The night tinkles like ice in glasses,
Leaves are glued to the pavement with frost...
|Fringe 2014 by the numbers: 2,183,591 tickets issued to |
49,497 performances of 3,193 shows/events held at 299
venues across Scotland's capital city. (From EFF
|Breakfast every day at the hotel before off to the races.|
|Sitting room outside breakfast. How in the hell did I get |
a room here?
|Street performer along the Royal Mile, |
where most of the action goes down.
|This guy was hilarious! He's Swedish, a genuinely talented juggler,|
balancer, etcetera-er, but mostly he was great at working
up the crowd. He tricked people into participating in "deadly"
or simply awkward ways, like these good-humored gents.
He joked toward the end of his performance as he asked for
tips, "Please don't fill my bag with tiny silver coins. If I
don't make enough money, I'll have to go back to Sweden
to my old job. My old job was selling drugs to children."
|Posters and flyers everywhere. I saw the play|
shown in the center--Renfield, about the
character of the same name in Bram Stoker's
Dracula. I also saw Antigone on this day.
|Near the end of the Royal Mile is a walled area|
of the city, which was thought in antiquity to be the
end of the world. So, while there, you may as
well have a pint at World's End.
|The Ferris wheel (slightly less impressive than the London Eye|
but cute, nonetheless) was out for Fringe this year.
|From farther away.|
|Posters, posters. The purple inflatable venue that you see back there|
was in the shape of a cow, udders up.
|Along the Royal mile, the nightclub "Sin."|
I'd heard of the phenomenon of old churches
closed due to lack of interest being turned into
clubs and bars in European cities, and indeed
bigger cities here in the U.S. I saw a handful
of examples of that in the U.K.
|Outings was a fantastic reader's theater style play, made up of scores (maybe|
even a couple hundred?) of "coming out" stories combined and
condensed. It was moving and funny and beautiful and sad and clever.
|Another piper piping.|
|Waiting for a show to start, I was near the|
university and appreciated this sign--
"and none." Being included is always nice!
|These guys and gals were terrific. They did some dance and drumming as |
a street performance, but it was really an advert for their in venue show later
in the day. By the way, even the street performers were vetted--they had to
compete for and win spots throughout the Royal Mile and other areas
in the city.
|I didn't get any shots that really show the throngs of people who attend,|
but here's one that comes closest. The last three days that I was there,
most of the festival was over (it really does take up most of the month).
There was a marked difference. Fringe Edinburgh has such electricity
that you could think you were in London, but without it, the city is
much more laid back and lightly populated.
|Not festival related, but some nice graffiti art WAY up on an upper floor of a|
building. Someone went to some effort, so props for that.
|The photo is of the gent himself, of course, but the actor who |
played Quentin Crisp in this one man show was really great. It
was in a tiny intimate venue, and was really special and memorable.
|Alright, so maybe this guy wasn't vetted. He was amusing and |
collecting for charity, though, and he was pretty cute.
|So much to see. Especially in the area of comedy, there were some|
notable people doing their thing. Earlier in the month, B. J. Novak
was there with someone else doing who knows what.
|Rum and Coke whilst waiting for Quentin.|
|Potted Sherlock--from the team that created the more suitably named Potted |
Potter. Here's their stage.
|Yep, they did it! Much lighter fare than the other shows I saw, and |
it was super cute. Lots of kids having a ball in the audience.
|Original paintings, incredibly well-preserved.|
|The details here are poppies, thistles, shamrocks and palm trees--England,|
Scotland, Northern Ireland, and India. Symbols of strength, a painful history...
symbols of The Empire.
|Took a tour at the Tower of London and|
a Beefeater tweeted our group...
|...and pointed markedly. He was terrific. :)|
|This guy again...|
|...with angelic host...|
|Your trip to London is incomplete unless you've gotten|
photo bombed by at least 5 or so of these red guys.
|The Bridge, but not the one that's falling down, falling down.|
|...falling down, falling down...Chinatown!|
|Beautiful couple and a photo bomber!|
And creepy strangers taking their photo!!!
Creepy stranger typing a caption under
|The National Gallery gift shop would like|
to make you aware that The NG houses
Van Gogh's "Sunflowers." Very, fully aware.
|Up on an open double-decker. Weeeeeeee!|
|Whatever. You start taking pictures of everything.|
|This guy was piping down the bridge from Parliament toward the London Eye.|
A YouTuber I watch occasionally, Karen Kavett, was in London a few
weeks after I was, and she posted footage of THIS guy piping in THIS spot
from THIS perspective. It was rather surreal and fun to see someone
else experience another moment just like this one.
|Something was always going on at Trafalgar Square. People hang out there|
to eat lunch, chat and people watch. This day, these guys ran/biked onto
the scene in their tightie-pinkies to raise money for Carers Trust,
and to cause general meyhem.
|Unplanned hilarity! Pretty cute. :)|
|They did some calisthenics while their MC plead for donations over a bull horn.|
The law showed up, and the gentleman with the bull horn lamented, "Law
enforcement has arrived, and I'm afraid we're going to have to love you and
leave you!" I do have video of the calisthenics. I'll save it for a rainy day to post.
|Richard the Lionheart again, a better shot I think than the one I posted previously.|
He might've been wearing tight pink underwear, but I couldn't tell. I just
noticed the floating head at the bottom left. Oh, well. Hi, lady!
|Lots of statues up on pedestals and pillars all over the city. I thought|
these were especially life-like. :)
|Benny always peeking through. Watching...waiting...|
|Loads of humanity at Trafalgar Square.|
|Not a great panoramic view of buildings, but this shows how busy the place is.|
As with any of these, click to 'embiggen'. :)
|I never once heard any Brit refer to the Underground as "the tube." Interesting!|
|My home station every, every day.|