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Ken Cheng has won the 10th annual award for Dave's Funniest Joke Of The Edinburgh Fringe. Picture: PA

Funniest jokes of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe revealed

A JOKE about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Darren McGarvey is taking his place among all the proper writers at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year. Picture: Toby Williams

Darren McGarvey: Stubborn determination trumps self-loathing and a pile of dirty nappies

Scottish author and broadcaster Denise Mina, when asked for advice by an aspiring writer, struggling to complete their first novel, dispensed her formidable wisdom with characteristic candour, in the bluntest possible terms: “Just write your f****** book.” At the risk of appearing insensitive, to those writers of a fragile disposition, Mina’s frankness, painful in its simplicity, instantly demystified the process. Mina’s no-nonsense advice, which may not have been what that particular writer was looking for, was, thankfully, exactly what I needed to hear and soon became a beautifully practical mantra to which I’d find myself returning, as I embarked on the self-imposed hell of my first book.

Opinion
Paul Hollywood with new Bake Off presenters Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith. Picture: Channel 4

Great British Bake Off: Paul Holywood insists new show won’t be different

Paul Hollywood has insisted that viewers will not notice any difference with The Great British Bake Off “within ten minutes” of the first episode of the new series.

TV & Radio
The proposed Rosewood hotel on Calton Hill has promoted warnings over Edinburgh's World Heritage status.

'Red line' warning over Edinburgh's Royal High School hotel plan

One of Scotland’s leading arts philanthropists has warned that turning Edinburgh’s old Royal High School into a luxury hotel is a “red line” that should not be crossed for commercial interests.
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Scott Brown. Picture: John Devlin

Scott Brown and Colin Farrell launch Homeless World Cup 17

CELTIC captain Scott Brown and Hollywood star Colin Farrell to launch Homeless World Cup 17

Glasgow & Strathclyde
Snow from atop the UK's highest mountain (pictured) has melted. Picture: Contributed

Ben Nevis completely snow free for first time in over a decade

The highest mountain in the UK has no snow for the first time in 11 years, an expert has revealed.

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Detail from a portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the dress he wore  to flee Scotland. PIC: NLS/Creative Commons.

Scrap of “Bonnie Prince Charlie’s dress” wows auction

A swatch of fabric from a dress said to have be worn by Bonnie Prince Charlie during his escape from Scotland has sold at auction.

News
Theatre review: The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

Theatre review: The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Our genial host Chris Woodley taught drama – “the soft subject” they say – before going back into acting, so this autobiographical play is structured like a drama lesson; intro, starter, main task, evaluation, etc, with signposted dramatic techniques throughout.

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Comedy review: Dominic Holland Eclipsed - Free

Comedy review: Dominic Holland Eclipsed - Free

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Dominic Holland was always a really good stand up – he was Perrier Best Newcomer in 1993 – but it has, as they say, been a while.

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Comedy review: Matt Price: The Weed Fairy

Comedy review: Matt Price: The Weed Fairy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: If you are a bit down, go and see this show. Matt Price has a way with a story that makes you feel like you’ve found a friend.

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Theatre review: Woman on Fire

Theatre review: Woman on Fire

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Should we break the law to make the law better? This is the question at the centre of this inspirational one-woman show in which Claire Moore plays Lancashire suffragette Edith Rigby, a woman with deep convictions and impressive levels of determination to see them through.

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Comedy review: Bobby Mair: Loudly Insecure

Comedy review: Bobby Mair: Loudly Insecure

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: It is such a relief to get into a Bobby Mair hour and hear a real expert at the venting game.

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Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus review: Parlour Games

Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus review: Parlour Games

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: There are fine performances in Tooth + Nail’s touching story about a man returning home from World War Two, imagining the friendships and games of his childhood.

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Theatre review: Shame

Theatre review: Shame

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: A bright, articulate teenager vlogs from her bedroom. Keira is carefree and opinionated but an alcohol-fuelled error of judgment leads to Twitter bullying and she ­disappears from class.

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MacBlair. Picture: Contributed.

Theatre review: Macblair

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Everyone loves Tony Blair – or at least they love plays about him, if this packed house is anything to go by.

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Donnie Campbell. Picture: Globalshots.co.uk

When a marathon just isn’t enough: how to be an ultra-runner

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run 500 km in 9 days? Try asking Donnie Campbell, British Ultra Trail winner and Great Britain representative. Ultra-running is one of the fastest growing sports around, with races almost every weekend in the UK. i spoke to Campbell about his journey into the sport – and how to stay motivated and injury-free.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Comedy review: Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

Comedy review: Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Fogg has thrown it all at this one: dead dad, dramatic tech moment, pre-show party, big screen, and excruciating puns.

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Comedy review: Goose: Amphetawaltz

Comedy review: Goose: Amphetawaltz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Since bursting on to the Fringe in 2014 with their chaotic and peerlessly energetic style, the extremely giddy Goose – livewire Adam Drake under the direction of Ben Rowse –have grown increasingly ambitious with their ideas and staging.

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