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In Memory of Robbie Coltrane

Moving tributes have been published by everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson who Coltrane starred alongside in the Harry Potter film adaptations to Steven Fry and Hugh Laurie who, in the 1980s, both shared the screen with Coltrane in two television series: Alfresco and Blackadder. Even the first minister Nicola Sturgeon added to the […]

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Memories of the King of Spin

This article was originally submitted on the 15th March Picture this: a midsummer’s day in 2005, you’re sat at Lords. The Aussies are in town for the classic biennial standoff. They have a formidable team, with a record to match. Between them they have over 700 caps compared to a fairly inexperienced English squad, many […]

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Let’s Talk about obituaries

Condensing 94 years of life into 500 words is a difficult task. But should it be impossible? My GG died two days ago. Everyone flew down to Texas and she passed away surrounded by family members. I should have been there, but I wasn’t, due to Covid-19 restrictions. While sitting in my Edinburgh flat, I […]

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An obituary for Christopher Plummer: one of the greats

When the world thinks of Christopher Plummer, who died a fortnight ago at the age of 91, it’s a tragedy that the vast majority will only remember his performance as Captain Von Trapp in the acclaimed 1965 film The Sound of Music. This was an actor of versatility first and foremost. With a career spanning […]

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Sean Connery: the death of the archetypal 007

One of Edinburgh’s own men has passed away after seven decades of service to the people. Sir Sean Connery, aged ninety, passed away in his sleep on Halloween. A man who immortalised the phrase generation after generation came to love, the first one to utter the words: “Bond. James Bond.” Beloved by millions for the […]

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Obituary: Karl Lagerfeld, iconic fashion designer

Hailed as a genius and a visionary by his myriad of admirers, supporters and friends within the world of high fashion, Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85 leaving behind an incomparable legacy. In his version of his early life, Lagerfeld was born 1938 and raised on a country estate against a glamorous upper-class background. In […]

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A tribute to Stephen Hawking: a great scientist and a great man

On March 14 ,the world received the news that the legendary physicist Professor Stephen Hawking had died at the age of 76. Paying tribute to their father, his three children –  Lucy, Robert and Tim – said “he once said, ‘it would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people […]

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Obituary – John Bradbury

John Bradbury is a name that for many means a great deal in terms of the history and development of modern British music. For me (at least until my teenage years) who John Bradbury was meant little beyond being the full name of my Dad’s best mate, and my beloved neighbour who’d give me £20 […]