Talk of the town: Susan Boyle | Ian Rankin

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SHE has already put her hand in her very deep pockets to help rebuild the fire-hit Five Sisters Zoo – but it seems Susan Boyle’s generosity knows no bounds.

During an unannounced visit earlier this month, the West Lothian singing sensation pledged to hand over a “substantial donation” to the fund to repair the West Calder attraction, which saw 48 species of mammal and reptile perish in the blaze.

Now she’s adopted a lemur – and plans to call it SuBo.

Jack and Ian back on the same bill again

CITY crime writer Ian Rankin is set to once again join forces with top artist Jack Vettriano.

The pair previously landed a gig as backing singers for a little-known band when they sang in the choir for a track on St Jude’s Infirmary’s album.

And they appeared in a video for a song called Goodbye Jack Vettriano, made for BBC Scotland’s The Music Show in 2006. Now they’ll be interviewed together at the Adam Smith Festival in Kirkcaldy next Saturday.

Rankin’s Moby stick

STAYING with Rankin, our exclusive yesterday about Moby the sperm whale’s 15ft skull going on permanent display at the National Museum inspired the author’s inner comedian.

He tweeted a link to the story, adding: “Why he’s not made an album recently.”

Mistake really grates

MORE than a quarter – 27 per cent – of primary school children in Scotland think that cheese comes from plants, according to new research by British Nutrition Foundation.

Which is clearly not true... after all, everyone and their dog knows that cheese comes from the moon.