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JK Rowling jokes Royal princess should have been called Nymphadora Windsor

Rowling meets another princess, the Princess Royal, at a ceremony in Edinburgh

JK Rowling has revealed her thoughts on the Royal baby’s new name – and she’s disappointed. The Harry Potter author joked with her 4.5m followers on Twitter that she had been “hoping for Nymphadora” – one of the characters from her award-winning novels. She took to social media on Monday evening after hearing the news […]

May 5th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Edinburgh University to hold a week of films and talks on espionage

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EDINBURGH University will hold a “literary Spy Week” later this month, dedicated to the examination and celebration of espionage. Screenings of classic spy films, talks by celebrated spy fiction writers and a discussion on the work of novelist Graham Greene – a former MI6 agent – are among the highlights. The series of events run […]

May 5th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Irn-Bru and Tunnock’s teacakes make Scotland filthy rich

Irn-Bru has boosted the wealth of the Barr family

SCOTLAND’S richest can thank Tunnock’s teacakes and Irn-Bru for their astronomical rise in wealth. New analysis has revealed that growth in the worth of Scottish Rich List millionaires is more than double the rate of the rest of the UK. The combined wealth of the 100 richest people in Scotland has risen from £25.083bn to […]

May 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Woman finds live locust in salad

Louise Saunders found an unexpected ingredient in her salad

A HUNGRY Scot opened her Sainsbury’s salad and started tucking in – only to discover a live locust. Louise Saunders, 44, hit something hard with her knife and screamed when she spotted the two-inch insect. Mrs Saunders, from Glasgow, said she “nearly wet herself” when confronted with the creature on Wednesday night. To make matters […]

May 1st, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Letter written in blood to be displayed

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A letter written in the blood of one of Britain’s most notorious killers is to go on public display for the first time in living memory. The blood was taken from William Burke after he was tried and executed for murder on 28 January 1829. Burke is best known for the killing spree he undertook […]

May 1st, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

National Gallery to show new work for the first time

The exhibit will feature a portrait of Alan Cumming

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is to present a new show featuring previously unseen pieces. The exhibit, titled ‘Collecting Now’, will celebrate many of the recent acquisitions that have entered the Scottish National Portrait Gallery collection since 2010.   The display will include photographs, paintings, drawings and sculpture, many of which will be shown for […]

May 1st, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

How JK Rowling punched the lights out – of her printer

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JK ROWLING has proved she’s just as handy with her fists as she is with words. The author has admitted delivering a knock-out punch – to a printer at her home in Edinburgh. The 49-year-old – who described printers as “evil” – took to Twitter to explain why her own one is out of action. […]

April 28th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Actor Tom Hardy appears in PETA ad urging animals lovers to adopt from a dog shelter

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ACTOR Tom Hardy is urging dog lovers to adopt a pet from an animal shelter. Hardy, while filming Lawless in Atlanta, spotted a homeless dog running loose on the highway and sprang into action. He caught the dog, named him Woodstock – Woody for short – and brought him back to London.   Hardy said: […]

April 28th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Public appeal to create digital scrapbook of Edinburgh

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A new way of sharing memories of Edinburgh’s people and places from past and present has been developed. Edinburgh Collected is an online service giving local people and anyone around the world with a love of Edinburgh the opportunity to make their photographs part of the city’s heritage collection. Photos of family, friends, city and […]

April 24th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Russian artist Rusudana Glonti set to showcase work in Glasgow

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Prize winning artist Rusudana Glonti will showcase her work at the inaugural Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair this weekend at the Old Fruitmarket. The Russian born artist has lived in Scotland since 1999 and was awarded third prize in Artists & Illustrators Artist 2013 for her food inspired work ‘Tuscan Cuisine’. Rusudana worked as a linguist […]

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Kapranos backs T in the Park move – just don’t ask him about the ospreys

Kapranos tweeted a linked to a petition in favour of the move - but hadn't heard of the osprey row

ALEX Kapranos backed T in the Park’s move to a new site – but then admitted he knew nothing about the row over nesting ospreys. The Franz Ferdinand frontman came under fire after he tweeted a link to a petition urging councillors to approve the move to Strathallan. The new location is controversial because ospreys, […]

April 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Dynamic Earth marks International Astronomy Day with weekend of fun

Take a Trip into Space for International Astronomy Day at Dynamic Earth

A WEEKEND of “space-themed fun” is being hosted by Edinburgh attraction Dynamic Earth this weekend (April 25-26). To celebrate International Astronomy Day this Saturday, Dynamic Earth is putting on Showdome film favourites, Astronaut, We are Astronomers, We are Aliens and Back to the Moon for Good, taking viewers into an anti-gravity experience amongst the stars […]

April 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Friendship between Picasso and Lee Miller subject of new exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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The friendship between Pablo Picasso and world-renowned photographer Lee Miller is the subject of a new exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery this summer. Their fascinating relationship spanned 36 years, from their first meeting in 1937 to Picasso’s death in 1973. Over the course of their friendship Miller photographed Picasso more than a thousand […]

April 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Scotland’s Festival of Museums unveils 2015 programme

The programme features over 100 day and night events

Museums and galleries across Scotland today announced plans for the annual Festival of Museums, a nationwide programme of cultural events taking place from 15 – 17 May. The programme features over 100 day and night events specially curated to give visitors a glimpse inside Scotland’s best loved museums and encourage them to engage with culture […]

April 20th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Ian Rankin in battle of letters with the French

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IAN RANKIN took a shot at the rarefied manners of the French today in a letter to the editor of a national newspaper. Yesterday the Edinburgh author took to Twitter, posting an image of a letter from one Paul Thomas. The letter described how Mr Thomas’s daughter uses his letters to the editor in an […]

April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Ayrshire gallery to showcase at Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair

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An Ayrshire gallery will be showcasing at this month’s inaugural Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair held at the city’s iconic Old Fruitmarket. Artist Margaret Johnston, who runs Ailsa Gallery in Ayr, will be exhibiting at the event, along with work by fellow Ayrshire based painters including Claire Harrigan, Bridget Hunter, David Reid, Keith Salmon, Alison Thomas […]

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Kids’ park branded “nightmare fuel” on parent review site

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A CHILDREN’S play park has been branded “nightmare fuel” on one of the world’s biggest travel websites. The Glen features statues of some of the most famous children’s characters on the planet – but not all visitors are impressed. Some guests at the park near Aberdeen, which costs a family of four about £16 to […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Hilarious Glasgow comedy line-up revealed

Diane Spencer will headline the show

A HILARIOUS comedy line-up has been revealed for the Gilded Balloon Comedy in Glasgow. Comedian Diane Spencer will be headlining the show, followed by an array of the funniest acts on the Scottish comedy scene. Since 2010 Diane Spencer has grabbed the comedy world by the balls. She is known for unleashing a tsunami of […]

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Cinderella event a shoe-in across national papers

DEADLINE News pictures appeared across the national press after a drive from an external PR agency in partnership with our staff photographer. Deadline photographer Wullie Marr was commissioned to cover a promotional event commissioned by Princes Square in which Fairy Godmothers magically appeared at five different locations across their sites.   The event was organised […]

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Outdoor showcase at Loch Lomond

A celebration of Scotland’s great outdoors is being staged at Rowardennan Youth Hostel on the shores of Loch Lomond on Saturday 18th April. The day hosted by SYHA Hostelling will include a sponsored duathlon, kayak taster sessions, raft building, archery and orienteering for all ages. A number of national outdoor, youth, environmental and wildlife organisations […]

April 9th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

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