Scotch & Soda – Edinburgh’s Christmas Parcel.

The centre of Edinburgh is just sizzling with Christmas spirit and fun. From the ice rink, helter skelter and Speigeltent in St Andrews Square to the German Market, Big Wheel and waft of roasting chestnuts as you meander along Princes Street. The whole city is alive with good will to all men, and women and children and often well behaved dogs too.

Soctch & Soda

The show this year in the Speigeltent is Scotch & Soda a dark, throbbing, hum of wild physical feats as the cast twist, turn,drop and contort performing seemingly impossible manoeuvres as the audience sit agog. The soundtrack is performed live by a cacophony of instruments creating a sinister, thwack and grunge of noise that suggests something altogether otherworldly. An eye boggler.

Some don’t agree. The Guardian Review But then some of us aren’t cynical journos, don’t get out so often and think it worthy of a good look.

Fashion, photography and funk. July in Edinburgh


Edinburgh Fashion Festival kicks off 17th – 25th July, 2014 an eye boggling array of grooviness., fashion shows, thin, well clad people sashaying around and a chance to get your hands on some of the goodies at the makers market in The Assembly Rooms in George Street next Monday/Tuesday – free to get in. But hold onto your Jimmy Choos that is not all – there’s also a world class, intergalactic, hello Rankin, photography exhibition – RETINA And if that hasnt’ palpitated your chestal area then why not try the annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival which is also on this coming week. Holy tamoly. Frankly there is so much going on this city right now it’s hard to know which way to turn.


Whichever way you to turn however keep your wits about you because the trams are up and running and they have that difficult to get used to habit of making no noise whatsoever.They have an old fashioned bell – which is obviously generated electronically to announce their slip sliding arrival, so keep your crania flaps peeled for it, it may save your life. Statistically when trams start in any city there are a few nasty accidents over the first few months so be aware.

Look left, look right and look left again as they used to say and enjoy Edinburgh!
This joint is jumping!


PS Photos nicked from their gorgeous website – thanks.

The Wheel goes round and round Edinburgh!

Big wheelEdinburgh is buzzing just now.
The trams have started – smelling salts – which means we can now concentrate on the fun things that are just around the corner.
They have just announced the arrival of
The Big Wheel – you’re right it’s not the London Eye – no it’s better! Because it’s in Edinburgh and where else can you dangle many feet above the hoards of people observing some of the most glorious sights the World has to offer.
Edinburgh Castle, The Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens, The National Scottish Gallery… grab your camera, phone, loved one, new pal, old pal and get ready cos here comes summer!!

Carnival Camp – perfect for Edinburgh Festival goers!

Say goodbye to damp sleeping bags in the back of cars festival goers! A pop up town providing extremely affordable accommodation for up to 8,000 people will appear for the first time in UK during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Situated at the Royal Highland Showground near Edinburgh Airport, Carnival Camp could have a population similar to that of Brechin in Aberdeenshire or Marlborough in Wiltshire. There will be four tiers of accommodation from 12 bed dorms to en-suite double rooms. Prices per night are from £30.

Hotels, flats and guest houses are fully booked months in advance which causes problesm for both performers and visitors to the world’s largest arts festival. So help is at hand for the sleepy headed ones in the shape of Carnival Camp . Budget accommodation? Yes but with shower rooms, wifi, food and drink outlets and 24-hour manned reception. There will also be two stages for rehearsal and performance.
Hostival, the world’s first travelling festival hostel are the folk running it who for nearly a decade, follows its clientele around the world to the biggest and most famous festivals. They know what and where their guests want . They’ve been to Oktoberfest in Munich, Running With The Bulls Festival in Spain and the Rio de Janiero Carnival – quite fancy a job with them actually.
The company are currently in talks with various food and drink suppliers with whom they can work as partners in this venture and will be seeking established local brands and international brands that can contribute to the total experience
Giuliano Giacovazzi of

Hostival says: “We have decided to come to Edinburgh as this city is home to the world’s biggest arts festival. Often the cost of accommodation can deter people and we are hoping to alleviate this problem as well as provide a carnival atmosphere which our clientele expect and enjoy”.

For bookings

Edinburgh Film Festival just around the corner.

D day for film fansIt’s about now the PR and publicity machines for Fringe and Festival productions go into overdrive. But before we get to the madness of festival frenzy that is August remember just round the corner is the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

It kicks off on 19th June – 30th June. You have to be quick off the mark to get tickets for the production you would like.

The announcement of the line up is 29th May –  which is this week – so hit the link above for details.

And keep your eyes peeled round the city. Spotted in recent years Dustin Hoffman in Princes Street Gardens, Alan Rickman, Minnie Driver, Kate Winslet not necessarily together or because they’re in a film but because they are here to enjoy the general buzz of Scotland’s Capital when it all kicks off.

As we all will!



Sunday 28th April – this looks like the place to be in Edinburgh


You can tell by this its going to be groovy. Admit it.
You can tell by this its going to be groovy. Admit it.

We heard about this from the lovely Catherine Aitken  – her gorgeous handmade Harris Tweed bags, wraps and other goodies are wonderful. So her and many others are getting together to put on a marvellous Sunday of creative  and foodie delights this weekend.

If you have a credit card burning a whole in your pocket, a child nipping at your ankles, a beast in your belly needing feeding,  a hangover that you need to shuffle off  or all four of the aforementioned, This could be just the place.

This Sunday in Summerhall – the old Dick Vet at the South side of the Meadows near Causewayside –it looks very promising indeed.

See you there?