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Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Fringe...

It gets bigger every year! I love it!!!
Edinburgh grows by an extra one million people in August! The streets become a giant stage for all sorts of acts!
Strollers are assaulted every inch of the way by leaflet-bearing-would-be-artists inviting them to their daily shows around the city.

Scottish drummers outside the National Gallery.

Hull University Big Band giving a sample from their Glenn Miller's repertoire.

The Royal Mile transformed into a giant stage...

Serenaded by a talented quartet singing "Bye, bye, Blackbird..." while sipping your morning coffee...

Six wonderful days but I only managed to see three shows! The rest of my time was taken up with food and wine tasting on a grand scale or just walking along Princes Street and the Royal Mile taking in the atmosphere and dreaming of becoming a stand-up artist!!

Check out The Fringe facts for yourselves!



Blogger Shyha said...

I'll get myself there... eventually... ;)

12/8/06 8:48 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Welcome back Cream, looks like you had a great time - and good weather. Let's hear it for the first English-speaking Algerian Geordie celebrity chef stand-up comedian! (There's a contradiction in there somewhere).

12/8/06 9:12 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Fancy seeing the Hull Big Band there.

I keep meaning to get there too. One day. sigh

13/8/06 1:34 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

It really sounds like an awesome time. And six days! Great.

13/8/06 2:32 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

Haha! Looks like something I would try to avoid!

13/8/06 10:46 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

sounds like it must have been lots of fun!

13/8/06 11:54 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Shyha, there are quite a few Polish shops in Edinburgh now!

Daphnée, I've already started looking for a name for my act...Any ideas?
Definitely a great time!!

Cherrybabe, I knew you'd notice that! The HUBB was very good!

Mary, could've been longer but my liver had started complaining...

Viking, you'd love it and you'd get to visit Lindisfarne on the way down.

It was, Hayden, it really was!

14/8/06 10:12 AM  
Blogger iluvnyc said...

wowwww... that's so cool!!!!... i shall show my roommate about this post... she's from scotland, just moved here this past june...

14/8/06 1:05 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Welcome back, bienvenue. Yes Cream, go on, strut your stuff. You entertain diners at your restaurant, now make it official at the Fringe.

14/8/06 10:21 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

The Naked Cheb ?

14/8/06 11:10 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

You remember that thing Smain used to do in his shows?

"Are there any French people in the audience?"
"All you French people, raise your right hand!"
(Audience all raise right hand)
"Now raise your left hand!"
(Audience raise other hand)
"All you Arabs, pick their pockets!"

Of course you couldn't do that in Edinburgh as it would be considered RACIST. Unless you specified French people, who are fair game.

15/8/06 9:06 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Yes, Iluvnyc, tell her what she's missing!

Gigi, you're too generous!

Daphnée, that was very good! Only you would understand it, though!
I like Smain. And yes, it could be construed as racist...although, at a one-man show last week, the guy called me an Algerian porn star because of my moustache...

16/8/06 9:48 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

Sounds fantastic - I've always wanted to go. Glad you had such a good time.

Tango-ing, haha, that made me laugh.

16/8/06 6:50 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Everyone in the audience cracked up and about half of them were North African. I have heard a lot of very funny "Arab" jokes from Algerians (who have a great sense of humour by the way - I guess you have to, to live in Algeria!) Have you heard the one about Ali dies and goes to heaven ....

16/8/06 8:20 PM  
Blogger musicalmidget said...

Hi. Member of Hull University Big Band here!

Was very pleased to find this photo on the net. All the band had a super time and we're very much looking forward to being there again next year.

See you there! :D

16/8/06 9:37 PM  
Blogger Dons said...

Sounds like a great festival Cream. Did you spot Geena or Grumpy Old Woman on your travels?

I LOVE those polka dot dresses (of course)

16/8/06 9:50 PM  
Blogger Dons said...

Oh silly me, sorry for last comment, I had no idea!

17/8/06 9:20 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Don't worry, Dons.
No, we didn't spot GOW..

18/8/06 9:57 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

sounds wonderful!

18/8/06 7:22 PM  

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