Liam Rudden: Catching up with the Queen of Blue Peter and... a Dame

DID a press trip to Tenerife once. Must be nearly 15 years ago now. The Canary Islands Tourist Board had dreamed it up as a way of showcasing the more refined character of a holiday destination better known to many as nothing more than a ‘Little Britain in the sun,’ full of British pubs, fry-up breakfasts and tat shops selling all the usual football strips.


12 Surprise hits currently wowing Fringe audiences

FROM a drag show for kids to a multi-generational circus act, there are many unexpected hits and hidden gems to be uncovered amongst the 3,548 shows at this year’s Fringe.

So if you’re bored with the same old headline comedians who role in year on year and are looking for a show with a real buzz about it, here are 12 of the surprise hits currently helping the Fringe live up to its aim to take you ‘into the unknown’...

Fun Kids Radio Roadshow

Could your child be a radio star?

IF IT was ever your ambition to be a radio presenter when you were a kid, well, this Fringe there’s a great opportunity to relive that long-held dream vicariously through your very own budding little radio star.

Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan spills all on the Fringe

He was the ultimate 80’s heart-throb who commanded an audience of 22 million in Neighbours, went on to score no fewer than 16 hit singles, sell more than 30 million records worldwide and appear in a series of hit West End musicals. But at the time, it didn’t make him happy…

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Jesus and Mary Chain and Mogwai light up Leith

HOT on the heels of Hidden Door, another Festival sees Leith Theatre once again transformed into a music venue as the International Festival relocates its popular music programme there. The first time the EIF have graced the historic theatre in three decades.

GOURMET: Chef James Wang

The Capital meets Beijing in culinary meeting of minds

BEIJING meets Edinburgh at the Waldorf Astoria on 29 August when the hotel, better known as The Caledonian, welcomes Executive Chef James Wang from its sister hotel in China, to co-host a Cantonese/British eight-course tasting menu with Head Chef, Daniel Ashmore of The Pompadour by Galvin.

Bay City Rollers on Lift Off With Ayshea in 1972

Original Bay City Rollers’ frontman Nobby Clark recalls the life and times of fellow Roller Archie Marr

ORIGINAL voice of the Bay City Rollers Nobby Clark is in reflective mood.

In the past six weeks he has lost two of his band mates from back in the day; founding member and bassist Alan Longmuir, who died at the beginning of July after a short illness, and Archie Marr, one of the Rollers’ early keyboard players, who was found dead in his home in the South Side after a fire last month.

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