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Bus diversions revealed ahead of Leith Street closure

Major diversions will impact 12 city centre bus routes as a result of the Leith Street closure during works to redevelop the St James Centre in the East End.

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Video: Bid to save Greyfriars Bobby from ‘lucky’ nose rub gains support

TOUR guides have stepped in to help the campaign to save Greyfriars Bobby from damage by warning tourists not to rub the beloved statue.

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Thousands of cyclists will be able to go on the route.

Route revealed for HSBC City Ride

A celebration of cycling will take place in Edinburgh next month with a mass ride through the centre of the city to mark the start of the Tour of Britain.

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Tommy Sheppard will deliver the annual Thomas Muir lecture on August 24. Picture: Neil Hanna

Tommy Sheppard to deliver annual Thomas Muir lecture

An SNP MP has described the “enormous honour” of being invited to deliver the annual Thomas Muir lecture to commemorate the life and work of the 18th century Scottish radical.

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There have been calls to make George Street a Festival hotspot.

Calls to make George Street a ‘buzzing Festival zone’

THE director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival has called for the whole of George Street to be handed over for events each August.

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The gallery has attracted almost a million visitors. Photograph: Ian Rutherford

Queen’s Gallery director wants more Scottish visitors

The director of the Royal art collection has urged more Scots to visit the Queen’s Gallery at Holyrood Palace.

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Councillor Lewis Ritchie hopes to appear on Ninja Warrior UK. Pic: Submitted

Ninja councillor plans £5000 for hospital charity

HE may be normally confined to the verbal battlefield of the city chambers, but city planning committee convener Lewis Ritchie is preparing to take on a very different fight.

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Firefighters rescued the man. Picture: Peter Hancock, Edinburgh Explored

Pictures: Police and firefighters in dramatic Scott Monument rescue

FIREFIGHTERS used a high ladder to rescue a man from the first floor of the Scott Monument.

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Soaring prices mean a square metre in Edinburgh now costs £2,500

Soaring prices mean a square metre in Edinburgh now costs £2,500

A SINGLE square metre of the average property in Edinburgh is now worth almost £2,500, making the city by far the most expensive place to live in Scotland, according to data published today.

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Outdoor chess games are available in West Princes Street Gardens every Thursday from 2pm. Picture: Alistair Linford

Outdoor chess games to come to Princes Street Gardens

THE sight of players huddled over outdoor chessboards is one normally associated with the parks and green spaces of New York City.

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Artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich will stage a performance with actor Tam Dean Burn in the heart of the High Street today.

Giant dragon to tour Royal Mile in Festival curtain-raiser

A giant dragon representing “corporate greed” is to be paraded down the Royal Mile today as a curtain-raiser to the city’s 70th season of festivals.

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Budget coffee chain EasyCoffee opens first Edinburgh store

Budget coffee chain EasyCoffee opens first Edinburgh store

Budget coffee chain EasyCoffee is set to open its first Edinburgh outlet.

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The old site of the ambrose tavern which is now register house

Location of vanished literary haunt Ambrose’s Tavern revealed

It’s one of the most famous hostelries in Scottish literature – but for years no-one was able to pinpoint the exact location of Ambrose’s Tavern.

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81-year-old Mary Ashworth outside the Princes Street store. Picture: TSPL

M&S worker reflects on sixty years on Princes Street

SIXTY years ago, the queues snaked along Princes Street as hundreds of shoppers from across the country patiently waited for their opportunity to pass through the doors of one of the biggest high street names around.

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More than one in six heavy drinkers who took part in study died within 30 months. Picture: Contributed

Heavy drinkers in Capital dying 25 years younger, study finds

Over one sixth of heavy drinkers in Edinburgh and Glasgow who took part in a groundbreaking study died before reaching their 52nd birthday, around 25 years younger than typical life expectancy in Scotland.

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Hogmanay celebrations on Princes Street. Picture; Ian Georgeson

Plans revealed for major shake-up of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party is to be turned into a six-hour street carnival after new organisers called in one of the key figures involved in the spectacular ceremonies at the London Olympics.

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Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival Parade from the Mound along Princes Street. Pic Greg Macvean.

Thousands join in the party for Edinburgh’s Festival Carnival

THRONGS of sun-soaked spectators lined a busy Princes Street to take-in the sights and sounds of Edinburgh’s sixth Carnival Festival.

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Thursdays accident happened less than a hundred yards from where Zhi Min Soh was killed in a similar incident in May.

Make Edinburgh’s tram tracks safer now, say cyclists

CAMPAIGNERS have called for immediate action to make the Capital’s tramlines safer after another cyclist was hospitalised.

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Apprentice stonemasons working on the building.

Calton Hill observatory set to open to public next year after revamp

BIRTHDAY celebrations typically involve a couple of cards and maybe even a party – but who’s got time for cake when you’re helping transform one of the Capital’s most iconic buildings?

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Weeds on Leith Walk. Picture: Ian Georgeson

City environment leader: Council working fast to tackle weeds

The council’s environment leader Lesley Macinnes has said officials are dealing with Edinburgh’s weed problem “as quickly and effectively as they can”.

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