Brave dad of tragic Riggi children in emotional tribute

By Martin Graham

HEARTBROKEN Pasquale Riggi broke his silence today on the “painful” events of the past week which led to the deaths of his three children and the arrest of his estranged wife Theresa.

Eight year old twins Augustino and Gianluca, and their five-year-old sister Cecilia were found dead at a flat in Edinburgh’s Slateford Road last Wednesday, 4 August.

Speaking from a hotel in Aberdeen today, Mr Riggi said: “You are paralysed with grief – you are not sure what to do next.

“It is bad enough that you have lost three beautiful children, but certainly the tragedy around their deaths makes it much more painful.
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Celtic fan Butler tipped for Holywood footy flick

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTTISH hunk Gerard Butler is set to star in a new film about his favourite sport.

The footie-mad heartthrob has already been linked to the movie as a producer, but is now gearing up to star as the lead in ‘Slide’.

Initially based around baseball, the film focuses on a dad who tries to get back in his son’s good books by coaching his team.

In the process of father-son bonding, he causes trouble as the mother’s fall for him and he falls for them.

The LA Times reports that Paisley-born Butler is in talks with producers to star as the coach.
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Buskers, comedians and serious artists united in Ukulele love

By Christine Lavelle

A REVIVAL of the ukulele was celebrated in Edinburgh today by miniature guitar lovers from across the world.

The traditional Hawaiian instrument has rocketed back to the top of the charts thanks to pop’s hottest new artists including Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, and Noah and the Whale.

Its resurgence is reflected in this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival programme, with a string of performers picking up their dainty instruments to entertain crowds through song and comedy.

Dozens of ukulele-playing festival acts came together to celebrate their love for the mini acoustic guitar, grinning wildly while strumming along to the tune of “You are my Sunshine.”
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Rock and roll plan to get writers touring Scotland

By Martin Graham

LITERATURE may be the new rock and roll, but organisers are hoping that a new initiative to create a touring network for writers will not lead to a spate of trashed hotel rooms and televisions being thrown through windows.

Authors who want to take their book launch events out on the road need look no further than Book Nation, a new enterprise managing book tours across Scotland – and not just during the summer book festivals.

With £60,000 of funding from the Visit Scotland Growth Fund and support from Creative Scotland, Book Nation will draw on the resources and expertise used to stage Scotland’s 42 book festivals to hold events at other times of the year.

The bid to get writers out on the road is based on the organisers’ view that Scottish literature is going through a golden age with the likes of Alexander McCall Smith, Iain Banks, Ian Rankin, JK Rowling among those reaching rock and roll type fame.
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Police hunt redhead suspect over Martin Hughes murder

KILLED: Wester Hailes stabbing victim Martin Hughes

By Martin Graham

DETECTIVES are hunting a ginger-haired knifeman after a man was stabbed to death in broad daylight.

Police issued a description of the man wanted in connection with the murder of Martin Hughes in Edinburgh on Monday afternoon.

Mr Hughes, 33, was stabbed at 3pm at his home at 37 Wester Hailes Park and later died of his injuries.

Police described the killing as “needless” and said the victim was popular within his community.
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Scots TV legend Tom Weir remembered in Festival song

By Martin Graham

FAMOUS for his woolly bobble hats, fairisle jumpers and plus-four walking trousers, Tom Weir is fondly remembered by generations of Scots.

The broadcaster, climber, writer and environmentalist became a household name through his long running series ‘Weir’s Way’ which explored the geography, history and people of Scotland through his affable personality and keen sense of curiosity.

Now the legendary outdoorsman, who died in 2006, will be celebrated at the Edinburgh Festival when Sandy Wright and the Toxic Cowboys perform their song ‘Tom Weir’ at St Bride’s Acoustic Music Centre.

Songwriter Sandy said the musical tribute was a bid to see Weir remembered on the world stage.
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19-year-old dead after being hit by two cars on M8 carriageway

By Christine Lavelle

A YOUNG woman was killed after being struck by two cars on the M8, as she walked along the carriageway near the Edinburgh bypass.

The 19-year-old pedestrian was heading east-bound on the carriageway close to Hermiston Gait retail park at around 11pm on Tuesday.

She was hit by a vehicle traveling east-bound, the force of which propelled her onto the other side of the road and into the path of a second car.

The motorway was closed overnight by police between junctions one and two and only reopened at 6am the following morning. Continue reading