Talk of the Town: And here’s a quote I made up earlier

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THEY are unlikely bedfellows: a politician, Blue Peter and the world’s first major steel bridge.

But if there were a competition to pen the most unlikely sentence yet recorded in Talk of the Town, the following would be in the running for pole position: “Mike Crockart MP welcomes Blue Peter badge for Forth Rail Bridge”.

The Edinburgh West politician wasted little time extolling the virtues of both the BBC programme and the Fife access point, saying: “That the bridge is the first man-made structure to receive the award, joining one of the most exclusive clubs, is recognition of its world-class engineering. It’s wonderful that Edinburgh West is home to such an iconic structure.”

Other implausible sentences may also include: “Retailers delighted by renewed tram works’ etc.”

Genius sees connections where others do not

IT looks like Glasgow is eyeing up those giant Olympic rings which were nearly going to be installed on Edinburgh Castle to advertise the 2014 London Olympics.

During a debate in the Scottish Parliament, Glasgow Labour MSP Drew Smith pointed out: “George Square or the squinty bridge would be an ideal location for the Olympic rings in Scotland given the connections between Glasgow 2014 and London 2012.”

Culture Secretary and Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop said: “I diplomatically leave the matter of the most appropriate site for the rings as one to be resolved between Edinburgh City Council and Glasgow City Council.”

JK out to top another list

JK Rowling is set to go up against the UK’s best kids authors to battle for the title of best children’s book of the decade.

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix author will take on Anthony Horowitz and former children’s laureate Jacqueline Wilson among others.

The winner will be announced in March 1.

All day and all of the knit

IT’S the time of year when they are needed most, and now locals have been asked to dig out their old winter woollies and wear them with pride.

With only a few days to go until Age Scotland’s annual fundraiser, Bobble Day on February 10, the charity is asking people to dig out their discarded knits, wear them with pride and donate £2 to its good works. Don’t forget to top off your outfit with a bobble, available from the Age Scotland shop on Nicholson Street, Edinburgh.