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Cardiff after Dark captured on camera by Maciej Dakowicz

Polish-born Maciej Dakowicz's photographs of Cardiff attracted controversy for the drunkenness they show. But they also capture the carmaradarie, the silliness and the sheer joy of a crazy night out. The photos, which were taken from 2006 to 2011, were published by Thames and Hudson in Cardiff after Dark in October 2012. 'Everything takes place in public – from drinking, fighting, kissing to crying and slee ...

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John Cairney on The Proclaimers in New Zealand

This article first appeared over 10 years ago on a website called Tartan Umbrella. Veteran Scots actor John Cairney, who was living in New Zealand at the time, is won over by the passion and thoughtfulness of a live performance by The Proclaimers in Auckland and recognises a new brand of Scottishness being taken around the world. He refers to the Reid twins as young - scary to think they are now in their 50 ...

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Greek statues: up and dressed and rocking some colour

Take a look at Leo Caillard's shots of statues done up like hipsters. The addition of t shirts, shades and trainers is strangely humanising and makes for an intriguing project which has gained the French photographer a great deal of attention. Another interesting new look at classical statuary comes from German archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann. He has used high intensity lamps, ultraviolet light and powdered ...

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Catch a Wee Chill in Glasgow this weekend: live music

Impressive line up playing The Wee Chill as part of Glasgow's West End Festival this Saturday 29 June. See James Yorkston, Malcolm Middleton, Aidan Moffatt, Roddy Hart and Sarah Hayes among others at the SW3 Arts Complex from 6pm. Good value at £15 a ticket. ...

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Test Town: the future of the British high street in Dunfermline?

This week in Dunfermline you can buy contemporary art and design, taste fresh soups, crepes and cakes, find a unique outfit and do a spot of fitness training all in the centre of town. These exciting businesses will only be around for one week though, so you had better be quick! Luckily, Mary Portas is not the only one on the case when it comes to revitalising the British high street. The Carnegie UK Trust  ...

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In search of Storione: Lochgelly and the ghosts of Little Moscow

by Fife Psychogeographical Collective Today's post is a brilliant reminder not to judge a place by its house prices. The Fife Psychogeographical Collective take a walk around from the former mining communities of Lochgelly and Lumphinnans to Cowdenbeath and uncover some of the area's fascinating stories, stories of intellectual endeavour, political radicalism and high achieving women. This is an abridged ve ...

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Kirkcaldy Galleries: local heroes celebrate reopening of town’s cultural heart

There they sat, three people of about the same age who grew up within streets of each other in the same small town, looking for all the world like prizewinners on speech day: the cleverest boy, the girl who's best at writing and the bad boy who happens to be brilliant at drawing. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, best selling crime writer Val McDermid and Britain's most successful artist Jack Vettriano we ...

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From Beatrix Potter to The Scottish Horse: A new home for the Dunkeld Community Archive

A new Dunkeld Archive Museum has been established in the town's historic square thanks to a hugely successful appeal by the trustees of the town's Chapter House Museum. The aim was to establish a new home for a unique community archive which was previouslly unsuitably and inaccessibly housed in Dunkeld Cathedral. The archive is a remarkable resource comprising photographs, minutes of local societies and rec ...

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Van Gogh’s paintings come magically to life

Advanced digital editing techniques by graphic artist Luca Agnani bring the paintings of Van Gogh magically to life. Music is by Ludovico Einaudi. [video width="600" id="O6EfuhX_3Dw" type="youtube"] ...

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Paper Aeroplane and Ziggy Sawdust pop up at Whitespace, Edinburgh this weekend

Two designers are celebrating the first birthday of their businesses with a joint pop up shop at Whitespace in Edinburgh. From 25 to 29 May 2013 designs by Fiona Purves (left) of Paper Aeroplane and Amy Dolan of Ziggy Sawdust will be for sale. Fiona is the owner of stationery business Paper Aeroplane. She uses her colourful and playful hand-drawn illustrations and lettering to create cards and prints. Throu ...

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