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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

01:00 PM ET (US)
Beautiful 6 person Apartment in the Fringe Centre. V Cheap

We were planning to come to the Edinburgh festival tomorrow but due to Unforseen circumstances we've had cancel. So we have a free apartment in the Centre of Edinburgh which sleeps 6 people.

Pic here: http://www.festivalapartments.com/apartment-42-edinburgh.htm

The apartment is available for 4 nights from today and this is last minute deal so we will take offers of 650 ono which is almost half price!

If you would like to book the flat please contact Dan on 07779994160 or send an email to dan@arumdo.com asap
Jozef Henderson
09:20 AM ET (US)
Some of my mates took a little play they wrote for their A-Level Drama to the Fringe last year, it did cost them alot of money. They spent about 3 months raising funds and then still had to pay for most of it out of their savings, and their venue wasn't all that big if I remember correctly, it held about 50 I think.

But they did manage to fill it up pretty well after the first few nights because they actually got free advertisement in the national press. Some idiot reporter from the Edinburgh Metro who obviously hadn't seen it decided that it was a play about the Soham murders and ran a story about this 'sick' play and the Times and the Sun picked it up.

The play was about two teenage girls who got murdered but a bloke but it was written before the Soham murders and was actually, quite obviously and deliberatly an updated version of 'Little Red Riding Hood' (it actually starts off as the original version of the LRRH sotry).

So, if your worried about publicity Charlie, just tell some reporter from the Edinburgh metro that it is a sick and disgusting play about murdering kids.
Chris Williams
05:27 AM ET (US)
Charlie, have you considered taking Writer's Bloc and decamping en masse to the self=same suburbs, there to take part in the People's Festival?
Charlie StrossPerson was signed in when posted
01:55 PM ET (US)
I've lived in London and I've lived in Edinburgh for comparable periods (several years in each). London is a poor environment, made worse by tourists and a revoltingly polluted hot summer season. Edinburgh is a decent to good environment, with a nice not-too-hot just-sunny-enough summer that is made absolute hell on earth for approximately six to eight weeks of the year. If you think London has a tourist problem, you haven't even imagined Edinburgh. And it is a problem. Sure, tourists are the life-blood of the local economy, but if you start injecting litres of the stuff into your carotid vein you'll begin to feel a bit bloaty and sick by and by ...
Michael the Impressive
12:33 PM ET (US)
Ugh, you make it sound even worse than London at the height of tourist season. I make it my mission to be as rude and obnoxious and unhelpful as possible to the damned tourists, in the vain hope of spoiling some holidays and making sure that they never come back.
Derryl MurphyPerson was signed in when posted
12:05 PM ET (US)
It was fun to be there last year, for a couple of hours, but since we didn't plan on actually taking in Fringe events while there, it soured pretty quickly. Especially the day we left town for Points North, when we had to drive our rental car from the train station.

I could see living there, but going away every year in August.

Charlie StrossPerson was signed in when posted
07:59 AM ET (US)
Yep, assimilating our culture, that's what they think they're doing. (The tourists, I mean.) Where are Begbie and the Ear, Nose and Throat Man when you need 'em?
07:51 AM ET (US)
If the Festival isn't enough, they also turned Hogmanay - our private winterfest - into a big tourist event.

We locals used to gather at the Tron, get pissed, and kiss/shake hands with strangers. For one night only, people reached out and recognised a common bond of boozy humanity in their fellow citizens.

Now there's massive crowds and bands. The fireworks go off at the vital moment. Everybody watches passively in their own little social bubbles - as if they were at home infront of the TV. Then they go back to their hotels.

But don't worry, it brings in lots of income for the hotels.

Talk about prostituting an entire city!
03:19 AM ET (US)

The Fringe has become part of a weird circuit of rites-of-passage events that started out as edgy things for youngish people to do and have been co-opted into a strange, parallel season of summer events for the young and rich who want to look cool to their freinds. File along with Glastonbury and the gap year travel thing that is de riguer these days.

Losing your cash, sleeping on floors and playing to empty rooms have become the ingredients for another round of stories from braying, upper-middle class wankers in student bars.

Fleece 'em and fuck 'em I say.
Dave Bell
02:51 AM ET (US)
Didn't they do a 5.56mm Mini-gun? (Note for the confused: an electric-powered Gatling gun putting out ten thousand rounds per minute of 5.56mm rifle ammunition)

Put enough tracer in the mix and they'd think somebody had invented a death ray. Plus fireworks.
Charlie StrossPerson was signed in when posted
03:57 PM ET (US)
Yep, that's about the size of it ...
Robert Sneddon
10:14 AM ET (US)
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