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HE’S putting the Capital in the frame as part of a nationwide tour.

American snapper Luke Bhothipithi is currently on a ten-day road trip around Scotland after winning a photography competition run by VisitScotland and The Macallan Single Malt.

The 28-year-old from Florida might, however, be in for a culture shock on his travels.

Before arriving in Scotland, he said: “I’ve never been to Europe before, but my girlfriend has been to Portugal and Spain.”

By now, day four, we’re sure Luke will have realised the climates he’s heard so much about don’t quite speak for all of Europe.

Scrum-thing to shout about for dance pupils

THERE’S no doubt pupils at Dalkeith High School have the moves to make a decent living on the celebrity circuit.

So says ex-England rugby star Josh Lewsey, who visited the school with world aquathlon champion Richard Stannard for the Let’s Dance for Sport Relief fundraising event.

But whether he was impressed with one group of S5-S6 boys’ dancing is unclear. He did, however, say “they put Jedward to shame”.

So, take a bow, Happy Feet, Disco Dan, Dunk Da Funk, Shifty Steve and Shuffling Scott.

Putt on your kilts, gents

IT’S certainly one way to pay homage to Scotland’s status as the Home of Golf.

To raise cash for the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal, Haddington Golf Club will play host to golfers doing the rounds while wearing kilts.

Monday, May 21 is the date for the diaries and the man to contact if you want to sign up is Neil Forbes. E-mail him at

Let’s just hope it’s not a windy day.

Paining cats and dogs

IT seems the Capital has no shortage of motored-down moggies and driven-over dogs.

Edinburgh has been named seventh in the top ten UK hotspots for cat and dog road accident insurance claims.

More than a quarter of all the pet road accident claims settled by Direct Line pet insurance last year occurred in just ten places.

The town of Reading saw the highest number of claims, with the average cost of a claim involving a cat £794, rising to £1118 for a dog.

It was also revealed that dogs named Max, Charlie and Molly were most likely to be run over.

In a similar children’s survey, it was also found that dogs named Max, Charlie and Molly were most likely see out their days on a farm.