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Lord Provost

Welcoming the Chinese New Year

On Saturday (6 February), I was delighted to co-host the Edinburgh Chinese New Year Celebration of the Monkey at City Chambers.

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On my marks for the Marathon!

This year I am once more running the Virgin Money London Marathon for charity.

Running with me is my trainer Andy McNaughton from Edinburgh Leisure without whom none of this would have been possible. Andy volunteered his services two years ago and we have been running together ever since. The countdown is now on as we up our training for Saturday 23 April.

The One City Trust, of which I am President, fights against inequality and exclusion in Edinburgh. I am passionate about the need for all the citizens of this great and affluent City to be included in its success and opportunities and I hope I can raise a significant amount.

Your support is hugely appreciated: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LordProvost

Lord Provost in training

An astronomical inspiration: The Edinburgh Medal 2016

This post first appeared as a column in the Edinburgh Evening News.

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A commemoration for Burns

It’s been a busy week celebrating the one and only Robert Burns and the commemorations aren’t over yet!

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Corstorphine Town Hall - life after the fire

I was glad today to be able to lend my support to a fundraising drive for the town hall in Corstorphine.

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New Year Honours

I would like to pass on my congratulations to all those named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list today – but particularly to those from Edinburgh.

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The year (and my life!) at a glance

With the year drawing to a close, I had a unique opportunity to not only take stock of the last 12 months but reflect on the key moments of my life when I took part in STV’s ’My Life in 10 Pictures’.

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Merry Christmas

Amongst the emotional moments marked in 2015, I represented the city to commemorate 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo, 100 years since the horrific Quintinshill Rail Disaster, and 75 years since the Battle of Britain.

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Happy Diwali

Diwali is a lively and colourful festival which symbolises the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

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Building ties with Abu Dhabi

I'm just back from a very productive cultural and economic mission to the United Arab Emirates.

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