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Route revealed for HSBC City Ride

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:41
A celebration of cycling will take place in Edinburgh next month with a mass ride through the centre of the city to mark the start of the Tour of Britain.
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Snake found on Aldi pineapple after 5300-mile trip

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:31

A snake has been found clinging to a pineapple bought at a supermarket in Edinburgh.

The reptile had wrapped itself around around the crown of the fruit during its 5300-mile journey from Costa Rica.

The snake was discovered after the pineapple was bought from Aldi on Gilmerton Road on Tuesday.

The buyer alerted the Scottish SPCA, who took him into their care and named him Ricky.

They have been unable to identify Ricky's species but he is only a few inches long.

Animal rescue officer Catherine Atterton said, "It's not every day that we get called out to attend to snakes found in peculiar places.

"I know not long ago there was a wee lizard found on a head of broccoli so I was quite excited to see what had stowed away on this pineapple.

"We named him Ricky as he's come all the way from Costa Rica. As yet he's not been identified but he's in a good condition and is now being cared for by experts at Butterfly World in Edinburgh.

"We're glad we were called out, as without proper care Ricky wouldn't survive our climate."

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Movin Melvin Brown gets on down with Edinburgh dancer

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:23
Rhythm & Blues legend Movin’ Melvin Brown (72)  and 17-year-old Edinburgh tap dancer Tamzin Burgess got together earlier  to compare moves in the heart of the capital. Movin’ Melvin is not only performing a high-octane Fringe show, Chuck Berry Lives! but will be teaching Edinburgh folk the basics of tap at special classes this Saturday. […]
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Raton Laveur

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:17
Phil and Lily have moved to Toronto from Australia to pursue Lily’s dreams. Phil, finding himself at loose ends, becomes obsessed with the nest of raccoons living behind the crêperie where he works. As Phil descends deeper into paranoia things take a violent turn, and Lily is left cleaning up the mess. Raton Laveur is […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Tony Burgess : Crimbo

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:54
Tony Burgess: Crimbo Christmas, 2003. What a proper mad one. Tragic? Tick Messy? Tick And then Tony had to adopt his 10 year old autistic nephew, without knowing much about real life himself.   After 24 years on the comedy circuit, penning his own highly acclaimed projects as well as writing contributions for others, Mancunian comedian Tony Burgess finally makes his Edinburgh Fringe […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Arielle Dundas: Vulva Cupcake

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:51
A member of the liberal elite comes to the Fringe to pursue laughter, love, and politically correct baked goods with a lunchtime show at Laughing Horse (Venue 146). What are we smarty pants progressives supposed to do now? Is hate trumping love really our fault?  Can I be funny, politically sensitive, and sobbing simultaneously?  Do […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Sugar Baby

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:40
Wales’ leading new writing company, Dirty Protest,  teams up with one of its leading writers, Alan Harris, at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe to present Sugar Baby, a brand new one-man comedy about a young, small-time Cardiff drug dealer, performed at Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall. Cardiff-based Dirty Protest have a strong reputation for creating […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – 30 Year Old Virgin

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:36
New York comedian Kevin James Doyle is coming to the 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a show all about sex – or the complete lack of it. Raised as a clean-living young Christian he knew that sex had to be saved for marriage. But then, God forbid, he hit 30, his engagement broke up and he was still a […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Ayres of France, Graces of Scotland

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:32
Elspeth McVeigh, returns to the Edinburgh 2017 Fringe tomorrow for one day only to again delight her audiences with another unusual programme – this time of 17th century popular Scottish and French music. Ayres of France, Graces of Scotland | St Andrew’s and St George’s West George Street (Venue 111)| 17 August 2017 | 14:30 […]
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Get ready for Leith Street closure

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:27
Edinburgh St James is one of the biggest retail and mixed use developments in the city centre ever built and it is true that it is causing disruption already to traffic and pedestrians, but the developers are trying to keep everyone up to date with the latest news. Read more here about the reasons for […]
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Teacher faces sack after ‘taking unhealthy interest’ in teens

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:53
A SENIOR teacher who quizzed two under-age schoolgirls about their sex lives has been convicted of making indecent remarks to children and placed on the sex offenders’ register.
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Robber threatens 19-year-old woman in raid at newsagents

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:51

A robber threatened a 19-year-old worker and stole a three-figure sum of money from a newsagents in Edinburgh.

A man entered the Niddrie Mill Convenience Store on Niddrie Mill Drive at about 12.45pm on Tuesday.

He demanded the cash from the shop worker then took off towards Niddrie Mill Avenue.

No weapon was used and the shop worker was uninjured.

The man is white and was wearing a dark hooded jacket, black scarf, sunglasses and light grey jogging bottoms. He spoke with a local accent.

Detective constable Andy Cory said: "Fortunately the shop worker was not injured during this robbery, but she was left very shaken and upset by the incident.

"No weapon was presented but the suspect intimated he was in possession of one and we are eager to speak to anyone who can help us trace this individual.

"Anyone who saw any suspicious activity around the store or can help us identify the male responsible should contact police immediately."

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Royal Navy's £3bn aircraft carrier sails into home port

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:42

The Royal Navy's biggest warship, a £3bn aircraft carrier built at Rosyth, has sailed into her home port for the first time.

Fireworks were set off as the HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Portsmouth shortly after 7am on Wednesday morning.

The 65,000-tonne carrier was escorted by a small flotilla of boats, clearing the harbour gates by just 66ft.

Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: "Today we welcome our mighty new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to her home for the very first time.

"She is Britain's statement to the world - a demonstration of British military power and our commitment to a bigger global role."

The HMS Queen Elizabeth has been undergoing sea trials since sailing out of Rosyth in June.

"The thousands of people across the UK who have played a part in building her and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, should be immensely proud," Sir Michael added.

"She has made good progress in sea trials and will now embark on the next phase of preparations that will see the return of Britain's carrier strike ability.

"When she enters service she will help keep Britain safe at a time of increased threats, able to fill multiple roles from providing air power anywhere at any time to fight future campaigns, supporting allies or delivering humanitarian aid."

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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Carrier arrives in Portsmouth

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:03
Spectators gathered on the shoreline to watch the ship's arrival in Portsmouth Harbour.
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Youths: Currie Star 14s off to a flyer

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:30
It was a great start to the Division Two season for Currie Star 14s as they won 2-1 at Dalkeith Thistle CFC’s Cowden Park.
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Allan McGonigal: Bo’ness are toiling after slashing budget

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:30
Bo’ness United boss Allan McGonigal believes tightening the club’s purse strings over the summer has cost his side dearly after a disastrous start to the new season.
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Challenge Cup first-round round-up

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:26
Aidan Smith scores a hat-trick as Annan Athletic beat Celtic U20s in the first round of the Scottish Challenge Cup.
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 15 August 2017

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 21:50
The Airbus 400M “Atlas” flew past at the beginning of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo this evening – sadly not completely over the Castle as we had predicted!   But a great sight nonetheless. Did you miss the flypast tonight @EdinburghTattoo ? Here it is again….A400M Atlas Tomorrow the Hercules! pic.twitter.com/2A4zcLbobk — Edinburgh Reporter (@EdinReporter) […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 Review – A Voyage of the Easy Sisters **

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 21:29
Born from the depraved improvisations and WhatsApp conversations of comedy quadrant Fridge Magnet, A Voyage of the Easy Sisters makes its Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut this year. The promoters say the show will ‘have you cracking up and craving a Bloody Mary!’  Sadly, this review says something different.  Fridge Magnet aka Anabel Barnston (BBC3’s Coming […]
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Major wind farm development 'would hit seabird colonies'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:08

The RSPB has applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against a major wind farm development which it believes would hit seabird colonies.

The Scottish Government gave consent to four major wind farms in the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay in 2014, but the RSPB launched a judicial review.

The charity initially won a court victory but it was later overturned, clearing the development and prompting the RSPB to seek a further appeal.

Scotland's Court of Session last month refused the application for the case to be sent to the Supreme Court, but the RSPB has now applied directly to the UK's highest court.

The charity said it recognises the role renewable energy has in reducing emissions but the current project could lead to major declines in the population of gannets, puffins and kittiwakes.

The Scottish Government said it is "focused on creating a sustainable energy future for Scotland".

The wind farm projects could generate enough power to supply the equivalent of 1.4 million homes.

RSPB Scotland director Anne McCall said: "RSPB Scotland has not taken this decision lightly, however our concerns with the manner in which Scottish ministers' took their decisions in 2014 remain undiminished.

"Additionally, the issues of the case and the recent inner house judgment extend beyond simply the impacts of these developments on important seabird populations. Therefore due to the implications of this latest decision for many aspects of our work, we felt we had no choice but to apply to the Supreme Court.

"We are hopeful that our application is successful and that we are granted leave to appeal so these important issues of public interest can be considered in detail by the Supreme Court."

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We note the RSPB's decision, which comes after the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled, decisively, in favour of Scottish ministers and subsequently dismissed the RSPB's application for permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

"The Scottish Government is focused on creating a sustainable energy future for Scotland so that Scotland can meet its obligations to fight climate change, and thereby tackling a key threat to marine ecosystems."

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