Talk of the Town: No drink till fat lady sings

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A CITY centre pub is hitting a bum note with musicians after reportedly banning them from drinking until after their set is over. The Malt Shovel on Cockburn Street refused to comment, but one regular said: “I’ve never heard the like in 30 years in the business.”

Capital hides magyck world

A MIDWIFE has used the Capital as inspiration to break into the literary world by publishing a series of children’s fiction.

Andrew Symon, a senior lecturer in midwifery at Dundee University, has penned Jack Shian and the King’s Chalice, which tells the story of a 12-year-old who secretly belongs to an amazing and powerful group of “otherworld” creatures called the Shian who inhabit a “magyck” world hidden underneath Edinburgh Castle.

Shoppers blame Thatcher for dark

PARTS of London might have come to a standstill yesterday as Margaret Thatcher made her final journey through the city’s streets – but at Asda in Newhaven, it was business as usual.

Shoppers were busy filling their trollies and baskets when all the lights around the supermarket suddenly switched off, bringing a gasp from customers.

The abrupt plunge into darkness was put down to power cuts in the north of the Capital, which are covered elsewhere in today’s Evening News.

But that didn’t prevent one elderly gentlemen from stopping in the dairy aisle to inquire of a fellow customer: “Is this all for paying respects to Thatcher, a minute silence or something? Cause I’m no’ doing it.”

Physicist brings us back down to earth

While Professor Peter Higgs may be behind the most important scientific discovery of our time, one disappointed resident discovered the father of the Higgs Boson is just like you and me. A shocked @colindonald2 tweeted: “Just saw Prof Higgs, greatest physicist of the age, standing in bus stop in rainy Princes St. Like seeing Newton walking past a wig shop.”