Talk of the Town: Frankie, my dear, I don’t give a damn

Comedian Frankie Boyle
Comedian Frankie Boyle
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ONE is a foul-mouthed Scottish comedian famed for his controversial outbursts, the other is a mild-mannered cartoonist with a talent for needling the powerbrokers of Edinburgh with his irreverent illustrations in the News.

Both share the same name, so what could go wrong?

Evening News cartoonist Frank Boyle enjoyed an unexpectedly bumper attendance for a talk he was giving at Saughton Prison this week.

Reasoning that a captive audience may have few other plans that evening, the News cartoonist proceeded to wow prisoners with tales of his daily exploits in the newspaper industry, among his other endeavours.

But it was only after the workshop ended that he learned a fair number had expected his comedic namesake to tickle their funnybones.

“Enjoyed the visit all the same,” he told his Twitter followers.

The fright way to get you out of bed on Hallowe’en

THE early-morning alarm call must be among the most reviled noises since the invention of the paid employment.

But a city hotel is getting into the spirit of Hallowe’en by playing its own distinctive wake-up message to guests in the days leading up to the ghoulish festival.

An “eerie” call service can be arranged for visitors to Jurys Inn Edinburgh to wake them “from their slumbers with a spooky start”.

The message says: “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble; Wake up now you sleepy head, It’s Hallowe’en get out of bed!”

TOTT thinks this is not so terrifying . . . and could even usurp the shrill morning alarm call in the “reviled” stakes.

Spare a thought for us

GOT skeletons in your cupboard? What about your spare room? You probably don’t have a clue.

New research by www.spaceslide.co.uk shows that 81 per cent of people couldn’t name five things they stashed inside their guest rooms.

They say that, on average, people claimed to only use their spare rooms for guests five times in a year, with the Christmas period being the most popular time.

More than half of those questioned – 53 per cent – claimed it is the room they dread clearing out most, topped only by the loft – 65 per cent.

A full 100 per cent of TOTT writers think they are lucky to have a spare room at all.