Talk of the Town: These robots can’t put a foot wrong

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THE Edinburgh International Science Festival has taken guerrilla advertising to a new level.

Visitors to the National Museum of Scotland were flashmobbed by a group of women intent on bringing the science of movement to the masses.

The spectacle, captured on YouTube, shows a lone female ballet dancer joined by a troupe who jive and stomp their way through a series of precisely choreographed routines.

Good try girls, but you face some serious competition today when Professor Sethu Vijayakumar’s EDINferno dancing robots take to the stage at the National Museum.

Buddha’s in the house

WE all dream of the day our lucky numbers come up. And if ensuring that glory meant we had to adopt a lucky charm, then who would refuse?

But what would that lucky charm be? A horseshoe? A black cat? A four-leaf clover? A Buddha?

Well, Mecca Bingo aims to find out which is best to have by your side when you’re in need of a slice of good fortune.

Customers at the Leith branch next Friday - ominously the 13th - will have their books stamped with an image of one of the charms.

A scoreboard will keep track of which proves to be the most fruitful rabbit’s foot. Talk of the Town will endeavour to bring you news of the winner . . . after next Saturday’s lottery draw, of course.

JK gets Queen’s blessing

HER novels didn’t go down well, with right-wing Christian extremists across the pond.

But Harry Potter author JK Rowling – whose books were burned in parts of America’s Bible Belt - has been included in a list of this country’s most influential Christians.

Compiled to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, it credits Rowling as a Christian who has excelled in her “chosen sphere of endeavour”.

It might not be enough to convince the Americans. But there’s no doubt she’s just magic to us.

There’s brass in muck

IF there was ever an incentive to do a spring clean, this is it.

A new survey shows items such as unwanted anniversary presents, clothes and old TVs don’t just clutter homes, they cost money.

The survey found more than 75 per cent of households in the Capital are hoarding objects that could be exchanged for cash, with 29 per cent sitting on unused “rubbish” that could fetch at least £340.

Which, it can’t be denied, is a tidy sum.