Oor Graeme’s back on the road

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ONE of Edinburgh’s most popular entertainers, Graeme E Pearson, stunned fans when he revealed he was battling cancer last month.

He is undergoing treatment and has made encouraging progress, so-much-so that he can restart his Oor Tours business, which provides humorous, musical guides through historic parts of the city, this weekend.

He joked about letting the Evening News cover his story, complete with a photograph of “my newly baldy napper”.

He quipped: “Some people will do anything for publicity.”

Pub tell-all flies off shelf

A BOOK telling the story of two women’s real-life experiences running pubs across the Lothians has been flying off the shelves.

Copies of Life Behind Bars: Confessions of a Pub Landlady sold out in under 45 minutes at the launch at Waterstones, Fort Kinnaird. More than 100 people attended, with some asking authors, Linda Tweedie and Kate McGregor, to sign books before they even had a chance to sit down.

If there’s any more of that behaviour, publishers will need to change the keg to get more copies out there.

Hammond wins by accident

EDINBURGH motorists have to contest with tram-induced road works and a catalogue of traffic calming measures, making it ones of the most infuriating cities to drive around.

And it’s clearly affecting their judgment.

In a recent survey by website netcars.com, 30 per cent of them said Richard Hammond, the Top Gear presenter, was their favourite driver. He was famously involved in a high-speed accident that almost cost him his life.

In fairness, city drivers can’t really understand the concept since they’re unable to build anything like enough speed to recreate the crash.

Torch to make flying visit

NEXT year’s 70-day relay, carrying the Olympic torch around Britain ahead of the 2012 London Games, is intended to bring the flame to the doorsteps of ordinary Britons, according to organisers.

But East Lothian MP Fiona O’Donnell is not impressed. She complains the only East Lothian destination on the route will be Musselburgh as the torch makes its way from Duddingston to Dalkeith.

In contrast, she adds, it will pass through no fewer than six Midlothian towns and villages and 12 communities in the Borders.

She says: “The journey of the Olympic torch is an opportunity to shine a torch on the county. You can’t do that by just taking a detour into Musselburgh.”