In the first year visual art has been included in the timetable of The Herald's Young Critics project, a student from Boroughmuir High School was awarded the Wee Cherub in the final week of this year's Herald Angels awards.
Compile a list of the characters an actor really doesn't want in his head when his waking hours are over and he is grabbing some shut-eye, and Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov would be pretty near the top.
Cervantes meets Mr Bean meets hip hop in Franco-Spanish choreographer José Montalvo's Don Quichotte Du Trocadéro, a dance piece in which a latter-day Quixote (or, in French, Quichotte) makes his way not through the Spanish countryside but the cultural melting pot of contemporary Paris.
Around the time that the programme for this year's Edinburgh International Festival was unveiled, my plan was to spend much of August in the bistro in the basement of the Institut Francais in Randolph Crescent, availing myself of the free Wi-fi and improving my French by osmosis.
Immediately after this morning's penultimate Herald Angel awards at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre, and only a hop and a skip down the hill at the Dovecote Studios, the winners of this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award will be revealed.