Talk of The Town: Waterway to get to a Fringe show

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BY planes, trains and automobiles, Festival-goers are flocking from all over to the Capital.

Waterway to get to a Fringe show

BY planes, trains and automobiles, Festival-goers are flocking from all over to the Capital.

But for one group of intrepid comedians, travelling to Edinburgh has been far from plain sailing.

For the group which left London on June 28 on a canal boat, the summer’s weather has not quite lived up to expectations.

The self-styled Pleasance Ahoy collective have been performing throughout England as they travel north through the nation’s waterways, a trip which culminates with a gig at Cargo, in Fountainbridge, on August 12 - the same date as the Olympic closing ceremony. Many of us will be celebrating sporting triumph, but surely given their efforts, the comedians deserve a sell-out crowd for their stand-up show.

Sinead’s giving talent scouts paws for though

IF Beethoven, Hooch and K-9 have taught us anything, it’s that people love performing pooches.

So Penicuik youngster Sinead Kerr-Moir could have a bright future ahead of her. Unlike her peers, the ten-year-old is spending summer at school, teaching her dog Daysha plenty of new tricks at Brooksby College in Melton Mowbray.

The college’s Young Kennel Club National Training Camp has seen interest in dog dancing explode on the back of Ashleigh and Pudsey’s success in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.

No doubt, like Simon Cowell’s favourites, Sinead and Daysha are a pair of pedigree chums.

Put a sock in it, Piers

WHILE the whole nation was basking in the glory of Chris Hoy’s latest gold, disgraced newspaper editor Piers Morgan came crawling out from under his rock to tweet: “So Sir Chris Hoy is happy to accept a Knighthood from the Queen but not sing the anthem when he wins Gold? I don’t get it, sorry.”

Happily, he faced a barrage of abuse from users pointing out Sir Chris was too busy wiping away tears of joy at the time.

Running out of ad room?

AS this column has already touched on, the city is heaving, with thousands upon thousands of visitors pouring into our hotels, hostels, B&Bs and spare rooms.

And it seems homeowners are cashing in, with “property for rent” adverts on website Gumtree up 152 per cent over the last week.

Today there were 791 short-term rental offerings in the city, ranging from £1000 a week for a four-bedroom house to just £15 a week for someone’s sofa – and that’s with breakfast and a tour guide thrown in.