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 […]

Joyce staging

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, […]


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 […]

Edinburgh’s Eco Shopping Revolution

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Edinburgh has seen an explosion of eco food shopping options in the past few months with most sides of the city now catered for by a bring-your-own-container type packaging-free grocery shop. This is undoubtedly a good news story, despite it having been borne out of the bad news that our […]