Talk of the Town: Ship to shore-fire port parking troubles

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IT may have been one of the most distinguished guests to pop into the port in recent times – but this is Edinburgh, a city where parking rules are spared for no-one . . . or no ship.

After settling in at Leith Docks last Wednesday, HMS Edinburgh was bumped from its prime position in full view of shoppers at Ocean Terminal three days later to make way for a giant cruise liner.

On the plus side, the crew found themselves closer to Asda.

Olympic rower plays tactful masterstroke

Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger returns to Scotland as starter and umpire for the 136th Glasgow-Edinburgh University Boat Race.

The rowing legend is a graduate of both institutions and represented each of them in the boat during her student days.

But she was sitting on the fence when asked who she thought would come out triumphant on the River Clyde come Saturday, simply commenting: “I look forward to seeing great battles on the water.”

Actor gets last word

SUPERNATURAL actor Misha Collins saw the funny side on a trip to the Capital when his son found himself captivated by a picture of a bra-clad model in a Princes Street shop.

Mischa tweeted: “My son is absolutely fascinated by historic Edinburgh. I must say, pretty advanced for a two-year-old.”

Gaga over city rating

THE city council is getting its point across, according to “social media scientist” Allan B Beaton.

He found it has the most klout of all the Scottish local authorities, scoring a mark of 78.

To put that into perspective, Lady Gaga and Barack Obama both score 99.