Meditation may appear to be something that only the rich, famous or religious can do, but a new wave of research demonstrates that there are real, tangible health benefits if practised regularly. Continue reading Meditation â€“ fad, fiction or fact
The history of Edinburghâ€™s water supply is long and fascinating. As the South Loch (todayâ€™s Meadows) dried up, supplies from beyond the city limits were sought, first in the 18th century in the area of Comiston Springs and then in the Pentlands in the 19th century. These involved several on the northern edge of the Moorfoots. Talla followed in the early 20th century, to capture the abundant rainfall of upper Tweeddale, others nearby somewhat later. The huge schemes had long ceased to be exclusive to the city but involved the whole region.
The rapturous applause that greeted Steven Osborneâ€™s appearance at the first of the Edinburgh Festivalâ€™s Bank of Scotland Queenâ€™s Hall concerts this year was as sincere as it comes. Not only is Steven making a name for himself in the rarified world of classical music, he is a local lad and a perennial favourite at the Festival. Continue reading Steven Osborne â€“ A Festival Favourite
Horticulturists live with and (usually) love change and the latest change at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) sees the successful completion of a two-year Â£525,000 collaboration between The Queen Motherâ€™s Memorial Fund for Scotland and RBGE, in association with architect Lachlan Stewart. The Queen Motherâ€™s Memorial Garden is an evocative tribute featuring a Celtic labyrinth surrounded by four gardens containing plant species from the four corners of the world. Continue reading A Garden Fit for A Queen Mother
Often considered by those who know no better to be the â€œCinderellaâ€ of writing, namely Romantic Fiction, the genre enjoyed a boost in its standing at events in Edinburgh over the weekend. Continue reading Good Weekend for Romance in Edinburgh
For the first time ever, the prestigious Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year winner was announced at a public session at this yearâ€™s Book Festival, chaired by Richard Holloway.
There were three contenders for the prize:Kathleen Jamie â€œFindingsâ€, James Meek â€œThe Peopleâ€™s Act of Loveâ€ and Ali Smith â€œThe Accidentalâ€.
Each of the contenders received a Â£2,000 cheque, but the outright winner was James Meek.