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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Edinburgh Festival is electric at this time of year. Big named actors, and undiscovered talent flock to the capital for a couple weeks. Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson), Christian Slater, Charlize Theron are a few celebs that spring to mind. Hell, Ricky Gervais once took over Edinburgh castle for his show.

The proceeding fringe festival is cool too, and it REALLY bugs the hell out of me. There’s a cultural/entertainment explosion happening on my doorstep, and never enough time or money to check it out. There’s no excuse not to. The capital is a 20 min train journey away, and I LOVE cultural entertainment.

In the past, I’ve enjoyed watching the street performers. The Native American musicians that I saw back in ’06 were awe-inspiring. I still listen to the CDs I picked up that day. There was a different performer who used the same area, but that was another fest. He was an Aussie guy that juggled flaming sticks and stuff. He cracked jokes, and was great at working the crowd.

The place is chock full of international flavour. However, I’ve never gone to any of the pre booked theatre performances, music and stand up gigs. I've always thought that it would be too much of a hassle and pretty expensive.

Lately, I've been going a bit stir crazy. Granted, I've got Collectormania on the 23rd, but that isn't something to shout about. I might not fully enjoy it, as the guest list keeps switching up. A couple of guests who I was already looking forward to, have cancelled.

So, I thought: 'Fuck it. I'm going to a FRINGE show. I'm sick of holding back all my cash for the 23rd. Conventions aren't the be all and end all. I'm allowed to do other stuff.'

These kind of decisions work out fine though. Like an overadventurous cat landing on its feet. Thankfully, I'm not completely wreckless in the wallet department. Money is something that I'm fairly sensible with.

I'm a bit sceptical that things have worked out the way they have. Come Friday, I'm expecting to be hit by a bus, or one of those bicycle rickshaws, en route to the venue. xD

Regaining my sanity, I scored a ticket for this comedy improv gig:

Okay, so it's still a geekfest. :) However, it combines my two loves: improv comedy ala 'Whose Line Is It Anyway', and The X-Files. There's audience participation too, which'll be crazy.

From a purely geeky standpoint, I've always wanted to meet someone linked to The X-Files. But realistically, I knew that would never happen. The show still has a big place in my heart after all these years, so I'm excited to meet anyone from the cast.

Anywho.. Last year, I found out that Dean Haglund premiered at the fringe, and I was gutted not to have made it back then. This time around, I was determined to bag a ticket.

The ticket's for Friday night, in Edinburgh's Old Town. The old town is cool in its own right. The buildings are medival in design. The roads are cobbled in some areas, and there's a real claustrophobic/crowded vibe to the area.

I'm looking forward to this. It's my first proper Ed fest experience, and I hope to make it a permanent fixture.



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