Talk of the Town: So that’s what all the flap was about

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PROFESSOR Pongoo – the hammer of the Lib Dems – shot to fame at the local government elections after beating his established rivals, and making headlines around the world in the process.

Now the penguin-suited activist – who pledged to wear his outfit on all business until getting elected – has been using his name to help Greenpeace promote its anti-Shell campaign. But a slight hiccup ensued yesterday when campaigners emailed out a new group picture, with Pongoo strangely absent from the photo.

It later emerged that the penguin – aka Mike Ferrigan – had in fact ended up taking the snap, and that everyone who turned out had evidently forgotten why they were there.

Crease is the word

WE’RE all after a bargain in these cash-strapped times, never more so than when it comes to keeping up our personal appearance.

In the spirit of economic belt-tightening, it makes sense – where possible – to cut back on snazzy new threads. But Radio Forth presenter Greg Maxwell highlighted a bizarre promo for £22 trousers that appeared at the Next outlet in Fort Kinnard recently. Alongside a picture of the well-creased pantaloons (and a boast they were “machine washable”) it also suggested customers “see swingers for details”.

We at TOTT can only speculate what advice practioners of car keys in a bowl-type activities may impart on curious shoppers.

But as Gregg himself suggested the tip was both “kinky and efficient”.

Store Wars I and II

SUPERMARKET wars are nothing new, but it seems the fate of one has had Midlothian politicians slinging mud for the past week.

News that Sainsbury’s had pulled out of a proposed superstore plan for Dalkeith was revealed by the News in March.

So it was with some surprise that Labour came out guns blazing accusing the new SNP administration – elected in May – of being responsible.

The Nats rose to the bait and responded with a page-long tirade issued to the press titled “Labour in spectacular own goal”.

Bottom line is, no-one came out looking good.