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Scots prisoners help to build effigies for Indian festival parade

Dusherra Celebrations

By Christine Lavelle SOME of Scotland’s hardest prisoners have helped create giant 40ft effigies to be torched to mark a major Hindu celebration this Sunday. The colourful figures are for a parade marking the Indian festival Dusherra held Edinburgh this weekend. Dusherra is a Hindu celebration of good conquering evil, telling the story of Lord […]

October 6th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Parents asked to help improve Royal Hospital for Sick Kids

By Christine Lavelle BOSSES at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children hope to use ideas from families of loved ones who owe their lives to the miracle staff there to make improvements at the campus. A new family forum has been set up, inviting parents and carers who have spent time at the hospital to […]

September 29th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Local News | Read More »

Sixth annual hickory golf open begins in East Lothian

By Christine Lavelle THE sixth annual world hickory championships tee-ed off today (Mon) at Musselburgh Old Links course. Participators were dressed for the occasion in period costumes, as they started the week-long tournament, which will progress along the East Lothian coast – reaching Gullane on Friday. Hickory refers to the playing of golf with shafted […]

September 20th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Videos | Read More »

Artist cheers up school shed with a new mural

By Christine Lavelle A PRIMARY school in Edinburgh unveiled a brand new mural today, painted by artist Olivia Irvine. The design features two gardens – one during the day and one at night – and was heavily influenced by drawings sketched by all of the pupils at St Mary’s School in Leith.

September 3rd, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Local News,Videos | Read More »

Welcome video for Pope made by school kids

By Christine Lavelle AN East Lothian primary school has been selected to make a ‘welcome video’ for the Pope, which will be viewed by thousands at the open-air Mass in Bellahouston Park. St Gabriel’s Primary in Prestonpans put themselves forward to the Scottish Catholic Education Service, who selected 20 schools across Scotland to make videos […]

September 2nd, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Local News | Read More »

School children encouraged to learn new cooking skills

By Christine Lavelle SCHOOL kids in Edinburgh are being invited to compete to be the next generation of culinary masters, with the support of a successful Scottish chef. Steven Adair, executive head chef of The Glasshouse off the Mile, is hoping to sign up schools in the capital to a nationwide culinary programme put on […]

September 2nd, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Local News | Read More »

Funeral of motorcycle crash victim to be held on Friday

By Christine Lavelle THE funeral of a father-of-two who died in a motorcycle crash in East Lothian is to be held on Friday. Graham Rowe, 38, from Newtongrange, died in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on Sunday 22 August following a collision between his Suzuki bike and a Volkswagen Golf car three days earlier. The […]

August 25th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Festival of meditation and prayer to take place in the city

By Amanda MacMillan A FESTIVAL of meditation and prayer has been organised by an Edinburgh church to encourage people of all faiths to explore their spiritual lives. A programme of music, lectures, workshops and worship will run from 3-26 September at Mayfield Salisbury Church. The festival draws on visiting musicians, preachers and speakers from a […]

August 24th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Calls to ban rich OAPs from free bus scheme

By Michael MacLeod CRITICS are calling on rich pensioners to be banned from free bus travel. The concessionary fare scheme allows everyone over 60 to travel anywhere in Scotland for free, with the Scottish Government picking up the tab. But opposition MSPs want it to be means tested to stop millionaires or highly paid people […]

July 25th, 2010 | Posted in Community,Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Bogus callers targeting vulnerable residents in Fife

By Christine Lavelle POLICE in Fife are warning residents to be alert to bogus callers in the area, following a string of suspicious house calls in recent weeks. PC Paul Buttercase, community safety officer for North East Fife, said elderly householders are the most vulnerable targets for the criminals who have been encouraging unnecessary gardening […]

July 14th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Court & Crime | Read More »

Girl hurt in tomb stoning incident

By Christine Lavelle A YOUNG girl injured herself while tomb stoning from a pier in Aberdour, Fife. The dangerous craze involves jumping or diving from height into water. A spokesperson from the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “The girl jumped from a pier in the Silversands area of the town without realising the extent of how […]

June 23rd, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,News | Read More »

Pet cat saves owners' lives as fire tears through house

By Cara Sulieman A PET cat saved its owners lives by waking them up while a fire tore through their house. Ken Page and Jenny Ferguson were sleeping in their home in Athelstaneford, East Lothian when the blaze broke out in their kitchen. But thankfully their terrified moggy made such a commotion that it woke […]

June 18th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Baby brought back to life by hero cop

By Cara Sulieman A POLICEMAN has been hailed a hero after saving the life of a seven-day-old baby who had stopped breathing. PC Donald McFadyen, 42, was policing the Bathgate Gala Day on Saturday June 5 when a man rushed up to him and asked if he could help the lifeless baby. Little Archie Greenwell […]

June 17th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Woman who fought off armed robber receives award

By Cara Sulieman A WOMAN who fought of an armed robber who tried to stab her was given an award for bravery today. Sheila Jeffrey was working in the small post office in Yetholm, near Kelso in the Borders in September 2008 when Patrick Loyden demanded cash. But 72-year-old Sheila – who has been at […]

June 10th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Court & Crime | Read More »

Edinburgh council set to sack German tram contractor

By Cara Sulieman EDINBURGH councils chiefs plan to axe the German firm carrying out work on the city’s troubled tram project. Council chiefs say they are at the end of their tether after months of delays and projected overspends. The £545 million project – originally due to finish in August 2011 – promised to bring […]

June 7th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Politics | Read More »

Police Seize More Than £100,000 In Edinburgh Drug Raids

By Shaun Milne A TEAM of drug officers swooped on a car parked at a petrol seizing Diazepam with a street value of around £100,000. Both uniformed a plain clothed police surrounded the vehicle at the Shell Filling Station on Murrayburn Road in Edinburgh after a tip off. Two men, said be aged 35 and […]

June 2nd, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Court & Crime | Read More »

Young golfing hopefuls fly in for junior tournament

HUNDREDS of young golfers have flown in from around the world to take part in the junior European Champion tournament being held in June. As many as 500 players – aged from six to 18 years old – will tee off around four Links courses in East Lothian.

May 31st, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Fire-Fighters Rescue Colleague In Water Drama

By Cara Sulieman A FIRE operation to put out a massive blaze took a dramatic twist when firefighters had to rescue one of their own colleague who had fallen into a deep pool of water. The 41-year-old was helping to fight flames at a landfill site in Fauldhouse, West Lothian when he stood on what […]

May 27th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Picture of the Day: Swans at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh

SWAN LAKE: Cygnini lap up the sunshine at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. Photograph by Katielee Arrowsmith. Download more great pictures from our online archive at this link.

May 19th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Sex criminal blames gay “repression” after grooming kids

By Michael MacLeod AN old-age pervert who groomed two boys by plying them with alcohol then sexually abusing them has been jailed for eight months. Joseph Johnstone, 67, claimed that growing up in a time when homosexuality was frowned upon skewed his understanding of normal behaviour. He snared two 15 year-old boys by inviting them […]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

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