Highland Games// Pitlochry

One of the funniest times I pretended to be a tourist was on a granny bus tour to Loch Ness, we somehow ended up back in my home town for the first stop of the day. Anyway, it was a fun day out even if I was slightly hungover and wearing a woolly jumper in the height of the Scottish summer.

So, every now and again Russell and I pretend to be 80, pack the car full of snacks, charge the camera and head off somewhere. This adventure took us to Pitlochry for the Highland games.

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The sun was shining and people (both local and proper tourists) were out in force in Pitlochry. There was a LOT of tartan and kilts!

Parking was a bit of a challenge but eventually stumbled across a space in close proximity to the field in which the games where taking place.

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It was £8 for an adult and £4 for a child to enter which was a bit more pricy than the last Highland games we attended in Loch Lomond – yes, we have gone to more than 1 this year! The difference with this adventure was it never poured down.

We wondered round a few of the stalls. I had a go at whack the haggis, which was easier said than done. Russell wasn’t successful either. We both had a go at the tombola too as I spied a few bottles of my favourite alcohol – you’ve got to be in it to win it right? –  Anyway, instead we came away with hand soap and a can of cola. Go us!

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There was plenty to watch: Tug of war, highland dancing, caber toss, weight over the bar and that very Scottish sport of… running.

Drink wise there was lots  – bins were overflowing with empty cider cans which really made me want one (they are on my no no list). For food you had the choice of burgers or chips really. They did smell good but we resisted. Also, if you wanted to be healthy you could get fresh strawberries and cream.

It was a good day out and perfect for families. Russell watched the games and I watched more of the dogs wondering about as I was at a slight height disadvantage. If you love dogs, the Highland Games is for you.

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I think next year we will be going again but certainly be incorporating the drinking side of things more… Who knows, Russell might even wear his kilt and take part in a few games.

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Oh, my other highlights were I bought a cactus and persuaded Russell to drive through Bridge of Allan so we could go to the Jam Jar for tea. Successful day – I think so!

 

 

 

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Edinburgh Fringe Highlights// Week 2

This post is all about the amazing Harriet Kemsley – she is my only highlight of week 2, ha!

Harriet is thee Harriet from Harriet and Bobby Get Married (and Bobby’s wife who I seen last week). I slightly fangirled when I seen her at The Caves on Saturday.

This show started slightly different to all other ones I had been to so far. Harriet welcomed everyone into the room and chatted to them – very nice touch! The room was roasting hot but we had been prewarned so came armed with a refreshing vodka.

The show is called ‘Bad at Doing’ but as Harriet pointed out it read ‘Bad at Doing’ like the sound Big Ben makes… or no longer makes. Anyway she spoke about her struggles dealing with her newly diagnosed dyspraxia and how she is really bad at doing stuff – like coming up with a title for her show and printing out her diagnosis report wrong!

Harriet had me in stitches and I think it was because I could relate to the show. I have disability, I google a lot, read forums and have no idea what I am actually doing most of the time. Harriet appears the same but she handles herself much better than I ever could. She is also quite the line dancer…

Her quirkiness really shines through and you really can’t help but laugh along with her.

Russell had me leaving the show questioning if I was just really clumsy or should be getting tested for dyspraxia while Harriet had me leaving in a comedy bubble!

I would recommend you get your bum down to the Spare Room at the Caves, 9pm every night to see this gem of a show.

 

Party at the Palace 2017

It is still weird that a festival this big, one that Kaiser Chiefs and Amy McDonald headlined, took place in my hometown. This was my 3rd year attending but first being a VIP – all thanks to my wonderful friend Hope. We had Saturday tickets so we got to see Teen Canteen, Noisettes and Ash to name a few.

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Party at the Palace or PATP for short is a family festival so it caters to kids with amusements, climbing walls and sweet stalls. For the adults you have alcohol tents and more alcohol tents (yay!)

The festival is located at the back of Linlithgow Loch overlooking the Palace. As the sun set the view was amazing. The field is split into two areas with 3 stages: The Main Stage, the Sun Break Out and the Acoustic Stage. Altinak were on the Break Out stage at 2pm, they are a local band and gathered great support!

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The Saturday was busy and we got to mingle with a few names in the VIP tent… Susan Boyle and Gok Wan. However, we left them to enjoy their day as I worked through some Glen’s premium vodka and lemonade. I think most alcoholic drinks were priced at £5 which is pretty good considering. We did have to keep asking bar staff to top up our lemonade as they were making them strong!PATP5

There was a wide range of food. Not just your usual burger and chips which was a nice change. Hope and I went for chicken pakora supplied by the local Indian, Dehli Winter. Everyone was after the pakora so there was a wait but it was definitely worth it as you got 6 BIG pieces for £6. Vegan options and smoothies were also on offer.

Now, I know why you are really here… the toilets. As I was in VIP I got to use the ‘posh’ loos. They were indeed posh. Kitted out with White Company hand soap AND moisturiser – Luxury or what?! I didn’t even need to use my emergency wet wipes as there were toilet roll refills throughout the day. The queues for the normal portaloos seemed to go fast and spilt between men and women.

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To get the VIP area, Hope and I had been walking through the artist area – Oops. If only McFly had been performing then I really would have been trying to get in there! I was quickly pointed in the right direction on one of my mad dashes to the loo.

We didn’t spend much time in the VIP area as we preferred the buzz of being near the main stage. Luckily we found Hope’s family who had come prepared with camping chairs (tip for next time – bring chairs!)

PATP4For Kaiser Chiefs taking to the stage at 8.30pm we worked our way into the crowd. Only to stumble upon my mum and step dad. As soon as Kaiser Chiefs took to the stage the field was bouncing to their hits. I loved them back in the day so it was great I remembered so many songs. Ricky gave his all getting the crowd screaming, balancing on the drum kit and demanding attention in his yellow jacket (I need one).

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It is great to have such a great turn out to a local event. The support from local businesses is good to see too, especially Dehli Winter as they have a new customer in me (even if it is just for pakora!)

Thanks organisers of PATP – see you next year for turning 5!

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Paul Currie @ The Hive

Russell and I first met Paul Currie in the queue for my Dad Wrote a Porno. He stood in front of us eating a Krispy Kreme and pushing a granny trolley, stacked with flyers for his show. I was intrigued and thought there was a possibility of a free donut if we went to his show.

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We never got a donut but the show ‘Cats in my Mouth’ had me questioning my humour. I was very glad we ventured back into the Hive (smelly venue) to see him.

We bought a ticket (£5) before hand as we heard his show can be a busy one. It was. Russell and I sat a few rows from the front and one in from the aisle which I am sure Russell said his prayers as  the lights dimmed as he was sooo close to being on stage in his boxers, sumo wrestling Paul. That would of been AMAZING but the guy next to him got picked.

Paul took to the stage in a white belted boiler suit with cowboy boots. He later stripped down to stained boxers, eye opening! He pranced, danced and sang to the audience who were in hysterics.

For at least 5 minutes we were glued to him reading a Where’s Wally book on stage. One by one he took a member of the audience up to help him. I am not sure why it was funny, it just was.

A few other sketches involved Paul playing the drums on a plant, drinking soya milk from a bowl and changing the words of More than a Woman to meows. Now that is something that will stick with me whenever the Bee Gees come on the radio!

For a whole hour my brain was clueless to what was actually going on but it was great to not have to think about anything. If you are after a show that involves little thinking, go see Paul at 8.30pm every day at the Hive.

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Edinburgh Fringe Highlights // Week 1

Obviously I had to go and see The Kagools again, to show Russell the wonders of their Tutti show. I think I have a slight crush on them and I have been practising my facial expressions to one day maybe become the third Kagool? Anyway, they are a MUST see on at The Caves 5.15pm.Fringe 9I seen 10 minutes of Lloyd Griffith at Comedy in the Dark – I never knew the word asshole (sorry) could be sang so beautifully. He has an outstanding knowledge of Cathedrals and looks like he is a baker. Lloyd had me laughing about history when I have no real interest in the topic. His main show is on at the Pleasance 7pm. (Also he will be appearing on some football show, Soccer AM?)

Adam Rowe’s show is about relationships, his lazy eye and a Primark jacket. This is not a show to go to with your parents! Sat in the front row (as we were being cheap skates and never bought tickets) had some awkward, yet relatable questions thrown our way. He is on at the Mash House 7pm.

Bobby Mair is on at the Hive 7.15pm. Minging venue but Bobby has had the best joke of the Fringe so far for me. He is definitely worth sitting in a smelly room for. His show is based on his life story which is sad yet weirdly funny. I had to resist running on the stage and giving him a hug. He is one half of the tv show Bobby and Harriet get Married (must watch that too!)

Also worth mentioning is Patrick Monahan and Lauren Pattison if you can get your hands on some tickets!

I am away to take extra vitamins so I can hopefully carry on with the next 2 weeks. Speak soon x

 

Welcome to the House of Fun…

On Friday the skies stayed clear (thank goodness) and I jumped about to Madness at Falkirk Stadium.

I was surprised I knew so many of their songs besides One Step Beyond, House of Fun and Baggy Trousers (which I danced to in a dance show many moons ago – wearing baggy joggy bottoms of course). Anyway, the crowd was amazing as Madness sang away. I am sure Suggs is my local UPS driver in disguise, they look too similar.

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Toilet queues were not a problem for Joanne and myself as I used it to my advantage to use the disabled. The toilet paper was a funny yellow colour… hmm. The staff were great and never questioned why I was using them as I just flashed them my card.

We did miss the start of One Step Beyond but ran into the crowd to catch the end. The place was mental during that song. At the end of It Must be Love, a piper took to the stage where we all belted out 2 versus of Flower of Scotland… not so many people knew the third!

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What I loved about this event was alcohol wasn’t limited to beer or wine – You could get spirits, or a whole bottle of Prosecco! However I did end up being ‘classy’ with a tin or two of warm Tennent’s. I decided to take the risk and pay for being daft in the morning.

The queue for a drink was pretty long as they only had one stand at one side of the pitch next to the portaloos so queues were getting mixed up. They were strict with ID too which with my baby face meant getting IDed on many occasions – I suppose it is a good thing though!

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And to top of a perfect evening, I got a toastie on the way home to eat in my jammies with my feet up!

 

The Kagools at the Great Yorkshire Fringe

Ok, I must admit when I first seen the promo flyer for this show I questioned if it was targeted at kids and oh boy how I was wrong. As soon as I seen one ‘Kagool’ thrusting on stage I had no idea what we were in for… (it is for ages 4+ so you can make it a family day).

The Kagools are a silent comedy duo act that consists of two kagool wearing comedians. Sounds simple yet with their body language and VERY expressional faces they communicate with the audience for 55 minutes without uttering a word.

I laughed from start to finish at this show, with the help of my step dad being pulled from the audience. Yes, there is a bit of audience participation – and they don’t just pick from the front row!

The show was filled with dancing, water (lots), Skittles, songs, a few pairs of trainers, unicorns, rubber ducks, a projector and lots of laughs.

I would highly recommend you find the time to see them. Lucky for most of my readers in the Edinburgh area they are coming to the Fringe. You can find the show details here.

Fingers crossed I can see them again as they were THAT good.

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