#42 – Go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

‘Edinburgh is a beautiful city and has
a wonderful tradition of supporting the arts’
– Peter Hambleton

I’ve always had a wonderful relationship with Edinburgh. When I was younger I didn’t appreciate the city quite as much as I should have done, but ever since my 18th birthday I have put in a lot of effort to get to know it better.

It’s due to my mothers branch of the family that this connection to the city exists. Although born in Essex, they relocated to just outside Edinburgh (a place called Musselburgh) when she was like three or something. Anyway, they are still there and my mum still holds a strong affinity to Scotland.

One of Edinburgh’s biggest attractions is the fringe festival, one of the largest arts festivals in the world. (more…)


‘An Inspector Calls’ – A Short Review

Critical of the actions, attitude, and ignorance of the aristocracy, you could make the argument for Stephen Daldry’s revival of J.B. Priestly’s much acclaimed play An Inspector Calls being as much a criticism of today’s society as of the Edwardian/Victorian world it was originally written about.

Originally written between 1944-1945, Priestly’s play follows the Birling’s, a prosperous family celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila (Katherine Jack) to fellow member of the elite Gerald Croft (Matthew Douglas). Their evening, however, is interrupted by the arrival of Inspector Goole (Liam Brennan) and slowly their world begins to unravel.