Talk of the Town: Capital quartet reach front of Q

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THE bell has been rung to signal the end of round one, and it’s first blood to the Edinburgh entertainers.

Psychedelic quartet Django Django – who met at the Capital’s art college – were celebrating today after being crowned Best New Act at the prestigious Q Awards.

The foursome released their debut album in January this year and fought off fierce competition from Alt J and La Havas to land the top gong.

But they will all go head-to-head again at the start of next month when the Mercury Music Prize goes up for grabs.

He Kenny resist jibe over respect to police officers

SCOTTISH Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill was in Bedfordshire today – well beyond his usual beat – to open the conference of the Association of Chief Police Officers in England and Wales.

With certain recent tensions between the police and the UK government in mind, Mr MacAskill said: “I don’t care whether they are patrician or plebeian, I will treat them with the respect and courtesy that those who serve their communities are entitled to receive.”

Promising plea from Kenny, who will be hoping he doesn’t stand charged on the back of those words too often.

Down a Winnipeg or two

HUNGER struck Irvine Welsh while he was waiting for a flight at a Canadian airport – but it wasn’t long before he fought back.

After a meal at TGI Friday at Winnipeg Airport, the Trainspotting author took to Twitter to warn followers: “Don’t eat at TGI Fri in Winnipeg Airport. Even if u r starving. Now I’d feast on any endangered species first.”

Within minutes, he received a reply asking for more details of his experience to be shared with the restaurant manager.

First-class service, even if it came slightly too late for Irvine.

Clamour for glamour

EDINBURGH is certainly flexing its fashion muscles at the moment.

Not long after it was announced French label Chanel would bring its Metiers d’Art catwalk show to the city later this year, the Capital’s online fashion festival launched in a blaze of pixelated glory.

The event will see five days of fashion broadcast from Edinburgh to the world via laptop, PC, smartphone and tablet.

“Our audience are the people at home, on the bus and on their lunch break across the globe, connecting with us on any internet device,” said event director Gary Anderson.

All very democratic, says TOTT – but where’s the glamour?