JOHN MACLEOD’S must read column: Remarkable story of our greatest Christmas carol (and my quiet delight at singing the tenor solo)

JOHN MACLEOD’S must read column: Remarkable story of our greatest Christmas carol (and my quiet delight at singing the tenor solo)

It was a crisp, frosty Tuesday night in December 1983 and – in sole charge of light percussion – I was central, or so I liked to think, to the school orchestra’s rollicking rendition of Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride on what remains a great Edinburgh occasion: the James Gillespie’s High School carol concert. I was … Read more

Antiques Roadshow guest chokes back tears after discovering the HUGE value of her childhood teddy bear ….that she’s been keeping in a carrier bag

Antiques Roadshow guest chokes back tears after discovering the HUGE value of her childhood teddy bear ….that she’s been keeping in a carrier bag

By Geraint Llewellyn For Mailonline Published: 21:21 GMT, 17 December 2023 | Updated: 19:37 GMT, 18 December 2023 An Antiques Roadshow guest was left in tears after she discovered the huge value of her childhood teddy bear, that been kept for years in a carrier bag.  Sunday’s Christmas special featured only toys as members of … Read more

Harry and Meghan’s royal website is STILL online despite promises not to use ‘Sussex Royal’ after Megxit – including a page titled ‘Serving the Monarchy’ which hasn’t been updated since the Queen died

Harry and Meghan’s royal website is STILL online despite promises not to use ‘Sussex Royal’ after Megxit – including a page titled ‘Serving the Monarchy’ which hasn’t been updated since the Queen died

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s ‘Sussex Royal’ website has still not been deleted despite a promise not to use the self-anointed label in 2020 – and it has not been updated to mark the Queen’s death, MailOnline can reveal. The Sussexes agreed not to use the ‘Sussex Royal’ title ‘in any territory’ following spring 2020 after they stepped down … Read more

When was the last time you saw bobbies on the beat in YOUR neighbourhood? WRITES FRED McMANUS

When was the last time you saw bobbies on the beat in YOUR neighbourhood? WRITES FRED McMANUS

It was bitterly cold as I navigated icy pavements in the early hours of a winter morning – and spotted a figure shinnying up a drainpipe to a first-floor tenement window.  I was a beat bobby back then, checking the rear of some shop, and assumed the intrepid climber might have locked himself out, but … Read more

I worked for an ex-Dragons’ Den judge on an award-winning podcast: here’s how to avoid imposter syndrome and crush self-doubt

I worked for an ex-Dragons’ Den judge on an award-winning podcast: here’s how to avoid imposter syndrome and crush self-doubt

By Zeenia Naqvee Published: 08:36 GMT, 16 December 2023 | Updated: 08:36 GMT, 16 December 2023 ‘Imposter syndrome’ – feeling like you don’t quite deserve the job you have – seems to have become LinkedIn’s latest buzzword.  However, one man, who assumed he would get a dose of it when he quit uni to  begin … Read more

This production of Macbeth has oodles of atmosphere, writes PATRICK MARMION… All hail David Tennant, Thane of Covent Garden (pity about the headphones though)

This production of Macbeth has oodles of atmosphere, writes PATRICK MARMION… All hail David Tennant, Thane of Covent Garden (pity about the headphones though)

By Patrick Marmion for the Daily Mail Published: 01:52 GMT, 16 December 2023 | Updated: 01:58 GMT, 16 December 2023 Macbeth, Donmar Warehouse  Rating: With Ralph Fiennes’ Macbeth in Liverpool heading to Edinburgh next month and David Tennant’s take on the bloody Scottish monarch officially installed in Covent Garden last night, we have the intriguing prospect … Read more

Princess Beatrice’s stepson Wolfie joins George, Charlotte and Louis with Isla and Savannah Phillips at Kate Middleton’s carol concert

Princess Beatrice’s stepson Wolfie joins George, Charlotte and Louis with Isla and Savannah Phillips at Kate Middleton’s carol concert

Young royals joined together on Friday to attend The Princess of Wales‘ carol concert at Westminster Abbey. Cheeky Prince Louis, five, his sister Princess Charlotte, eight,  and brother Prince George, 10, were joined by their second cousins Savannah Phillips, 12,  and Isla Phillips, 11. Also joining them was Princess Beatrice‘s step-son Christopher Woolf Mapelli Mozzi, who … Read more

Kevin Sinfield caps a gruelling SEVENTH ultra marathon in just seven days with an emotional speech – after running 190.4 miles in support of best friend Rob Burrow and motor neurone disease charities

Kevin Sinfield caps a gruelling SEVENTH ultra marathon in just seven days with an emotional speech – after running 190.4 miles in support of best friend Rob Burrow and motor neurone disease charities

The 43-year-old announced that this challenge would be his ‘toughest’ yet  Burrow was diagnosed with the disease in 2019, prompting fundraising aims  The initiative’s ‘7 in 7 in 7’ tag references Burrow’s Leeds Rhinos shirt number  By David Coverdale For Mailonline Published: 18:59 GMT, 7 December 2023 | Updated: 22:18 GMT, 7 December 2023 Kevin … Read more

UK’s only giant pandas enjoy in-flight meal as bamboo is loaded onto their plane ahead of long journey back home to China after 12 years of failing to mate in Scotland

UK’s only giant pandas enjoy in-flight meal as bamboo is loaded onto their plane ahead of long journey back home to China after 12 years of failing to mate in Scotland

After 12 years of failing to mate in Scotland, the UK’s only giant pandas are in a plane on their way back to China – and are being given the First Class experience with their own in-flight meal of fresh bamboo. Yang Guang and Tian Tian came to Edinburgh Zoo in 2011 as part of a 10-year … Read more

‘I never met anyone who didn’t like him’: Tributes pour in for ‘thoroughly kind and decent’ ex-Labour chancellor Alistair Darling after his death aged 70 – as video shows the moment George Osborne and Ed Balls learn he has passed away

‘I never met anyone who didn’t like him’: Tributes pour in for ‘thoroughly kind and decent’ ex-Labour chancellor Alistair Darling after his death aged 70 – as video shows the moment George Osborne and Ed Balls learn he has passed away

Tributes poured in today from across the political divide after former Labour MP Alistair Darling – who served as Chancellor during the 2008 financial crisis – died aged 70. The ex-Cabinet minister was hailed as a ‘towering figure’ who took ‘calm’ action in steering Britain through the chaos of the global credit crunch. He was … Read more