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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, the seat of the Scottish parliament and government, the largest city by area and the second largest by population in the country. The City of Edinburgh Council governs one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas. The council area includes urban Edinburgh and a 30 square miles (78 km2) rural area. Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast of the Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea. Source: Wikipedia

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This year my Edinburgh show is drastically overrunning, sometimes by as much as 60 minutes. One night it ran from 6.40pm until midnight. Let me explain. At the end of every show, I try to get an audience member to go on a date with me and whilst I don't think of the date as a part of the show, the beady eyes spying on me and my "quarry" suggest otherwise.

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Album: Edinburgh Quartet, Howard Blake: Spieltrieb. String Trio. A Month In The Country (Naxos)

Howard Blake is best known for his film and ballet scores, several of which are included here as revised suites to accompany the newly-commissioned Spieltrieb.

Council votes to back Edinburgh tram project

Councillors have voted to partly complete the tram project in Scotland's capital.

DVD: Case Histories: Series 1 (15)

So another television crime drama emerges on DVD. For those who feel fatigued by the genre, it's worth brushing aside all qualms and diving into Case Histories.

Knitwear firm eases pain of Jane Norman collapse

The administrator to Jane Norman has sold a third of the troubled women's fashion chain's stores to Edinburgh Woollen Mill, saving at least 396 jobs.

Nearly 400 Jane Norman jobs to go

Nearly 400 staff at fashion retailer Jane Norman are to lose their jobs after administrators failed to find a buyer for 33 stores.

Windfall for Schuh staff in buyout

Hundreds of staff at footwear chain Schuh were set for a windfall today after the company was bought by an American retailer in a £125 million deal.

Prosecutors seek Nat Fraser retrial

Prosecutors do not oppose the quashing of a businessman's conviction for murdering his estranged wife, a court heard today.

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A giant no more, but still big on Fraggle Rock

Travellers rate London as UK's top destination

Global travellers rate London as the UK's top destination and among the top 10 best places to visit in the world, according to travel company TripAdvisor.

Lehman's art goes under hammer in Edinburgh

Lehman Brothers' art investments have proved better than its financial ones. A sale of 23 paintings owned by the bankrupt bank beat estimates in Edinburgh yesterday, raking in £52,000.

Sale Sharks sign Edinburgh lock Fraser McKenzie

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of highly-rated Edinburgh lock Fraser McKenzie.

Scotland make four changes for England clash

Scotland have made four changes for this Sunday's Calcutta Cup clash with England at Twickenham.

Forth Ports opens books to Arcus for £744m bid

Britain's last independent listed ports operator may finally be about to sell out as Forth Ports opens its books to a £744m offer from Arcus Capital.

Invisible Ink: No 67 - Robert Louis Stevenson

Yes, we know you had a tattered copy of Treasure Island in your schoolbag when you were 10, you're aware of Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but did you know that the best part of Robert Louis Stevenson's career is now the least remembered?

A Day That Shook The World: Dolly the sheep cloned

On 23 February 1997 Dolly the sheep, first cloned animal, was revealed by scientists in Edinburgh.

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