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Fascinating photographic archive of poverty-stricken 1920s Leith published online

A SERIES of images giving the public an incredible hi-res glimpse into 1920s Leith and its people has been made available online.

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Students have faced major upheaval since a fire at Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh building.

Glasgow School of Art faces student revolt

Students at the Glasgow School of Art are to stage a one-day boycott of their students and a public protest about the way the world-famous institution is being run.

The baby box will include essential items

Design competition launched for new Scottish baby box

Students are being urged to take part in a competition to design a baby box which will be handed out to parents in Scotland from the new year.

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Bagging a bargain

5 top ways to bag a bargain

Want to enjoy more yet spend less? Here are our top tips to make that happen.

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The picture of the spooky Brocken Spectre was captured on one of Arran's hills. Picture: Arran Mountain Rescue Team

Arran mountaineer captures stunning photo of a Brocken Spectre

A MEMBER of the Arran Mountain Rescue Team has captured a spectacular photograph of a Brocken Spectre while on patrol on Mullach Buidhe.

Poldark ‘rape scene’ complaints examined by media watchdog

Poldark ‘rape scene’ complaints examined by media watchdog

Broadcast regulator Ofcom is assessing complaints made by viewers after the BBC aired what some campaigners have described as a rape scene in the hit show Poldark.

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Philip Murray was the last man to be hanged at Calton Jail (pictured) on 30 October 1923. Pic: TSPL

The last man hanged at Calton Jail

93 YEARS AGO this week Edinburgh news vendor Philip Murray was making headlines of his own as he became the last ever man to be hanged at the city’s notorious Calton Jail.

John Butt, director of the Dunedin Consort

Music review: Dunedin Consort/John Butt & Cryptic - Fantasy and Madness

Fantasy and Madness went the show’s colourful title. And it was to be a meeting of two of Scotland’s creative powerhouses – John Butt’s crack early music group the Dunedin Consort, and Glasgow theatre makers Cryptic. What they were tackling was fantastical enough – Restoration reworkings of Shakespeare and Cervantes, turned into operas and masques with music by the likes of Locke and Purcell.

Justin Currie

Music review: Justin Currie & the RSNO

The Paisley Abbey concert featuring the RSNO in collaboration with, as conductor and arranger John Logan put it, a “mainstream musician” has become a highlight of the town’s annual cultural shindig, the Spree festival. This year’s guest, Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie, is a pop stalwart who has comfortably contributed to folk and jazz ensembles but almost seemed braced for failure as he opened the show with a trepidatious What Is Love For.

Ilan Volkov

Music review: BBC SSO & Ilan Volkov - The Seven Deadly Sins

With mention of Brecht and Weill, raunchy 1930s cabaret, and sin in the title, you might have expected something sleazy, if not downright dirty. What conductor Ilan Volkov delivered, however, in his performance of that great duo’s “ballet chanté” The Seven Deadly Sins, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, must have been the most squeaky-clean account heard in a while – immaculately balanced, tripping along amiably, seldom stormy or suggestive.

John Michie and Frances Thorburn in Grain in the Blood at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Theatre reviews: Grain in the Blood | One Thinks Of It All As A Dream | Where The Crow Flies

Traverse director Orla O’Loughlin calls Rob Drummond’s new play, Grain in the Blood – produced jointly by the Tron and Traverse – “taut and mysterious”, and it’s certainly all of that. As the story begins, we find ourselves in an archetypal farm kitchen in some isolated valley, where Sophia presides over a household that includes fragile 12-year-old granddaughter Autumn, and “Auntie Violet”, a glamorous young woman who is the sister of Autumn’s dead mother.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Akua Noni Parker and Jamar Roberts in Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain Pas de Deux. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Dance review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

It’s six years since Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater last visited Scotland, but dance fans have long memories. When a company is this good, we don’t need a constant reminder of why missing them is not an option.

Gary Tank Commander

Comedy review: Gary, Tank Commander - Mission Quite Possible

The latest BBC Scotland comedy to be turned into a big stage show, after Still Game and Burnistoun, and prior to Rab C Nesbitt’s adaptation at the Hydro, Gary: Tank Commander is disappointingly the least effective of the transfers so far. Greg McHugh has performed panto and his perma-tanned, endearingly daft squaddie is easily big and glowingly camp enough to command an arena. Featuring production values that arguably surpass the television series, which shot its Iraqi and Afghan bases in Scottish quarries, Mission Quite Possible lights up the exterior of the Hydro in military green and brown and serves Gary’s beloved cheesy pasta in the foyer’s foodstands. Most impressively, it opens with a helicopter scene to rival Miss Saigon’s.

Leonard Cohen

Album reviews: Leonard Cohen | Melanie C | Joan as Policewoman & Benjamin Lazar Davis

Death stalks the 14th album of 82-year-old Leonard Cohen, but thankfully he’s not going without singing about it first

Left to right: Tom Cruise, Judd Lormand and Jason Douglas in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back PIC: Paramount Pictures / Skydance Productions

Film reviews: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back | I, Daniel Blake | Queen of Katwe | Ouija: Origin of Evil

With humour, a conspiracy plot, bone-shattering fight sequences and an interesting twist for the main character, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a solid second outing for a franchise with potential to run and run

Olympic medalist Polly Swan with team mate Caitie Gorton-Phillips in front of the West Boathouse. Picture: Peter Devlin

Historic headquarters of rowing wins lottery boost

A campaign to restore a century-old boathouse where Olympic gold medalist Katherine Grainger first tried out rowing has won a £1.2 million lottery boost.

The annual landscape photography competition has an overall prize fund of �20,000 across all categories. Picture: PA

‘Tornado’ image of starlings wins coveted photography competition

A photographer who captured an “intriguing” image of starlings swirling around the fire-ravaged remains of Brighton’s West Pier has been awarded a prestigious prize.

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Picture: Flickr

Brian Ferguson: Paisley’s City of Culture bid is impressive stuff

THERE may be well over two months to go, but I already have a clutch of contenders for my cultural highlight of the year.

A First World War soldier recovering from his wounds at Bangour Hospital, West Lothian. Picture: contributed

Historian calls for former hospital to become war museum

Derelict hospital buildings should be converted into a conference centre and museum dedicated to Scotland’s military record, according to a war historian.

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