This ancient Celtic festival is known as Samhain, a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year". Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare livestock for winter stores. The ancient Celts believed that on October 31 the boundary between the living and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing sickness or damaged crops.
Costumes and masks worn at Halloween goes back to the Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them, in Scotland for instance where the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white..watch out for them! Join us to celebrate Samhain and take part in Edinburgh's spectacular procession and pyrotechnic feast …The Number 10
Some people will relate the number 10 to the home of Gordon Brown, some will more fondly remember the slim figure of Bo Derek in the film “10”. But those with more affectionate hearts will relate it to The Knight Residence 10th Anniversary. It’s not just a number for us! To celebrate our opening in August ’99, this Autumn stay from only £99 per night. Gordon Brown, Bo Derek or The Knight Residence? We know who you would choose!
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Question – In what film did Bo Derek star with Dudley Moore & Julie Andrews?
A take on What’s Hot in the city for November & December:
Rain Man. Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly) stars alongside Oliver Chris (The Office) in Dan Gordon’s superb stage adaptation of the 1988 Oscar-winning movie which famously paired Dustin Hoffman with Tom Cruise. Performing at The King’s, 10-14 Nov. www.eft.co.uk “Guaranteed tears as well as laughter” Sunday Telegraph.
Scottish Opera: The Elixir of Love. Giles Havergal’s hugely successful 1994 production was hailed as ‘a breath of fresh air’ (Metro) at its revival in 2000. This popular, funny and gorgeously colourful production promises once more to be a real treat for audiences. Showing 22,26,28 November at Edinburgh Festival Theatre. www.eft.co.ukJimmy Carr. British Comedy Award winner Jimmy Carr is back on the road doing what he does best with a brand new show: Repeat Offender. 20 Dec 09 and select dates in 2010 at Edinburgh Playhouse. www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk
We Will Rock You. I’m sure they will. Ben Elton & Queen thrash out Freddie’s old favourites. Performing from 4 Nov 2009 to 9 Jan 2010 at Edinburgh’s Playhouse. www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk
Fiddling Around. In tune with the Edinburgh Mecca of arts and entertainment, The Scots Fiddle Festival descends on the city’s Assembly Rooms (a bow’s throw from The Knight Residence). First held in 1996, the festival regularly attracts 3000 fiddle fans - including a healthy contingent of teenagers, proving that this traditional art is alive and kicking and looking to the future. 13-15 Nov, 2009. www.scotsfiddlefestival.com
Spotlight on... The Edinburgh Pass
With free entry to over 30 top attractions, free return airport and city centre bus transport, free comprehensive guidebook as well as loads of exclusive offers, the Edinburgh Pass is the best way to discover all that Edinburgh has to offer. Typical savings of £20 on a 3 Day Pass. Visit www.edinburgh.org/pass for information, including sample itineraries to make the most of your time. www.edinburgh.org/pass/itineraries/edin_itin
This editions top tips for the ultimate in top yummy grub :
In the heart of Edinburgh’s West End sits one of the city’s most highly acclaimed restaurants, Indigo (Yard). The obligatory brackets in the name are the only complicated thing about it, as the restaurant, now in its 12th year, ranks as one of the city’s most stylish and justifiably popular bistros. Tel - 0131 220 5603.
Voted the hottest restaurant in town by www.toptable.com , is The Living Room. One of a clutch of popular style bars lining George Street. The décor’s been described as "Manhattan loft with a colonial twist". Tel - 0131 226 0880.
Last minute getaways
If you plan to visit Edinburgh in the next 30 days, do visit our website for some fantastic last minute deals. Currently from just £99 per night. To book please visit www.theknightresidence.co.uk
Stay 2 nights and save 15% - Stay 3 nights or longer and save 25%!Valid subject to availability until 28th December 2010, full details online, including terms & conditions. To book please visit www.theknightresidence.co.uk
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