Talk of the Town: Brandt sinks a lager after sinking putts

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THEY might have been having a few problems with the parched fairways and dry greens, but golfers at The Open had no problem quenching their own thirst. American Brandt Snedeker even admitted to trying one of Scotland’s best known beverages, revealing he was drinking Tennent’s lager at Gullane’s Golfers Rest.

Trainspotting down pan after 20 years

IRVINE Welsh was celebrating a very special anniversary on Friday as he revealed it was 20 years since the publication of Trainspotting. The author will be making a short documentary to commemorate the iconic novel of Edinburgh heroin addicts, but fans on Twitter were quick to highlight it’s importance. One admitted she had named her cat Begbie after the film’s psychotic character (pictured), while another confessed she had lost her virginity after seeing the movie.

The author later said: “Ta for all the big Trainspotting love & sharing the memories. I’d retweet them all but timelines would be like worst toilet in Scotland.”

Not-so-pretty polly

A FOUL-mouthed parrot rescued by the Scottish SPCA from a Livingston garden has been claimed by his owner. The parrot, a Timneh African grey, was nicknamed “Sweary Sam” at the Balerno centre after staff discovered the only two words he knew were not suitable for printing in a family newspaper. His owner has now reclaimed him, but was apparently unwilling to publicly discuss how their parrot had learned such colourful language.

Smashing strawberries

ANDY Murray’s historic win at Wimbledon has provided a huge boost to the tennis industry – and the Scot’s amazing achievement has also helped send strawberry sales into the stratosphere. A total of 8000 tonnes were eaten during the championship – a five per cent increase on last year.