Talk of the Town: Ian Rankin and Nick Cave|That tank picture

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MUSIC-mad Ian Rankin got a birthday present to savour – in the form of meeting music legend Nick Cave.

The pair met up after Rankin – who was 55 on Tuesday – spent the night in the audience during Cave’s concert at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

Merchiston-based crime writer Rankin, who created the Inspector Rebus series, took to Twitter to tell followers: “Only one word to describe tonight’s Nick Cave gig in Edinburgh: Magic darts.”

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THE opinions polls suggest it’s the SNP driving a tank through Scottish politics, with some suggestions they could land all 59 seats at the General Election.

Yesterday, however, Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson was in the hotseat as she rolled through Dundee.

And the aftermath wasn’t pretty, with press officer Adam Morris’ car left in need of a good vacuuming.

He posted this picture on Twitter and received a prompt apology from Davidson.

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IT’S news that will come as no surprise to Capital road users – we have a problem with potholes.

Two thirds of Edinburgh drivers feel that their local roads would be improved if the council filled in the gaps, according to Your Legal Friend.

Which leaves us curious about the other third . . .

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Britons prefer to “go it alone” when it comes to sleep, according to new research released by bed manufacturer Sealy.

The findings show that a massive 36 per cent of cohabiting couples in the UK now regularly sleep apart.