IN politics today, no one is anyone without a celebrity endorsement. Obama had Oprah, Gordon Brown got the Eddie Izzard nod, while the SNP had a long-time backer in the shape of Sean Connery.
Now Talk of the Town has been informed that Ultravox star Midge Ure is backing SNP candidate Ronnie Gurr for a seat in the East Lothian Council elections.
Speaking about music industry veteran Mr Gurr, Midge said: “I know that by voting for him in May, the residents of the North Berwick ward will gain a councillor who will invest the same energy, commitment and passion in representing them as he has put into his previous roles.”
Critics view celebrity cap-dothing as little more than populist vote-catching, but TOTT is more generous spirited. But in the words of Simple Minds – with whom Gurr has worked – he is holding up a loudhailer to the electorate screaming “Don’t you (Forget About Me)”.
Don’t just Cook it, let TV chef James cook it for you
IT’S rare for aeroplane food to scoff rave reviews. Pre-packaged, heavily salted frozen fare might fill a hole in passengers’ guts during a long-haul flight – but generally speaking it’s far from five-star fine dining. But one airline aims to change that by introducing a celebrity chef to the menu.
TV foodie James Martin will be feeding hungry fliers on Thomas Cook Airlines’ journeys to and from the Capital. He promises bacon and eggs, British beef with baby onions and herb dumplings and bourbon, vanilla and ginger cheesecake.
Hopefully Thomas Cook won’t do away with the complimentary sick bag – just in case.
Rocky time for candidate
GREEN candidate Gavin Corbett has come up with a unique polling day puzzle for residents in the Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart ward. They’ve been tasked to find nine stones planted within the ward, each branded with a letter that spells out an important message which treasure hunters should then reveal to the party.
Gavin is widely tipped for glory on Thursday – so better hope backers vote before they realise his puzzle offers no prize.
Nibbles before bedtime
THE bedroom secrets behind Edinburgh’s curtains have been revealed. A survey from Diet Chef says over half of Capital dwellers – 52 per cent – admit to snacking in bed before calling it a night.
And 13 per cent say they prefer a midnight munch to sex.
Bet that wasn’t what you expected when you read the intro.