Mark Beaumont launches mountain film festival from climbing wall

By Clare Carswell

WORLD record breaking Scots cyclist Mark Beaumont swung from the walls of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena suspended on his bike yesterday to help launch next week’s Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival.

The EMFF runs from October 21-24 at the city’s George Square lecture theatre, with special events at EICA at Ratho including a talk from the Fife biking hero.

He broke the world record for cycling round the world in 2008 and this year cycled down the Americas from Alaska to Southern Argentina, a distance of more than 13,000 miles.

During this latest expedition he scaled the highest peak in both continents.

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Schoolboy flashed women before pulling down their leggings

By Cara Sulieman

A SICK schoolboy flashed at two women in their 20s – before trying to pull down one of their leggings.

Mohammad Sohaib, 16, started following the girls as they walked down Gordon Street in Edinburgh before grabbing one of them on the bum and asking her “why do people not like to have sex in this country?”

The teenager then exposed himself to both women before trying to pull down the leggings of the other girl.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Sohaib pled guilty to two charges of assault and one of public indecency on February 15 this year.

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‘Paul the bin man’ must wait to find out result in his case against council

By Christine Lavelle and Amanda MacMillan

A BINMAN suing council chiefs for unfair dismissal after they sacked him and not his wife must wait to find out whether he has won his case.

Paul French, 50, from Edinburgh, was axed from his job after he was accused of being the author of unflattering blog posts and letters to the media under the alias ‘Paul the bin man’.

City of Edinburgh Council sacked him for alleged gross misconduct claiming he had breached their code of conduct and undermined the organization during a controversial pay dispute.

But during a two day hearing he argued he had never been aware of the code and said he was being sexually discriminated against because his wife – who he says made similar posts – escaped unpunished. Continue reading

Edinburgh College of Art gives lion some specs appeal

by Shaun Milne

Edinburgh College of Art have unveiled its ‘mane’ October attraction – a giant pair of spectacles for the Lion of Scotland sculpture in the city’s St Andrew’s Square.

The commission from The City of Edinburgh Lions Club aims to raise awareness of glaucoma in Scotland and the UK, as a result of their support of the International Glaucoma Association.

Graduate and Artist in Residence 2010/11 Thomas Payne, who only graduated in June with an MA in Product Design, came up with the idea.

He said: “It took several days to develop a design that would fit neatly onto this sculpture without damaging it or falling off.

“It isn’t obvious from the front but there is only one eye – the back of the sculpture is flat – so the challenge was in designing and making one eyed spectacles without making it obvious there was only one lens. Continue reading

Caledonian Hilton Hotel horror at five star suicide shocker

By Christine Lavelle

UPDATED: RUSH hour commuters watched on in horror as a woman leapt around 80ft to her death from the top floor of one of Scotland’s most famous five star hotels.

The 30-year-old – believed to have been an American business woman – jumped to her death from the prestigious Caledonian Hilton Hotel in Edinburgh.

Morning commuters craned their neck in disbelief and alerted emergency services as the woman teetered on the ledge shortly before 9am after apparently smashing a window in order to get out.

An ambulance crew was summoned to the scene but there was little they could do as the woman sat for a short time and then hurled herself onto the street below in front of a stunned crowd of onlookers.

Parts of Lothian Road – one of Edinburgh city centre’s busiest streets – were closed off as white suited forensic teams and uniformed police launched an investigation into the early morning horror.

Shocked hotel guests were ushered from windows as cleansing teams were called in to power wash the affected area just off Princes Street.

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Detectives hunt for Dalkeith child sex attacker

By Clare Carswell

DETECTIVES are hunting a stubble chinned man who indecently assaulted two schoolgirls on Monday night.

Lothian and Borders Police said the two friends, aged 11 and 12, were walking along Eskdaill Street towards Buccleuch Street in Dalkeith just before 8pm when they were approached by the man.

He started talking to them before launching his sick assault which left both girls traumatised but otherwise unhurt. Continue reading

March and rally against proposed education cuts

By Amanda MacMillan

TEACHERS, lecturers, students and parents will to the streets to march against proposed education cuts later this month.

A march and rally organised by the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday 23 October.

Campaigning under the slogan ‘Why Must our Children Pay?’ the EIS is arguing that the education of children and young people should not be damaged further by another round of deep cuts to education funding for schools, colleges and universities. 

Kay Barnett EIS President Kay Barnett said: “It is clear that there are few areas of Scottish education that have gone untouched by the politically-motivated cuts agenda. Continue reading