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The Bottom Line: Herald Business Diary

Inspirational

Inspirational

CAT MacLean, award-winning solicitor at MBM Commercial in Edinburgh known for battling the banks, has a more personal fight on her hands this year.

Back at work full-time this week after spending much of this year undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Cat has already completed one sponsored run in recent months, for Macmillan Cancer Support, despite being in hospital for the two days prior to the race. She is now in training for next month's Scottish half-marathon, running in aid of Cancer Research.

After that she is targeting the 25-mile Great Pentlands Push, in aid of St Columba's Hospice which cared for her mother.

Stressful times

IT'S been a testing, but ultimately satisfying, week for Paul Miller, co-founder of St Andrews-based Eden Brewery.

As if overseeing the construction of Eden's new microdistillery, and contending with high demand for its craft beers, is not enough, he has also been worrying about his son's Higher results.

All's well that ends well, though. The Bottom Line is pleased to report that Miller junior has secured a place to study sports science in Aberdeen.

We'll drink to that.

Seeing red

WITH a new corporate sponsor emblazoned on the shirts of Rangers this season, and fans might well be worried the players are taking its name too literally.

After Bilel Moshni's sending off in a friendly at Derby last weekend, supporters of the Govan club will be hoping 32Red refers only to the online casino company's name, rather than a target for on-field punishments.

The big result

IT is often more entertaining observing how people respond to major happenings on Twitter, as opposed to the events themselves.

Tuesday's televised independence debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling proved to be a case in point.

We particularly enjoyed crime writer Ian Rankin's verdict on who came out top.

The Inspector Rebus creator tweeted: "Bit of a surprise outcome tonight, with the underdog outplaying class opposition and emerging victorious. Dunfermline 1, Raith Rovers 0..."

Eric is... Bananaman

DM Hall managing partner Eric Curran does not take himself too seriously. He plans to dress as 80s cartoon superhero Bananaman to do a bungee jump for hospice charity CHAS, leaping from Clydebank's Titan Crane on August 17.

He will take the 164-foot plunge with DM Hall colleagues Laura McNee and friend Kayleigh Little to raise cash for CHAS, the Scottish children's hospice. So far donations of £1800 have been pledged - well about the initial £750 target.

Mr Curran said: "The irony is that I'm terrified of heights. This is a real personal challenge for me."

We humble suggest you pack some bananas in your lunchbox, Mr Curran.

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