Hollywood star Anne Hathaway spotted filming on Arthur’s Seat

By Martin Graham

HOLLYWOOD star Anne Hathaway frolicked with co-star Jim Sturgess on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh today as filming continued on the movie ‘One Day.

Hathaway with co-star Jim Sturgess

The ‘Devil Wears Prada’ actress held hands with Sturgess and sat on top of Salisbury Crags with the city as a spectacular backdrop.

Wearing a floral dress, round ‘Harry Potter’ glasses and a denim jacket, Hathaway was seen running down the hill below the crags, still holding hands with Sturgess.

The film is adapted from the book by David Nicholls, which tells the story of Emma and Dexter, who graduate from Edinburgh University in 1988 and resolve to meet on St Swithin’s day (15 July) every year.

Rebus actor Ken Stott stars as Dexter’s father in the film.

Filming is due to continue in the capital for another week.

Fife police issue warning after spate of accidents

By Martin Graham

FIFE police have appealed for adults and children to take care when exploring the county following a spate of accidents.

On Sunday afternoon, an 11-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital after she suffered a head injury in a bad fall at the chain walk near Kincraig Point.

Lifeboats from Leven, Anstruther and St Andrews attended the scene, and a helicopter from Prestwick was also scrambled to the emergency.

The girl, who was on holiday with her parents, had slipped and injured herself on the rocks and her father was left stranded.

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Scotland rugby star in court over alleged glassing incident

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTLAND rugby player Max Evans has appeared in court charged in relation to an alleged glassing incident at an Edinburgh nightclub.

Max Evans leaving court

The 26-year-old centre for Glasgow Warriors appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today after the alleged incident at Lulu nightclub on George Street, Edinburgh in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He pled not guilty to glassing Alisdair McCaig, 27, in the face, leaving him with cuts that had to be treated by ambulance staff.

Evans also pled not guilty to possesing an offensive weapon in a public place – the glass.

Wearing a tweed jacket and light coloured chinos, the rugby player came to court alone to appear before Sheriff Celia Sanderson.

Represented by James Kelly, he only spoke to confirm his name and that he understood his bail conditions.

Evans was bailed under the conditions that he won’t enter the swanky club or approach the victim.

Leaving court after his appearance, Evans didn’t comment on his case and walked down Chambers Street on foot.

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Legal action looms over Lothian & Borders Police cover up

By Amanda Keenan

FRONT line police officers are to launch a legal challenge against a new strict policy ordering them to cover up tattoos while on duty.

Under a new rule brought in by Lothian and Borders Police, officers have been told they must cover all body art.

Police chiefs claim they had to act after seeing a rise in the number of new recruits with tattooing, including completely covered forearms.

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Billy Bragg become’s Saughton Jail prisoner’s guitar hero

By Amanda Keenan

WHEN told they would be facing the music for their crimes, it’s doubtful if any of the inmates at one of Scotland’s toughest jails expected it would take the form of guitar lessons being offered as part of their rehabilitation.

But thanks to singer songwriter Billy Bragg, one of the countries best known protest singers, that is exactly what is happening after he donated half a dozen guitars to Saughton Prison.

Prison bosses at the Edinburgh jail say that the classes have been such a success that they are hoping to get another batch of guitars delivered.

Saughton was given the guitars as part of Bragg’s Jail Guitar Doors initiatives, which has donated instruments to 20 prisons in England.

Wardens with a musical background have been providing the lessons to two groups of six prisoners at Saughton – but there is more demand still and classes could be extended.

Scottish Prison Service (SPS) bosses are hoping to receive another four from the musician, who intends to play a gig for prisoners at Polmont later this year. Continue reading

New insight into dying days of poet Robert Burns unveiled

By Shaun Milne

A NEWLY discovered letter giving a rare insight into the dying days of Scots poet Robert Burns is to go on display in Edinburgh this month.

The letter, from Burns’ superior officer to the Commissioner of Excise, explains how the then very ill writer made a journey to Dumfries to collect and sign for his salary exactly a week before his death on July 21, 1796.

It was uncovered by David Brown, head of collections development at the National Archives of Scotland.

Tomorrow (tues) Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop will visit the National Archives where she will meet staff and view the letter.

The piece will then go on display from Monday August 9 until Friday September 3, as part of the National Archives of Scotland’s “I have not been idle – Roberts Burns’ farewell” exhibition at West Register House in the city’s Charlotte Square.