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Glasgow Film Festival reviews: Handsome Devil, All This Panic, My Life As A Courgette, The Age of Shadows

This year’s Glasgow Film Festival got off to a lightweight start on Wednesday with the UK premiere of Handsome Devil (**), a chaste coming-of-age tale about a gay teens wlearning to be true to themselves in a rugby-obsessed private school in Ireland.

Film
The Lyceum's Winter's Tale is a bold and fascinating production

Theatre review: The Winter’s Tale

It’s a play of two halves, people often say. In truth, though, The Winter’s Tale is a play of at least three halves; and if you reckon that that makes more than one play well then you’re beginning to enter into the strange world of Shakespeare’s great late romance, where things don’t quite add up, and where magical redemption suddenly becomes possible, even in the frozen depths of grief.

Theatre
A depiction of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the dress he wore to flee Scotland. PIC NLS/Creative Commons.

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s dress that became a fashion hit

It is a swatch of material that tells the story of one of Scotland’s most famous escapes.

News
The Scotsman building was built in 1905. While no longer housing this newspaper, the building is still with us. Picture: Capital Collections

Lost Edinburgh: Comparing then and now

THERE are areas of Edinburgh which have changed beyond all recognition. These thirty then and now images allow us to contrast, compare and better track those changes.

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Paisley Abbey is one of the town's architectural jewels. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

What city of culture candidate Paisley has given the world

Some people may have scoffed when Paisley announced its bid to become the UK city of culture in 2021, but the Renfrewshire town has a proud history of innovation, writes James Delaney

Glasgow & Strathclyde

Video: Alexander McCall Smith on 44 Scotland Street

For more than a decade, he has enthralled readers of The Scotsman with the adventures of Edinburgh’s New Town residents.

Books
The Neist Point lighthouse on the Isle of Skye.

Scotland’s lighthouses help illuminate the tourist market

They were built as a navigational aid for seafarers but many now double up as hotels and tourists attractions.

People & Places

44 Scotland Street: An invitation from Bruce

When Pat Macgregor received an invitation from Bruce Anderson to meet her for coffee at the Elephant House on George IV Bridge, her first reaction was to delete it.

Books
Picture: Netflix

10 essential ways to enhance your Netflix experience

Netflix is popular for a reason – but despite a well-stocked viewing library it’s far from perfect as an experience. Fortunately there are a range of tools and features that can make Netflix searching and streaming more user-friendly.

TV & Radio
Sauchiehall Street is hard for outsiders to pronounce. Picture: TSPL

The origins of Glasgow’s famous street names explained

Up until the mid-1700s there were only thirteen streets in Glasgow, as well as a handful of lanes, squares and roads.

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Scotland has some fantastic beaches waiting to be discovered. Picture: Pixabay.com

10 of the best coastal camping sites in Scotland

WITH so many beautiful stretches of coastline to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to go for your Scottish beach holiday.

Outdoors
Fringe shows have been staged in St Andrew Square Garden for the last three years.

Last-ditch plea over Fringe shows banned from historic square

Edinburgh Festival Fringe promoters have issued an eleventh-hour plea for a rethink over a ban on shows being staged in a historic New Town garden after city council chiefs rejected a bid to relocate them elsewhere.
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Roslin Glen in autumn with chapel visible (left). Picture: Tom Duffin/WeePhotos

Roslin 1303: Scotland’s forgotten battle

ON THIS DAY in 1303, a Scots army defied all the odds to defeat the English at the battle of Roslin. It ended as the bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil, but remains largely forgotten.

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A hero killed in action has been awarded an honour from the Queen 65 years on. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Fallen war hero gets honour from the Queen 65 years on

A HERO soldier killed in action during the Korean War has been honoured by the Queen – 65 years after his death.

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Scotland is filled with some excellent walking trails. Picture: Jon Savage

5 of the most famous Scottish walks

SCOTLAND is famed for its magnificent long-distance walks. The most well known of these is the West Highland Way, which spans a huge stretch of the Scottish wilderness.

Lifestyle
Director-general Lord Hall appeared before Holyroods culture committee. Picture: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

BBC bosses announce two new radio stations for Scotland

BBC chiefs have confirmed they are looking to push ahead with the creation of two national radio stations in Scotland split between music and speech.

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Joe Strummer. Picture: TSPL

Six of the most iconic gigs at King Tut’s in Glasgow

“You haven’t made it as a band unless you’ve played King Tuts” - That was the opinion of Mull Historical Society front man Colin MacIntyre on the iconic Glasgow venue.

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New directors, editors, actors, producers and writers have been trained up to work on the BBC Alba drama Bannan.

New film and TV talent school to be created on Skye

The Skye-based producer of the Inbetweeners is to set up a new foundation to help rear the next generation of film and TV talent in Scotland - inspired by Hollywood legend Robert Redford’s own initiative in the United States.
TV & Radio
A copy of James Craig's New Town plan which was first published in 1767. Picture: NLS Archives

Picture quiz: Edinburgh New Town landmarks

TO MARK the launch of Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows, the fantastic new lightshow event celebrating 250 years since James Craig’s New Town plan, we thought we’d brush up on our New Town knowledge and highlight ten of the World Heritage Site’s foremost public buildings, residences and landmarks.

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The showhome and sales suite at CALA Homes' Mayburn Park development

Design is ahead of the curve at Straiton

Travel to work is a major consideration when choosing where to live, with easy access and good public transport important.

Homes & Gardens
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