Loch Ness Monster! — witchlike

Just read on witchlike that, it was on this day 22nd August (several centuries ago in 565, that the Loch Ness monster was first spotted. I have just bought a t-shirt of Nessi with a Real Madrid top like Messi, so it was a big coincidence to read this.

“From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us.” – Scottish Prayer Do you believe in Nessie, the legendary serpent that is said to dwell in the great loch of the Scottish Highlands? If so, you may owe your belief to an Irish monk […]

via Loch Ness Monster! — witchlike

I love you but; a play about coercive control (Edinburgh fringe)

A play illustrating what coercive control is. This is topical, after the introduction last year of the law against cocercive control.  The topic was also covered in the Archer’s last year.  It shows the fine line between loving behavior and controlling; which makes it harder to identify than physical abuse but; it can be as devastating. The play was interesting and featured some solid performances. It is at  TheSpace at Northbridge at 14.35 until Saturday 25th August.


Breathing Corpses (Edinburgh Fringe Review)

Another show continue my Fringe death theme. Featuring both suicide and murder. Also covers two way domestic violence within a heterosexual relationship, empty nest syndrome and male mental illness. The hotel cleaner’s character provided a touch of humour and romance to really make this a rich show. Great performances including from last minute stand in, who read Off the script. At TheSpace on the Mile 12.25 until Saturday.


Treasure Island (Edinburgh Fringe review)

What better way to start the day then with choruses of ‘What do you do with a drunken sailor?’. Plus some other pirate like shanties, theatrical performances inspired by the classic Treasure Island and some direct readings from the book itself. A fun show for adults and children at 10.55 each day at The Space at Niddry.


Edinburgh Fringe Improvisation

Improvisation acts are an opportunity to see performers attempt to come up with something entertaining on the spot. Yesterday I saw two improvisation acts.

Firstly during the recording of Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo’s show I saw Baby want’s chocolate; they were given a theme and immediately came up with a musical style song. It was towards the end of the show.


Then I saw Improvbungo at The Space at Niddry. They are there every night until Saturday at 9.20pm. As the audience was going in, we all had to write a location on a piece of paper, all these were put into a jar and then one was picked during the show. Similar audience interaction determined that the 6 actors would act out a thriller murder mystery movie set around a garage called the Mad Mechanic. Some audience members were given buzzers to influence the show. For example, when one buzzer was pressed the performer speaking had to on the spot develop and sing a song.


Edinburgh Music 2

You do not have to be in Edinburgh long to come across a bag piper playing; at least not during August. Often a piper can be found between Edinburgh Waverley and the Scotts monument to greet those arriving in Edinburgh by train. Or alternatively on the royal mile.

I have seen this band around Edinburgh a couple of times. They are called Spinning Blowfish.

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Edinburgh Music 1

Last night I attended the recording of Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo’s show in Edinburgh they discussed famous Edinburgh musicians. Here is a link to the show:


The Proclaimer’s featured providing a couple of sound bites. Additionally their song Edinburgh streets was played. They also have a song Sunshine in Leith; Leith is an area of Edinburgh which I have been going through on a bus most days. Not sure whether perhaps their, most famous song I would’nt walk 500miles, is about Edinburgh.

Also during the show a band I did not recognise name of, but am subsequently, learning I recognise songs from were played; Waterboys.

Other Edinburgh musicians that may or may not have been mentioned are; Baycity Rollers, KT Tunstal, Idlewild, Shirley Manson from Garbage, Finlay Quaye and Edwina Collins. More Edinburgh musicians is likely to be played on Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo’s show during this week as they continue to record in Edinburgh.

The Blossom’s played live; they are from Stockport near Manchester.

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Former Blue Peter presenters were also on the show.

Brawn – A story of male body dismorphia (Edinburgh fringe review)

Interesting to see body dismorphia from a male point of view. It shows how certain comments at school; can change course of life and the impact that has. A 1 man show. Breathtaking for the actor in terms of the dialogue deliver in amongst an exercise routine; impressive. For those who like that sort of thing some male eye candy, lightening a serious topic, delivered well.

Edinburgh Fringe 5 Ticket Tips

A basic principle to remember is it important to remember tickets are sold through each venue and the Edinburgh fringe. Therefore there can be tickets in two places.

1. If Edinburgh fringe says have no tickets and to check with venue, it is worth checking and not assuming all tickets are gone as the venue may have tickets that fringe does not. Particularly in last 30minutes, before a show the Fringe many not have any but venue may have.

2. If buy tickets from Edinburgh fringe, you need to collect from an Edinburgh fringe office or machine. The venue where the show is, may not have an Edinburgh fringe machine. Therefore if arrive at venue without tickets you may then have be sent to an Edinburgh fringe machine.

2. You can get 2-1 ticket may paring to friend of Edinburgh Fringe, but if do that need to buy tickets from Fringe rather than venue. Make sure buy tickets well in advance of show as close to show all tickets may be at venue rather than Fringe and venues do not honour the 2 for 1.

3. Some shows may restrict late comers to first few minutes of a show, so may miss out if not on time. Even if show allows late comers, please remember by arriving late you are disturbing performers and rest of audience.

4. To avoid being late, plan where shows are. Do not rely on google maps too much as venues may have different names during fringe and / or be buried inside buildings. Bear in mind streets get full of people during Fringe so that can slow journeys down.