Fringe 2017

The Edinburgh Fringe is huge, confusing and great fun. However, navigating your way through the melange of the good the bad and the indifferent is a massive task in itself. Me and my brother in arms, David Tooley are on our annual pilgrimage to seek out new joys and new experiences; here are a few of the highlights so far

NSFW is a Not I theatre company production, on at the Space in Niddrie Street, it is a little classic. Running to just over and hour this is a searing indictment of the how the print media in particular portrays women. NSFWAs Mister Tooley says: Taking 2 views on the way society sees women’s bodies. One from a lads’ mag perspective; the other a women’s mag. The lads mag prints sexy pix of a 14 year old girl… and all the thoughts around that were very well done. The women’s mag was interested in pointing out the flaws in female bodies. But does the first inform the latter?

Satire at its best. Well worth a tenner.

At Bannermans, Trevor Lock’s Community Circle is a clever, inventive and off the wall hour. A show that really isn’t a show but a virtuoso performance, interactive and witty, just sit back and enjoy. trevor

As the papers say – ‘The most fun you can have without taking your clothes off’ ***** (Mirror). ‘A show like no other’ (Scotsman). ‘Utterly improbable, absolutely entertaining’ (Independent).


Abigoliah Schamaun, Namaste Bitches on at the Underbelly on Cowgate. 2017ABIGOLI_UC

Now to be honest I didn’t expect much from this show, however, the young lady pushing the flyer at us was so enthusiastic we felt it would be churlish not to go. It was smashing, an enthralling hour as Abigoliah rummaged through her life as a yoga instructor, marathon runner and, amongst other things, a lover of musicals. Her wit and intelligence shone through as she pulled apart our attempts to reach some accommodation with the world around us. A little gem.

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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