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Fire festival under threat from ‘strict regulations’

A POPULAR fire festival is threatened by new proposals around public gatherings in the Capital, organisers say.

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From 1-21 April, children aged between 0-17 will be given a ticket if they introduce their favourite cuddly toy to reception staff. Picture: RYB

Kids get in free with cuddly toys at Royal Yacht Britannia

ROYAL Yacht Britannia officials are marking this year’s Easter Holidays by allowing kids in for free - providing they bring their favourite cuddly toy.

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Unique Events has been running Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations since 1993. Picture: TSPL

War of words as Hogmanay organisers ditched for Underbelly

The organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations since their inception have hit out after losing the right to stage the world-famous festival.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with their children, Julian, left, and Kyoko, on holiday at Durness, in Sutherland, in 1969. PIC: PA.

John Lennon and his holidays in the Scottish Highlands

It was a place where John Lennon was to bring his own children to share his love of long summers in the Highlands.

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Filming for the new Avengers film is underway in Cockburn Street Edinburgh. Picture: W Marr/Deadline News

Avengers stars show off stunts on Cockburn Street

PICTURES from on location filming of the new Avengers movie in Edinburgh show a stuntwoman flying through the air and into a shop window.

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Cycling campaigners in the Highlands. Picture: Contributed

Campaign launched to make Inverness a cycle-friendly city

A MASS cycle to Highland Council HQ in Inverness is to take place with walking and cycling enthusiasts demanding more action to improve active travel facilities in the city.

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Kirna House near Walkerburn

A Borders gem with a dash of gothic romance

As the driveway to Kirna House near Walkerburn rises and turns to allow you the first view of the house, it would be difficult not to be impressed.

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Charlie Hunnam as Percival Fawcett in The Lost City of Z

Film reviews: The Lost City of Z | Mad To Be Normal | All This Panic | Age of Shadows | Eyes of My Mother

James Gray avoids many of the genre clichés in his biopic of a doomed explorer in The Lost City of Z, while All This Panic sweetly charts the growing pains of a group of Brooklyn girls

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Artist Nihad al Turk gives paintings to Leith School of Art charity auction.

Syrian refugee donates paintings in aid of Edinburgh art school

He was one of the first Syrians to arrive in Scotland in 2015 as refugees fled the war-torn country.

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44 Scotland Street: Homo ludens

Pat stared at Matthew. “You’ve gone bright red,” she said. “Matthew, you’re blushing.”

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Children are not being allowed to play outside until age 10. Picture: Contributed

Average age for allowing kids to play outside alone is 10

The average age for allowing children to “play out” alone is nearly 10.5 years – although parents with girls are more likely to let them play out alone at a slightly younger age than those with boys – a survey has revealed.

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Alan McGee, founder of Creations Records.

Oasis mogul Alan McGee ‘talked out’ of buying Hearts

Oasis mogul and Scottish record label owner Alan McGee was talked out of buying Hearts by Primal Scream frontman and Celtic fan Bobby Gillespie.

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Children are not being allowed to play outside until age 10. Picture: Contributed

Children not allowed to "play out" until age ten

The average age for allowing children to ‘play out’ alone is nearly 10.5 years - although parents with girls are more likely to let them play out alone at a slightly younger age than those with boys - a survey has revealed.

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A ghost walk in Alloway.

Find out about Scotland’s ghosts - with blood, guts and gore

SCOTLAND is steeped in dark history but where can you go to learn more about the ghosts of Scotland.

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Davie Bain, director of Calton Athletic, in Renton's bedroom. More than 300 items from T2 Trainspotting will go under the hammer to raise money for two charities, including Calton. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

T2 Trainspotting sets and props up for charity auction

It’s a unique opportunity to own a part of one of the biggest films ever produced in Scotland.

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The new pop-up Fringe venue will be unveiled at the Pleasance this summer.

New Meccano-style venue created for Edinburgh Fringe

A new “flat-pack” pop-up theatre venue is to make its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.

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A view of the Cairngorms on the tourist route.

Cairngorms Snow Roads scenic route plan on track

A plan to turn a 90-mile Highland road into a tourism route has reached another major milestone.

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Cortachy Castle near Kirrimuir, Angus. PIC: Creative Commons/Flickr/Lesley-Brew.

The story of the ghostly drummer of Cortachy Castle

The sound was enough to turn the residents and guests of Cortachy Castle in Angus a whiter shade of pale.

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The 'Droughlander' is nearly over for fans of hit show Outlander. Picture: Starz

Every major TV show of 2017 - and when they’re on

There’s more choice than ever on TV, thanks to the rise of Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming platforms.

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Knockhall Castle

Medieval Scots castle on the market - for just £150,000

A HISTORIC castle once vistited by King James VI and sitting near to US president Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course has gone on the market - for £150,000.

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