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Christine De Luca: A Drama in time

The 2050 Edinburgh City Vision campaign has been inviting people to share their vision for the future since it launched in September 2016. So far there have been 6000 submissions, including Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca’s response, entitled A Drama in time . . .

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Car vandalism along East Trinity Road and Cragil Terrace. Picture Ian Georgeson

Leader comment: Car vandals must be punished

CARs are pretty vulnerable to being damaged. Even people who have garages rarely use them to keep cars in, so there are thousands of cars parked on streets every day and every night, and that makes them easy prey.

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Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister

Brian Monteith: They can’t claim that Thatcher is to blame...

It has been a black month for jobs in Scotland as the latest unemployment figures showed another rise of 6000 to 135,000 – yet again contrasting with a fall to a ten-year low across the rest of the UK.

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Still Game: Live 2 Bon Voyage. Pic: Graeme Hunter

Liam Rudden: Audience are Still Game for a bit of smut

IT’s become a tradition that whenever Still Game plays the SEC Hydro in Glasgow, my partner in crime for the night is talented Edinburgh actress Kerry Hamilton, fans of the BBC Scotland comedy will know her better as Stacey, the pizza girl.

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Four nights of rest, recuperation, massage and salt caves should do the trick

Fiona Duff: Polishing up on my spa treatment

As you read this I shall probably be sitting in the back of a car hurtling through the countryside of north Poland. I may well be feeling the effects of a night exploring the vodka bars of Gdansk where I spent last night. But all will be well as I am heading to a health spa for four nights of rest, recuperation, massage and salt caves.

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Scots are lucky to speak English. Picture: Getty

Calum Henderson: Bilingualism the way ahead for English speakers

Sometimes I am asked why, out of all the places I could have chosen to study abroad, I picked Norway. Was it out of a desire to go fjord-exploring, or some weird love of horrendously cold weather?

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Leader comment: Help celebrate the caring

Leader comment: Help celebrate the caring

Today is national Care Day. It is the day on which agencies across Britain are joining up to celebrate the achievements of children in care and care leavers.

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Liz Mcareavey: Change is neither cheap nor easy

The pace of change in this new digital era is both startling and exciting. The digital revolution is innovative and disruptive with new business models exploding onto the scene.

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It can be a challenging and daunting task for graduates to find a work placements. Picture: Neil Hanna

John Moran: Let’s meet the experience challenge

Edinburgh is a very attractive place for students. With four world-renowned universities and a number of excellent colleges on our doorstep we are very lucky to be able to give students such a fantastic academic experience.

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Young musicians need to show gumption if they are going to make it. Picture: Getty

Kevin Buckle: There’s more to funding music than ticking boxes

Creative Scotland gets its fair share of criticism and rightly so, but a lot of the box ticking and methodology behind their thinking is because for a large part they are handing out lottery money and need to tick their own boxes to show that the money has been handed out fairly.

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The onus is on owners to make their dogs behave

The Control of Dogs Act is our best friend, not foe

Now, although I am a fully trained cat owner, in my heart of hearts I love both cats and dogs. Many moons ago, too many I fear, as a stay-at-home mum of two boys we had both Arthur (ginger tom) and Roostie (ginger setter) as key members of the family.

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Golfer Iain Lowdean suffered serious injuries after coming off his bike on tram tracks in Edinburgh. Picture Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Leader comment: Cyclists are cyclists the whole country over

I know from personal experience just how slippy a tram line can be if you put a bicycle wheel on it. Very slippy indeed.

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The only way to find the cheapest rail ticket is to throw all logic out of the window. Picture: John Devlin

6 ways to get cheaper train tickets

There are ways to find a cheaper option when travelling by rail, says Martin Lewis

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Is it all just crass commercialism, or do we secretly love Valentine's Day? Picture: Getty

Gerry Farrell: Turkish Delight will do the trick . . but it might be from gran

As I write, it’s the day before Valentine’s Day and already my wife and I have had a minor disagreement.

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Alex Salmond is predicting a fresh referendum in autumn next year. Picture: John Devlin

Ian Swanson: The game’s afoot, but will players all want to join in?

Alex Salmond’s response to last week’s poll showing an increase in support for independence was simple and to the point: “Game on,” he tweeted.

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The Titanic Experience in Belfast. Picture: Getty Images

Susan Morrison: Let’s go away for the weekend, I said. Brilliant, he said, where? Belfast, I said.

He blinked a bit, but the die was cast. I’d already booked the flights. An entire bottle of Chardonnay, a whizzbang internet connection and a burning desire to see the Titanic Experience. Oh yes. Drunk booking is great.

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Gulls nesting in urban areas The gulls are known to aggressively swoop on residents, pets and tradesme. Picture: Neil Hanna

Nick Cook: Bird-brained approach to Edinburgh gulls

In addition to the serious fiscal ­decisions debated and decided, the council’s annual budget ­meeting typically provides the sort of high political drama seen in the City Chambers only once a year.

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The Fringe celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Picture: Jon Savage

Karen Koren: My Fringe just keeps on growing

There are already more than 60 shows on sale for this year’s Fringe and in the next months this will multiply hugely. It is the 70th anniversary of this very unique festival that is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Markets selling local produce help create a low carbon city

Steve Burgess: Edinburgh must get on this bus or be left behind

Next week Edinburgh hosts a low carbon cities conference. At a time when the most powerful country in the world is led by someone who is in denial about climate change, it’s an important event. But it is not enough for Edinburgh to host such an event; we need to be out in front making it happen.

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The private rented sector is well placed to provide high-quality, affordable housing. Picture: Ian Georgeson

John Blackwood: Landlords and tenants will benefit

When it comes to improving social conditions for those on the lowest incomes in society, those in the private sector are often ignored when it comes to finding practical, effective solutions. This is no more true than when it comes to ensuring there is a proper supply of high-quality affordable housing.

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