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2008-10-09 12:00:31

Tom Loughray, 72, retired builder, Muirhouse: "I don't think they should be allowed. The council should have said 'no, you're not on'. They should have hired a hall, advertised a meeting and people could come along if they wanted to." Neil Forbes, 54, staff nurse, Wester Hailes: "In my view Scientology is a dangerous religion and should not be given a platform like that." Robert Matthews, 74, retired council worker, Royston Mains: "It definitely shouldn't be allowed. Religion should be left...

2008-09-26 12:00:29

By CATHERINE SALMOND ANGRY parents have been told children at an under-threat primary would get better grades if they moved to a bigger school. Education convener Marilyne MacLaren told a public meeting in Wester Hailes that closing Westburn Primary was the best option for pupils at the school. She said the falling school roll was the reason for poor attainment levels and told parents their children would thrive in alternative schools with far more pupils. Cllr MacLaren said: "I do...

2008-09-24 06:00:20

By KIRSTIE ARMSWORTH 1 EVENING CONCERT WITH CONSORTIUM5: An evening not to be missed. This is recorder music as you've never heard it. To get a taste, try listening to www.consortium5.com/listen.html where you can hear this vibrant and exciting music. Consortium5 will display the wealth, colour and diversity of music that the recorder either "owns" or has claimed and appropriated for this performance on an impressive range of baroque, modern and renaissance instruments. They perform a...

2008-09-12 12:00:18

THE city council is to consider bidding for a small patch of land being sold by Scottish Water, which could be used as a public open space. The area runs from Craiglockhart Road North up to the Allan Park canal bridge. The convener of the city's transport, infrastructure and environment committee, Phil Wheeler, said: "Council officials have visited the site and if purchase is recommended will report to the committee." (c) 2008 Evening News; Edinburgh (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC....

2008-09-04 15:00:28

By Gemma Fraser, WITH its roof terrace, plasma screens and leather sofas, you could be forgiven for thinking you were stepping into a five-star hotel. But the new GBP 16 million horseshoe building which stands proud at the heart of Craigmillar's major regeneration project is in fact the area's new primary school. After years in the planning and 18 months of construction, the new joint campus for St Francis and Niddrie Mill schools finally opened its doors last week to almost 400 excited...

2008-09-02 12:00:33

NHS leaders today said they were committed to building a new health and social centre in Firrhill and quashed rumours of financial problems. The new three-storey centre near Colinton will move two GP practices to one location, alongside district nurses and health visitors. It will also bring together other community services, such as the local social work office and an older people's day facility. The new building will be connected to the existing Firrhill Medical Centre on Colinton...

2008-08-28 18:00:35

THE Stockbridge Festival will offer a whole range of entertainment for all ages, including live music, a talent show, magician and performing balloon man. A mini-football pitch will be available for those needing to let off steam, with a bouncy castle, arts and crafts and face-painting available for youngsters. There will also be a suckling pig barbecue and Indian food on offer. The festival takes place on September 6 at the Edinburgh Academicals ground, Raeburn Place from 10.30am to...

2008-07-21 06:00:36

A HISTORY organisation has teamed up with school pupils for a new project. The Granton History Group got together with pupils from Forthview Primary School to produce an exhibition on the history of Pilton. The group was already researching the history of schools in the area. Secretary David King said: "The main purpose was to encourage the children to ask questions and they certainly did that with great enthusiasm." (c) 2008 Evening News; Edinburgh (UK). Provided by ProQuest...

2008-06-25 18:02:37

By CHRIS MARSHALL A NATURE reserve which offers a city sanctuary to herons, woodpeckers and kestrels has been polluted after workers diverted raw sewage from a nearby housing development. Residents living near Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park, in Gilmerton, complained after a trench was dug to shift the foul-smelling sludge into the water. They also said workers tried to stem the flow of the sewage by placing a large rock over a manhole cover. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency...

2008-06-22 15:00:14

AN AMATEUR filmmaker from north Edinburgh has won high praise from one of his heroes. Muirhouse-based Garry Fraser, 28, was sitting outside the Filmhouse on Lothian Road advertising his latest production when acclaimed filmmaker Shane Meadows approached him. The pair went for a drink in a local pub, where Meadows told Mr Fraser, a Telford College student, that he had a bright future after watching one of his productions. The filmmaker said: "Is this unbelievable or what? He said I...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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