Horse meat is proving so popular that a Scottish chef has now doubled his weekly order. The Mongolian-style restaurant, Khublai Khans, in Edinburgh put horse meat on the menu a few weeks before the horse meat scandal broke out, and diners are going mad for the new delicacy.
Edinburgh Zoo’s very own ‘king of the beasts’ – as lions are sometimes known – celebrated his 2nd birthday in style.
Asiatic lion juvenile Jayendra, known as Jay to his keepers at the Zoo, celebrated his birthday in style with some special birthday themed enrichment. Unfortunately for Jay, Kamlesh, the lioness who he is hoped to be mated with, decided to crash the party and keep all the treats for herself.
CHEFS have married Scotland’s other national drink with curry to create the Iron Bruna.
Brothers Abdul and Akbar Ali have blended the famed orange fizzy drink with bhuna sauce.
The result, they claim, is a mild curry with a distinctive after-taste of Irn Bru.
The Iron Bruna was created at their Kismot restaurant in Edinburgh to mark National Curry Week.
Akbar Ali, 32, said: “We thought, we like Irn Bru, we like curry, why not make it into a curry?
A GOOD Samaritan who confronted a thug harassing people at a bus stop has told how his cheek was smashed and he suffered anti-English abuse.
Malcolm Brown, a 66-year-old retired merchant navy captain, said he had to be held back after he was punched in the face and called an “English b******”.
Malcolm, who is originally from Hull, East Yorkshire, and has lived in Scotland for 47 years, needed surgery for a broken cheekbone after the attack.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the racist attack
The assault, which was witnessed by Malcolm’s wife Ann, happened shortly before 10pm at a temporary bus stop in the Edinburgh’s Western Approach Road on 3 August.
Malcolm and his wife had been enjoying a performance of China’s Three Tenors opera at Usher Hall earlier in the evening before the assault.
He said: “This hooligan started on a guy at the other end of the queue, there were about 30 of us.
“He started offering a drink of his Irn Bru, then he started cursing and swearing when the guy refused.”
Malcolm said he was used to foul language from his time in the merchant navy but said “this was out of order”.
The grandfather of three continued: “I just told him to shut your mouth, go back in your hole and leave decent people alone.
“Then he lashed out at me for being English.
“He just kept calling me a f***ing English b******.”
“I made the mistake of turning away and then he hit me. He got me on the right side of my face.
“The other people at the bus stop had to hold me back.”
He added: “My wife was shocked, she was standing there next to me.”
It took Malcolm several days to realise he ahd been badly hurt, and a visit to the hospital later confirmed he had a fractured cheekbone.
He had to attend St John’s Hospital in West Lothian for surgery to have a plate fixed in his face.
Mr Brown says he is ready to challenge hooliganism when he sees it but hasn’t experienced such an attack before.
He said: “I will speak up if I think it’s bad. But it seems to be more common these days.
“It’s the first time this has happened, hopefully it will be the last.”
The thug then brazenly stood at the bus stop and chatted on a mobile phone, and got on a bus after Mr Brown left.
Malcolm, who raised his son and daughter in Edinburgh, said: “I’ve probably lived here longer than the guy who did it. It won’t affect me. I’ll still go about the town if I have to.”
But Malcolm does not believe anti-English racism is a major problem. He joked: “It’s the Auld Enemy isn’t it?”
Police described the attacker as mid-20s, around 5ft 10ins and wearing a white shell suit top, light coloured bottoms and white trainers.
A few days after the attack on Friday, August 3, Mr Brownwent to hospital where it was confirmed he had a fractured cheekbone.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Officers are particularly keen to speak with two elderly women who later boarded a double-decker bus at the same time as the suspect and were at the bus stop at the time of the assault.
Detective Sergeant Dave Pinkney of Lothian and Borders Police said:
“The victim, who is English, stepped in to prevent other people at the bus stop being harassed by the suspect and has suffered a painful injury to his face as a result.
“We are now keen to speak with anyone who was in the queue at the time and remembers seeing this confrontation.
“Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist with our enquiries, or who can help us identify the male responsible is asked to contact police immediately.”
Hip hip hooray! A very big happy birthday is in order as Yang Guang celebrates his ninth birthday on 14th August, which is made doubly special as it is also his very first birthday on Scottish soil.
This boisterous boy is the first half of the UK’s only panda pair to turn nine, and will be shortly followed by Tian Tian, ten days later on 24th August.
Edinburgh Zoo’s keepers have a few surprises in store for this birthday boy to enjoy. A lot like most nine year olds Yang Guang can look forward to tucking into his birthday cake, which will be a special panda head shaped cake, made to a secret recipe. As well as this Yang Guang will also find a whole load of exciting panda pressies spread throughout his enclosure; the different sized boxes — made from some of his favourite varieties of bamboo poles, a bit like edible wrapping paper — will be covered with some honey and if that wasn’t a panda’s idea of heaven already, there will also be a few tasty chunks of apple and carrot hidden inside for Yang Guang to discover.
The U.S. Kids Golf European Championship has returned to East Lothian for the fifth year. With 550+ kids from more than 50 countries, the 2012 event is the biggest to date.
The huge number of players and families flocking to the five East Lothian courses is also predicted to bring an estimated £1.3million boost to the local economy.
The tournament features players from the ages of five to 18 – split into different age groups – who play on a series of shortened courses, allowing them to reach the greens in the same number of shots as the professionals. Despite their age, the participants are already proficient golfers and are able to hit shots straighter and more accurately than many adults, with many of them recording under-par rounds in the 60s and 70s.
Top finishers in each category will then compete for the Van Horn Cup over Gullane No1 on Friday, June 8 – a show piece event modeled on the Ryder Cup, where European competitors are pitted against their non European counterparts. The top five finishers in each age and gender group will automatically receive an invitation to the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships at Pinehurst Golf Club, North Carolina, in August.
THE FUTURE stars of Italian football put their skills to the test when they visited Holy Rood High School.
Ten members of the under-21 Italian team will took centre stage to answer questions about their life on and off the pitch by members of the school football team and Italian language pupils.
The squad were joined by World Cup Winning stars, Ciro Ferrara and Angelo Peruzzi who were on hand to talk about their careers and international playing experiences.
Coaches and players of the Scottish Under 21 football team were also there to welcome the guests on their visit to Edinburgh, ahead of their match against the Italian team on Wednesday 25 April.
Ferrara, Head Coach and Peruzzi, Assistant Coach, are former Champions League winning team mates, taking the title in 1996 with Juventus.
The coaches also won several national titles in their illustrious playing careers with the Italian giants and represented their country on many occasions.
Holy Rood RC High School has strong links with Italy through its popular Italian language course that pupils are continuing to excel in.
Some of the current language stars will have the chance to showcase their skills with a presentation to the players about Edinburgh in Italian. The school football team will also be there to show off their very own ‘calcio’ (football) skills to the players and coaching staff.
This high profile visit from some of the future stars of the Italian team will be a great boost to pupils studying Modern Languages and PE, embodying the ethos of Curriculum for Excellence.
City Education Leader, Councillor Marilyne MacLaren said: “We are delighted to welcome the under-21 team and their coaches to Edinburgh. It is great to see the school building these strong international links that is at the heart of what Edinburgh stands for as International City of Learning. I am sure that the pupils will take a lot away from this and it will bring a new dimension to their PE and language lessons.”
Chris Lowe, PE teacher at Holy Rood RC High School said: “Both pupils and teachers are honoured to have the team at the school. I know that our pupils are looking forward to getting some useful tips and hints from the future stars of Italian football. It will also be a great chance for them to test their own language skills and showcase some of the sporting talent we have here at Holy Rood High.”