Joseph Pearce’s – Scandi-style food

Joseph Pearce’s – Scandi-style food

FOR more than a century, Joseph Pearce’s was a traditional drinking man’s boozer – but it has long since ditched the spit and sawdust feel. These days, its white-walled, split-level interior is padded out with comfy sofas and armchairs under large windows, giving it a light, airy atmosphere. The revamp of this Elm Row, street-corner establishment came about in 2008 and was the work of Anna and Mike Christopherson, the Swedish couple behind Boda and…

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Ian Rankin’s AAA Edinburgh

Ian Rankin’s AAA Edinburgh

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. It’s doubtful he’s any regrets, though, as these days he’s the most widely-read crime novelist in the UK, with worldwide sales of more than 30 million for his Inspector Rebus novels, and more awards than any mantelpiece…

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Kat Healy’s AAA Edinburgh

Kat Healy’s AAA Edinburgh

Edinburgh singer-songwriter Kat Healy has been described as a combination of well-crafted songs, beautiful voice and delightful stage presence, with a striking ability to take an audience on a heartfelt journey with her music. Her latest EP, Wolf, was released to rave reviews this summer. She previously released a full-length album, Be Still Gentle Kind, and an EP, When You Are Gone, which marked her out as a distinctive, stylish performer with a unique vocal ability….

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Walden: Nicholas Bone Interview

Walden: Nicholas Bone Interview

Faced with the pressures of busy modern living, who hasn’t thought about running away to the country to get away from it all? Henry David Thoreau certainly did. Back in 1845, the American writer decided to dabble in an “experiment in simple living” – building a hut next to a lake called Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts, where he would stay for two years living entirely on his own resources. Thoreau’s desire to ‘live deliberately’…

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Darth Vader set to return in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?

Darth Vader set to return in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?

Everyone’s favourite lightsaber-wielding megalomaniac, Darth Vader, could be back on the big screen this December. It is suspected the scoop may be revealed at the upcoming London Star Wars Celebration, but here at AAA we like to give you the heads-up. With the Star Wars franchise being sold to Disney for a whopping $4 billion back in 2012, many fans were sceptical about what might follow. But that huge sum is looking like a wise investment…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens REVIEW

Star Wars: The Force Awakens REVIEW

Here’s the thing: Star Wars is a bit like a bad relationship. We fell in love with the original trilogy (if we’re old enough), then Jar Jar Binks came along in full-on gloopy CGI and made us want to forget. Not to ignore the fact there were inspired moments of cinema in there, but mostly we remember the prequels for all the wrong reasons. Right? Ok, so perhaps that’s a tad unfair. After all, George Lucas is still…

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The Lost Tornado – free chapter and competition

The Lost Tornado – free chapter and competition

From an impoverished Edinburgh childhood, where Dad tapped the electricity supply from the street lamp outside their Pilton home to provide heat for the ten kids, to breaking into the altogether brighter lights of the advertising world, Jim Divine has seen off many a storm. His hilarious autobiographical novel recounts the highs and lows of a life spent searching for answers to the big questions: Will I be playing for Hibs on Saturday? Was that Joanna…

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Calvin Harris biography extract + exclusive foreword by author Douglas Wight

Calvin Harris biography extract + exclusive foreword by author Douglas Wight

Calvin Harris is a phenomenon, writes Douglas Wight, whose biography of the Scot has just been published (read an extract below). A Dumfries lad who wrote and produced his first album from his bedroom while stacking shelves in Marks and Spencer, he is now the most successful DJ in the world and the go-to producer for some of pop’s biggest names. He first came to my attention in 2007 when posters started spreading around London heralding…

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Gig preview: Heyrocco + WIN TICKETS

Gig preview: Heyrocco + WIN TICKETS

After dropping out of high school to follow the rock ‘n’ roll dream, South Carolinians Heyrocco are set to bring their unique blend of angst-fuelled grunge and jangly bubblegum pop (think Nirvana meets The Cure) to Edinburgh later this week. Ahead of their gig at Sneaky Pete’s on Thursday, AAA caught up with frontman Nate Merli to find out why he believes they’ve finally reached a turning point in their career and what his best…

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Carrie Mac’s AAA Edinburgh

Carrie Mac’s AAA Edinburgh

Like any young girl with dreams of becoming a pop star, Carrie Mac started off singing in her bedroom in front of the mirror “with the hairbrush and stuff”. She says she used to have two tape recorders set up in her room – “one playing the Spice Girls, the other to record me singing along to them singing”. As a teenager, she enrolled on a full-time music course at Jewel and Esk Valley College – and it…

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