09 December 2006
On Monday evening top bankers, bosses and politicians will be sipping champagne at a reception to celebrate the plush refurbishment of the Edinburgh head office of Halifax Bank Of Scotland (HBOS).
07 October 2006
Children of MenDirected by Alfonso CuaronIn cinemas now
Don’t let the fact that this film is based on a book by the Tory novelist PD James put you off going to see it. I found it incredibly moving.
02 September 2006
Black Watch was the play that took the Edinburgh festival by storm.
19 August 2006
Around 7,000 protesters took to the streets of Edinburgh last Saturday to show their anger at the Israeli assault on Lebanon.
12 August 2006
There was a festival of resistance alongside the arts festival in Edinburgh as 7,000 people marched through the city against Israel's attack on Lebanon. Marchers of all ages and religions waved placards and flags, accompanied by a range of trade union banners. Children's shoes were left outside the US consulate on Regent Terrace to commemorate the high proportion of children killed by Israeli bombing.
05 August 2006
The Edinburgh Festival presents so many shows that choosing what to see can be like trying to find a a in a haystack. Nevertheless, some shows come with such a strong track record, or are just so intriguing, that they jump out of the programme.
15 July 2006
The season of Edinburgh festivals kicks off with the art festival. The galleries in the cities have organised an impressive selection of work including painting, sculpture and visual media.
01 July 2006
Some 25 people protested outside Birmingham airport last Saturday as part of a national day of protests against the use of British airports for extraordinary rendition flights, where people kidnapped by the CIA are flown to Guantanamo and other illegal detention facilities. Protests also took place in London and in Edinburgh, where former British ambassador Craig Murray was among the 30 protesters.
27 May 2006
Alan McCombes, the Scottish Socialist Party’s policy coordinator, was jailed today for refusing to hand confidential documents to the court of session in Edinburgh. The judge jailed McCombes until 6 June to reconsider his position, saying that the court’s instructions should take precendence over his loyalty to the SSP. She also granted a warrant to search any neccessary properties to find the documents. It is regrettable that this has been allowed to happen in a crucial year for the SSP who are atttempting to rebuild support in the run up to the Scottish elections in 2007. The court is seeking the documents in relation to Tommy Sheridan’s ongoing libel action against the News of the Worl
11 February 2006
Tenants, trade unionists and councillors from around the country were set to attend a mass lobby of parliament on Wednesday of this week to protest against the government’s policy of handing council homes to private companies.
28 January 2006
Edinburgh council is set to re-ballot tenants after losing the stock transfer ballot in December of last year.
07 January 2006
New Labour’s plans to privatise council housing suffered a series of major setbacks in the run-up to Christmas. Defend Council Housing (DCH) campaigns run by council tenants and trade unionists fought off attempts to privatise housing in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets, Waverley in Surrey and Edinburgh.
26 November 2005
On Monday of this week campaigners demonstrated outside Edinburgh’s city chambers against the proposed handover of council housing stock to a housing association. Ballot papers are expected to go out to 23,000 council tenants asking them to vote on the proposal.
22 October 2005
First Bus drivers in Scotland have won their strike over pay, with drivers in the east of Scotland accepting an improved offer on Thursday of last week.
15 October 2005
Drivers for First Bus in Edinburgh rejected an offer of £8 an hour by a vote of 61 percent last week.
08 October 2005
The premiere of Won’t Get Fooled Again, a documentary on the G8 and G8 protests, was held in Edinburgh on Friday of last week.
01 October 2005
Drivers who work for First Bus in Edinburgh took two days of strike action on Sunday and Monday of this week as part of their fight over pay.
20 August 2005
August sees the launch of the Festival of Politics at the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh. As part of this broad event, billed as being an occasion where "politics meets the people", I will be taking part in a performance titled Them And Us — a workshop exploring Scotland’s radical song tradition and its continuing relevance.
20 August 2005
Switch Triptych The Riot GroupAssembly Rooms, Edinburghuntil 29 August Phone 0131 226 2428
13 August 2005
Pick up the brochure for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and it’s hard to know where to begin. But there are a few companies and venues whose track records make them a fairly safe bet for theatregoers who are in search of powerful drama.