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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4796075.stm?ls

How come Southampton, which, pardon me [personal profile] nmg, appears to be a pleasant but indistinguished Sarf east town, is fourth in the list of most expensive cities to live in, after Cardiff at 1, and Edinburgh at 2? (Leeds is at 3, and London is at 9, on a cost/benefit level, 'cos it may cost more to live there,  but you also get PAID more.) 

In Edinburgh people commit 93% of their earnings to outgoings; in Soton, 87%. Bleeding eck. I'm glad I'm not a chav living on credit cards.

And ahem, isn't Cardiff a shithole?

In other less racist news (townist? classist?), Boothby Graffoe is, like the reviews all say, only kind of three-star-ish this year, but enormously pleasant. And very fanciable. And has a guitar you can play like a synth (watch out [profile] snotnose). And actually his routine on placating cats who have moved to new houses by putting butter on their paws (what? what!) is the first thing this Fringe that has made me almost weep with laughter. I think we all enjoyed it lots , even the non cat owners. Afterwards Best Pal and I went for Indian starters and more wine at Zest and hotly debated the economics of file sharing. Yes really - we are indeed deeply sad.
green_amber: (germaine greer allegedly)
I love the informal freecycle that operates round these parts. People leave things out for bin men or council collection, but frequently they're nabbed before they get there. This is what happened to the catpissy double mattress I left out a few days ago: also in the past sundry plants, tables and dud CD players. Tonight I saw a TV and video left out of uncertain efficiency; I bet they're gone before morn.

Went to see my first am-dram Shakespeare in some years - The Tempest with a friend of Andy's in it. The actors gave it lally, and Ariel was really very good, but I'm left overwhelmed with the remembrance that The Tempest is really a very bad play. Ferdinand and Miranda fall in love and look! they get married. Ariel wants to be free! and look ! now she is. There's no dramatic conflict, no plot really, just a crotchety old man getting everything he ever wanted and therefore becoming slightly less crotchety. Or at least that's how it came over in this abridged production. Looks like old Will needed to be sent on refreshed three-act drama scriptwriting courses by this stage of his life..

Two people in the not very large audience were somebody's mother. I think it's acceptable to bring your mum if you're actually in the cast  (bien sur) but absolutely not otherwise. Mums are for Xmas, not for socialising with. I've been rather amazed already recently, at people bringing their mums to things like pub quizzes, or cinema trips. Is this a class thing or an age thing, do you think? It seems to me the more upper-middle-class you are, the less likely you are to contemplate socialising with your friends AND your mum - perhaps because families get more nuclear , and less clan like, as they get more middle class. Or is it age? When you're in your teens/20s you're still effectively part of your mum's household, perhaps. So maybe it's less weird to bring her along. But does that make you more or less willing to expose them to the true you, having fun with your mates? All I know is that there was no stage of my life (especially when living at home) when I would ever, ever, have contemplated taking my mum down the pub with my friends... Reactions anybody?

After visit to ERI, toe is apparently doomed to be droopy forever, unless I have proper op under general anaesthetic, and am then immobilised in cast for 6 weeks. Even then they may not find cut/atrophied tendon, which having been severed, like broken elastic band has retracted and  apparently could be anywhere between ankle and outskirts of Brighton. No, I didn't know that either. 6 weeks in cast not really plausible when moving in 3 weeks so farewell, oh bottom joint of big right toe, at least pro tem  :(

Tomorrow Boothby Graffoe with Best Pal and [profile] thishardenedarm. That should cheer me up.

green_amber: (edinburgh)
Thank GOD for sense:


10:05 am - Defending against the last plot won't save us from the next one
Cory Doctorow: Bruce Schneier tackles last week's security response to the putative hair-gel terrorists:
It's easy to defend against what the terrorists planned last time, but it's shortsighted. If we spend billions fielding liquid-analysis machines in airports and the terrorists use solid explosives, we've wasted our money. If they target shopping malls, we've wasted our money. Focusing on tactics simply forces the terrorists to make a minor modification in their plans. There are too many targets -- stadiums, schools, theaters, churches, the long line of densely packed people before airport security -- and too many ways to kill people.

Security measures that require us to guess correctly don't work, because invariably we will guess wrong. It's not security, it's security theater: measures designed to make us feel safer but not actually safer.


Not apologising for not putting that behind cut either.

In other news, a really nice weekend doing the cream of Fringe comedy in 2 days.

Saturday was the Goodies and Rich Hall: the Goodies were actually amazingly polished for 2 middleaged men and a bunch of old TV clips - weirdly, possibly my favourite show of the weekend. Non-appearing Bill Oddie was substituted by cleverly interactive video bits and Graham Garden manipulating him as a glove puppet, hilariously (oo er vicar). The whole thing is basically an hour and a half trailer for the "reasonably priced DVD" but really, it's so good you don't mind. I honestl;y didn't remember their stuff being this clever - slapstick yes, but it's also years ahead of its time in terms of sfx, post modernism etc. Very recommended, but probably sold out!

Rich Hall was -- well, i just love Rich Hall. You either do or don't. Cuttingly clever grumpy transplanted American takes on World - he made three animal lovers walk out in the first ten minutes over jokes about shooting gophers in Montana,  and spent the next 50 minutes periodically tearing himself and them apart over it. i've seen him funnier, but this was actually a fascinating view of a man in some state of manic decay (rather as Phil Kay was last year.) V tempted to also go and see his play.

Sunday was Fringe Sunday, (with [personal profile] poisonduk), Paul Merton's Improv, and Bill Bailey : Steampunk.  I've never actually seen Paul Merton live and wouldn't have minded a bit more of him and less of the 4 co-stars. But basically very, very accomplished improv of the usual Whose Line Is IT kind:  once I discovered I could actually see something by standing up and leaning against the back of my chair (I was in the back row of a staggeringly crowded venue) I was very happy. I liked the way they incorporated the guy in the wheelchair: not pandering to any difficulties he might have,  but from time to time not ignoring it either ("When you booked our family holiday why did you pick a safari?"). He also did a stonking Dr Finlay's Casebook Edinburgh accent that wavered dangerously in the direction of Morningsiiide. And I liked the aardvark joke:-)

And the highlight of the bunch, Bill Bailey. We were so tired by this stage we admitted we'd have skipped it if it had been Paul Merton but there was no way we were going to miss the MeisterTrollDerFunken. (Does this man really speak fluent German as well as everything else? I suspect so). As [personal profile] andrewducker has also chronicled, the two bits that were absolute tour de forces were the brief run through philosophical whimsies at the start taking in Pynchon, Baudrillard, etc, and the one paragraph demolition of Dan Brown (though that admittedly is like shooting fish in a barrel). The thing that got me is that this really is incredibly intelligent comedy - I felt frankly it was pitched right at me in which case, er, how many of the people there missed stuff? We don't have much of a tradition of intellectual comedy in the UK really - our history is of smut, innuendo, scatology and mother in law gags. It's the Yanks who had Woody Allen and Seinfeld. I'm proud that the leading comedian of our generation is clearly so fucking clever. 

Add in Friday night seeing Chunbara, a combo of Japanese sword trickery and Taiko drumming, followed by large Chinese (food, not Fringe show!) and getting pissed with the Book Club (much oo-ing over Sayeed and Sawyer), and a gap on Saturday night drinking Merlot with [profile] purelyskindeep and friends, in My New Spiritual Home, the licensed Chai Tea Lounge on Candlemaker Row (fantastically cool but rather overwhelmed with people on Sat night) and er, I'm rather tired today. No, you say :-)
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First Fringe outing!! I enjoyed it too, tho be warned, it's more touching monologue than laugh out loud comedy. [profile] loveandgarbage, go now if you haven't already..!

Fringing

Jul. 8th, 2006 02:17 pm
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Always interesting to see what cultural themes come out in the Fringe brochure. This year, less about 9/11 and alQuaeeda, more about blogging and allotments. (You can tell I'm only at B in theatre!)

More nota benes:

Moishe's Bagel 15 16th only (Jewish kletzemer synth band!)
Black Jew Diaries
Soul food brunch @ Pleasance dome Bristo Place(that one who was on Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares)
Soweto Gospel Choir
Barb Jungr Aug 16 (2 recs from Adele)
*Boothby Graffoe and Antonio Forcione 24th-26th
Future Cinema 23rd only/Provocative Cinema at C
Faure Requiem in Old St Pauls by candlelight aug 12
Jock Tamson's Bairns aug 13
ImMortal nofit state circus (weird spaceship promenade thing Leith walk..)
Ole! (duelling guitars)
Moths ate my Doctor Who scarf (Prob terible, but..)
The Book Club - robin ince
*A l kennedy = Stand Comedy Club
Adam Hills (an oldy but a goody)

PART DEUX

*Get Carter - REd Shift
Kataklo - Athletic dance theatre
Sit, the secret history of teh chair - Barcelon Tricicle co
*How To Build A Time Machine 21st to 28th only pleasance


And for [livejournal.com profile] ang_grrr
Potatoes - the extraordinary life of the potato! (no, really)


If anyone fancies any of these, let me know!

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