Talk of the town: Access all arias for this Italian job

SET in 1930s Italy against a backdrop of rising fascism and looming war, it will take place to the no-doubt stunned gaze of the Capital’s Saturday shoppers.

Amateur opera group Aria Alba will promote their Fringe show Le Nozze Di Figaro with a one-off flashmob performance at a secret Edinburgh location.

“It was all great fun. The opera really came to life for me. My son has learning difficulties so did not understand the plot but he just loved the singing,” said an audience member after a recent workshop by the group in Ireland.

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TOTT wouldn’t want to give the game away by saying when and where the event will happen – let’s just say the singers won’t be short of fancy Italian goods and clothes if props are required.

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to spill

AS if we hadn’t had enough rain, a charity walker arrived in Edinburgh yesterday with 20 litres of water balanced on his head.

Ollie Mason, 23, from Chester, is walking 1000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats with his unusual cargo, hoping to raise £100,000 for a number of charities which priovide clean drinking water for children in developing countries.

He arrived in the Capital on day 16 of the challenge, hoping it will remain dry for the remaining 44 days of his epic journey.

It’s all going swimmingly

IT was shut for three years as it underwent a £37 million revamp before springing a leak in its roof just three months later . . . but the consensus is it’s all rather good.

Olympic swimmers from Team GB are in the city training at the Royal Commonwealth Pool ahead of the Games.

And it seems they’re quite impressed.

Gold medallist from 2008 Rebecca Adlington took to Twitter yesterday to post a picture of a gleaming Commie and announce: “Here is the amazing pool we’re swimming at in Edinburgh. Such a nice venue!”

How did they get there?

IT is understandable in the clamour to get off a plane that occasionally things get left behind.

Books, mobile phones and sunglasses were the most forgotten items in a study by Edinburgh-based flight comparison site Skyscanner, which you might expect, while neglected wedding rings, false teeth, a trombone and canvas paintings might raise a few eyebrows.

But perhaps not as much as the underwear left for one airline cleaner to pick up.