1. Steak is beefing up to feed hundreds of homeless people

    That's all from us today. Our AM team will be back bright and early tomorrow.

    For the third year in a row, Steak will cook a Christmas Eve feast for hundreds of Edinburgh's homeless.

    [Read more]

  2. Jim Murphy: 'I think that our sport in Scotland is kind of stuck in a class mentality'

    Football fans should be allowed to drink in the stadium before the match, according to Scottish Labour's new leader.

    Jim Murphy has attacked the "class mentality" in Scottish sport which permits "middle-class" spectators to drink at rugby and in the corporate hospitality box at football matches while "working-class" spectators have been cut off.

    Murphy says football fans should be allowed to drink in stadiums

    Murphy says football fans should be allowed to drink in stadiums

    via STV
  3. Deal of the day: two-course meal at Waterloo Bistro

    Get food worth fighting for with today’s deal for a two-course meal for two with a glass of wine each at The Waterloo Bistro, Haddington, near Edinburgh.

    With today's deal, you can snap up a two-course meal for £19 instead of up to £41, including a glass of wine each.

    Waterloo Bistro dining, Haddington

    Waterloo Bistro dining, Haddington

    via ITISON
  4. Briefs: The Second Coming

    It's billed as "an all male, sharp shooting cabaret of burlesque with balls, high flying circus bandits and savage gender offenders".

    Briefs: The Second Coming, the all-male burlesque show making waves in St Andrew Square this Christmas, will remain in Edinburgh until January 4.

    Time Out gave the London production five stars, so the show comes highly recommended... in addition to a warning label for under 18s.

    The show put it best themselves: it's "for the fun-hearted, not the faint-hearted."

    Briefs: The Second Coming - What's on - Edinburgh's Christmas - Underb

    Briefs: The Second Coming - What's on - Edinburgh's Christmas - Underb

    via EDINBURGHSCHRISTMAS
  5. Our Dynamic Earth appoint old employee as new scientific director

    Scots-educated science broadcaster Dr Hermione Cockburn has returned to work at the city tourist attraction that launched her career 15 years ago.

    Dr Cockburn helped to establish the Edinburgh attraction's education service when it opened in 1999, shortly after graduating with a PhD in geomorphology from Edinburgh University.

    She said: "My career has come full circle and I am returning to Dynamic Earth with much excitement...

    "Education and science outreach are obviously my prime motivators and I have been blown away by the extent of the appetite there is for visitors to benefit from the interactive and very real learning experience that Dynamic Earth offers."

    via STV
  6. 'Hooded gang' launch late-night attack on teenage cyclist

    A gang of hooded men on mopeds chased a teenage cyclist through Edinburgh city centre and assaulted him.

    The 19-year-old was pursued for around a quarter of a mile by six hooded males riding four mopeds from Howe Street to St Vincent Place at around 2am this morning.

    Detective Constable Alison Wyllie said: "We are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which began on Howe Street leading to the suspects following the victim onto Abercrombie Place towards Fettes Row and St Vincent Place.

    "We are particularly appealing to a lady who was in the area at the time and who assisted the victim following the attack to come forward, along with anyone who saw this group of males on the mopeds around the time of the incident."

    via STV
  7. Set (culture) lasers to stun as Forest Cafe podcast live online

    Ryan Van Winkle and the Culture Laser team were live at the Forest Cafe as the podcast wrapped up a jam-packed 2014.

    Guests include writer Jo Clifford, novelist Nick Holdstock and music from Jack O’ Diamonds and GOL.

    [CL] Culture Laser Live from the Forest Cafe by Culture Laser

    [CL] Culture Laser Live from the Forest Cafe by Culture Laser

    via SOUNDCLOUD
  8. High winds puts Star Flyer out of action

    You can still take a whirl on the Big Wheel but the Star Flyer is currently closed while the wind keeps up.

    Perfect time to go and hunt down the crepe stall, we think.

    WEATHER UPDATE 21/12, 12:30: The Big Wheel is now open. The Star Flyer remains closed due to high winds.

    Edinburgh'sChristmas

    @Edxmas
    via Twitter
  9. Christmas truce remembered as over 180 join Edinburgh tour

    Re-enact, remember and reflect.

    These three words will shape a trip as over 180 people are set to embark on in a bid to remember the Christmas truce of 1914.

  10. Man arrested in connection with alleged Meadows rape

    A 22-year-old man has been charged with the alleged rape of a woman in The Meadows last month.

    He is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

    Man arrested following alleged rape of woman in Edinburgh park

    Man arrested following alleged rape of woman in Edinburgh park

    via STV
  11. 'The festival seems to inspire a kind of masochism...'

    Andrew Eaton-Lewis, an arts development writer for the Scottish Mental Health, expands on an essay he wrote in The Scotsman earlier this month.

    Eaton-Lewis' blog follows on from the Desire Lines arts summit, which discussed whether Edinburgh helped or hindered its creative scene, and how that relates to mental health.

    Desire Lines (part two)

    Desire Lines (part two)

    via ANDREW EATON-LEWIS
  12. 'It's such a beautiful city, both to look at and to be in'

    This is Edinburgh managed to grab a chat with Ashleigh Gray, better known as the (green) face of Wicked's UK tour - which is currently attracting rave reviews at the Playhouse.

    The Midlothian actress talked about being back in Scotland and what she likes best about stopping off the capital.

    Ashleigh Gray

    Ashleigh Gray

    via THISISEDINBURGH
  13. Deal of the day: two-course meal at Waterloo Bistro

    Get food worth fighting for with today’s deal for a two-course meal for two with a glass of wine each at The Waterloo Bistro, Haddington, near Edinburgh.

    With today's deal, you can snap up a two-course meal for £19 instead of up to £41, including a glass of wine each.

    Waterloo Bistro dining, Haddington

    Waterloo Bistro dining, Haddington

    via ITISON
  14. One year on, there's still no escaping Frozen hit Let It Go

    Released in time for Christmas 2013, Frozen is still making icy waves over a year on. Featuring the impressive lungs of Broadway legend Idina Menzel, who belts out the film's break-out track Let It Go, it still merits a Sunday afternoon singalong at the Cameo.

    Some films are worth melting for.

    Play 'Disney's Frozen Holiday Trailer'
    via YOUTUBE
  15. Looks like you'll be singing (Christmas carols) in the rain

    A yellow rain warning has been issued across parts of Lothian today as the weather takes a wintry turn. Temperatures will reach highs of 12C but, as the day goes on, the chance of rain increases.

    via STV
  16. Steak is beefing up to feed hundreds of homeless people

    Good morning, we're back to help take you through the countdown to Christmas.

    The turkey has been donated and the staff are working for nothing - but there's one thing missing... presents. If you can help make this Christmas Eve lunch more special get in touch with Steak.

    [Read more]

  17. Children's book Pumpy Bee flies to the top of iTunes charts

    Incase you missed it, we chatted to first-time author Gavin Oattes about his children's book. It's about a bee that farts instead of buzzing (yes, you read us right.)

    That's all from us, we'll be back bright and early tomorrow.

  18. Wicked's Ashleigh Gray has made a jolly new friend

    The actress, who plays Elphaba in the touring cast of Wicked, wrote on Instagram: "We pass him and wave to him everyday outside the Christmas Tree yard on Minto Street".

    Yesterday she tweeted: "I'm not really superstitious but think I might have a bad show tonight - Santa wasn't there to wave to us tonight!"

    Hopefully her red-suited good luck charm reappears tonight.

    via
  19. Deal of the day: two-course meal at Waterloo Bistro

    Get food worth fighting for with today’s deal for a two-course meal for two with a glass of wine each at The Waterloo Bistro, Haddington, near Edinburgh.

    With today's deal, you can snap up a two-course meal for £19 instead of up to £41, including a glass of wine each.

    Waterloo Bistro dining, Haddington

    Waterloo Bistro dining, Haddington

    via ITISON
  20. Woman robbed at knifepoint on Craigmillar Castle Road

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman had her handbag stolen in a knifepoint robbery as she crossed the road.

    The incident is thought to have happened at 2:40pm on Thursday, when the 45-year-old victim was walking on Craigmillar Castle Road.

    Woman robbed at knifepoint as she crossed the road on city street

    Woman robbed at knifepoint as she crossed the road on city street

    via STV
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