Castle of Light

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It feels like festive light shows and illuminations are popping up everywhere at the moment. Christmas at the Botanics and Edinburgh Zoo’s Chinese lanterns are now established events, both in their third year, but newcomers to the light scene are rivalling these old favourites for the top spot. We haven’t […]

Five free things to do in Edinburgh this October

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1. National Museum of Scotland: October half term event The NMS October half term programme is themed around animals, gods, myths and legends this year with daily storytelling activities for all ages. There’ll be Scottish monsters and magical myths, ancient Egyptian animal gods, Nordic adventures, and indigenous legends from the […]

Review: Fox-tot!

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I really want to like opera. I have tried but I’ve never been blown away by it. Not even by Tosca at the Met in New York. Although I’m never going to love it as much as I love ballet and theatre, I can appreciate it and I don’t want […]

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Review: Joyce

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Joyce is a show suitable for all ages. It incorporates puppetry, music and live magic, all of which is performed very well by an obviously talented cast. We first meet puppet Joyce with her head in a book – Adam’s book of adventures. Then Dad comes in, loudly conducting a […]

Book review: The Woman Who Rode A Shark

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The Woman Who Rode A Shark is a beautiful new children’s book by Scottish author Ailsa Ross. Ailsa happens to be my cousin. We have the same birthday and we both have law degrees from Edinburgh University but the similarity ends there. I followed a thoroughly conventional path after graduating, […]

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What’s In a Name?

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How do you decide on a baby name? With the lovely news of the new royal arrival this week, we got to thinking about baby names.  Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor Meghan and Harry have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Archie meaning “genuine”, “brave” or “bold”; Harrison meaning “son of Harry”; and Mountbatten-Windsor meaning that he’s […]