Talk of the Town: Frying high at Hampton Court

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YOU can take the Scot out of Scotland but you cannae take Scotland out the Scot . . . or so the saying goes.

Gail Porter proved there is no denying this to be true during a day out at the ongoing Hampton Court flower show in London.

The Edinburgh television presenter took to Twitter to announce that the food stalls at the event had something to her – domestic – taste.

She posted: “Oh my goodness!! Hampton court gardens are selling Scottish food!!!!”

A photograph of a menu accompanying the tweet revealed offerings of pickled onions, chip butties . . . and deep-fried Mars bars.

Hopping in to parklife at the very muddy deep end

RUNNERS at last week’s Jog Scotland 5k Challenge in Inverleith Park had a lot of rain and mud to contend with.

But it wasn’t that which delayed them on the starting line – with stewards going hopping mad as they tried to catch a wayward frog as it bounded around in front of the competitors.

Sadly for the frog it had got the wrong race – there were no hurdles on the 5k track.

Tory MSP hits her peak

SCOTTISH Tory MSP Liz Smith, former teacher – and pupil – at George Watson’s College, is celebrating after bagging her final Munro at the weekend.

The ascent of Slioch, on Loch Maree, was the 283rd peak she needed to become an official Munroist, completing a 30-year adventure.

She joins Labour’s Chris Smith – former MP and fellow Watsonian – who was the first, and remains the only, MP to have scaled all the Munros.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the school’s S3 Projects, which sees all S3 pupils every year spend two weeks in May away on residential outdoor education. To celebrate this anniversary the school organised Munromaynia, which involved getting Watsonians on all 283 peaks.

French fries only real goal

SCOTTISH football fans might have been bemoaning the lack of a local hero to cheer on in Team GB – but given a Twitter update from one of the nation’s few candidates for the squad, it’s not altogether surprising.

Denying rumours he’d asked to leave current club Wolves, former Hibs star Steven Fletcher said: “I ain’t put no transfer request in. Only request I put in just now was for a side of fries with my chicken wrap at the pool.”

A true Olympian shamefully denied a shot at gold.