Talk of the Town: Fruitful time for Andy Murray

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HE’S got a long way to go to defend his hard-won Wimbledon crown, but Andy Murray got off to a solid start yesterday, helped by vocal Scottish support.

Plenty of fans had made their way down from Edinburgh, and they were no doubt thrilled to discover that Murray has managed to put his stamp on every aspect of the event – Henman Hill has become Murray Mount, while local Morrison’s stores have even renamed their strawberries “Straw-Murries”.

Coining it in at launch of new Scottish pound

IT is one of the biggest issues around the Independence referendum – just what currency will Scotland use if it becomes its own nation again?

It seemed for one giddy moment that it may have been answered, when the Royal Mint sent out an e-mail announcing it was unveiling the Scottish pound – but sadly it’s not a new currency, just the latest limited edition £1 coin which bears Scottish thistle and bluebell emblems, part of a series celebrating UK botanical icons.

Game over for armadillo

SO near and yet so far – after five straight results it looked liked Edinburgh Zoo’s World Cup predicting armadillo Dillon might have been a match for Paul the Psychic octopus. But now it’s back to square one for the mentalist mammal, after he wrongly picked Chile to beat the Netherlands.

Bird wars only natural

THERE’S always plenty happening on the streets of the Capital – journalist Stephen Jardine tried a spot of nature-watching, when he tweeted: “Seagull currently disembowelling a dead pigeon on Dundas Street. I’m like an urban David Attenborough.”