Talk of the Town: Attacking birds left Aldridge in a flap

GULLS are a species that tend to not get the best press.

Elsewhere in today’s Evening News, we report on the city council looking at new ways to reduce their numbers in the Capital.

For environment leader Robert Aldridge, this is personal – as he claims that a gull once stole a whole plate of burger and chips from him.

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Yet it seems that gulls, and more specifically their eggs, are not bad for everything.

Mairianna Clyde, chair of Merchiston Community Council, said: “You can use gull’s eggs like hen’s eggs. They are a bit tough for an omelette but they’re okay.”

Sight of the living dead

WHAT would you do if someone you’d never heard of phoned up and said you make a perfect on-screen zombie?

Not being one of the living dead and assuming the call was from, at best, a student experimental film group looking for Legionnaires to be unpaid extras, or at worst a hoax, Neil Griffiths, publicity assistant with the Royal British Legion Scotland based in the city, told them to get lost.

Only for, three months later, Brad Pitt and a Hollywood film crew to swan into Glasgow at which point Neil realised the call hadn’t been a joke. “Ouch,” he says now.

The grass is greener

WHEN you walk about Fountainbridge wearing a bright green grass suit, you are bound to attract attention.

But it seems that the man recently spotted in the area sporting the unusual attire is not trying to start a new fashion craze – it is actually just a publicity stunt for the development of the former Fountain Brewery site.

Robin Blacklock, senior development manager with Grosvenor, the company behind Springside, said: “Fountainbridge is now a vibrant community and we are literally bringing it to life through our creation of Mr Springside, whose job it will be to tell the rest of the city just how great it is to live in the area.”

High flats take a hit

THEY were almost universally despised by the people who lived in them, around them or just had to look at them. But it seems the Sighthill tower blocks have found a route to popularity at last – being demolished.

Dozens of videos featuring spectacular footage of the demolition on Sunday have been uploaded to YouTube, with more than 30,000 people so far taking the chance to witness the demise of the 40-year old tower blocks from every possible angle, and even in slow-motion.