Talk of the Town: Raising a glass to Ben’s bit of history

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BRITISH director Ben Wheatley is already set to make a bit of film history when his latest movie, A Field In England, is launched on Friday.

The movie will be the first to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, video on demand and on TV, giving the English Civil War drama a very wide reach.

And it seems it is also set to launch on beer bottles – with the Cameo Cinema announcing it will be selling A Field in England ale from its bar to mark the release.

Go nuts for squirrel burger . . to save ’em

THE fight to save the red squirrel from extinction has seen many ideas put forward – although eating a red squirrel burger wouldn’t seem an obvious way to help the animals.

Nevertheless, the Scottish Wildlife Trust is calling on the public to tuck in and help save the animals, as Edinburgh pub The Red Squirrel will be donating 50p from the sale of every “red squirrel burger” to the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Fortunately, the burger is made from locally sourced beef and does not contain red squirrel meat.

Bonnie Banks idea

WHILE selected by public vote, the response to the name of the Queensferry Crossing has been less than enthusiastic. And as the Capital prepares to celebrate the life of author Iain Banks, one reader has suggested a more permanent tribute to the man who wrote The Bridge – naming it “Queensferry Banks Crossing”.

New leaf

Never one to rest on his laurels, it seems Ian Rankin is already on the lookout for something to do after completing his latest novel.

The author tweeted followers: “Novel done n dusted, I’m sitting in my office reading, listening to records and thinking: start another project?”