Edinburgh Fringe

Propeller

The Edinburgh Fringe; huge unwieldy concoction of the good the bad and the downright disgraceful. Well the usual mix that is. However, my first show this year that really hit the mark was Propeller at the Pleasance.

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So you want to change the world? Really? You? You Instagram checking, avo-smashing, coconut-flat-white sipping loser? Yeah, the world sucks sometimes – OK, a lot. But you can’t do anything about it. Can you? This show says yes, yes you can. Maybe. If you ever feel frustrated about the way things are but don’t know what to do about it, this is the show for you. A devised piece about power and the possibility of change, directed by double Fringe First winner Caitlin Skinner and co-created by The Network Ensemble.

Brought to you by the Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) and others, Propeller is an incisive and entertaining piece with a bit of everything, wit, music, dance and politics. The tale of decline of the mining towns in Fife and an attempt by the youth to regenerate their town, Lochie. by reopening the railway.

The hour long production flashed by and this old geezer for one was enthralled. If this is indicative of the talent we have in Scotland then as the Who once sang, the kids are alright.

Several real superstars in the making are on show, go see it at the Pleasance Above, you wont regret it.

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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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