Fringe 2017 Part 2

Ha2017HARRYAN_ACKrry and Chris 2.  I’ve been following Harry Baker at the fringe for several years and he has never failed to amuse. The double act, Harry and Chris, I saw for the first time last year and it was even better this year. Simply a great hour of wit and wordsmithing, a must see event.

2017DANIELT_ZO_1Daniel Smith: Blues Piano, tremendous hour of jazz and blues virtuosity at the Jazz bar on Chambers Street. Grab a beer sit back and enjoy an hour of foot tappingly splendid music. A great place to be whether it’s raining or not. And the beer really is good.

2017SKEPTIC_4RSkeptics on the Fringe: Enlightening the Fringe Something to exercise your mental muscles. Michael Marshall’s hour of dissecting the PR and fake news phenomenon in our modern media is just one of the events put on by the Edinburgh Skeptics at the Banshee Labyrinth. Last night it was a forensic look at the crap in our newspapers, stories that purport to be news but are actually adverts is just one of the targets. You’ve missed this one but there are plenty more to tickle your conscience. It’s free so you lose nothing by going along and you might just learn something.

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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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