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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Viggo Venn

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:27
After a BEST COMEDY AWARD nominee at the 2017 Brighton Fringe, award-winning Norwegian comedian Viggo Venn makes his solo debut with The Life Of Pepito! A graduate of École Philippe Gaulier in France, Viggo is a clown, improviser and full-time Norwegian. He is one half of award-winning, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo. Together they […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas*****

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:23
  Come along on a rollicking singalong from Edinboro (sic) to the glamorous world of the silver screen, and some of the most famous Hollywood divas. Just like us mere mortals when at the hairdresser, the divas seek solace, comfort, healing and escape in the make-up room chair. Through the medium of the  make-up girl’s […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – How to Act ***

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:09
Internationally renowned theatre director Anthony Nicholl has travelled the globe on a life-long quest to discover the true essence of theatre. Today, he gives a masterclass, demonstrating first-hand the methods he cultivated in Africa and throughout the world. Promise, an aspiring actress, has been hand-picked to participate. What unfolds between them forces Nicholl to question […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe REVIEW – Movin’ Melvin Brown***

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:00
Movin’ Melvin Brown Assembly Roxy 16.25 This man is a character in himself. He is not impersonating Chuck Berry as he has enough personality and talent of his own to go round. And he shares his talent generously with the audience, telling stories, singing, tap dancing and generally having a good laugh while he does […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Modern Maori Quartet: That’s Us! ****

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:42
Magical Songs of Love and Longing **** Assembly George Square Studios In the 1950s and ’60s Maori show bands rode a wave of popularity in New Zealand and soon Australia, taking the cabaret and nightclubs world by storm. The Modern Maori Quartet  revives the  slick slick suits and smooth style of that era but with […]
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Hibs sign Brandon Barker on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:38
Hibs have signed winger Brandon Barker on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City, subject to international clearance. The 20-year-old left winger has previously spent time on loan at Rotherham and NAC Breda, as well as having represented England at youth level. Barker  is looking forward to the challenge at Easter Road and is eager to get […]
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Hibernian seal loan deal for Manchester City's Brandon Barker

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:57
Hibernian sign 20-year-old Manchester City winger Brandon Barker on a season-long loan deal.
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Tourists to be urged to keep hands off Greyfriars Bobby

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:41

Future Edinburgh guidebooks could include advice for tourists not to rub the nose of Greyfriars Bobby, a major publisher has said.

The famous statue on George IV Bridge has become the subject of a new tradition with people rubbing its muzzle for good luck.

The seemingly innocent act has resulted in paint being worn away and the local authority having to repair the damage.

A new campaign launched on Facebook shortly after this year's festival season started, called Save Bobby's Nose, discourages people from the act.

Lonely Planet has said it will highlight efforts to stop the trend with authors.

A spokesman for the guidebook publisher said: "We don't currently advise travellers that there is any tradition of rubbing the nose for luck but we'll pass this information on to our editorial team and it will be flagged to the author when we compile the next edition of the relevant guide."

Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier who became known in the 19th-century for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until dying in 1872.

A year later, a drinking fountain topped with Bobby's statue was erected at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row to commemorate him.

The monument is now Edinburgh's smallest listed building.

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Conservation work took place in 2013 to the whole statue, with the nose requiring the most work.

Within two days it was vandalised with a corrosive substance, meaning somebody went out of their way to make its nose shiny again.

An Edinburgh City Council spokesman said: "While he enjoys attention from visitors and loves to have his photo taken, Bobby gets distressed when people rub his nose.

"It really does cause damage to the statue, which is why we urge people to be respectful.

"We always request the city's statues and monuments are treated respectfully, and it's great so many local people agree."

Laverne Edmonds, of the Reel Edinburgh Tour, has been urging tourists to keep their hands off Bobby since starting the company in 2015.

She even has a whistle to stop nose-rubbers in their tracks if caught red-handed.

Ms Edmonds said: "I'm born and bred in Edinburgh and this has only been happening for the last four or five years.

"It's something we've always felt very strongly about but there's now a real flurry of support.

"We always blow the whistle to get people to take their hands away. It's all a bit of fun but it's actually quite serious for the poor little thing."

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Guidebook may highlight statue's nose campaign

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:15
Lonely Planet could include advice for tourists not to rub the nose of Greyfriars Bobby.
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Fans' statement 'laughable' - Lennon

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:38
Neil Lennon describes a Rangers fans' group statement criticising him as "laughable" and "written by a 15-year-old".
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Neil Lennon describes reaction to his Ibrox goal celebration as ‘over the top’

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:32
Neil Lennon has described the reaction to his goal celebration at Ibrox as ‘over the top’. The Hibs’ Head Coach turned to the Rangers fans and cupped his ears before making a gesture after Simon Murray scored Hibs’ equalising goal on Saturday. The incident sparked fury amongst the Rangers supporters, several of whom made complaints […]
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Campaign to fill in 'dangerous' quarry

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:22
The campaign was launched following four deaths at the disused Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife,
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – TuTu Mucky Photo Call

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:52
Scottish Dance Theatre return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a brand-new piece made for the company by star hip hop choreographer Botis Sheva. Sheva’s TuTuMucky has received rave reviews since its debut at Dundee Rep Theatre in February 2017. Tutu Mucky has also been selected as part of the 2017 Made in Scotland Showcase. […]
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Man stabbed flat visitor more than 30 times in back

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:49

A man tried to kill a visitor to his flat by stabbing him dozens of times after a vodka drinking session.

Slawomir Lipinski admitted attempting to murder Marcin Komosinski by repeatedly striking him with a knife.

The attack occurred at Lipinski's home on Duke Street, Edinburgh, in February last year.

A judge told Lipinski at the High Court in Edinburgh: "It is only right that I should make it clear to you at this stage that in view of the gravity of this offence it is inevitable I will impose a substantial period of imprisonment on you."

Lord Pentland remanded the supermarket cleaner in custody ahead of sentencing.

Advocate depute Owen Mullan said Lipinski, the victim and another man had drank a "large amount of vodka".

Lipinski's flatmate returned and asked them to quieten down as they were shouting.

He went through to his bedroom and the noise dropped but he was awakened by the sound of a disturbance.

The flatmate later heard Lipinski shouting: "You tried to rob me."

He got out of bed and found Mr Komosinski lying face down on the floor with blood flowing from his body.

Lipinski's flatmate called the police, who forced entry to the flat and found Lipinski learning over his 28-year-old victim.

Mr Komosinski had suffered more than 30 stab wounds to his back and other injuries to his face and head.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Died Blondes**

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:37
“Died Blondes” is an ambitious attempt to depict the last hours of two fascinating and flawed women – Ruth Ellis and Marilyn Monroe. The show is presented as two separate monologues with little attempt to draw any parallels between them although there are hints of common themes: both were caught up in a violent cycle […]
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Acid attack 'like someone holding blow torch to leg'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:31

A schoolgirl who was injured in an acid attack by a fellow pupil said the pain was like someone holding a blow torch to her leg.

Molly Young, 18, suffered burns to her leg after Emily Bowen poured drain cleaner into her viola case at Knox Academy in Haddington, East Lothian.

The corrosive liquid spilled on to Ms Young's leg as she removed her case from a shelf in a music room at the school.

Bowen carried out the attack, described as "utterly wicked" by a sheriff, after she found out Ms Young was dating her former boyfriend.

In her first television interview, Ms Young said she suffered from post-traumatic stress following the incident.

Speaking to This Morning on STV, she said under-18s should not be allowed to purchase powerful acidic substances.

She said: "You have to be 18 to buy a kitchen knife, I don't know why it's not the same.

"It is a weapon, it's a really, really corrosive substance, it does so much damage to people.

"I don't understand when you're buying it online why there's can't be a red flag that comes up saying 'do you have a licence?'"

Ms Young also described the moments leading up to the attack, which took place on September 29 last year.

She said: "One of my friends said to me 'you'd better check your viola, I've just seen Emily in the string room'.

"I got a really bad feeling - I turned round to my friend and said would you be able to come with me?

"As soon as we went into the room there was an eggy smell. We just made a joke about it. I remember looking at my viola and shrugging my shoulders."

Bowen had poured drain cleaner into the case shortly before, which destroyed the viola inside.

Ms Young continued: "I just took it off the shelf, like I do three times a day.

"My tights just started disintegrating."

She said the pain was like "someone holding a blow torch to my leg".

Ms Young said she ran for help screaming in pain as the acid clung to her leg and a teacher took her to the staff room.

Teachers' mugs were used to irrigate the wound as the emergency services were called, she said.

In the months after the attack, Ms Young said she began suffering from PTSD, leaving her "screaming for no reason."

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On August 7, Bowen was sentenced to 21 months detention after she admitted recklessly and culpably pouring sulphuric acid into a viola case in the knowledge it would be removed from a shelf by the victim, causing sulphuric acid to spill onto her legs.

The court was told she had researched acid attacks before the incident.

Sentencing, Sheriff Michael O'Grady QC said the attack was "utterly wicked" and warned that acid attacks could have "potentially horrendous consequences."

Bowen was also banned from contacting her victim after she was given a five-year non-harassment order.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea ***

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:30
The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea is inspired by John Lyly’s pastoral comedy, Galatea.  Lyly’s Galatea follows two maidens, disguised as boys and sent away to escape Neptune’s monster, to Diana’s Woods.  They fall in love, not realising their mutual secret until it’s too late.  Mofsec’s deconstruction focuses on a society that systemically sacrifices young women […]
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Boy, 15, charged after bowling club goes up in flames

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:26

A 15-year-old boy has been charged after a bowling club went up in flames in a deliberate fire.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at Denbeath Bowling Club in Buckhaven, Fife.

Homeowners were asked to keep their windows closed while police closed roads in the area following the blaze next to Denbeath Primary School.

The boy has been reported to the Scottish Children's Reporter in connection with the fire, which happened at 12.35pm on Wednesday.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers are following a positive line of inquiry in relation to another suspect."

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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017 : Malachy Tallack and Barry Smith – Uncovering the Joys of Islands

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:26
‘Most people live on a lonely island Lost in the middle of a foggy sea. Most people long for another island One where they know they will like to be.’ So sings Bloody Mary in the musical South Pacific. She’s talking about Bali Hai, the mysterious island to which she lures unsuspecting soldiers. Islands fascinate […]
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Teenager charged over Denbeath Bowling Club blaze in Fife

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:25
Police officers have charged the 15-year-old boy with wilful fire-raising.
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