Liam Rudden: Sting’s visit to the Dockers Club gets Leith buzzing

THE buzz of disbelief as news got out that pop icon Sting was performing on the stage of Leith Dockers Club earlier this week was the reflected in the response on social media; ‘Say what now? Sting down at Leith dockers??’ tweeted @Antihippy, while @LeithLate seemed a bit more bemused: ‘Erm...so this happened today.’

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Tommy Sheppard: Edinburgh needs to get a grip on its Airbnb craze

Ever rented out a room in your flat? I have. Many people in Edinburgh have too. The city sees a massive influx during August and without residents offering up spare rooms – or indeed their whole home – there’d simply be nowhere for the festival to live.

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Homelessness is a complex problem that won't be solved by building houses alone.

Adam McVey: What’s behind Edinburgh’s affordable housing boom

The coalition is driving the most ambitious expansion of affordable housing that Edinburgh has ever seen, writes council leader Adam McVey.

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Theresa May (Picture: Getty)

Helen Martin: Why Brexit reminds me of Edinburgh tram fiasco

Theresa May must feel that somewhere in the world, a voodoo practitioner has created a grey-haired doll wearing a baggy Black Watch trouser suit, and impaled it with pins from head to toe.

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Sending a parcel to Inverness shouldn't cost more then sending it to Poland

Helen Martin: Here’s what to do with cowboy capitalists

Businesses in the UK seem to have a golden ticket to do as they like at the expense of customers and staff.


David McLean: Let’s hope we don’t need a Sleep in the Park encore

On Saturday night, I was one of 8,000-odd other people attending Sleep in the Park.

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'People on the streets are cold now'

Euan McGrory: Why give a sleeping bag? Because people are cold now

IT is amazing what one man with a vision can achieve.

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Josh Littlejohn: ‘Tell homeless that they’re not forgotten’

Today is the day that the community gathers to fight against one of the major issues we face today, not just in Edinburgh – but Scotland, writes Josh Littlejohn

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Princes Street Gardens at Christmas

Fiona Duff: The things students get up to now

So, last Sunday evening I was walking along Princes Street thinking it would be nice to go through the gardens and soak up some Christmas spirit.

Kaye Adams

Hayley Matthews: How I’ve tried to make the best of my broken family

My topic this week is one I haven’t talked about publicly until appearing on Kaye Adams’ BBC Radio Scotland show earlier in the week. I was discussing estranged siblings.

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Susan Morrison: The contact sport of a St Andrews’ street ceilidh

Earlier this month I went up to St Andrews to host their St Andrews Day which, of course, actually took place on 30 November.

Cat on a hot Christmas tree

Susan Morrison: Say no to colour-themed, predecorated Christmas trees

The opening salvo of Christmas 2017 has been fired. The poinsettia has been purchased. It will grace the living room all festive season, and then, around about March, I’ll remember it’s there when the last leaf falls off one evening and gives me a wee fright.

Volunteers at a soup kitchen

Donald Walker: Volunteering with Edinburgh’s homeless can make a difference

Ahead of the first Sleep in the Park, deputy editor at The Scotsman, Donald Walker, shares his own experience working with Edinburgh’s homeless.

La Clique at Edinburgh's Christmas is just part of the rich entertainment on offer in the city

Euan McGrory: Reflecting the vibrant side of life in the Capital

The final results of our big city survey which we publish today provide a fitting note to end our week-long look at life in Edinburgh.

Should housebuilders pay an infrastructure levy to help fund schools and roads? (Picture: Lisa Ferguson)

John McLellan: SNP’s infrastructure levy would put up house prices

A new power to sting developers with an infrastructure levy was the populist centrepiece of the Scottish Government’s new Planning Bill unveiled this week, designed to prise cash for schools and roads from housebuilders.

George Watson's School

John McLellan: The charity of private schools benefits us all

The old Labour warhorse Lord George Foulkes will be a happy man this time next week if, as expected, Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay announces the end of business rates relief for private schools despite their charitable status.

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George Egg

Karen Koren: Get in the festive spirit with Mr Egg

While it may be getting increasingly baltic in the Capital, things are really beginning to warm up for Edinburgh’s winter offerings!

Frasers department store is up for sale

Euan McGrory: Why House of Fraser might want out of Edinburgh’s west end

The “St James effect” is what everyone is talking about in property and retail circles in Edinburgh.

Councillor Gavin Barrie

Gavin Barrie: No sleeping on the job over homeless

As the nights get colder and darker, the need to help those who are most vulnerable, including those who are homeless in the city, is very much on many people’s minds.

PC Sacha Ponniah with speed camera

Brian Monteith: Why 20mph is the wrong speed limit

How is Edinburgh’s 20mph speed limit going? It’s an important question to ask, for the Green Party is pushing a private Bill in the Scottish Parliament to roll it out across any urban area in Scotland.

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