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Liam Rudden: Have a dram good time at Scotch Malt Whisky Society

IT’S been a long time since I visited the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and a lot has changed.

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Original Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir with the cast of I Ran With The Gang and special guest, Rollers' frontman Les McKeown.

Bay City Rollers' Alan Longmuir still running with the gang

FIVE decades on from the moment a pin was stuck in a map of America and the name Bay City Rollers was heard for the very first time, Alan Longmuir, to paraphrase Shangalang, one of the Rollers’ best known hits, is still “running with the gang”.

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Alan Longmuir, Stuart Wood ('Woody'), Derek Longmuir, Les McKeown and Eric Faulkner of the Bay City Rollers backstage at the Odeon cinema before their concert in April 1975. Pic: TSPL

Bay City Rollers legend recalls rollin’ into Edinburgh’s Odeon

THEY had played there just a year before, but nothing could have prepared brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir for the reception the band they’d founded nearly a decade before would receive when they played The Odeon on the 29th April 1975.

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BATTLER: Stand-up Lucy is ready for another Fringe

Lucy picks her battles

LUCY Porter has some advice to share, Choose Your Battles.

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Edinburgh Dungeon's not so (n)ice lollies.

Blood & bile ice lollies launch summer show, Escape the Plague

AS the summer sun finally seems to have broken through the rain it’s time to terrify your taste buds with a not so (n)ice lolly, courtesy of The Edinburgh Dungeon.

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Heverlee Transforms Disused Edinburgh Arches into Belgian Style Micro-Festival

Belgian micro-fest brings cheer to arches

a BELGIAN micro-festival is set to give a new lease of life to the disused New Waverley arches this weekend.

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Silence In Court

Liam Rudden: Guilty or Not Guilty? You, the audience must decide

IT must be close on a decade since my long-time theatrical collaborator Edward Cory and I sat in the bar of the Mount Royal Hotel on Princes Street, wracking our brains for an idea to fill a evening slot in a newly opened cafe in Leith.

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and lululemon launch new yoga breakfast classes

Breakfast in the Botanics and a yoga class too

Where better to indulge in a yoga breakfast class than the tranquil surroundings of the Capital’s Royal Botanic Garden. Edinburgh and lululemon launch new yoga breakfast classes.

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Mike Heron - Incredible String Band. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

How the Capital rocked the Swinging Sixties

A YOUTHFUL 74-year-old, Portobello’s Mike Heron, founding member of one of the most influential bands of the 1960s, is as enthusiastic today about his music as he was as a teenager back in the 60s, when fate would conspire to bring him together with Robin Williamson and Clive Palmer at The Crown Bar on Lothian Street.

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Wet Wet Wet first burst onto the music scene in 1987.

Esplanade hosts three more top open-air concerts

THE Castle Esplanade is once again transformed in the Capital’s most impressive live music venue this Saturday when Wet Wet Wet follow in the footsteps of the likes of Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie and Boyzone, as they open the 2017 season of Castle Concerts.

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Ring Master Bethany Martin and her dogs Moscow the Northern Inuit, Bruno the Lab and Puppet the working cocker spaniel

Doggy day out packed with canine delights at Traquair this Sunday

THERE’S a Dogs’ Day Out for dogs, their owners and all who love them, at Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, this Sunday.

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Forth Childrens Theatre in Pippin

FCT tell the story of Prince Pippin at the Fringe

MULTI-AWARD winning youth theatre company Forth Children’s Theatre (FCT) return to the Fringe next month with a coming of age tale.

Pippin is the story of a young prince searching for something to make his life meaningful.

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La Favorita bring Giant Pizza to Edinburgh

La Favorita welcomes new-style social eating

DURING its 12 years on Leith Walk, the Capital’s original log fired pizza restaurant, La Favorita, has become one of the city’s most popular pizzerias.

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Re-imagining the historic closes of Edinburghs Royal Mile

Capital’s closes to be re-imagined in arts project

THEY’RE the narrow, often neglected, shadowy thoroughfares that for centuries have been used to flit between the Royal Mile and side streets of the Old Town.

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Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in Outlander

Discover the Jacobite truth behind Outlander lore

THEIR history has held an enduring romantic fascination. From the writings of Sir Walter Scott to Outlander in both book and television form, the exiled Stuart dynasty and their supporters, the Jacobites, have captured the imagination of generations.

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Meet Half-Hangit Maggie in Grassmarket kids’ tour

Meet Half-Hangit Maggie in Grassmarket kids’ tour

Half-Hangit Maggie and Burke and Hare are set to stalk their old haunting ground again during the school holidays.

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Shoogly Peg -  American Idiot

Nothing shoogly about this American Idiot

LOCAL youth company Shoogly Peg bring Green Day’s high octane rock opera musical American Idiot to life The King’s this week.

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Denny Hunter is the brains behind Artobotic

Artobotic set to vend art across the Capital

in the past when people asked Denny Hunter to describe himself he would say, “I am a self taught artist...”.

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Shoogly Peg's American Idiot company

Liam Rudden: There’s nothing shoogly about this American Idiot

GREEN Day were in the news this week their Glasgow gig was cancelled at the last minute. However, there’s a chance for Capital fans of the US rockers to relive some of their best known songs next week when Shoogly Peg bring their new production of American Idiot to The King’s.

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Hamish Hawk

Five local talents that really should be on your radar

“I listen to absolutely every piece of music I’m sent by local acts, and influences are usually really easy to spot, so when you hear something different, it really stands out,” so says Nick Stewart, manager of Sneaky Pete's on The Cowgate. So we asked him to pick out his Top Five local acts that are ones to watch for the future... and to catch live now.

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