Talk of the Town: Fogle finds a new place to Castaway

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HIS most memorable trip to Scotland saw him spend a year stranded on the island of Taransay.

Life in Dunbar might not be quite as wild, but winner of the BBC’s Castaway show, Ben Fogle, reckons it’s still in need of sprucing up.

He might well be coming to the Lothians as part of The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project 2012, which would see him join forces with volunteers to tidy up Dunbar beach on June 23.

Whether he’ll set up camp there for the next 12 months, we can only wait and see.

Can the Capital bear any more crowd pleasers?

THERE’S no denying they’re the hot topic as far as life in the Lothians goes. In fact, you could say they’re the talk of the town.

Bears are the top crowd pullers going. There’s the giant pandas at Edinburgh Zoo, the mistreated circus trio in West Lothian . . . and now a documentary at a city cinema.

The Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears is holding a special showing of the documentary, Bears – Rulers of the Wild Frontier, at the Dominion Cinema in Morningside next Tuesday. Costume, we can only assume, is optional.

If music be the food of love

STAYING with that topic, the “will they/won’t they” speculation surrounding the pandas is clearly THE big talking point in Edinburgh right now.

And it seems, just in case Tian Tian and Yang Guang are having a little trouble setting the mood, a commercial radio station has offered a helping hand.

Real Radio has rebranded its daily “Power Ballad” segment as a “Panda Ballad” to coax a cuddle out of our furry friends.

Let’s just hope the subsequent adverts don’t cool their jets.

Green means go for it

IT was meant as an April Fool – but now the joke could be on drivers across the Capital.

Internet marketing company Amber Green ran a spoof online poll in which road users voted for all red traffic lights to be removed, leaving only amber and green (the clue’s in the firm’s name).

But after 76 per cent of voters backed the suggestion, the George Street business’ Chrystal Webster said: “We never expected the public to take to the idea of banning red lights the way they have. It was meant as a joke but, who knows, we might just turn it into a real campaign now!”

Something tells us city motorists would still end up seeing red.