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Published On: Thu, Jan 31st, 2013 at 8:57am

Five things you need to know today

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Full council meeting today – Council successfully prosecute truants – Body identified – Edinburgh University Heritage Trail – Festival Theatre


A meeting of the full council takes place at the City Chambers this morning and The Reporter will be there to live blog the meeting as it unfolds. There is of course a live webcast of the meeting but we hope that our insight into the procedure adds to that. You can follow us here under our TERLive! section. Feel free to join in on Twitter by using the hashtag #edincouncil or join us online where you may also make comments.   The council may decide to sell Leith Waterworld to a third party other than campaign group Splashback, and there are questions from councillors about Edinburgh’s involvement in the Commonwealth Games next year as well as the enforcement of motorists entering Advanced Stop Lines at junctions.


The council has had some success in court yesterday when it prosecuted two cases against parents who had failed to ensure that their children attended school regularly. You can read more here.


Lothian and Borders Police can confirm the identity of the body found in Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon (January 27).

The body of 24-year-old Sanjay Dhital, from Elm Row, Edinburgh, was recovered from St Margaret’s Loch in Holyrood Park.

There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.


Edinburgh University has puvblished a new guide to the heritage of our city. This is what they say about it:-

“Since its foundation in 1583 the University of Edinburgh has been strongly linked to the city itself.

The University’s buildings reflect Edinburgh’s historical and architectural importance, and were often at the centre of events in the city’s and Scotland’s history. Old College was designed by Robert Adam and William Playfair, and the David Hume Tower by Sir Robert Matthew is now regarded as one of the key examples of Scottish Modernist architecture.

Many famous and distinguished people have also been associated with the University, including scientists Charles Darwin and Joseph Black, authors Sir Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson, and pioneers for women in medicine Sophia Jex-Blake and Elsie Inglis.

The trail helps to guide visitors around some of the most significant buildings on the University of Edinburgh’s campus, explore the city’s unique heritage and discover the hidden history behind its stone facades.”

You can download a copy here.


There is opera at the Festival Theatre in February and you can find out more about the live screening of NABUCCO: LIVE FROM THE TEATRO ALLA SCALA on the Festival Theatre website. And good news for the Friends of the Theatre as there are money off bargains to be had…13 February so it oould perhaps count as an early Valentine date?

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