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Ghost Signs

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It is one of the old advertising signs which in its faded glory is now known as a Ghost Sign. These are seen by the advertising industry to be so important that they have created an archive of photos to showcase them. You can find the History of Advertising Trust website here which is sponsored by Rank Hovis These are...

The Open Eye Gallery in May 2010

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Chris Bushe was born in Aberfeldy in 1958 and graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 1984. His landscapes of Mediterranean scenes have been the backbone of his work till recently. Now he has returned to Scotland to apply his use of intense light and colour to something closer to home. Simon Laurie is a Glasgow School of...

Edinburgh as a Film Venue

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The Reporter spotted David Tennant the other day outside The Caledonian Hotel being filmed for A Single Man. Proof then that Edinburgh and all its historic and beautiful buildings is an attraction for the TV and film industry. You can see the latest Historic Scotland ad here. Part of this was shot in the cold dawn hours of an April morning...

The Botanics

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According to their website The Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh were ‘Founded in the 17th century as a physic garden….’ Physic means the science of healing and the purpose of such gardens was therefore (in the words of the Chelsea Physic Garden website) ‘to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 plant species.’ It is a lovely space to have...

Billy Elliot

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The Reporter was lucky enough to go and see Billy Elliot last year in London. But now we have a different kind of show here in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Gang Show and The Manor School of Ballet present Billy Elliot The Musical at the Festival Theatre on 4th and 5th June 2010 It is fabulous and at the same time sobering to realise...

Edinburgh Science Festival

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So The Edinburgh Reporter went to The Science Festival..... It seemed appropriate (and necessary) to bring along great-nephew Craig who is 10. So the choice of what to do was his, and he decided that we should go along to Robotaster in Adam House on Chambers Street. Not exactly the most exciting or eye-catching venue inside, it is part of...

Peter Pan

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The National Theatre of Scotland brings Peter Pan to the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 June, presenting a brand new version of one of the most influential and magical stories ever told by a Scottish writer, in what will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of JM Barrie. Directed by the National Theatre of Scotland’s...

Musselburgh Races

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The signs are that Musselburgh Ladies Day is heading for a fourth successive sell out. The switch to a Friday race day from the traditional Saturday is proving to be a hit, with the East Lothian course reporting more advance ticket sales than at this time in 2009. Already all grandstand hospitality, sponsorship and restaurant packages are sold out. The Champers...

Girls Night Out

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Girls’ Night Out is a brand new production of Dave Simpson’s phenomenally successful play. It appears at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 May, bringing a night of fun entertainment to women of all ages during our troubled times. This is a revival of the very successful play that toured the UK ten years ago, now in...

A drunk man looks at the thistle

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Scotland’s most inimitable contemporary musical virtuosos Red Note Ensemble are once again going on a lyrical tour of Scotland. Dedicated to developing and performing interesting and significant contemporary music, co-directors John Harris and Robert Irvine have collaborated with multi award winning Glasgow composer Bill Sweeney to create a vibrant adaptation of Hugh MacDiarmid's epic poem ‘A Drunk Man Looks at...

National Museums Scotland

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History’s at the heart of 2010 with an exciting line up of new exhibitions at Scotland’s five National Museums. The Lewis Chessmen, the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Bell Rock Lighthouse and the women of the Land Army and Timber Corps are just a few of the highlights of National Museums Scotland’s 2010 exhibition programme. The year began with...

National Museums Scotland

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The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked National Museum of Scotland 21 May – Sun 19 Sept Special Exhibitions gallery, Level 3 Free Featuring chessmen drawn from the collections of National Museums Scotland and the British Museum, The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked is the most comprehensive exhibition on the chessmen for over a decade. The exhibition will look at the mystery and intrigue surrounding...
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