Five-a-day: Stars, fashion and Scottish singers

University of Edinburgh stars
The picture shows stars forming in the Milky Way, taken from Edinburgh University's billion-star photograph.University of Edinburgh

The end of the week is nearing, but what are the odds the sun doesn't hold out until Friday? But since there's no harm in living in the present, here's what's happening in the city today only.

While spring (or even summer) is in the air, what better way to expend some energy than get involved in a spring clean? That’s Keep Scotland Beautiful’s idea, as they officially launch their anti-litter campaign, National Spring Clean, in Portobello today. Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, will meet with local children from Towerbank Primary and Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, for a litter pick along the beach, prom and parks in the area. Find out more about the National Spring Clean on Keep Scotland Beautiful’s website.

Looking to the skies instead of the streets, the University of Edinburgh have revealed a picture which they helped to process showing more than one billion stars in the Milky Way together in detail for the first time. Using infra-red light images from telescopes in the northern and southern hemispheres over ten years, scientists in the UK, Europe and Chile were able to capture the information, which was then processed and archived by teams at the University of Edinburgh and Cambridge. More details are available on the University of Edinburgh's website.

At 2.15pm the Education, Children and Families Committee Sub-Committee on Standards for Children and Families in the south west of the city will meet at the City Chambers. On the agenda will be the inspections of Woodlands School and Balerno Community High School. Download the full agenda from the City of Edinburgh Council's website.

The Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show will kick off its three-night run this evening, promising champagne, sweet treats and front-row seats. Now in its 11th year, the student-run show has raised more than £250,000 for charities throughout the UK, and this year aims to support children's hospice charity CHAS. The event, taking place at Summerhall, begins at 6.30pm with tickets costing £40. Tickets and further information is available on Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show's website.

From 7.30pm, Scottish singing and song-writing duo Gallagher and Lyle will take to the stage at The Queen's Hall. Most famous for songs including Heart on My Sleeve and Breakaway, the pair, who formed in 1959, have worked with the likes of Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. Tickets cost £28 and are available on The Queen's Hall's website.

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