Duddingston village’s real gem is The Sheep Heid Inn. It takes just 10 minutes to get from hilltop to tap. Famously Edinburgh’s oldest pub, built in 1360, it’s got a roaring fire, local ales on tap and a two-lane skittle ally to warm you right up. After a pie and a pint at the Sheep Heid, completing the rest of the circuit is a breeze around the back of the Seat. … [Read more...] about Great city walks: Edinburgh
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I turn down over 95% of the freebies offered to me. Partly this is because I am drenched in enough privilege as it is. Wet through, I am. Also, where would I put it all? Mostly, though, I decline such because I’d prefer to experience products as other customers would. I’ve never eaten in a branch of Côte, but many people have told me they rather like them: a fair price point, reliable food and good service. (Complaints in 2015 about the unfair use of tips to top up wages led to a change in policy.) Accordingly, I declined the offer of Côte at Home for free and instead booked it myself. Now, here I was very much experiencing the gorgeous life of a valued customer: it was a Saturday night, I’d spent £85, and my planned dinner for Sunday night had disappeared, along with the contents of this column. … [Read more...] about A high street bistro that really delivers…
The SNP's deputy leader in Westminster Kirsty Blackman said the suspected case demonstrates "just how ridiculous and irresponsible the Tory Government's decision to end virtual participation in Parliament was". … [Read more...] about Business Secretary Alok Sharma tests negative for coronavirus after fury that he made Commons speech while visibly ill
Mid-budget productions, those without the safety net of studio support, are finding it harder to get the cameras turning again. But some of the resourceful film-makers at the low-budget end of the spectrum, accustomed to having to solve problems on a daily basis, are already working around the inconvenience of the pandemic. Producer Laurie Cook, whose credits include Ron Scalpello’s Pressure and several movies by genre director Christopher Smith, has a film scheduled to start shooting in early autumn. With one location, two cast members and a scaled-back crew, it’s a picture better suited than many for the challenge posed by Covid-19. “What we plan to do,” she says, “is isolate the two leads, the director and a crew member – someone with makeup abilities, who will also be doing costume checks – for the last two weeks of prep. They will be tested for coronavirus weekly. They’re going to be their own bubble.” … [Read more...] about The future of film: can cinema survive Covid-19?
We know by now that John Wick (Keanu Reeves, wearing stubble and an increasingly machete‑slashed black suit) is not in the business of taking prisoners. And neither, it seems, is the production design team of this riotous, relentless third instalment. It’s not just the violence that’s excessive. Pretty much every frame is a flying kick to the senses. The distinctive aesthetic – a kind of hi-tech baroque, with a touch of fetishy transgression for good measure – is not the only reason that this action series punches above its weight. But it is a significant factor. After all, a fight scene is a fight scene is a fight scene, even one featuring some of the most highly skilled martial arts practitioners in the world (look out for purveyors of Indonesian tower-block carnage from The Raid). But put a fight scene in a room stacked with antique ceremonial knives, or in a glass room displaying nothing but crystal skulls, and there’s a whole new level of … [Read more...] about John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum review – the art of action