Little Walter, but then they just kept going for the next three days, recording live as they went in order to retain those rough edges.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sometimes a change of plan can provide surprises aplenty, as was the case in this celebration of the much missed talents of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The composer’s new accordion concerto, scheduled for this concert, sadly wasn’t completed before his death earlier this year and due to an indisposed Alexandre Bloch, it was conductor Rumon Gamba who set the exhilarating pace for this musical whirlwind.


Music review: RSNO - Verdi Requiem

I’ve heard many Verdi Requiems. Few, if any, have seemed so true to the nature of the beast as this exceptional performance by the RSNO under Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. The RSNO Chorus sounded radically transformed under its new chorusmaster Gregory Batsleer. When did we last hear it sing with such nimble unanimity, such vivid and limitless dynamic range, such clarity of diction, such confidence and engagement? Batsleer has worked a miracle during his short time in charge.

Teenage Fanclub

Music review: Teenage Fanclub

It’s difficult to imagine anyone leaving a Teenage Fanclub show complaining about the lack of scissor-kicking showmanship. The Fannies are all about the songs (man), each one delivered with minimal fuss. Considering how many classics they have at their disposal, that’s entirely fair enough. Up to a point.

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