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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW: Rachel Fairburn: The Wolf at the Door****

The Edinburgh Reporter - 2 hours 52 sec ago
Comedian Rachel Fairburn returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with her new show Wolf at the Door, where she chronicles surviving the worst year of her life. At the heart of Fairburn’s set is the aftermath of relationship ending and a friendship imploding which she relays with candour and humour. The show is peppered with acerbic […]
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Viewpoint unveil their new defibrillator

The Edinburgh Reporter - 2 hours 8 min ago
Tenants at an Edinburgh sheltered housing complex have clubbed together to install a defibrillator, which can be used by any member of the public in an emergency. The residents at Viewpoint Housing Association’s Gillespie Lodge flats in Bruntsfield worked with St John Scotland to obtain and install the life-saving equipment. This is part of the […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW- In Loyal Company****

The Edinburgh Reporter - 2 hours 12 min ago
In Loyal Company is a powerful and personal one-man performance by David William Bryan. This is an account of a single man’s experience of the Second World War and helps to combat the portrayal of the army as a numberless entity. Bryan skilfully leads the audience on an imaginative journey from Britain to South East […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018: Catriona Knapman at Lighthouse Bookshop

The Edinburgh Reporter - 6 hours 19 min ago
Catriona Knapman has lived in nine different countries over the past ten years. As a human rights worker she’s driven over mountains with Nicaraguan revolutionaries, tasted democracy brewing in Burmese teashops, walked the streets of Cairo during Egypt’s uprising, danced with a fat dancing teacher in a fire station (‘the only man in Nicaragua to […]
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Comedian to visit 100 Fringe shows in a day for charity

A comedian has set off on a quest to visit 100 Edinburgh Fringe shows in 24 hours to highlight the Stand up to Cancer campaign.

Joel Dommett was inspired to take on the challenge after his father was recently given the all-clear from prostate cancer.

He set off on a rickshaw at 12pm on Thursday and will spend the next 24 hours popping into shows ranging from stand-up comedy to contemporary dance across the capital.

Mr Dommett aims to visit one show every 15 minutes and will draft in friends and festival goers to help him on his way.

He said: "I'm really excited, but also terrified at the same time, to take on this epic challenge for Stand Up To Cancer.

"I'm hoping my friends and their wonderful audiences will help me out a bit, and fingers crossed I'll be able to get around to all 100 shows in time.

"Who knows what state I'll be in by the 100th show, but I'll be reminding everyone that it's all to raise money for lifesaving research. 

"Surely, any half-asleep visits will be forgiven!

"It's going to be an intense 24 hours but I'm going to be thinking a lot about my dad to get me through it. 

"It's thanks to research that he's still here so I want to do everything I can to support Stand Up To Cancer's work.

"Stand Up To Cancer funds research to find new and better treatments and tests for cancer patients. 

"Research is just so important and I'm really excited to be doing my bit to support it."

Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 which raises money to accelerate cancer research.

Since it launched in the UK in 2012, more than £38m has been raised and over 40 trials and projects have been funded, that involve more than 10,000 cancer patients.

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Man mocks Council with Photoshop protest against Princes Street barriers

Edinburgh Evening News - 7 hours 54 min ago
A man has mocked the council by creating artwork of the Princes Street barriers at other world landmarks in a protest.
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250 Years of Circus Marked at Circus Hub

The Edinburgh Reporter - 8 hours 7 min ago
Performers gather to celebrate two-and-a-half centuries of circus To mark the 250th anniversary of circus in the UK, this morning (Thursday) a very special showcase performance was presented from The Beauty (spiegeltent) at Underbelly’s Circus Hub, the first and only venue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe dedicated to circus. Hosted by the fabulous Bernie Dieter (Little […]
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‘They’re destroying Leith’ Readers react to decision to shut down open air market

Edinburgh Evening News - 8 hours 57 min ago
Readers have lambasted a council decision to close down an open air market in Dalmeny Street.
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Cyclist ‘inadvertently’ ends up on A1 during charity cycle

Edinburgh Evening News - 9 hours 28 min ago
Police were forced to escort a cyclist who inadvertently ended up on the A1 during a charity cycle event.
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Man arrested after disturbance at Murrayburn Park

Edinburgh Evening News - 10 hours 38 min ago
Police in Edinburgh have arrested a man following a disturbance in the Wester Hailes area of the city.
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'Holy Grail' of whisky could fetch £900,000 at auction

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - 10 hours 45 min ago

A bottle of the world's most expensive whisky is going on auction in Edinburgh and could sell for up to £900,000.

Described as the "Holy Grail" of whisky, the 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 is going under the hammer on October 3.

Bonhams say the exceptional rarity and quality of the whisky bottle mean it is estimated to sell for between £700,000 and £900,000.

Just 12 of the bottles, which feature a label designed by pop artist Alerio Adami, were ever produced.

Another bottle of The Macallan Alerio Adami 1926 was sold at Bonhams Hong Kong for a record-breaking price of £814,081 in May this year.

It was the highest price ever paid for a bottle of whisky at a public auction.

Experts do not know exactly how many of the original 12 bottles still exist.

One may have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan, while at least one has been opened and consumed.

Bonhams whisky specialist Martin Green said: "The Macallan 1926 60-year-old has been described as the Holy Grail of whisky.

"Its exceptional rarity and quality puts it in a league of its own, and the world's most serious whisky collectors will wait patiently for many years for a bottle to come onto the market.

"It is a great honour to be offering this amazingly rare whisky at our Edinburgh sale."

International whisky consultant Charles MacLean said: "Macallan single malt is the darling of whisky collectors and The Macallan Adami 1926 - with its Peter Blake stablemate - sits at the very pinnacle of the distillery's distinguished output.

"All the appeal of Scotch whisky - the myth, the tradition and the romance - find its ultimate expression in this bottle."

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Right-wing extremist caught with bomb-making kit jailed

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - 10 hours 46 min ago

A ring-wing extremist who was caught with a bomb-making kit after the death of a woman has been jailed for 12 years.

Police searched 35-year-old Peter Morgan's flat on Taylor Place, Edinburgh, after a woman collapsed at the property.

Officers found a glass bottle studded with lead shot and nail gun rounds, along with explosive powder, fuses, screws and steel tacks.

An army bomb disposal expert told the High Court in Edinburgh that a "quite effective, viable" improvised explosive device could have been made from the items discovered.

The court heard that emergency services originally attended at the block of flats where he lived on July 2 last year after a young woman collapsed and was found to have no pulse.

A resident said that she previously saw the woman at Morgan's flat and police decided to force entry because of concern for others.

No one was in the flat at the time but officers noted drugs paraphernalia such as needles and scales and the premises were secured.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Boyd of Duncansby said: "These charges threaten the safety of the public, our values as a democracy and strike at the dignity and respect which all members of our community are entitled to expect whatever their race or religion."

The judge told him: "You assert your right to freedom of speech.

"However, abhorrent some may find your view, you are entitled to hold them.

"What you are not entitled to do is to act on these views for the purpose of committing or preparing an act of terrorism."

Lord Boyd added: "Of most concern is that you not only possessed the ingredients for the making of an improvised explosive device but you had begun to assemble it."

The judge said it was clear that the jury at Morgan's earlier trial had rejected his claim during his evidence that he only planned to blow up a frozen turkey and film it for Youtube.

During the search of Morgan's home, officers also found a Nazi swastika flag, far-right literature and a German World War II dagger.

Police also discovered he downloaded an international application form to become a "loyal white knight of the Klu Klux Klan".

Morgan had also acquired copies of an Al Qaeda terrorism manual, an IRA volunteers handbook on guerrilla warfare, works on turning guns into fully automatic weapons and guides on improvised explosives and interrogation techniques.

Jurors heard he was "quite proud" that he was part of the Scottish Defence League and travelled with others from the far-right group to a white pride rally in Manchester in 2015.

He was photographed attending the march with his hood up carrying a Scottish Saltire flag and holding a "white pride worldwide" poster.

He later claimed to detectives that he was "more of a left-leaning person" and had voted for the SNP.

Morgan, a prisoner of HMP Edinburgh, was convicted of charges under the Terrorism Act.

His offending took place between April 2012 and July 2017.

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Police follow positive line of enquiry after man has throat slashed in Broxburn

The Edinburgh Reporter - 10 hours 57 min ago
Police are following a positive line of enquiry after a 20-year-old man was attacked outside a house in Brackensbrae in Broxburn, West Lothian, shortly before 10pm last night. The victim was taken to hospital with a slashed throat whilst officers cordoned off several streets to allow for a forensic examination. A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police were called […]
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Help Edinburgh remember

City of Edinburgh Council - 11 hours 3 min ago
Edinburgh City Archives is asking residents, visitors, community groups and other organisations for their views on how modern-day life should be captured in the Edinburgh Remembers consultation.
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Nazi extremist jailed after being caught with bomb kit in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Evening News - 11 hours 37 min ago
A right wing extremist who was caught with a bomb making kit was jailed for 12 years today for terrorism and explosives offences.
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Lewis Stevenson believes that Hibs’ ‘tight knit’ squad could be the difference

The Edinburgh Reporter - 11 hours 41 min ago
Long serving defender Lewis Stevenson believes that Hibs ‘tight knit’ squad could make the difference in tonight’s Europa League qualifying tie against on-form Molde FK. Games have been coming thick and fast for Hibs, including two away ties to the Faroe Islands and Greece which have allowed the players to bond more that they would […]
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New liver treatment could reduce need for transplants

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - 11 hours 47 min ago

A new liver treatment could reduce the need for transplants, scientists have found.

A study using mice found liver injury triggers a process called senescence, which is usually associated with aging or chronic disease.

Using a class of drugs being developed as anti-cancer therapy to block the spread of this process, researchers found the organ was able to regenerate after treatment, preventing death from liver injury.

Teams at the University of Edinburgh MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow said further research is now needed to explore the potential of the new drugs on human patients with liver failure.

Acute liver failure occurs when a healthy liver is so seriously damaged it can no longer regrow and recover, leaving patients in urgent need of transplant.

Paracetamol overdose is the most common cause, with around 200 life-threatening cases in the UK each year.

'New treatments like this which set liver regeneration free and may prevent the need for liver transplants would make a huge difference for these patients.' Dr Tom Bird

Often the damaged liver can regrow and recover on its own, but when it suffers massive injury, regeneration may fail and even 24 hours without a fully working liver can be life-threatening.

Liver specialist Dr Tom Bird, who led the study, said: "Through our research so far we have identified a potential treatment for acute liver failure, which may prevent the need for transplant.

"Most of the patients we see with this type of critical liver injury are otherwise physically healthy, and have accidentally or, often, sadly, intentionally taken an overdose of paracetamol.

"While transplant offers incredible life-saving opportunities for these patients, it does mean a major operation and a lifetime of medication and with around 300 adults and children in the UK in need of a liver transplant at any one time, it cannot be guaranteed.

"New treatments like this which set liver regeneration free and may prevent the need for liver transplants would make a huge difference for these patients.

"They may also allow us to use the livers available for transplantation for other patients with different forms of liver disease who might otherwise die whilst waiting for a suitable liver donor."

The study is published in Science Translational Medicine.

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Man has throat slashed during attack outside house

A man has had his throat slashed after being attacked outside a house.

Emergency services were called to Brackensbrae in Broxburn, West Lothian, shortly before 10pm on Wednesday.

A 20-year-old man was taken to hospital with a slashed throat.

Officers cordoned off several streets while investigations were carried out.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of a man injured outside at an address in Brackenbrae in Broxburn at around 9.50pm on Wednesday.

"A man in his 20s was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

"Enquiries are ongoing in the area to establish the circumstances surrounding this assault and officers are following a positive line of inquiry."

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokeswoman added: "We received a call at 9.55pm to attend an incident on Brackensbrae in Broxburn.

"We dispatched our special operations team to the scene and one ambulance.

"We transported one male in his 20s to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary."

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Complaints Tattoo performance ‘disturbed’ by Rag’n’Bone Man gig at Princes Street Gardens

Edinburgh Evening News - 14 hours 5 min ago
THERE were reports of the Tattoo at the Castle being disturbed by Rag’N’Bone Man gig which was happening at the same time down in the Gardens.
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Biggest game of Hibs’ tenure says Neil Lennon

The Edinburgh Reporter - 14 hours 11 min ago
Neil Lennon believes that tonight’s Europa League qualifier against Molde is the biggest game of his Hibs’ career to date. After a goalless first leg, Hibs know that a score draw will be enough to guarantee  progress to the play-off round against Dinamo Minsk or Zenit St Petersburg, with the Belarus side 4-0 up after the […]
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