Talk of the Town: Nomination draws Jack near to stars

WE can't imagine a better shortlist. Jennifer Aniston, The Muppets and East Lothian's very own Jack Henderson.

The six-year-old scribbler, who has raised more than 23,000 for the Sick Kids hospital by selling drawing requests online, has been nominated for a top social media award run by .net magazine.

The youngster's website got more than 200,000 hits after going viral on Facebook and Twitter. Now it's on the awards shortlist with the former Friends actress, who took part in a viral campaign to get children drinking more water, and The Muppets, for their series of comedy online videos.

We just hope the others are flattered to be on the list with Jack.

Travel guide authors are spooked by monument

IT'S perhaps one of the city's most iconic buildings and not one for sufferers of vertigo.

But the Scott Monument can now add a new accolade to its esteemed history after being named among the world's "spookiest" buildings by travel guide firm Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet author Andy Murdock said: "Not especially scary-looking, the monument is uniquely fear-inducing. The final curve is so notoriously tight, squeezing yourself out to the top platform feels like spelunking."

He forgot to mention the building's architect, George Meikle Kemp, failed to see its opening after drowning in the Union Canal one foggy night walking home from the site in 1844.

Home show just the ticket

THERE'S obviously no shortage of Fringe venues in the city, but how about hosting a show in your living room?

A competition running from August 3 will give three Forth One listeners the chance to host their own Fringe show featuring performers including Barry Cryer, Ali Cook, Patrick Monahan and Axis of Awesome.

Their grass is half fuel

WE all know what they eat - and produce - but now it seems a cow's stomach could hold the key to creating more environmentally-friendly versions of petrol and diesel.

Edinburgh researchers are investigating how enzymes found in the stomachs of cattle and other ruminants could be used industrially.

It is hoped a better understanding of the process will allow for the breakdown of tough structures in plant and tree matter for use in a commercial setting.

The discovery and application of the enzymes could release untapped energy in waste plant products to make fuel.

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