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World heritage sites to be transformed under new Scottish tourism campaign

Scotland’s world heritage sites will be brought to life by spectacular sound and light projections, pop-up festivals and street musicians, dramatic Viking re-enactments, a “Great Roman Bake-Off” and a St Kilda version of Minecraft.
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The penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo has been a popular fixture there since 1951.

Edinburgh Zoo penguin parade shelved over bird flu scare

Edinburgh Zoo has been forced to axe its popular penguin parade - over bird flu fears.

Could the character of Ebenezer Scrooge really have been inspired by an Edinburgh gravestone? Picture: Contributed.

How an Edinburgh gravestone inspired Ebenezer Scrooge

EBENEZER Scrooge: the quintessential, miserly-old curmudgeon. How appropriate then to have been inspired by a Scot.

People & Places
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.

Aldourie Castle. Picture: Celtic Castles

Five fantastic castles you can spend Christmas in

MAKE your Christmas day even more memorable this year by spending it in one of these stunning Scottish castles.

Many Scots value personal happiness above wealth, a survey has found. Picture: Rob McDougall/TSPL

Most Scots ‘value being happy ahead of being rich’

Individual wealth may be considered by many to 
be an indicator of success, but few Scots appear to agree.

Personal Finance
TrexTuesdays at UrquhartCastle on the shores of Loch Ness. Picture: VisitBritain

Two American dinosaurs go hunting for Nessie

TOP Scottish visitor attractions have been given a major boost after a visit from two Tyrannosaurus Rex from across the Atlantic.

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Donalda MacKinnon has been appointed BBC Scotland's first female figurehead.

Donalda MacKinnon appointed BBC Scotland's first female director

BBC Scotland has appointed the first female figurehead in its history.
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Trainspotting poster. Renton. Picture, Film 4.

Trainspotting 2 posters released

With the new Trainspotting film hitting theatres soon, new posters have been released to promote the film.

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Dunottar Castle in Aberdeenshire is close to toasting its 100,000th visitor of 2016. Picture: Wikimedia

Dunnottar Castle set to welcome visitor 100,000

STAFF are in celebration mode as historic Dunnottar Castle prepares to welcome its 100,000th visitor of the year.

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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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The office accommodation at 24 and 25 Charlotte Square in the heart of Edinburgh city centre will undergo a major overhaul. Picture: Contributed

Charlotte Square Georgian townhouses to undergo £2m revamp

The Charlotte Square Collection is planning a £2 million refurbishment of two townhouses on Edinburgh’s iconic Georgian square.

Part of the North Coast 500 route. Picture: Contributed

North Coast 500 launches VIP membership drive

THE North Coast 500, the road trip hailed as Scotland’s answer to Route 66, has launched a new VIP membership scheme aimed at encouraging repeat visitors.

Blair Aitken skiing close to the edge on Ben Nevis PIC: Hamish Frost

Interview: Photographer Hamish Frost on shooting extreme skiing in Scotland

Skiers will know those moments, when the Scottish mountains and Scottish weather work together and deliver clear vistas, stunning light and pristine snow. Most of us just hope to enjoy them. Hamish Frost has made it his job to capture them in photographs. Frost, a keen skier and climber, began to take photographs seriously just two years ago, but quickly found his work getting noticed. As this winter approached, he quit his job with a Perth-based energy company to concentrate full-time on ski and adventure photography, and says he has a near-full roster of work for the forthcoming season.

Frank Black PIC: FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Indie-pop band Viola Beach and their manager were killed  when their car plunged off a bridge into a canal in Sweden. Picture: PA/Wire

Inquest into car plunge deaths of Viola Beach band members

An inquest into the deaths of up-and-coming British band Viola Beach will take place later today.

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