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What’s on – go for a Tide Walk with William

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 16:02
William Thomson a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of The Book of Tides is leading a Tide Walk in Edinburgh on 3 August 2018. The walk is designed for anyone who spends time along the coast and wants to boost their knowledge of the natural world. Topics include what makes tide, why currents […]
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Couple tie the knot at 40 fulfilling a 20-year-old promise

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:22

A couple who agreed to marry if they were still single at 40 have tied the knot after a chance meeting.

Mhairi Gordon, 45, and Rhys McLellan, 43, went out in their 20s but parted ways in 1995.

They jokingly agreed that if they were both still single at 40 they should marry.

The couple randomly met 22 years later and after falling in love again, have now married.

Make-up artist Mhairi said: "I never forget the day we split up when we were young we said to each other if we are still single at the age of 40 we would get married.

"I still can't believe that we did it."

Mairi who describes Rhys as the love of her life, said in 2009 she randomly bumped into the electrician for the first time since they broke up.

She said: "I went to a fashion show with a friend who had been organising it for St Columbas Charity.

"Rhys was a volunteer for the charity and we all went for a drink after the show.

"There was definitely a spark between us, however, nothing was acted upon as we were both in committed relationships.

"I was living in Cornwall and he was in Leith, Edinburgh, at the time."

Three years later Mairi moved back to the Scottish capital after splitting up with her long-term boyfriend of 12 years.

While Rhys had a few relationships he was single for most of their time apart.

She said: "I bumped into his mum and sister in a shop in Leith, they gave me his number and I called him for a catch up.

"We met but I was still hurting from the previous breakup so again nothing happened and we parted ways.

"The next year I heard Rhys's mother was in hospital with cancer - I called him to pass on my condolences and to find out how she was doing.

"We started to date for a few months after as we were getting close again.

"But I was feeling scared about getting hurt and about us getting back together again, so I ended it, even though I had feelings for him and him."

It wasn't until 2015 when the childhood sweethearts finally decided to give it another go after Mairi had an accident.

She said: "We bumped into each other again and this time both of us felt the sparks fly.

"We were both single and the feeling for each other were still very much there.

"Soon after I had an accident at work and injured my knee - he was always there to make me laugh, do some shopping, make me food.

"That's when I realised he was just what I had always wanted and never really stopped loving him.

"He says I was always the love of his life. The next year we got engaged - it just felt right."

The pair got married on March 25, 2017 in the Thomas Morton Hall in Leith.

"In my eyes, I have married a very good one, we got there in the end.

"I sometimes think my mum has had something to do with it.

"She always did say 'what's for you, won't go by you.'"

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Brew Dog to offer ‘dog parties’ at Edinburgh bar

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:10
Brew Dog has announced the launch of dog parties (Dog Pawties) offering a service for four-legged friends in Edinburgh.
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Architects move to new ‘defurbished’ space on Princes Street

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:08
An ambitious architectural and masterplanning firm is looking to the future by relocating to newly refurbished office space with views overlooking Edinburgh Castle. 10 DESIGN, a practice of architects headquartered in Hong Kong with five offices globally, leased 5,000 sq ft of first floor space at the newly refurbished 132 Princes Street, which was formerly […]
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Head of Creative Scotland steps down

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:55
Creative Scotland have announced that Janet Archer, their Chief Executive, has stepped down from her post as at 30 June 2018 after five years in the job. With thanks all round from the Chair and the Board of Creative Scotland, Ms Archer leaves the body at a time when criticism has been rife of the […]
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Surge in social issue shows at Edinburgh Fringe

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:35
Mental health is one of hot topics, featuring in 42 shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe festival.
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Enjoy the summer sun with Jurys Inns’ 48-hour Flash Sale

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:17
Enjoy a third off hotel stays across the UK As much of the country basks in summertime sunshine, Jurys Inn is offering Scots the perfect reason to book an exciting getaway. The award-winning hotel group is launching a 48-hour flash sale across each one of its 36 locations in the UK, Ireland and Prague. The […]
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Important painting acquired by National Galleries of Scotland

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:11
National Galleries of Scotland have acquired an important painting by Leonora Carrington who died in 2011. Her Portrait of Max Ernst is regarded as exceptional and is the first of Carrington’s works to enter the Scottish national art collection. It is now on display at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) on Belford Road. It […]
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Tickets for Murrayfield Racers go on sale soon

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:00
Murrayfield Racers announce their ticket prices Under-16’s and wheelchair users go free Hand says he is building a team to entertain Murrayfield Racers will allow every paying adult to bring a child aged under-16 to their home games free. And, all wheelchair users will be allowed free access to home games with their carer allowed in […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – A Beginner’s Guide to Populism

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:02
The battle is on – the villagers of Little Middleton are fighting to preserve their historic community and keep it safe from progress. A Beginner’s Guide to Populism is a darkly comic play following the fortunes of the political opportunists, zealots and spin doctors who jump on the bandwagon when the small community decides to fight […]
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Michelle Obama due to attend charity dinner in Edinburgh

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:47

Former US first lady Michelle Obama is due to attend a fundraising dinner in Edinburgh later.

Mrs Obama is expected to speak about her time at the White House during the evening event organised by The Hunter Foundation (THF).

Her attendance at the charity gathering sees her follow in the footsteps of her husband, former US president Barack Obama, who visited Scotland in May last year for a similar event with the foundation.

Scottish band Deacon Blue and soul singer Beverley Knight are the musical acts set to perform at the function at the EICC.

Welsh comedian Rob Brydon will compere the evening, while five-time Olympic medallist Dame Katherine Grainger will act as moderator of the conversation with the former first lady.

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THF founder, businessman Sir Tom Hunter, previously said it would be "more than an honour" to welcome Mrs Obama to Scotland.

He said: "From a brick bungalow on the south side of Chicago to the White House has been an epic, historic journey and we look forward to hearing about that journey and Mrs Obama's future path.

"It is more than an honour to welcome first lady Michelle Obama, following so closely on from the 44th president's visit of last year and we are delighted she accepted our invitation."

All profits from the Tuesday night dinner will be invested in hundreds of charities across Scotland, the foundation has pledged.

No further details have been released of the guests expected to attend.

However, school pupils were asked to submit a video on the topic of "If I ruled Scotland" for a chance to go to the event.

Melissa Croft, 14, from Mearns Castle High School in East Renfrewshire and Cerys Gough, 14, from Langholm Academy in Dumfries and Galloway, were picked by the organisers as winners.

In her eight years in the White House, Mrs Obama worked to transform the role of first lady, becoming a role model and champion for women and girls across America and beyond.

The Harvard law graduate led initiatives aimed at tackling childhood obesity and together with Jill Biden, wife of former vice president Joe Biden, worked to improve life for servicemen and women and veterans.

Her Reach Higher programme aimed to inspire more young people in the US to continue education after high school by going on to college or university while she also campaigned to help more girls across the world attend school.

Last year, about 1200 people - including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and author JK Rowling - attended when the former president made his first trip to Scotland, with the dinner he spoke at raising £670,000 for good causes.

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Betfred Cup: Ex-Buddy Jack Smith relishing Paisley return with Spartans

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:30
Striker Jack Smith revealed his decision to join Lowland League champions Spartans has already been vindicated despite the new season being just three days old.
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Edinburgh cleans up at Keep Scotland Beautiful awards bash

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:00
The Capital’s finest parks have scooped a coveted Green Flag award for their natural beauty and quality green spaces.
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'Celebrating life with no need for church'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:06
It may sound like a religious gathering, but this Sunday morning assembly has no mention of any God.
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Tobacco Road

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 21:51
Incognito Theatre Company, winners of the Les Enfants Terribles’ 2018 Greenwich Partnership Award, return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their explosive physical style to tell the story of five resourceful young men and women attempting to carve out a place for themselves in the murky underworld of 1920s London. In the wake of the Great […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Ken

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 21:09
Following highly successful runs at Hampstead Downstairs and The Bunker, Terry Johnson’s Ken now comes to its spiritual home in Edinburgh. Marking the ten year anniversary of the death of Ken Campbell, Ken pays tribute to the maverick writer and theatre director. Olivier and Tony Award-winning writer Terry Johnson (Prism, Hampstead Theatre; Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, National Theatre; Dead Funny, Hampstead Theatre […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:55
The Scottish Storytelling Centre presents 21 shows in an Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme celebrating local talent with international context, crossing borders and stepping #intotheunknown. Programme Manager, Daniel Abercrombie said: ‘Throughout the year the Scottish Storytelling Centre offers a platform for storytellers, musicians, dancers and all creative minds to explore cultures and traditions in Scotland today. […]
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Man arrested following serious assault in Livingston

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:51
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 45-year-old man was seriously assaulted in Camps Rigg in the Carmondean area of Livingston just after midnight this morning. The victim, who had been in Raeburn Rigg a short time earlier suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary before being transferred to the Western […]
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Murray Capital Group report steady growth

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:09
In the last twelve months Murray Capital Group Limited,  founded 40 years ago by Sir David Murray who is now the chairman, has improved its turnover and gone into profit after a loss reported in 2016. The firm has increased turnover to £73.4 million and net cash is up from £9.2 million to £10.6 million. […]
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MacPhee Stays At Hearts – But Sammon Is On His Way

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:05
Hearts Assistant Manager Austin MacPhee has turned down an offer from an Indian Super League club Pune City to become their manager. After discussing the matter with Hearts Head Coach Craig Levein and owner Ann Budge, MacPhee, 38, has decided to remain in Gorgie. MacPhee, who was appointed as assistant to Ian Cathro in December […]
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