Others mischievously suggested that The King would be a more appropriate recipient of the honour than The Bard. After all, the only time that Elvis came into contact with British soil was when he touched down at Prestwick in 1960.
Drumlanrig suspects the SNP’s Ayrshire rock’n’roller Chic Brodie, above, would be a fervent lobbyist for Elvis. The jet black barnett of Holyrood’s “Hound Dog”, his Las Vegas fashion sense and his sensational performances at SNP karaoke parties would suggest that he’d vote for the Presley option. “Uhhh Huh”, as Chic would say.
When Izzard’s in town to say ‘No’, he really means it
“Go on then make me laugh …” It’s the frosty riposte that every comedian dreads and English comic Eddie Izzard probably felt a similar apprehension as he set out his reasons for backing a referendum No vote to journalists ahead of a show in Edinburgh last week.
“Can you share with us some of one of your one-liners or jokes for tonight please,” one demanding hack asked.
The comic braved the laughter of those assembled, before insisting his style was more “Monty Python” than Frank Carson.
“I have no one liners – I don’t do one-liners,” he said.
Margo warmed to the tale of knocking shop Narnia
The sad death of Margo MacDonald reminds Drumlanrig of a singular political character with the most fantastic sense of humour. Her campaign to establish tolerance zones for prostitution led her to establish warm relationships with many members of the world’s oldest profession.
She used to say that her favourite Edinburgh madam was a legendary character whose favourite client was the man who sought gratification from being shut naked in the brothel wardrobe.
“She thought he was brilliant,” Margo would say. “She didnae hae tae touch him and it gave her a chance to pick up the grandkids from school while he was locked up.”
With Margo, a good laugh was guaranteed.
Clare reveals Scotland’s girl geek underground
The rise of the “geek” has been the hallmark of the modern age as visionaries like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs helped shape the digital world. And keen to jump on any bandwagon, MSPs appear to be getting on board. Nationalist backbencher Clare Adamson revealed she was part of a networking group called “girl geek Scotland” in a Holyrood debate last week. However nerdy it may sound the organisation’s website insists “Nothing beats the intimate gathering of a Girl Geek Dinner....”