Scotland’s Literary Landscape

[Originally posted on] Discover the literary connections of some of Scotland’s breathtaking buildings and beautiful gardens that have inspired famous Scottish authors throughout history. Why not explore some of the landmarks for yourself? One of Scotland’s most famous contemporary authors was heavily influenced by her homeland – J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. You can see the grand building that was the … Continue reading Scotland’s Literary Landscape

Edinburgh – The City of Literature

[Originally posted on] Edinburgh is renowned for its literary connections and in 2004 it became the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. The prestigious accolade was awarded to Edinburgh in recognition of its status as a world centre for literature and literary activity. Edinburgh certainly has a rich literary history. Immerse yourself in this world by spending a day exploring sites across Scotland’s capital … Continue reading Edinburgh – The City of Literature

Hard-earned, and pretty tasty, fish supper

Porto Cafe’s Haddock Supper complete with retro crockery and table cloth

By Emily Glass

Despite being a bit tired and worse for wear now that it’s ‘glory days’ as a pleasure beach have come and gone, Portobello is home to a very tasty fish supper. But I guess one wouldn’t expect any less that close to the sea. And this is coming from someone who claims that nowhere can beat Whitby’s fish and chips experience.

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Iron Age gold hoard to finally be on display at The National Museum of Scotland

By Emily Glass

[Originally posted on on 21st March 2011]

National Museums Scotland have finally secured a set of four Iron Age gold neck ornaments after raising funds for two years.

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Online game relaunch creates new jobs in Edinburgh

By Emily Glass

[Originally posted on on 21st March 2011]

Internet gaming remains popular

A US Gaming company have revived Dundee-based developer Real Time World (RTW) by buying shares in the business and plans to open a new studio in Edinburgh.

Set up in 2002 by Dave Jones, who was part of the firm responsible for creating Grand Theft Auto,  RTW went into administration last August with around 250 jobs being lost.

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A Facelift for an Old Favourite

By Emily Glass

[Originally posted on on 24th November 2010]

The dilapidated old Odeon cinema on Clerk Street, Edinburgh is set for renovation to restore it to its former art deco glory. The New Victoria Project has revealed its detailed plans today for the site if its planned purchase is successful.

The decrepit old Odeon site. Credit The Guardian

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Literary Edinburgh

In this day and age literature is becoming more of a virtual art with most books, past and present, available online and downloadable to iPhones, iPads and a whole array of other devices. You might not know that Edinburgh was the first UNESCO City of Literature and is home to many world-famous novelists, three of which are mentioned in this article. You might be more familiar with Edinburgh’s excellent pubs but did you realise that several of the best drinking establishments are named after classic novels or are featured in modern Scottish fiction. There are also numerous ‘Literary Pub Tours’ to take around Edinburgh to combine these two important aspects of Edinburgh life – beer and books!

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