September 01, 2007

Heather and John's Excellent Adventure, also featurng Chris

24th August

Well, last weekend was excellent! A truly excellent adventure!

Hev arrived about half past six on Friday evening, we had tea (Fish fingers, chips and peas – old School University catering!) before we settled down and watched ‘Jersey Girl’ as recommended by Troë and rented by me using my online rental subscription! (30 Days free trial – woo!)

We went to collect Chris from the railway station at about 10:20, then we chatted and stuff before bed.

25th August

Braveheart Hev and Chris

On Saturday we got up mid morning, I moved the car due to a Hibs game, and when we were all ready we went into Edinburgh centre to look at the half-price hut to find us some comedy! We walked up to the Royal Mile to see some street entertainers before going back to the half-price hut to browse again. After a McDonalds lunch we, for the third time, returned to the half-price hut and got tickets to see Sammy J that evening. Whilst in the queue some guy touted his free comedy that afternoon, so we went to that too.

Oh dear. This was rubbish, but thank god it was free. It was basically one very long (almost an hour) very unfunny story involving him doing impersonations (bad ones) of famous rock and roll stars – using props including: a pint of best, a cowboy hat and some sunglasses. I kept nodding off – need I say more? 0.5 stars – (for his effort.)

However, after eating dinner at the Slug and Lettuce in the Omni we went to see Sammy J!

We went over to George’s Square where there are masses of beer tents to choose from, before we went into a big top type tent to be greeting with a white grand piano. Quizzical – we were!

Sammy J is really really good, I’d say he takes inspiration from Tom Lehrer because he has a great turn on the piano making comic songs, including one which is a sort of palindrome with him signing backwards. He can also talk to birds, not to mention dribble on himself! He really had us laughing with some audience participation and for £4 was a really good deal. I’d pay to see him again. 5 Stars.

26th August

Today we were up late again but got out soonish and down to the parliament building which was having an open day as part of the ‘Festival of Politics.’ It was really neat inside. We then walked over to St James’ mall for lunch, then up Carlton Hill, before trying to see some free comedy at one of the venues, only to find it had started early! So we left there and went over to another venue to wait for more free comedy, only to be told – free comedy finished yesterday! Argh!

So it was off to the cinema to see ‘Knocked Up’ – and having run back to the cinema to collect my wallet – we went home where I cooked Spag Bol and we watched the Bourne Identity on DVD before bed.

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