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It has to be an obsession. Philip Contini, whose real job is running Valvona & Crolla in Elm Row, was in his daughter’s VinCaffe in Multrees Walk on Monday singing Cole Porter songs with his Be Happy Band. A one-off Italian-American dinner show.
Somebody had suggested, an ex-Army officer, I believe, we should have a reunion of Cavalcade judges. A throw-back to the days when Princes Street could take a grand annual Sunday parade.
So who gets star billing this year at Valvona & Crolla for the Elm Row deli's now significant impact on the Fringe?
ONLY because basically I'm a dogs man. Only because I'm chummy with Kay Hamilton (the Duchess). Here's me plugging a fund-raiser for Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and I've no place in this warmest of hearts for the breed.
CALM down, John, it's only a letter and it comes in peace and with best wishes from Naomi Tarahara, wife of the Consul-General of Japan in Edinburgh.
The entrepreneurial (he'll happily settle for acquisitive) Shorof Uddin, whose acquisitions include the Curry Club at Corstorphine and In Touch at Goldenacre, now plans to become a pillar of the community in Dalkeith.
Trouble with a capital T. Right here in River City. No, not T for tram. I'll throw some light on the subject.
Right, men! Cutlasses at dawn. But keep me out of it. Charming individuals, I'm sure. I've got Franco Martone telling me Robert Louis Stevenson habitually quaffed a refreshment at his place, Ciao Roma on South Bridge.
Go on, then. Ask me. What was the highlight of your Easter? Unhesitatingly I'd have to say the proclamation that Anne Robinson is quitting The Weakest Link. That's the good news. The bad news, reportedly, is that she won't be going till next spring, when her contract expires.
You're never going to see Elmore Leonard, the grand master of American fiction, in Charlotte Square in August. He doesn't do itsy-bitsy book festivals featuring the usual suspects.
Can't abide the flamenco but the tango does bring the old blood to simmer.
Cockburn Street simply wasn't the same with out her. Marina Crolla's personal presence has been noticeably missing for eight months while she has devoted her time and effort to setting up her Angels With Bagpipes restaurant on the Royal Mile.
Sorry, mate, you're not on! The night Alex Cole-Hamilton's vote-for-me prod for Edinburgh Central flopped through the letterbox, his co-leader was on the Six O'Clock News, Vince Cable.
Closer than you've ever been to the front line in Afghanistan. Closer to the action than John Simpson, Orla Guerin or Jeremy Bowen ever get.
Another opening, another show! Allan McWilliam, the roving retailer, opened Slaters, the men's outfitters in George Street, in 2002. Now he's managing the re-launch of Romanes & Paterson, the three-storey department store in Princes Street.
Next time you see Alistair Darling in the street, and he lives locally as you know, don't hesitate to tap him on he shoulder or tug at the eyebrows and ask if he's happy having palmed six billion to skint Portugal.
Premature of the good natives resident in the Easter Road vicinity to hang out the flags and bunting and organise street parties. I mean, the Royal Wedding's a couple of weeks away.
The Spanish I'm hearing on Lothian Buses, now that the tourist stramash is gearing up for a long, over-populated summer, isn't sweet music to these ears - to these old lugs, and they won't find lugs in the Spanish-English phrase books.