September 12, 2013 |
TORONTO -- How far would you walk for a fun screening? Would you walk 500 miles? And if you were told you were only halfway there, would you walk 500 more? I know, I know, too easy. But it's an appropriate question to ask for "Sunshine on Leith. " The Scottish musical is a set of interconnected love stories based on the music of the Proclaimers. And given how enjoyably airy it is, people have been lining up to see it, if not pounding the pavement until they start havering. The Toronto International Film Festival can be a place of rigorous drama, where even the comedies come with a spoonful of vinegar.
September 1, 2013 |
WIGTOWN, Scotland - "You're on the road to nowhere. " The roads were getting narrower and narrower on the drive through southwestern Scotland. We had left behind the divided highway outside Glasgow, and then, somewhere near the towns with signs saying "Haste Ye Back," had lost the painted line down the middle of the two-lane road. For a few miles now, we had been on a one-track road, the kind where you must back up to the last lay-by if you meet a car coming from the other direction.
February 20, 2013 |
An unpublished manuscript by the 19th century Scottish poet William Topaz McGonagall is up for auction at Bonham's this spring, and is expected to fetch something in the neighborhood of $4,600, according to the Guardian. This price is not despite its notable badness, but exactly because of it: McGonagall, born in 1825 in Edinburgh, is widely considered to be the world's worst poet. The achievement, if one can call it that, has kept McGonagall's work in print over a century after his death, even as his more talented (not to mention mediocre)
August 9, 2012 |
An airport in Edinburgh, Scotland, has reversed its decision to cover up portions of an art poster that depicts Pablo Picasso's painting "Nude Woman in a Red Armchair. " The poster appeared at the airport as part of an advertisement for the show "Picasso and Modern British Art," which is running at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Following a handful of complaints from travelers, the airport decided to cover up the image with a white sheet, according to a report in the Edinburgh Evening News.
February 16, 2012 |
The date for a referendum hasn't even been set. But Prime Minister David Cameron made an impassioned appeal directly to the Scottish people Thursday to keep Britain intact, imploring them to vote no on the question of whether Scotland should become an independent country. "Of course Scotland could govern itself. So could England," Cameron declared in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. "My point is that we do it so much better together. " In a dog-eat-dog world, he said, the Scots would be better off remaining joined to England, Wales and Northern Ireland under the shelter of collective British diplomatic, military and economic might.
January 2, 2011 |
The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel Alexander McCall Smith Pantheon: 256 pp., $24.95 When writing or reading mysteries, my touchstone has always been a quote by early 20th century novelist Charles Chesnutt: "The greatest mystery is the human heart. " And while some would argue that there must be a vicious crime (the more heinous the better) to enliven a mystery, Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and other contemporary cozies have proved that crimes need not be punishable by death to provide a satisfying read.