Ushering in new era
Written by Helen Fowler   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 01:00

Edinburgh's most iconic concert hall has at last re-opened its doors to the public. The saucer-shaped roof of the Usher Hall is no longer hidden under scaffolding; earlier this month it emerged from its dust, tarpaulin and ladders. Just in time for the Edinburgh International Festival. Inside the Grade A-listed building are wonderful new facilities. Perhaps most notably, the vast spiral staircase that connects - for the first time - all the levels. The massive refurbishment project - not yet quite complete, as the Portakabins remaining outside can testify - is turning the well-loved Victorian building into a state-of-the-art facility for the 21st century.

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In praise of Stockbridge
Written by Helen Fowler   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 13:00

Nineteenth century painter Henry Raeburn may well be the man responsible for giving the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh its bohemian charm; Raeburn lived all his life in Stockbridge's cobbled streets, just north of where Edinburgh's Georgian New Town now stands, on the other side of the Waters of Leith, that for centuries separated the village from the city centre.

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Tram line delayed another four years
Written by Helen Fowler   
Monday, 17 August 2009 10:50

Article here in the Edinburgh Evening News saying it might be 2013 before the city's new tram network is up and running. If you're visiting Edinburgh, you can't have avoided noticing the city's streets are being ploughed up for the thousands of miles of cabling required for the new project.

Now it seems contractor disputes mean the £545m project may not be up and running for another four years. The network was originally meant to be ready next year. The eleven-mile route is meant to run from Newhaven, on the city's coastline, to Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Leith up to Princes Street then out to Haymarket and, from there, to Edinburgh Airport. However there is talk the route might be shortened because of spiralling costs. Should still be good to see Edinburgh with a state-of-the-art tram network.

 
Golf Open returns to Scotland
Written by Helen Fowler   
Monday, 03 August 2009 12:16

The Open Championship returns to the Scottish town of St Andrews in 2010 for the first time in five years - it will be the 28th Open played over the Old Course since 1873 and the 150th anniversary of The Open Championship.

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Why you will enjoy Edinburgh in September
Written by Helen Fowler   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 14:11

The free two-day Edinburgh Doors Open Day on 26 and 27 September looks guaranteed to bring some fun to the city after the Fringe ends in August. The event will give access to dozens of city buildings normally out of bounds to the public - and free entry to many places that usually charge. The seventy-plus buildings participating in Edinburgh Doors Open Day range from a lighthouse to a curling house, and from the City Chambers to an infantry barracks. For the first time, the Cockburn Association, (The Edinburgh Civic Trust), is holding the event over two days instead of one, so visitors can see more of Edinburgh's buildings than ever before.

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