Edinburgh

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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Daniel Kitson: It's Always Right Now, Until It's Later, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Daniel Kitson pads on to the stage, lightly puffed out, in beard, braces and brown trainers and thanks us for coming to see him at this heroically early hour. It does feel a little strange, settling down to watch the Perrier Award-winning comedian at 10 in the morning, and there are a few bleary eyes around the auditorium. The early start is not a quirk of Fringe scheduling, though. It's all part of Kitson's plan "to put something amazing where you wouldn't expect to find it. To take the first moments of the morning and fill them with something silly and sad and wonderful".

Jack Whitehall: Learning Difficulties, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

It seems that my review of Jack Whitehall's 2009 show riled the comedian a little. In this year's show he constructs a routine around my verdict, construing "technically sound" as a judgement on how well his technical desk performed. I'd like to think, of course, that getting riled is also one of the reasons behind this year's improved but still not all-conquering show.

My Edinburgh: Alex Horne, comedian

This will be my son's first Edinburgh Festival. He was only six weeks old in August last year so we didn't think he'd appreciate it. I hope he's ready.

The Short Fringe, 10/08/10

- A sophisticated lunch at the Apex International Hotel to launch the 30th year of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards started well but descended into chaos when water pistols (ready loaded) were handed out to guests. Coffee was never served.

Edinburgh: Don't Miss 09/08/10

Comedy: Laura Solon, (Pleasance Courtyard)

Well-crafted comedy from the 2005 Perrier Award winner.

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My Edinburgh: A L Kennedy, novelist

I hate to say this, but bananas – the whole Edinburgh Festival revolves around bananas. (And after the first three or four days of gigging, that sentence makes as much sense as any – "Wilberforce Birmingham clamp nigh", for example, will sound like poetry.)

Leading article: Well within the Fringe

When a festival gets to be 10 years old, never mind more, it's usually time to get out the tired old accusation that it's become too commercial/middle class/establishment and just past it.

Dead children's father talks of 'immense loss'

The father of three children found dead in their home today said the family is struggling to come to terms with the "immense and tragic" loss.

Judge 'raised fears over blast house children'

A judge warned that three children at the centre of a bitter custody battle could be in danger just 24 hours before they were found dead, it emerged tonight.

Any Given Day, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Linda McLean's new play for the Traverse is actually two plays, a diptych in which the relationship between the two doesn't become apparent until very near the end, when we can see the full arc of these regretful, terrified, but somehow still hopeful characters sink into the depths of brutal despair, be lifted briefly by the promise of a good day amidst the misery and then find themselves inevitably crushed once more after the curtain has dropped.

St Helens strengthen hand with Rovers rout

St Helens 68 Hull KR 12

Hogg signs deal with Newcastle

Allister Hogg has signed a two-year deal at Newcastle Falcons, bringing an eight-year stint with Edinburgh to an end.

Challenge Cup: Bosc sinks Crusaders after stirring comeback

Crusaders 34 Catalan Dragons 35

Dave Hadfield: Farewell to Edinburgh

Sadly, I don't expect to be back there on rugby league business for quite some time.

Wigan belatedly respond to Maguire's call

Wigan 28 Huddersfield 10
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