So this year, I’ve tried to make an effort to do the whole Fringe thing. You know I’ve been a native Edinburger for over 25 years now, and when you live somewhere, you tend to take stuff that’s there around you all the time for granted. I didn’t realise what special city Edinburgh was until I lived in Aberdeen for 5-6 years!
I’ve had a lovely couple of weeks with various friends experiencing the fringe, meeting for coffee and discovering a few places I hadn’t noticed or been to before.
Last week, Mike and his girlfriend, Kelly were up in Edinburgh. Mike and I realised that we’ve now been friends for a decade! Wow. That makes us sound a little bit old! Kelly is from Colombia, so it was lovely to be able to show her round and teach her a little about the Scottish culture (some of this will be saved for future Flower of Scotland Friday posts!!)
Mike & Kelly outside the Writers Museum
On Wednesday night (last week) we went to see one of my favourite comedians – Mark Watson. His show last year was my favourite at the Fringe, and this year he still takes the top spot, joint with The Amateur Transplants!Afterwards, we went to Chiquitos, which I really want to pay another visit too when I haven’t already had my tea! We had the most bizarre and slightly eccentric waiting staff there.
On Saturday night my friends had booked tickets for The Amateur Transplants and Sammy J and the Forest of Dreams. We got a little hyper after The Amateur Transplants. Especially as it became a little bit of an Aberdeen Medics reunion in Medina.
3 fellow Aberdeen graduates - Don't worry, we're all completely normal! (ahem)
By the way, Jenni and Gaz have alerted me to lovely restaurant place where they had ‘High Tea’ the other week called Eteaket. They highly recommend it!
In between the 2 shows, we had an obligatory drink outside the Udderbelly.
yes, it's a big marquee in the shape of an upside-down purple cow
Then on Tuesday, I met my friend Gregor (another Aberdeen graduate) who was in town to interview someone at the Book Festival.
Gregor with his 'Metro of Death'...
While collecting some tickets (Gregor for the book festival, me for the Comedy festival) we got shown a few magic tricks by Ian Randall standing in the queue.
While I was waiting for Gregor to finish interviewing said writer-dude at the Book Festival, I did my usual and browsed those lovely shiny new books in Waterstone’s. And did I not randomly bump into a couple more Aberdeen folks while in there?! So off we went to Charlotte Square where we bumped into Mr Fourth Space and then surprised Gregor.
Jim then took us to another place I never knew about – Tea Tree Tea. There’s a café I’ll have to visit again!
On Wednesday night, I took my friends Richard and Jason to see Stephen K Amos and met up with Adam and 3 of his friends. We got soaked in the pouring rain waiting outside the Pleasance Grand. But it was definitely worth it. We got a wee taster of another bunch of Fringe performers who you can check out at the Gilded Balloon. 3 Aussie musicians who have a sort of comedy band called Axis of Awesome.
You only need 3 chords for a worship song, but apparently you need as many as 4 for a pop song!
So there we have it. BK’s 2009 Fringe experience! The month of August has been on the expensive side, but it has been a lot of fun, and great to catch up with folks or get to know them a little bit better. Two things I hope I get the chance to see once I’m back from Momentum is the African Children’s Choir and The Hotel. I’ve heard great reviews about the choir (and my friend works for them) and as for The Hotel – I’m intrigued by the whole installation using comedy thing…plus the guy behind it is Mark Watson…