Talk of the Town: Coltrane’s career went down drain

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ROBBIE Coltrane spoke in yesterday’s Evening News about how he shelved acting roles to stack chimneys on the Royal Mile in the early days of his career.

Now he’s revealed that getting his hands dirty served him well.

He said: “It was jolly good money on building sites, and I also worked as mechanic.

“I rebuilt a sewage system in Livingston, and I was quite happy to do that. It gives you experience, too – you know what you’re talking about when you play a working man, unlike a guy who’s just gone to drama school.”

Welcome to Glasgow . . the dear mean place

WHEN it comes to parking, the regime monitoring Edinburgh’s streets is well known as the meanest around.

So news that council chiefs in Glasgow have been branded “sneaky” following a blitz during last September’s Olympic homecoming parade might take some of the heat off our own city fathers.

Scotland’s second city slapped 797 fixed penalty notices worth £60 each on motorists using a bus lane during the parade – boosting coffers by £48,000.

Love ain’t hair anymore

WHEN it comes to the most fashionable barnets, it’s a case of hair today, gone tomorrow.

And proof everything changes is X Factor and Take That star Gary Barlow, with new research revealing that dapper gents of the Capital are more likely to copy his style than any other celebrity.

According to Fudge hair products, style-conscious guys pray one cut never makes a comeback – embarrassing bowl cuts, which emerged as the look Edinburgh men most regret.

So take that bowl cuts – it’s back and sides for good . . .

Top tails get Crufts chance

THEY say dogs are truly a man’s best friend, and now pets with a tale to tell are being given the chance.

The Kennel Club wants to hear from people who feel that their life, or the life of somebody that they know, has been changed dramatically by their dog.

Deadline is Monday, and the winning dog will take to the stage in front of a huge audience at Crufts in Birmingham in March.

E-mail stories to andrea.peters@thekennelclub.org.uk – and drop TOTT a line, too.