Talk of the town: Missing cars not such a mystery

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EDINBURGH-based detective drama Case Histories has had some tough nuts to crack in its time, but recently it found itself wrapped up in a whole new mystery – The Case of the Missing Motor.

It would appear that signage stating there was no parking in the area as it was being used for filming, and even cones restricting entry just weren’t quite enough to stop certain drivers leaving their cars on Candlemaker Row earlier this week.

Perhaps finding their car gone when they returned will have helped the message sink in.

A council spokesperson explained: “We removed and relocated some cars from Candlemaker Row to accommodate prearranged filming for a TV production. Signage and road cones were in place to inform road users of the street’s closure.”

New chapter in literary chip shop tradition

FOR most the only reading done in a chip shop is of the menu.

But on Sunday, Buckstone author Vicki Jarrett will open a whole new chapter for the Kingfisher chip shop in Bread Street, when she shares a passage from her new book, Nothing is Heavy.

Mother of twins Vicki, a former chip shop worker herself, told the Evening News in September most of the research for the novel took place as she served up fish suppers while taking in the city’s nightlife.

Sunday’s sold-out reading is part of the West Port Book Festival. For more events, see

Let them eat cupcake

IT sounds like a tasty treat worth giving thanks for.

Cuckoo’s Bakery in Dundas Street is celebrating American Thanksgiving by creating a new seasonal treat.

Until Saturday, owners Graham Savage and Vidya Sarjoo will be offering a cupcake featuring spiced pumpkin and pecan sponge filled with butterscotch sauce, topped with vanilla butter cream and crushed pecans.

Graham said: “It has become a tradition that we create quirky cupcakes recognising significant dates and our Thanksgiving cake joins our highly popular range of seasonal creations.”

Pet love takes the biscuit

THIS has long been known as a nation of animal lovers – but this survey definitely takes the (dog) biscuit.

According to new research by the National Office of Animal Health, 45 per cent of Scots would risk their lives to save their pet.

Although for cat lovers, we assume the feeling is not mutual.