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Police Scotland has agreed to send up to 100 public order officers to London to assist with policing the Extinction Rebellion protests currently taking place in the city. The officers will be deployed in the city from early next week after Chief Constable Iain Livingstone approved the request from...
I feel comfortable at the busy Brunton which promotes a programme of visiting drama, dance, music - we enjoyed music legend Ralph McTell there - comedy, children’s theatre, film, workshops and musicals. Screenings of live opera, drama and dance from major London venues also feature on the calendar as well as amateur and community productions. The popular annual pantomime is a...
The Volunteer Arms, locally known as Staggs, has been in the same family since 1858. It is superbly run with an extensive range of ales including Australian brews and four changing beers, sourced nationally. Several Scottish ales plus some of the extensive Oakham portfolio were on tap the day we went. The wood-panelled bar and lounge is decorated by mirrors from...
The family-run Caprice has become one of the best-known restaurants in the Musselburgh area. They specialise in Italian and Swiss cooking and have over 50 years of experience. Original wood-fired ovens – Scottish pine is used – are an attraction and their extensive range of pasta dishes should suit most tastes. We picked campagnola which was packed with flavour and a Hawaii...
Ralph McTell’s song, The Streets of London, was massive as I was growing up and my wife’s first shop-bought LP was of Ralph McTell songs, including the classic hit which became a rallying call against homelessness, touching lives throughout the world. We’ve never forgotten the words and there are millions more like us in Britain and around the world. McTell is...
(*Planned Preventative Maintenance) Over £15m invested across carriageways and footways in 2018/19 - almost £6m more than the previous year - has seen conditions on Edinburgh's roads reach the most significant single year improvement in more than a decade . The Capital's Roads Condition Index (RCI), an independent rating given...
The last track action of the season takes place at Armadale on Saturday (6pm) featuring the Northern Junior League Riders' Championship. There are two competitions, the 500cc event and the 125/150cc event. Past winners who have progressed to SGB Championship racing include Liam Carr, Danny Phillips, Joe Lawlor, Kyle Bickley and Leon Flint. Dale Devils team manager Alan Budzynski said "All...
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiereship - Hibernian v Celtic. Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK. 28/09/2019. Pic shows: Hibs' Manager, Paul Heckingbottom, argues with the 4th official as Hibs play host to Celtic at Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh. Credit: Ian Jacobs  Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom has received a three-match ban after kicking a water bottle which struck assistant...
Watsonians, who are sixth in the men’s Premiership table, host struggling Hillhead at Peffermill on Saturday (14.30) looking to maintain the form which saw them go down only 1-0 at early pace-setters, Grove Menzieshill. Hillhead, who prop up the ten-strong division, drew 3-3 with second-bottom Kelburne at Old Anniesland last weekend and Watsonians coach Mike Leonard thought his men were...
Robert Dowd believes back-to-back wins over arch rivals Nottingham Panthers have boosted Sheffield Steelers ahead of their Scottish double-header this weekend. The men from the House of Steel visit Fife Flyers (coach Todd Dutiaume pictured) on Saturday (7.15pm) and then Dundee Stars on Sunday (17.00), both games in the Elite League. Billingham-born Dowd, an assistant captain for Great Britain in the...

Letter from Scotland

Squirrel Siegfried has appeared in my local park, just in time to get his feet wet in the recent flooding.  He tells me he is one of the last 120,000 red squirrels left in Scotland. But, as in the Norse legend, Siegfried is determined to slay the  carbon dragon and save his species from climate change. It...
Edinburgh’s newest, coolest gym has launched its latest charity adventure. A team from CaveFit at The Edinburgh Grand will climbKilimanjaro later this month to raise money for the Armed Forces charity, the SSAFA. The eight taking part are all hard core members of the gymthat is based in the vaults of The Edinburgh...
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