Fiona Duff: Websites are no laughing matter

Now here’s something strange about Edinburgh folk. During August, I go to at least one show at the Fringe every day. Sometimes I see three of four. I book up tickets and get groups of friends together; I have my favourites and other times I literally stick a pin in the programme and have a surprise.

Many people enjoyed the Fringe and the Free Fringe this year.

Comment: Why Edinburgh has to support its arts

Culture is a huge part of what makes Edinburgh so special.

Up to one million Rubiks Cubes are faked every year

Hayley Matthews: I’m genuinely worried about buying fake toys

It’s now less than 100 days to Christmas, 94 to be precise, and my busy list starts now! I have many birthdays in December, one a few days before, two on Christmas Day itself and the tug-of-war over who does what, where, when, why and how.

Bake off presenters Paul Hollywood, Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith.

Susan Morrison: I will never rise to the occasion during Bake Off

I have taken to watching the Great British Bake Off. This will be a surprising statement to those who know me. Cookery is most certainly not my cup of tea, and whilst I am happy to have my cake and eat it, I’m certainly not about to shove a bun in the oven. Not at my age.

The Edinburgh by Numbers information pack suggests the city is faring pretty well in turbulent times. Picture: Scott Taylor

John McLellan: A ra-ra read, but the UK is still our best customer

The most prosperous UK city outside London, the lowest unemployment, the highest average disposable income, adding the greatest value to the economy; yes there is plenty to cheer in the new Edinburgh by Numbers information pack published by the city council this week.

Lothian Buses are a popular aspect of Capital life.

John McLellan: Bus lovers take against tram line

Edinburgh by Numbers shows the city has the highest public transport satisfaction level of any Scottish city at 89 per cent, with 27 per cent of people using Lothian Buses every day compared to 18 per cent in Glasgow.

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The Scottish Ambulance Service has apologised for delays in getting to a call outside the Scottish Parliament

Comment: Ambulance service is feeling the strain too

There has been a lot of attention on the strain which hospitals and GP practices find themselves under.

Ian Murray is the Labour MP for Edinburgh South. Picture: Scott Taylor

Ian Murray: SNP refuse to use resources where they’re needed most

Last month, following the publication of the Scottish Government’s annual accounts, which showed that, despite running a deficit of over £13 billion, Scottish spending on public services is still £1,437 per head higher than the UK average, I questioned whether Scottish taxpayers were getting value for their money.

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Karen Koren: Kara brings out the best in Cilla

Ilove musical theatre. My favourite musical of recent times has been Sunny Afternoon, all about the Kinks.

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Liz McAreavey, chief executive of Edinburgh Chamber Of Commerce. Picture: Scott Louden

Liz McAreavey: A bright future is there for the taking

Revolutions – be they industrial, cultural or political – bring change to the way our world works. It’s the nature of the beast. And in recent decades, the rapid pace of change brought by the ever-active digital revolution has certainly moved business from evolution to revolution pace.

Bogus workmen target the most vulnerable members of our communities

Chief Inspector Kevin McLean: Beware of those bogus workmen

I would like to begin my column by paying tribute to my Community Officers for their continued hard work and dedication in tackling crime throughout North East Edinburgh.

Playing Rocket will teach you how to create, build and deliver a successful business in a day

Gerry Farrell: Running a business is Rocket science

On Monday between 11am and 2pm, I bankrupted a perfectly good ­confectionery business. A couple of hours later, I brought it back into profit. If I’d had another two hours, I’d have turned it into one of the most successful sweet-manufacturing companies in the world. Go me.

Surveys in literacy and numeracy reveal a decline in standards in our schools. Picture: John Devlin

Brian Monteith: As long as the Blob rules, schools will keep failing

Just how bad is Scottish education? Or maybe it’s not, maybe the criticism of our schools is just isolated rumblings of a few disillusioned teachers?

Tram works on Leith Walk in 2008. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Steve Cardownie: Battle lines are drawn over Newhaven trams

An item on the agenda of the full council meeting this Thursday relates to “Edinburgh Tram – York Place to Newhaven – Updated Business Case”. This report has been referred to the council by the Transport and Environment Committee, where it was previously debated and voted upon.

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Building more houses is a priority for the Scottish government

Ash Denham: No more going round the houses

there are few more important issues to Edinburgh right now than housing. We are seeing an ever increasing strain on our housing stock and demand for land from developers grows and grows, while the Tory government implements damaging economic and welfare policies – such as cutting housing benefit and removing it altogether from 18 to 21-year-olds – which drive more people into poverty and make rents increasingly unaffordable.

Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones have shown a willingness to co-operate. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Ian Swanson: Is a Labour-SNP coalition really so unthinkable?

IT was a bold move by David Martin, Labour’s long-serving Scottish MEP, to suggest that the groundwork be laid for the “unthinkable” – a possible ­future coalition at Holyrood between his party and the SNP.

An artist's impression of one of the proposed new cycle lanes for west Edinburgh. Picture: contributed

Cycle lanes need a balancing act

Spending £12 million making the city’s roads safer for cycling has got to be a good thing, you might reasonably suppose.

Cyclists and motorists must learn to treat each other with respect and consideration. Picture: PA

Helen Martin: Mutual mistrust is a recipe for road rage

BARELY a week passes by in our city, or for that matter in Scotland, without a cycling story hitting the headlines.

Hugo was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia aged just two

Stacy Rowan: Help us to help more children like Hugo

On the day that Lisa Griffiths heard the words from every parent’s nightmares – that her son had blood cancer – family life was turned upside down.

An example of the prefab homes that will be on offer at the Social Bite Village on display in St Andrew Square. Picture: Scott Louden

Cammy Day: We must come together to battle homelessness

With benefit caps from the Tories at Westminster hitting people hard and, in many cases, leading to evictions of families, Edinburgh should do more to stand up to austerity and help those most in need.

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