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Tracy in marathon ambition despite Crohns diagnosis

Tracy Cameron has fought through major surgery for a rare bowel condition to run in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. The 34 year old was just 10 when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which is a chronic condition caused by inflammation of the digestive system.

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Mavisbank Country House deal agreed

An agreement has been made to protect the historic Mavisbank House in Midlothian. The country house was the first palladian villa to be built in Scotland. It has been derelict since a fire swept through the house and caused serious damage almost 40 years ago.

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City engineer working in Tanzania to install running water

A hospital in Tanzania that had no access to hot running water has been given a lifeline by Edinburgh engineer Dr Tom Grassie. The 47 year old engineering lecturer from Edinburgh Napier University has spearheaded a project which uses scrap-metal from disused hospital beds to create a constant hot water supply.

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery competing to be UK’s best

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh is in one of four places in contention for Britain’s richest art prize after its £17.6 million revamp. The gallery has fought off competition from the National Museum of Scotland and Glasgow’s new Riverside Museum to become a finalist for the Art Fund Prize. It was closed for two years during its dramatic refurbishment and is up against the George Frederic Watts Museum in Surrey, Barbara Hepworth gallery in Yorkshire and the redevelopment …

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Grange street top of the rankings

An Edinburgh street where the average home costs £1.5 million has been named as Scotland’s most expensive street. Dick Place, in the Grange area of Edinburgh, was top of the list and 13 of the top 20 were also located in Scotland’s capital city. The majority of these addresses are in the New Town and Merchiston.

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Locks shaved off to raise money for Cancer Research

The majority of teenagers would find the idea of having their hair shaved off incredibly hair-raising, but 13-year-old Florence Clark decided to shave off her hair all in the name of charity. “My friend at school, her cousin has just been diagnosed with skin cancer and we decided we would both get our heads shaved to raise money for Cancer Research UK.”

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Going the extra mile in 2012 for friend

Friends Brian Taylor and Roz Currie are taking on a mammoth fundraising challenge on water, foot, and bike, across four countries and two continents to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The pair will be completing 12 events in 12 months in 2012 after being inspired by their friend, 33-year-old Anders Gibson, who suffers from the life-threatening disease.

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Big honour for pint-sized Ronnie Corbett

Edinburgh born performer Ronnie Corbett has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list where his OBE that he received in 1978 has been upgraded to a CBE. The pint sized comedy legend shot to fame with Ronnie Barker as one of the much loved Two Ronnies. Ronnie Barker was also awarded an OBE in 1978, but passed away in 2005.

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Edinburgh Students

As with many cities, Edinburgh University and its students are at the heart of the city and its character. Famous names to have passed through the university include former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, author of Origin of the Species Charles Darwin, former MI5 director Stella Rimington and Dr Piers Sellers, the third Briton to go into space.

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Edinburgh Castle

Castle Rock, where Edinburgh Castle sits, was created by volcanic activity in around 340million BC. Archaeologists have found evidence of humans at the site at around 900 BC. The first evidence of an actual castle type structure at the rock is from around AD 600. David I built a castle on the rock in around 1130. The only part of this remaining today is a chapel dedicated to his mother Queen Margaret inside the castle walls.

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