Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians

Artist brings new vision to Burns Monument with female statue

THE temple-like building has been one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks for almost two centuries – but for most of its life has been closed to the public.

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The team at Edinburgh office Director David Gow (L) Paraplanner Duncan Arthur (C) and Iain Duckworth (R) Picture: Alan Peebles

Capital move for financial planner Acumen

ACUMEN Financial Planning has boosted its business in Edinburgh with the acquisition of established practice Duckworth Alexander for an undisclosed sum.

Management
Thousands of Scots took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in August 2014. Picture: Alastair Pryde/JP Resell

Scots campaigners welcome Ice Bucket Challenge breakthrough

IT WAS the viral charity campaign backed by everyone from Alex Salmond to Andy Murray.

Charities
The Aix-en-Provence Festival staging of Cosi Fan Tutte
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Edinburgh Festival offers refunds before ‘extreme’ opera opens

The Edinburgh International Festival has taken the unprecedented step of offering refunds for one of its flagship operas before it is even staged in the city due to its extreme content.

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Bass Rock in the Forth is home to thousands of sea birds which the RSPB say could be affected. Picture: Jane Barlow

Energy chiefs seek action on major off-shore wind farm

Renewables giants are demanding urgent action from Scottish ministers to resolve a legal action threatening plans for a major wind farm off the Fife coast.

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Dolly the Sheep has been preserved and is on show at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Dolly the Sheep’s four cloned ‘sisters’ ageing well

Four “siblings” of Dolly the sheep are in good health, raising hopes that the cloning process does not detrimentally affect physical well-being.

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Edinburgh trams are increasing their rush hour services. Picture; Lesley Martin

Edinburgh trams increase rush hour services

Edinburgh Trams are to run every five minutes during the morning and evening rush hours to help cater for higher demand.

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Rachel Cowan established Street Reads to offer free books homeless individuals in Edinburgh, and hopes to expand the project across Scotland. Picture: Julie Bull/TSPL

Edinburgh Street Reads project helps homeless turn the page

A former professional opera singer who donates books to homeless people in
Edinburgh is aiming to expand her project across Scotland after winning praise from authors and publishers alike.

Charities
Strathbrock Family Unit in Broxburn, West Lothian. Picture; SWNS

Police treating death at Broxburn child-care unit as suspicious

The death of a baby girl at a homelessness unit near Edinburgh last month is now being treated as “suspicious”.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Performers appearing from around the world at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo have helped attract a record number of visitors. Picture: Getty

Value of Edinburgh’s festival soars to £313m in five years

The value of Edinburgh’s festivals has soared by almost a quarter to £313 million in the space of just five years, according to new research.

Lifestyle 4
Mike Buchan says the needs of office occupiers are changing. Picture: Contributed

Mike Buchan: What makes a good office?

This may seem a dry subject, but I suspect most people reading this article will be doing so at their desk or travelling to or from their workplace.

Management
Kate Granger. Picture: Contributed

Doctor behind campaign to humanise patient care dies aged 34

She was inspired to launch her groundbreaking campaign when the doctor giving her her terminal diagnosis failed to look her in the eye or tell her his name.

News
Edinburgh-MD and chartered chemist David McMillan is running a centre of excellence in medical device firm LifeScan. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: David McMillan, MD of LifeScan Scotland

LifeScan begins at 50 for boss of worldwide diabetes company

Healthandwellbeing
Thomas Sutherland celebrates his release after being abducted and held for more than six years by militants in Lebanon. Picture: AP

Scots academic held captive in Beirut for 6 years dies aged 85

A ­Scottish academic who was held ­captive in ­Lebanon for more than six years until he was freed in 1991 has died aged 85.

World
Gourock is one of only two outdoor salt water swimming pools left in Scotland. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Outdoor swimming remains a way of life for many Scots

TAKING a dip at a lido built next to the North Sea may sound more like torture than fun for less adventurous swimmers.

Heritage
Taleban fancy dress costume has caused outrage. Picture: Morph Costumes

Edinburgh costume makers’ Taleban fancy dress a ‘sick joke’

A terrorist fancy dress costume has been slammed by UK military veterans, who said it is a “vile insult” to the lives of fallen soldiers.

Odd
James Blunt, whose Scots lookalike is being pestered on his honeymoon. Picture: Jayne Emsley/TSPL

James Blunt fans harass Scots lookalike on honeymoon

A SCOT who keeps getting mistaken for James Blunt is now being pestered by the singer’s fans on honeymoon.

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Des Bravehearts perfoming. Picture; Phil WIlkinson

Edinburgh Mela festival cancelled due to lack of funding

Organisers of one of Edinburgh’s flagship festivals say they are the victims of “deliberate sabotage” after being forced to cancel just weeks before it was due to be staged.

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Sex abusers at Fife school found guilty at Glasgow High Court. Picture: John Devlin

Two found guilty of historic child abuse at Fife school

TWO men have been found guilty of sexually abusing and assaulting boys at a Catholic-run school in the 1970s and 80s.

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