A republican salute to the Diamond Jubilee

By John Knox The Queen’s diamond jubilee has set me thinking about monarchy. Of course I am against it. Every democrat must be. “All men...

Happy new year – and some ideas for 2012 – from The Caledonian Mercury

A very happy new year to you all. Everyone at The Caledonian Mercury wishes you a’ the best for 2012. This year is a crucial...

The bacon roll chronicles: Herbie, 7 William Street, Edinburgh

Every bacon roll has a story to tell. Where was it bought? Why was the purchaser there? Did it taste good, or could it...

Eight Scottish festive scenes and a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas (or Chanukah or winter solstice or whatever festivities your faith celebrates in the winter months) from all of us at The Caledonian...

Squirrel underpants, exploding puddings: some festive gifts and risks

By Charlie Laidlaw Amid the jollity this Christmas, be very, very careful. It’s a big, bad world out there, and it’s no coincidence that Santa...

Artistic and economic regeneration in Glasgow’s South Block building

By David Cook Today sees the formal completion of a £3.5 million warehouse regeneration programme in Glasgow which will earn £69 million for Scotland’s economy....

Escaping the silly season: five ways to do it differently this Christmas

By Elizabeth McQuillan Christmas is the silly season for a great many people, where all normal rules of engagement with the family go awry. Pressures...

Historic opportunity for Stirling to build on successful castle revamp

By Matthew Shelley Historic Scotland is feeling pretty chipper about the success of its £12 million revamp of Stirling Castle. Just five months after the...
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Video: Muirhouse Christmas

Earlier this year, The Caledonian Mercury featured the work of Edinburgh-based film-maker Garry Fraser. Here is his latest video, Muirhouse Christmas. MUIRHOUSE CHRISTMAS- DIRECTORS CUT...

Never mind Christmas, there are still lessons to learn from Halloween

By Charlie Laidlaw It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to Santa Claus, turkey and how to keep Aunt Mabel off the sherry....