By Louise Wylie

Florence Welch is shy, she says. It might not seem like it with the ferocious singing and even bolder dancing, but, she explains, it’s the talking that’s hard.

It’s understandable when you’re playing for a packed venue of 13,000 people, but it doesn’t feel that large from the other side of the stage. Even from the gods at the Hydro in Glasgow, a Florence and the Machine gig never feels remote. Instead it feels uniquely human.

Photo Above: Stethoscope © Darko Stojanovic on Pixabay

NHS Lothian figures show that over 3000 people’s waiting time has exceeded six-weeks. This figure is inclusive of diagnostic tests to detect cancer.

The Scottish government’s targeted time has dropped from 78.6 per cent to 69.7 per cent in a year, and in September an estimated 3583 patients did not meet the referral target. This makes Lothian figures the worst in Scotland.

Photo Above: Book Signing at Event © Philip Wegmann

By Ian McNally and Philip Wegmann

An Edinburgh church was transformed into a football sanctuary yesterday, as it played host to the launch of a new book about the Homeless World Cup.

“Home Game” by Mel Young and Peter Barr was unveiled in Augustine United Church on George IV Bridge and featured a Q&A with the authors followed by a book sale and signing session.

Photo Above: Celtic Football Club © Alasdair Middleton on Wikipedia

Celtic players earn eight times more than those playing for Hibernian and Hearts as the gulf widens in Scottish football.

The Global Sports Salaries Survey published by Sporting Intelligence revealed the huge financial gap separating Celtic – the upper echelon of Scottish football – and the rest of the division.

By Lindsay Thomson

Photo Above: Legally Blonde Musical Act © Festival and King’s Theatres Edinburgh

Legally Blonde the Musical kicked off its Edinburgh run on Monday night at the Festival Theatre.

The stage musical adaptation of the 2001 Reese Witherspoon comedy follows the fortunes of the idealistic Elle Woods (Lucie Jones) as she seeks to earn a law degree and the heart of her beloved Warner Huntington III (Liam Doyle).