Talk of the Town: Nina shoots down sniper with truth

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SHE’S a teenage singing sensation tipped to do the Capital proud for many years to come.

Now, former Balerno High School pupil Nina Nesbitt has shown her feisty side as she shot down the author of an ill-informed profile.

She responded to claims she was just “another London, middle-class, fame-school” wannabe by blasting back with the truth about her rags-to-riches story.

Nina tweeted: “From Edinburgh for a start, average background, state high school . . . judgmental people really irritate me.”

Jemma’s dad would be king of final frontier

JEMMA Houldcroft was left devastated when her dad Frank, who lived in the Capital, died after suffering a heart attack two months ago at the age of 54.

Now, Jemma is aiming to make his dying wish come true – by having his ashes scattered into space.

The 25-year-old posted a message on Richard Branson’s Facebook fan page asking him to take her dad’s remains to the stratosphere on one of his forthcoming Virgin Galactic voyages – a ticket for which can cost up to £1 million.

Within hours, people across the world had pledged their support.

Jemma said: “My dad used to always say that when he died, he would want his ashes to be sent up to space in a rocket.”

Welsh’s derby soft spot

RELATIONSHIPS might be at the core of much of his writing, but you’d be twisting the truth to brand Irvine Welsh as a romantic.

But the Trainspotting author from Leith was in a romantic mood on Wednesday night, when he told his thousands of Twitter followers from his home in the States: “Beautiful full moon tonight in Chicago.”

That prompted one fan to ask the Hibs fanatic: “Did someone hack into your Twitter account?”

However, Welsh was quick off the mark to give the game away, nailing his colours to the mast as he replied: “A Hibs win and Hearts defeat always brings out that side of me.”

Paint an Aids day picture

IT’S a colourful way to highlight a serious issue.

To mark tomorrow’s World Aids Day, models will gather at Festival Theatre to have jigsaw puzzles outlined on their bodies before members of the public are then asked to paint on colours which represent how they feel about 

Run by city charity Waverley Care, the event is part of a global drive to raise awareness.