Looking At Edinburgh

10 December 2008

The mural at St Johns: All human beings are born free and equal

the mural at St Johns

From the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, resolution 217 A (III) on 10th December 1948, sixty years ago: this mural appeared on St Johns Cathedral at the East End of Princes Street, during the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2008.

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13 September 2008

Reiki with intent

Reiki masseur treating a patient

This was on the terrace at St Johns, during the 2008 Festival.

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12 September 2008

Fast Food Music

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Street musicians playing by a fast food sign

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11 September 2008

French market in Castle Street

selling hot food

The French Market shows up a couple of times a year: at Christmas and the Festival and sometimes for Bastille Day. There will also be a Continental Market on Castle Street from Tuesday 16th to Sunday 21st September, apparently: Essential Edinburgh.

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19 August 2008

Royal Mile: road closed

At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: a section of the Royal Mile is closed off to everything but foot traffic for three weeks in August. People prepare to celebrate, even in the rain…

Tents by St Giles

In West Parliament Square, a camp of white tents shudder in the rain. The road block by St Giles is set up for street theatre and foot traffic, so long as the Festival Fringe lasts.

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16 August 2008

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: On the High Street

On the High Street, at the Fringe

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15 August 2008

Disturbed American Tourist May Not Survive the Festival

hot dog statue outside Mitchells cafe

We all know we need them. They come annually in flocks and herds during the Festival, and as singles or pairs the rest of the year. They buy the tartan tat and the bottles of whisky with pipers on the label. They listen to our stories about the haggis. They tell us their stories about how their great-grandfather’s cousin on their mother’s side was a Scot and they’ve always felt more Scottish than anything else. And after a couple of weeks or a month they go home again: poorer, more tartan, and we hope, happy with their Scottish experience.

But sometimes, you have to wonder what on earth is wrong with the eejits…

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14 August 2008

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: striped music, old stones

Busker at the Tron

I saw this big-hatted, multi-striped busker playing a nice guitar on the steps of the Tron, in the part of the High Street that belongs to the Fringe during these weeks.

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3 August 2008

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Chess

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Chess dancers at the Mound

This is the Dansmusician Group from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Saturday 2nd August, walking through the Festival crowds on the Mound and handing out flyers as they go. There’s a trailer on Youtube: Chess.

“Set in troubled times of the Chin Dynasty this ancient Chinese tale evokes battles on the field, and in love, of warrior rivals Xiang Lu and Liu Bang. Combining Taiwanese contemporary and traditional music, dance and storytelling in English.” Chess, at Universal Arts Theatre.

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