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Just back from my single trip to the Edinburgh Festival this year, where I went to see, er, something I've seen several times in theatres in Glasgow, the Circus of Horrors. For anyone who's not familiar with it, it's a sort of freak show/ musical/ circus thing. With blood and chainsaws and nudity. Some of it's a bit puerile and "look ma, I'm outrageous!1!!" but some of the circus acts - doing acrobatics work both on the ground and dangling from bits of fabric, and some great stuff on roller skates, tonight - are fantastic. The friend I was with hadn't been before, so despite most of it being the same as last time I saw them, I had fun sitting watching her face during things like Garry Stretch. Heh. Also, that chemicalish smell you get when theatre fires have been put out is one of my favourite smells ever.

(I wonder if I can change my firefox dictionary to English? It's annoying me by underlining every occurrence of "theatre".)

I went with my friend and her book group (heh) to an event at the book festival, too - a discussion of what makes a classic, between Blake Morrison, Adam Thirlwell and Zachary Leader. It was pitched at a pretty high level, but it was great. Though I did discover I've been pronouncing both Lysistrata and Aeschylus wrongly for the last ten years or so. We also got freebies - a really good canvas bag, ideal for keeping in my bag for when I go shopping, with a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird. Which I was just telling someone the other day that I haven't read. I think the main reason I haven't read it is because for some reason it's associated in my head with Catcher in the Rye, which I hated passionately. The event was sponsored by Vintage Classics, a sub-company of Random House, because they've started "twinning" contemporary classics with, um, classic classics, to persuade people to widen their reading. They're nice books, too.

We spent a long time in the bookshop, but I was restrained and the only thing I bought was Ballads of the Book, a CD of collaborations between Scottish authors and Scottish bands, which I've been wanting for ages. We were laughed at by the checkout staff, because we'd only been there 2 minutes, and C popped up behind me at the counter going "Are you buying books ALREADY?!?" to which I responded defensively "No! ..It's a CD!" I took a picture of How Novels Work so I could buy it cheaper from Amazon. It looks fantastic - not much info on the Amazon page, but it looks at novels from all angles, including, you know, covers and font chosen as well as the actual text of the novel. And I got very, very sidetracked by an eclectic display of Chambers dictionaries, but I managed not to buy any of them.

Oh! And (I'm going backwards chronologically here, but never mind) we ate in Wannaburger, and it's amazing. Biggest choice of burgers I've ever seen, and they were lovely. And they do the best milkshakes I've tasted in a very, very long time. I'm hoping they'll open a branch in Glasgow very soon.

Edit: I forgot; on the off-chance anyone managed not to see this video on either LJ or Facebook yesterday, here's Those Rules by The Schema.

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pickwick
Aug. 24th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Hee, the internet makes me so lazy. I could have found that out for myself, but I knew if I mentioned it on here, someone would know. Didn't know they'd reply that fast, though! Cheers :D
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pickwick
Aug. 24th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Sweet dreams, sweetie!
roobarb
Aug. 24th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC)
I'm a dope, didn't read replies before posting

trying now

ahh so that's why, when it says English it lies! :-)
poliphilo
Aug. 24th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
In my view a "classic" is a book that's proved its worth by hanging around a while. By this definition "contemporary classic" is a contradiction in terms.
pickwick
Aug. 24th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a couple of the panellists said that. But decided it's OK to try and guess which current books will become classics, sort of thing.
roobarb
Aug. 24th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
firefox offered it me as an English spell check, I was miffed

it doesn't know firefox either lol
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