Hotel developers deal blow over new Royal High School plans

Developers behind controversial plans to turn Edinburgh’s former Royal High School into a luxury hotel have slammed critics of the project – as they unveiled a scaled-back vision for the site.

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A stretch of pavement measuring 120 yards along Queen Street was shattered in 1944. Picture: The Scotsman

The 1945 blast which shook central Edinburgh

ON THE night of 24 August 1945 the centre of Edinburgh was rocked by a colossal explosion which tore up 120 yards of Queen Street.

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Charlie Hunnam in King Arthur:Legend of the Sword which was filmed at various locations across Highlands and Islands. PIC You Tube/Warner Brothers.

King Arthur takes Highlands to global cinema screens

The landscapes of the Highlands and Islands are to be shown off in the latest big budget Hollywood film to be filmed in Scotland.


Mel Gibson: Braveheart ‘woke something up’ in Scottish politics

Mel Gibson believes his Oscar-winning film Braveheart “woke something up” in Scotland during the country’s debate over independence.

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The stave church at Ringebu, Norway, dates from the 13th Century when Norway passed control of the Hebrides to Scotland. Islanders were given the choice  of moving to Norway "freely in peace" as a result of the 1266 agreement  with a number of prominent figures taking up the offer. PIC Flickr/Mike M/Creative Commons.

When Hebrideans were offered a new start in Norway

It was an offer that brought to an end Norwegian rule of the Hebrides with residents given the choice to either remain on the islands or move to Norway ‘freely and in peace’.

Southern Light bring Titanic to The King's

Southern Light set sail in the Titanic

SOUTHERN Light Opera Company move away from their traditional fayre again this week with a production of the hit musical Titanic at the King’s Theatre.

Matcha Tasting event in Rosevear Tea

Enjoy Japanese tea ceremony

ROSEVEAR Tea shop on Broughton Street host a ‘Matcha Experience’ this Sunday.

The Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival will not be returning to the Assembly Rooms this year.

Assembly Rooms to revert back to traditional Fringe venue

One of the longest-running Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues is to go back to its roots after ditching a controversial digital event derided as “somewhere between pointless and insulting.”

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The Trades Hall on Glassford Street. The street is named after Tobacco Lord and plantation owner John Glassford. PIC Flickr/Creative Commons.

Should Glasgow’s “slavery streets” be renamed?

The Glasgow streets named after merchants who had links to slavery should be changed, a senior council figure has claimed.

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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais offers a bit of Humanity

IF you loved The Office, Extras, Derek, and can’t get enough of David Brent, then Thursday 8 June is a date to put in your diary.

The former Ramsay Tecnical College building on Inchview Terrace. Picture: Bill Henry/TSPL

When the army took over Charles’ Portobello chocolate factory

WHEN successful Galashiels cloth merchant Charles Schulze decided to open Scotland’s first continental chocolate factory in Portobello, it should have been a triumph. But within just a few short years the venture would quickly melt into a tragic case of wrong time, wrong place.

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The MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles, were "not to be messed with". PIC Contributed

Which was the most feared Highland clan?

The violence meted out by Highland clans reached epic proportions as honour, power and territory were pursued and defended in equal, often barbaric, measure.

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Edinburghs Georgian Shadows: Lighting Spectacle Coming to Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows come back to life

PREPARE to be transported back in time as Edinburgh New Town celebrates its 250th birthday with an enchanting light show coming to the Georgian heart of the Capital from Thursday.

Sir Edwin Landseer's The Monarch Of The Glen. Picture: National Museum of Scotland

Paul McCartney’s Monarch of the Glen painting could go on display alongside original masterpiece

It was a commission for Paul McCartney’s Kintyre hideaway that led to the Beatles’ most memorable album cover.

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Piers Morgan. Picture: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Piers Morgan pulls out of TV role after ‘silly’ campaign to ban him

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan said he has pulled out of hosting the Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards over a “silly” campaign to ban him.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Bort, pictured, following his death on Friday. Picture: Allan McMillan - Edinburgh Folk Club.

Tributes paid after death of Edinburgh folk music stalwart Paddy Bort

Tributes have been paid to a long-standing member of Edinburgh’s folk music scene after he passed away on Friday.

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The sky dining event at West Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh in 2010. Picture: Ian Rutherford

100ft-high dining experience fails to get off the ground

A high-flying dining experience had to abandon plans to hold an event in Edinburgh after health and safety problems left them scrambling to find a venue – and city chefs refused to take part in the event for free.

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Zoee Byrne gets ready for her audition. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Allure of X Factor audition magic seems lost on Capital

STREAMS of wannabe pop stars lining the streets to get the chance to show their singing skills – it can only be X Factor.

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Revised proposals for the hotel plans for Royal high School as of Novermber 16
the red outline showns where the terraces came to on the old plans. Picture: contributed

Fresh Royal High School hotel plans fail to sway rivals

A REVISED planning application to turn Edinburgh’s historic old Royal High School into a luxury hotel is unlikely to give planners who rejected the proposal any reason to change their minds, the leader of a rival scheme has claimed.

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Billy Cullum (centre) as Mark with the cast of Rent

Review: Rent

MUCH loved by youth theatres, drama colleges, and amateur musical societies, a great mythology has built up around Jonathan Larson’s flawed ‘master-piece’ Rent, not least because its creator died the night before its opened off-Broadway. In short, it has become a cult.

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street

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