Talk of the Town: Syne of good times at Hogmanay

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AN Edinburgh chef is bringing back the traditional Hogmanay house party by inviting 15 strangers to her home for a bash “just like Granny threw”.

Wendy Paterson’s Inside Out Chef Supper Club will see guests treated to home-made dishes including stovies and lasagne, desserts and nibbles – along with typical Hogmanay party music.

Revellers will party at her Fairmilehead home until the wee small hours.

“I love how great food seems to bring out the best in people,” said Wendy. “I’ll have 15 people in my home, many of whom have never met each other, and within half an hour there is buzzing conversation and raucous laughter.”

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Macs on Apple – curiously app-ropriate combination

THEY may be hundreds of years old but it doesn’t stop them keeping up with the times.

Scottish clans are the latest “apps” on iPhones.

The resource, invented by city website ScotClans and offering definitive guides and historical details of more than 350 clans across Scotland, was launched on St Andrew’s Day.

Paint it black (and white)

FIRST, there was the EdinburghPanda twitter account, then came the “unofficial” Tian Tian and Yang Guang.

Now there’s @TheJockPandas reporting on life in Edinburgh Zoo.

Tweeting in true Scottish form – and being perhaps a tad more flirtatious than you might expect – Yang Guang tells blunt tales of Edinburgh life.

He said: “The Mrs has already started banging on about ‘decorating the place’ I ‘ain’t doing no decorating, I’m a celebrity”.

No nonsense from Stuff

WITH magic mirrors, Narnia-style rooms and a sweet shop all under the one roof, it may sound like the home of a kids’ activity centre.

But the attractions are additions to a George Street clothing store – earning it a chance to win the title of store design of the year.

White Stuff’s city centre store features a phone box that enables customers to order online if a product is unavailable in store, a magic mirror that allows shoppers to send pictures to Facebook, and Narnia-style dressing rooms that are designed to look like wardrobes but which open into themed rooms.

The shop is up against nine others from across the UK in the Oracle Retail Week awards 2012.