IT was the dropping feather heard around the world, a stray bit of bird fluff that distracted Andy Murray at a crucial point in his eventual defeat at the Australian Open final.
The feather not only led to Irvine Welsh suggesting it was time to declare war on avian-kind, but also encouraged our own cartoonist Frank Boyle to depict an irate Judy Murray taking her revenge with a double barrelled shotgun.
And it seems Andy wasn’t the only one affected by the birds at Melbourne Park – after re-tweeting the cartoon to her followers, Judy revealed: “A bird crapped on my back during final too.” Clearly it’s not quite as much good luck as Talk of the Town had been led to believe.
Just taking the p**s
WHILE Hibs fans just want to forget, it seems Hearts are not going to let their rivals forget that Cup success. Talk of the Town has heard workers doing up the Hibs Supporters Club recently were stunned to find a box containing a urinal for the premises arrived with 5-1 written all over it.
Both sides in 7 heaven
WHEN it comes to predictions, it’s generally sound advice to trust a bookie – so the SNP will no doubt be disheartened to hear that following the announcement of the wording for the 2014 referendum, William Hill has made a “no” vote their 2/7 favourite.
But the party can take some heart from the fact that the bookmaker has also offered odds of 7/1 that Scotland will become fully independent by January 1, 2020.
Play for high steaks
It’s the Six Nations match that is always hotly anticipated – and now the steaks have been raised even higher. Steak in Edinburgh is offering lunchtime diners the chance to eat for free on Saturday, if Scotland start well. The restaurant has said that if the first scoring play is a Scotland try, all lunchtime diners will get a full refund on their food.