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Last-ditch battle for the future of Edinburgh's historic waterfront

As developers plan to make Scotland's capital's 15 per cent bigger, city architects draw up their own bid to save its cultural soul

A massive redevelopment of Edinburgh's waterfront which will increase the size of the city by almost 15 per cent is attracting widespread opposition.

The last and biggest phase of the project, turning almost 300 acres of docks into 16,000 homes, is expected to get outline planning permission in July. But critics are mounting a last-ditch attempt to get the project 'called in' for scrutiny by the Scottish government.

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Kitchen synch

In grand houses, it was firmly below stairs and inhabited by servants. In more modest ones, it was often a sultry little room where the woman of the house was expected to spend up to 12 hours a day bent over a Belfast sink.

The once humble kitchen has long since outgrown its subordinate role. Today's ideal homes are built around a hub of domestic industry, a functional space that combines the features of a well-equipped area for preparing food with a drawing/ dining room for entertaining and a family
room for chewing the fat and doing homework.

While modern architects can meet this demand relatively easily, it can be difficult for those adapting an older property. The boxy shape of a fitted kitchen looks ungainly when transplanted into a splendid high-ceilinged period room, more used to adornment with fine furniture and antique furniture is not usually suitable for a modern kitchen.

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Thoughts on Freud

This is a column about  the news that Pfizer had shelved female Viagra published in the Scottish Herald on 03 March 2004.

I am always rather pleased when I read that scientists have been thwarted in their attempts to reduce this or that great mystery to a few diagrams and a dull explanation. Thankfully, despite the faith our age puts in science and all its works, it still happens quite often. So just as some of the hopeful predictions of the previous generation of scientists have failed to come to pass - the paperless office, the cashless economy, unmetered electricity, to name a few - so reality is intruding on the dreams of the current crew.

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Golf spa threatens forest wildlife at Archerfield in East Lothian

AS many as 10,000 trees would have to be cut down to make way for a golf resort on an estate, local campaigners claimed yesterday.

Felling has already started at the Archerfield estate in East Lothian, and the directors of the Duke of Hamilton's holding company, Hamilton Kinneil, will today make a final decision on whether to sign over the lease of the woods for 99 years to Renaissance Golf Design, a USbacked firm, and Tom Doak, the course designer.

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Higher music DVD hits wrong note for leading experts

A DVD costing tens of thousands of pounds produced to support Scotland's new music syllabus has been criticised as "disappointing", "crazy" and "a missed opportunity" by some of Scotland's leading music educators.

A new music syllabus is being introduced next year which is aimed at making Scotland's music education more diverse and creative. However, a GBP65,000 supporting DVD released last month has been criticised as failing to meet these goals, and sticking too firmly to the western
classical tradition.

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