Talk of the Town: Will Kathryn show the gift of the gob?

WHILE our gallus Glesga’ cousins are praised for their patter, it is generally considered that those hailing from the Capital tend to be a little less “gobby”.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 12th October 2011, 1:01 pm

But it seems one local woman is challenging that cliché. Kathryn MacKinnon has been picked by Strictly Come Dancing star Alesha Dixon and FirstCape Café Collection as a finalist in the search for the UK’s chattiest woman.

“Queen of Chat” contestants entered a three-minute video clip showing off what they do best – talking – and if Kathryn wins, she will be celebrating with a £2000 prize. Now it’s down to a public vote, so if you want to see a fellow Burgher crowned chat champion go to and vote for Kathryn.

Debbie’s just the ticket

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TRAVELLERS on the new No 10 buses are benefiting from more than just an eco-friendly ride and free wifi.

They also get a recorded voice telling them which stop they’re at. We were delighted to find out that the voice isn’t that of a computer-generated figure or a voiceover artist working in a far-distant studio, but belongs to none other than Edinburgh’s own Debbie Cannon.

When not treading the boards, the former Telford College acting student also takes to the tourist buses as a guide, and now lends her guiding hand (or voice) to local bus travellers too. We can’t think of anyone we’d rather have telling us where to get off (so to speak).

Red faces after Scarlets

SCOTLAND endured a torrid time in Spain last night, but the national team are not the only ones who may rightly feel cursed when they go abroad.

Edinburgh Rugby could be excused thinking trips outside the Capital this season are jinxed.

Last weekend saw the team head for Llanelli. And if losing to the Scarlets wasn’t bad enough the return journey proved something of a nightmare as well, as international forward Dave Denton recalled on Twitter by revealing: “Good old bus driver just took us to Bristol for our 1150 flight. From Cardiff!”

A date with destiny

FIRST it was billed for 2011, then 2014, and then who knows. Like most city residents, Wikipedia has also now given up on any estimates for the arrival of the trams.

The online encyclopedia has avidly followed its progress and has devoted 5000 words to the project.

But where previously the site listed the hopeful and not-so-hopeful completion estimates, now it simply states the date for the end of the project is “uncertain”.