Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians

Kevin Bacon and stars attend Edinburgh world premiere

KEVIN BACON has revealed Scots playwright John Byrne played a massive part in his fledging career.

Lifestyle
The finale of the Edinburgh International Festival will be staged in two parts in August - the first without any fireworks.

Shake-up revealed for Edinburgh International Festival fireworks finale

The grand finale of the Edinburgh International Festival is to be extended by around 20 minutes - for a special musical sequence unaccompanied by fireworks.
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Housing minister Kevin Stewart said small-scale developers are 'essential'. Picture: Jon Savage

LendInvest launches academy for budding property tycoons

Online mortgage specialist LendInvest has kicked off a non-profit initiative in Scotland aimed at helping budding housebuilders and property developers to secure finance for their plans.

Financial
Bright Choices leader Angela Voulgari.

Pupils taught to help classmates at risk of ‘honour’ violence

Pupils are being taught how to help classmates at risk of honour-based violence under a pioneering programme being rolled out in two Scottish schools.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie's silver travelling canteen is part of the National Museum's Jacobites exhibition.

National Museum’s Jacobite exhibition shows Vatican treasures

Historic treasures from the Vatican and Rome have gone on loan to the National Museum of Scotland the first major exhibition dedicated to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites for 70 years.

People & Places
'By investing now, farmers can make their businesses more resilient,' says Bank of Scotland's Sandy Hay. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Sandy Hay: Funding for the future of Scottish farming

The Royal Highland Show is one of those special events that can set Scottish pulses racing.

Farming

Watchdog clears Standard Life’s £11bn Aberdeen Asset deal

The UK competition watchdog has given the green light to the £11 billion merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM).

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Scottish amputee football team to head to europe thanks to support from Muir Group. Picture: Supplied

Scotland’s amputee football team to make European debut

A TEAM of Scottish amputee football players is to play in a tri-nation tournament in the Netherlands.

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Ewan Bremner attended the opening film. Pictures: Ian Georgeson

Stars on red carpet as Edinburgh film festival launches

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has launched its 70th anniversary celebrations with the UK premiere of a gay romance hailed as the “British Brokeback Mountain.”

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Preparations taking place for the Royal Highland Show, which runs from today until Sunday. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Highland Show prepares to open under shadow of Brexit

As the gates of Scotland’s biggest farming event are thrown open today, the fog of uncertainty – which has hung over the agricultural industry since the momentous news that the UK had voted to leave the EU became evident during last year’s Royal Highland Show – has shown little sign of lifting.

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The flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long  enough space for three football pitches. Picture: Ray Jones/Crown Copyright

HMS Queen Elizabeth prepares to sail from Rosyth dockyard

HMS Queen Elizabeth is so large she can easily be spotted by drivers on the Forth Road Bridge despite being moored in the built-up environs of Rosyth dockyard, two miles to the west.

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Picture: the Flying Scotsman crossing the Forth Rail Bridge, contributed

Steam train experiences return to Borders line this summer

THE opportunity to step back in time and travel by steam train on Scotland’s newest scenic rail route, as well as cross the Forth Rail Bridge, is back on the timetable this summer.

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50,000 members of the public will be allowed to walk across the Queensferry Crossing on September 2 and 3. Picture: Greg Macvean

Applications for bridge walk tickets tops 150,000

More than 150,000 people have applied for free tickets to walk across the new Queensferry Crossing - three times the 50,000 available.

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The footbridge would cost 1.4 million to replace as part of electrification of the line. Picture: Network Rail

Breich Station earmarked for first Scottish rail closure in 31 years

Plans to close Breich Station in West Lothian, which has just three passengers a week, were announced by Network Rail today.
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The inquiry, before Lady Smith, will report in 2019

'Systemic failures' let priests abuse boys at Fife school

A religious order has apologised for “systemic failures” which allowed paedophile priests to abuse boys at a residential school.

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Brian Cox played Winston Churchill in the new big-screen biopic, which was shot in and around Edinburgh.

New Scottish film and TV fund delivers £17.5m boost for economy

A new incentive fund to help bring films and TV productions to Scotland has generated a £17.5 million return on investment in its first 18 months - 10 times more than was put in.
Film
Towerbank Primary School in Portobello was deemed to have defects. Picture: Jon Savage

Inspectors find four new city schools with defects, MSPs hear

DEFECTS have been found at four more Edinburgh schools in an inspection instigated after 17 schools were temporarily closed due to safety fears following a wall collapse.

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Flood alerts are in force across southern Scotland. Picture: Hemedia

Scotland's weather: Flooding and power cut threat across south

Heavy rain and lightning threatens potential flooding and power cuts across southern Scotland today, the Met Office has warned.
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Napier's James O'Kane, left, with EICC boss Marshall Dallas. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Napier and EICC team up for degree in business events

Edinburgh Napier University and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) have teamed up to offer what they say is the first course of its kind in the UK.

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Peace Recruitment boss Chris Peace said the firm's consultants are 'up for the challenge'. Picture: Colin Hattersley

Peace Recruitment Group embarks on digital overhaul

Peace Recruitment, the construction jobs specialist, has overhauled its online presence by introducing audio job adverts and TripAdvisor-style reviews for its consultants.

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