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The Independence Referendum brought delight and disappointment - but most of all democracy

Last week’s vote brought intense debate, delight and disappointment depending on how you marked your ballot paper, but the sheer number of registered voters who turned out to cast their vote highlights Scotland's renewed appetite for engaging in democracy

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Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Get your nominations in before 30th September for the Queen's Awards!

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March on next year!

The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches took place on Sunday 7th of September 2014 and attracted representatives from all 30 riding towns of Scotland, from as far afield as Shetland in the north to Annan in the south.

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Tribute to one of Edinburgh's cherished Big issue sellers

Last night I heard of the sad news that Edinburgh's much loved Meadows based Big Issue vendor, John White, had lost his battle with cancer.

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A friendly welcome for our freshers

As Edinburgh waves goodbye to another great International Festival, the city is starting to welcome a host of new international students during Freshers Week.

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Edinburgh's Riding of the Marches

The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches takes place on Sunday 7th of September 2014 and will attract representatives from the 30 riding towns of Scotland, from as far afield as Shetland in the north to Annan in the south.

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Piping their way to success

Well done to everyone involved in the fantastic Edinburgh Pipe Band Championships.

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Meeting China's rockstar royalty

This week I had the chance to welcome Xu Wei - one of China's most well loved musicians - to the City Chambers.

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Drumming up to Scotland's commemorations for the First World War

Every August, visitors flock to the Royal Mile to experience the buzz of the festival season. Today, the street will pause for a very special event.

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Good luck for the Games

With all eyes on Team Scotland tonight as they take part in the Opening Ceremony for Glasgow 2014, I wanted to take the opportunity today to wish our local athletes the best of luck for the Games.

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