The Edinburgh Festival: Fringe – Silent Disco

So after the races we had a couple of hours to kill before Silent Disco.  Now for those trendy festival loving people, you will know what Silent Disco is all about (Silent Disco are due to attend the Reading Festival this year).

Any way this is the most bizarre disco I have ever been to,  but was awesome.  Basically it has two DJ’s at the front, and you are given a set of headphone with two channels (one for each DJ).  That’s it!  You select the music you want to hear and dance you heart out in your own world.

What is strange is that when you take your headphone off, people look really strange just dancing to “no music”

Silent Disco is only at the festival until Sunday 17th so if your up, get ur butt down to Silent Disco, it’s just the best thing we have done this year!

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The Edinburgh Festival: Fringe – Fringe Racenight

So Tuesday night we headed over to Musselburgh Racecourse for the Fringe Racenight.  It was a shame it was raining.  It was a 6 race event and was quite good fun, despite the rain. The Fringe Racenight  is billed as  an evening at the races with a difference. Alongside all the fun and excitement of horseracing, you can enjoy a host of Fringe entertainers performing at the racecourse.

This might have been how it was billed but we only saw two acts and they only performed one song/act, so it didn’t really have the festival feel, but the racing where good.

We missed the first and last race, and out of the remaining 4 won two of them.It was a nice evening out at the races, but didn’t feel like the fringe ..

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Boys and Girls, old and young, I wanted to share with you that the “Toy Shop” is back up and running now!

They stock a good range of educational books, have a new craft section for A4 paper/card and A1 paper/card for school projects etc. A new party section with balloons, banners and a helium balloon filling service.

For the Kids they have Ben 10, Pokemon, WWE, Lego, Playmobil, Puppy in my Pocket, Scalextrix, Airfix and much more….

So check it out .. the website ordering isn’t up yet, but should be soon.


180 – 182 Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow, Middlesex HA2 9BN
Tel: 020 8422 2610
Retail Shop opening hours:

Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 6pm (Except Wednesday)
Wednesday – CLOSED
Sunday 11am to 3.30pm

The Edinburgh Festival: Fringe – Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

Well, well, well.  We have been trying like mad to get tickets for this, so rang the venue and got two ticket. For £37 you get a three course dinner and the comedy, which leaves your sides aching with laughter.

Basically, you dine with snobbish, manic Basil; his domineering wife, Sybil; and hopelessly confused waiter, Manuel. It last two hours and is very worth while.

My only comment is the food was a bit ropey.  You get tomato soup to start with, followed by either Chicken breast and mash (that was really bad) or lamb and potatoes.  You finish with a chocolate cake thing.  Now if this is an example of the food at B’est, I won’t be returning.  Also the place has no A/C so it was really hot and uncomfortable.

Talking to the “actors” after the event, this is the first time they have been at the festival and surely no the last.  It was just such a laugh

So here are some pictures (but my Nokia phone just the worst in the world for taking picture!)

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And this is what they look like our of “character!

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If you are the festival, you MUST come and see this!

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The Edinburgh Festival: Fringe – Alba Flamenca

So while at the Pleasance Courtyard we booked some tickets for Alba Flamenca at the Lot in Grassmarket.

Now a few years ago we ate in the restaurant below the Lot and it was not a pleasant experience and we walked out after our starter. BUT the Lot is what looks like a small church hall about the restaurant and offers a very intimate venue

So Alba Flamenca … Earthy and stripped of artifice, Alba Flamenca delivers pure passion. The stunning, mainly improvised performance gets right to the passionate soul of flamenco. Virtuoso musicians, powerful dancers and unrestrained passion combine to create the joy and tragedy of flamenco.

It was fantastic.  Cost £10 and lasted just over an hour, and we grabbed front row seats.  The dancers and musicians where awesome, you could hear every toe scrape of the dancers and the flamenco was stunning.

I would totally recommend this!

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The Edinburgh Festival: Fringe – Fringe Sunday

So Sunday afternoon we headed out to the Meadows and Fringe Sunday.  The buzz in Edinburgh this time of year is just awesome.  The sheer amount of extra people is just amazing.

So the Meadows attracted and extra 100,000 people to see the free events.  The Meadows is a large park next to what used to be the Edinburgh Infirmary.

Fringe Sunday on the Meadows offers you the opportunity to see the best of the Fringe for free. Showcasing hundreds of Fringe music, theatre, comedy and dance acts. A unique open-air extravaganza for absolutely everyone.

It was a nice afternoon, but the rain put play to enjoying it to full.  The farmers market was good, as was some of the music and comedy, but most of the tented events suffered from over crowding, so they where not a very good experience, but you do get a feel for the festival.

After leaving like a drowned rat, we headed up to the Royal Mile, which just felt electric, I just cant explain what it’s like .. you just need to be here.

Next stop was up to the underbelly to book tickets from Tuesday night ;-) will let you know later on this one.  The off to the Pleasance Courtyard for a beer and chill out.

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The Edinburgh Festival: Fringe

I know I am a bit late, but on Saturday we took the 0830 train from Kings Cross up to Edinburgh to spend a few days at the festival.

The journey didn’t start too well.  It usually take about 4 and half hours to get up to Edinburgh, but this time it took an exta hour and a half!

Why, well some enterprising soles stole cabling from the East Coast Mainline at Claypole, near Grantham, which meant that were forced to manually change signals between Grantham and Newark.

Nice .. well this year we are not very organised, so I will post as near as damm to seeing an event

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