Monthly Archives: December 2011

REVIEW – Bainbridge Presents…Hagana

For fans of alternative guitar-based music, this gig at Henry’s Cellar Bar from Bainbridge Music seemed like Christmas come early. First up were Royal Edinburgh Music, a five-piece outfit led by the slightly unhinged (in a good way) Jo. Their sound was of the swooping swirling kind, providing a cinematic Cocteau Twins style mood to […]

REVIEW – Beauty & The Beast, Lyceum Theatre


Stuart Paterson’s Christmas shows at the Lyceum make only the briefest of nods to pantomime, instead choosing to focus on capturing all the magic of fairytale on stage. Neil Murray’s direction of Beauty & The Beast is no exception, providing a captivating two hours of charming festive entertainment with its timeless tale of love’s ability […]

REVIEW – The Tree of Knowledge, Traverse Theatre


In Jo Clifford’s poignant yet playful imagining, Adam Smith (Neil McKinven) and David Hume (Gerry Mulgrew) are blessed with an enlightening opportunity to see how their philosophies have borne fruit, as they wake up resurrected in the 21st century. Guided by modern-day Eve (Joanna Tope), their eyes are opened to the result of free thought […]

The Great Edinburgh Santa Run 2011

Nearly 1500 Santas of all ages gathered in Princes St Gardens yesterday to raise money for children’s charity When You Wish Upon a Star – and have a great time into the bargain! The weather was kind as Santas of all ages assembled at the Ross Bandstand, where UK Zumba expert Donna Giffen led a […]

REVIEW – Beat Your Fist by Underclass


Edinburgh-based five-piece Underclass punch well above their weight with this bone-splintering slice of anthemic power rock. Beat Your Fist crunches its way straight into the ring from the outset, setting the tone for a tight and wiry scrapper of a track that delivers a knockout before three minutes are up. Mikey Robertson’s guitar has a […]

26 Treasures at the National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland’s Scottish galleries provide a fascinating insight into the nation’s history all year round, with their diverse collection of Scottish objects from prehistory to the present day. Every object has a story to tell, and – from now until 29 January – you can hear twenty-six of them brought to life […]

Christmas on The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of our recommended attractions in Edinburgh, and makes for a fascinating day out at any time of year. This weekend, Britannia celebrated Christmas, as it was adorned with decorations in a recreation of how life onboard may have been during the festive season. The State Apartments were resplendent with […]

PREVIEW – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2011/2012

Every year at Hogmanay, the eyes of the world look to Edinburgh for an example of how to bring the new year in with a bang. This year will be no exception, as the stroke of midnight will see the longest running firework display yet staged in the celebrations’ 19-year history. That will be preceded […]

REVIEW – Turning to the Camera, Siege Perilous


In Simon Jackson’s enjoyably fast-paced “noir thriller” directed by Andy Corelli, tabloid photographer Ian Thompson finds himself the focus of undesired attention after witnessing an Egyptian diplomat being thrown from a fifth-floor window. As he recounts the series of events to a pair of police interrogators, we learn that whilst the camera never lies, the […]