Talk of the Town: One Show, one enormous error

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HE’s a man with freedom on his mind and a tricky road ahead to the 2014 referendum.

But for SNP leader Alex Salmond, today will be a day to savour as he becomes Scotland’s longest-serving First Minister, a fact he will celebrate by touring Glasgow and the Capital.

During his time as First Minister Mr Salmond has been up against 11 opposition leaders in the Scottish Parliament, clashed with three UK prime ministers, and worked with four first ministers from Wales and Northern Ireland

After such a long time you might think plenty would be known about him – but on last night’s One Show presenters were forced to make an abrupt apology after stating the First Minister was unmarried – he has of course been married to wife Moira since 1981.

Dram waste of a drink

FOR most whisky purists it would be considered a waste of a good dram.

But one local man has seen his work to turn the amber nectar into a new source of clean energy net him a prestigious award. Professor Martin Tangney has been named Innovator of the Year by the Institute of Chemical Engineering in recognition of his work in converting whisky waste into biofuel. The founder and president of Edinburgh-based company Celtic Renewables was presented with the award at a ceremony in Manchester.

Prof Tangney said he was honoured to be recognised by the Institute and to be included in such eminent company.

Hopefully he celebrated by enjoying a spot of Scotland’s national tipple the way it should be – in a glass.

Explosive filmmaking

OXGANGS residents had an explosive Bonfire Night thanks to a misfiring rocket – and soon found their small community display making headlines around Scotland

But the man responsible for this fame, by putting his safety to one side and rushing to film the spectacular explosion, has remained elusive.

Speculation continues as to who this cameraman was, though Talk of the Town would like to salute his bravery – even in the face of fireworks hitting his camera!

Not so creative thinking

It might be the year of Creative Scotland – but it has been revealed that one in nine children in Edinburgh spend less than an hour a week on creative tasks.

A survey of 100 families showed that parents blame modern gadgets like the iPhone – clearly they have missed the creative merits of Angry Birds.