Talk of the Town: Editor sparks death of Rankin character

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As Talk of the Town revealed yesterday, Ian Rankin’s editor is always asking the writer to “get inside the minds” of his characters.

That man is now behind the loss of an entire character. Rankin said: “Upshot of this editing malarkey is, I’m deleting one whole character from the new book, vaporising every scene they’re in. That character will continue to exist only in the memory of the handful of people who read the third draft. Funny old game . . .

Welsh can’t wait to get behind the wheel

With his latest movie about to hit the silver screen Irvine Welsh could probably sit back and get used to a life of limousines. But the Trainspotting author, left, has revealed that, at the grand age of 54, he has just started driving lessons – and said he had been inspired by the wide open spaces of his new homeland, America, with road trips planned just as soon as he sheds the ‘L’ plates.

It’ll make a change from the congested roads and endless diversions of his birthplace.

Murray snubs Capital

Andy Murray has snubbed the capital to instead give his backing to a bid by the University of Stirling and Stirling Council to host Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport. While he may have trained in Edinburgh as a youngster, both Andy and brother Jamie have backed the Stirling bid.

Marriage Bill’s guide

The Scottish Parliament is doing it’s bit for equality with moves to bring in an Equal marriage Bill – which now the support of the parliament’s only canine resident. Guide dog Mr Q is supporting the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill – by wearing a “Woof for Equality” bandana.