Monthly Archives: November 2010

Edinburgh’s Christmas Preview – Nativity Scene, St Andrew Square

A feature of Edinburgh’s Christmas since 2003, Tim Chalk’s Nativity Scene this year returns to its home in St Andrew Square gardens. Although it attracted some initial criticism and controversy when first installed above the Floral Clock in Princes Street Gardens, the piece is now as much a part of the city’s Christmas as the […]

NEWS – Help Baxterbear raise money for Children in Need, Edinburgh

We have previously featured Baxterbear on Edinburgh Spotlight and now we are delighted to report that you can now buy a mini Baxterbear in aid of Children in Need.  Baxterbear always gets his haircut at Angus Gordon’s  and if you pop into the salon at 53 Frederick Street, you can pick up the story of Baxterbear and a […]

REVIEW – Conversation with Cairney, Royal Lyceum Theatre


The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh – 17th November 2010 By Danielle Farrow “An actor’s life for me!” With this apt ditty, John Cairney took to the stage: 63 years an actor, voice cracking slightly, twinkle in the eye – and the feet – and charm aplenty. By the end he was confiding that, at the start […]

REVIEW – Burke (Siege Perilous)


“Here’s to today: yesterday’s gone and tomorrow’s not ready.” An ironically apt toast spoken by the character of ‘bodysnatcher’ William Burke as he spends his final night in prison prior to his execution. In this tight and gripping three-hander, director Stuart Nicoll shines a light on the dark motives of Burke & Hare as crime […]

REVIEW – Sweet, Bruntsfield

Bruntsfield Sweet shop Sweet arrives in Bruntsfield There’s a new sweet shop in Bruntsfield with a very apt name. As soon as we heard it was open, we headed to Bruntsfield Place to check out the sugary option in Sweet. As I entered the shop, my eyes scanned high and low for all my childhood […]

REVIEW – Another visit to Peter’s Yard


  We have previously reviewed Peter’s Yard but our roving reviewer visited again to check the place still meets the standards to merit a  five star review.    By Rebecca Johnston I finally got the chance to visit Peter’s Yard again today and it was as wonderful as ever. I met a friend there for coffee and I had […]

INFO – K1 YARNS, Knitting Boutique, Edinburgh

There’s a great knitting shop in town – K1 Yarns Knitting Boutique.  Situated at the bottom of Victoria Street (89 West Bow) – this knitting boutique continues to make shopping in this area interesting. K1 Yarns has been supplying beautiful and unusual yarns to knitters and crocheters in Scotland since 2005. Owner, Katharine Walker, is a passionate […]

INFO – Christmas meals in Edinburgh 2010

We love dining out at Edinburgh Spotlight and have selected some of our favourite restaurants around town for a Christmas meal.  This list is by no means exhaustive, just a wide selection of suggestions, all of which we have eaten at in the past.   The dates on which Christmas meals are served from differ with some available […]

REVIEW – Cafe Blush, Morningside


Cafe Blush hits the mark I can only say good things about Cafe Blush in Morningside.  You are greeted with a smile and made to feel welcome in this popular cafe.  The menu is excellent and caters for breakfast, lunch and all-day snacks. Cafe Blush does a selection of gluten-free products (including bread) and uses local bakers […]

INTERVIEW – Helen McNaughton, child singer in Joseph

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight for a short run with Keith Jack taking the lead role.  One of our mini-Spotlight Fringe reviewers is appearing as a singer and we caught up with her ahead of tonight’s first performance.  Let us introduce you to Helen McNaughton. Hi Helen, can […]