Most talked about Edinburgh Evening News stories

Homeless Christmas dinner appeal a big success

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — AN appeal to buy Christmas meals for Edinburgh's homeless population has proved such a hit that it will keep them fed all year. The Social Bite cafe had set a target of raising enough money to serve 400 meals at its Rose Street premises on Christmas Day - and another 400 in Glasgow on Christmas Eve, each at £5 a time.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @edinburghpaper: Appeal to give city homeless a Christmas dinner so successful it could feed them all year: bit.ly/1zz9Nzq pic.twitter.com/lxlNWIapPI

Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

Appeal to buy Christmas dinners for homeless so successful it will feed them all year bit.ly/1zz9Nzq

Toast of the town: The Mercat crowned Best Bar

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — The votes have been counted - and now it's time to raise a glass to your Best Bar 2014. It's been a long road to find this year's number one haunt in Edinburgh and the Lothians. From Davidson's Mains to Musselburgh, your nominations have been pouring in telling us why you thought your local was the region's best.

Emotional appeal from city youngster for Medic One

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — She lay down on the tarmac next to her dying young son as paramedics battled to save his life. Blood pooled around the road and a large dent could be seen on the bonnet of the car that had careered into ten-year-old Luke.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @edinburghpaper: Boy who survived horror RTC meets his saviours in emotional appeal video bit.ly/1r2yhiX pic.twitter.com/jtAosvvUUV

Dec 18, 2014

Emotional appeal from city youngster for Medic One - Edinburgh Evening News: edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/emotional…

Edinburgh pensioners ‘loneliest in the country’

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — EDINBURGH'S pensioners are the loneliest in the UK, according to a new survey. The Capital came out at the bottom of the table for the amount of time that over-65s spend with family and friends. Today, old age charities and council chiefs urged people to check on their older relatives and neighbours to make sure they are not "suffering in silence" as Christmas approaches.
Dec 18, 2014

How sad is this? "Edinburgh pensioners ‘loneliest in the country’ - Edinburgh Evening News: edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/edinburgh… "

Dec 18, 2014

Edinburgh's pensioners said to be the loneliest in UK bit.ly/1AKxpz3

Alistair Darling’s ex-right hand man bids for seat

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — A FORMER Treasury civil servant who was one of Alistair Darling's right-hand men tackling the banking crisis is bidding to succeed the former Chancellor as MP for Edinburgh South-West. Angus Armstrong, 51, has thrown his hat in the ring to become Labour candidate in the seat at next year's general election.
Dec 18, 2014

Top economist who was one of Alistair Darling's right-hand men at the Treasury to bid for ex-Chancellor's seat bit.ly/1v39HL8

TV: Viewers spoilt for choice for festive films

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — CHRISTMAS is a time for family and friends, merriment and reflection. But it's also a time for sprawling out in front of the TV, watching film after film. I love this time of year, when days bleed into one another and the channels load up their schedules with films, both old and new.

Gingerbread model makes chefs kings of the Castle

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — Chefs at the Sheraton have created a very familiar gingerbread castle to give guests a festive greeting in the hotel lobby. Visitors are doing a double-take at the lifelike Edinburgh Castle confection, which is an exact 200:1 scale model.

Video: Wicked cast sing at Edinburgh care home

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — Natasha Ferguson was leading the sing-along as the cast of Wicked brought some festive cheer to a care home. Stars from the acclaimed musical, currently at the Playhouse, were at Bupa's Victoria Manor Care Home in Leith to perform some timely Christmas carols. Home manager Lindsay McCulloch said: "It certainly wasn't an everyday occurrence."

Leigh Griffiths offers to replace stolen presents

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — KIND-HEARTED Celtic star Leigh Griffiths has been hailed a hero after he offered to buy a five-year-old boy Christmas gifts after the lad's home had been burgled. Hoops striker Griffiths jumped into action after he heard the home of Hearts fan Michael Wright had been broken into on Tuesday morning.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @edinburghpaper: Leigh Griffiths has offered to buy toys for a youngster whose family were robbed: bit.ly/13gf822 pic.twitter.com/o1YcalUzac

Review: The Nutcracker ******

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — Straight from the German Market is this traditional Christmas cracker, the magical story of a little girl transported in her dreams with the Nutcracker soldier to the Land of Sweets ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Sandra Dick: lost loved ones never forgotten

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — The annual ritual is never very pleasant. Shoving my way into Card Factory, squashing into a gap among the heaving bodies and finding myself, of course, slap bang in front of the "Merry Christmas Mum" cards. I've not had to buy one of those since Christmas 2011.

Gina Davidson: Worst of times for pain of loss

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — 'I REMEMBER picking him up and thinking: 'bloody hell, this is it. I'm a dad and this is my wee boy'." The words of Joseph of Nazareth on the greatest moment in the Christian calendar? No, it was the raw, heartfelt reaction of Sir Chris Hoy when he held his son, Callum, for the first time.
Dec 18, 2014

Gina Davidson: Worst of times for pain of loss - Edinburgh Evening News: edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/g…

Dec 18, 2014

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Ian Swanson: uphill struggle to halt SNP bandwagon

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — NEW Labour leader Jim Murphy clearly means business. After securing the post with an impressive 55 per cent of the votes in the first round, he has wasted no time in appointing a new shadow cabinet - and setting up office at Holyrood despite not being an MSP.
Dec 18, 2014

Jim Murphy means business, sets up base at Holyrood, but knows he faces an uphill struggle bit.ly/1r2xhLz

Public toilets face axe in council funding crisis

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — most of the Capital's 29 public toilets face the axe under plans to slice £600,000 from annual running costs. Council leaders want to cut £300,000 from the maintenance budget for loos now and have suggested slashing the same amount again in the 2015-16 budget.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @edinburghpaper: Cross your legs - 20 city public toilets could be shut in order to slash council costs: bit.ly/1uW5KXE pic.twitter.com/N8x6VFoG0A

James and Sophie top the list of baby names

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — James and Sophie were the most popular names for babies born in the last year in Edinburgh, it has emerged. The city chose differently from the rest of Scotland, with Jack and Emily the country's most popular baby names in 2014, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).
Dec 18, 2014

RT @edinburghpaper: Does he look like a James? Find out what topped the Capital's baby name league for 2014: bit.ly/1zzc2BD pic.twitter.com/uXtHFRdkQT

Last-ditch bid to save Haddington Sheriff court

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — AN eleventh-hour bid has been launched to save Haddington Sheriff Court from closure. Campaigners are calling on new Justice Secretary Michael Matheson to retain court services in the town by introducing the new post of Summary Sheriff in East Lothian.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @edinburghpaper: Last-ditch bid launched to save Haddington Sheriff Court from closure: bit.ly/1wOmjZr

Gerry Farrell: Consign this foul practice to a bin

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — Dear Edinburgh Dog-Lovers, I'm writing to ask a favour. I can tell how much you love your pets from the videos you post on Facebook. I watched one clip of dogs trying on Christmas bootees for the first time. Hilarious. The poor creatures couldn't figure out how to walk.
Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

RT @ClareBearAlert: The brilliant Gerry Farrell's inaugural column in @edinburghpaper - you should buy a copy, this is worth 65p alone m.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/g…

Amazing response to Shockingly Easy campaign

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — Support has been flooding in for the Shockingly Easy Christmas campaign since it launched last week. We have been inundated with pledges of support after asking readers to make a promise to approach the committee at their local sports club and ask them to put getting a defibrillator on their agenda.

Luxury hotel planned for Old Royal High School

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — a World-class hotel capable of attracting a new breed of super-rich tourists to Edinburgh would be built on Calton Hill under plans unveiled today. Three of the world's leading luxury hotel chains, none of which currently operate in Scotland, have been shortlisted to run the venture which would offer accommodation on a par with Claridges and The Connaught in London or The Ritz in Paris.
Dec 17, 2014

Exciting plans for the old Royal High. Be great to see that beautiful building brought back into use. bit.ly/139ExdI

Dec 17, 2014

It's taken Duddingston House Properties 5 years to progress plans for old Royal High School...the new # Caltongate ?edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/luxury-ho…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @edinburghpaper: Luxury hotel planned for Old Royal High School site in £55 million redevelopment plan: bit.ly/139ExdI pic.twitter.com/EHseqOWqHh