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August 30th, 2009
Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’09 – Richard Herring

We were on the flight to Edinburgh when we first heard all about the controversy surrounding Richard Herring’s show Hitler Moustache from our friend. Apparently, a writer for The Guardian claimed Richard Herring hates Pakistanis and labelled him a big ol’ racist. I hadn’t read the article at this point or Richard’s right of reply but was pretty certain that the show must have been taken out of context. “Let’s get t-shirts for the show that say “Pakistanis love Richard Herring!” I said and that was that.

We never got time to make the t-shirts so turned up to the show without them. (At this point I should mention that we were wearing other clothes.) My husband bumped into Richard when we got to the venue and told him “Pakis love Richard!” making him laugh and then they had a big old man hug. I told him off for using the word “Pakis” not because I find it offensive in that context but because it can sometimes make others feel uncomfortable. I once induced a collective gasp when I used it in front of colleagues and I was merely quoting a scene from The Office.

So, the show itself: fantastic. You’d have to be an amoeba to think it was in any way racist, in fact quite the opposite. Richard challenges racism and the ideas racists hold, revealing them to be ridiculous. Comedy is such a powerful format for delivering that kind of message, much more effective than me saying, “Racism’s bad, mmkay?”

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August 27th, 2009
Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’09 – Late ‘n’ Live

Late ‘n’ Live is exactly what it says on the tin; it’s three live comedy acts, one music act and it starts at 1am. You have to be pretty well regarded to get a slot at this event so we knew the comedy would be of high quality and it was. Okay, so the compere, John Bishop (shortlised for if.comedy Edinburgh Comedy Award) made a joke about Muslims and then asked if there were any “Mussys” in the audience. But I raised my hand so whatever.

Jamie KilsteinLoved the letter to the US Army

Kevin BridgesHilarious and naturally funny. This guy could say anything and it would be funny. Shortlisted for Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer.

Axes of AwesomeTheir four chord song is one of the best things ever.

The whole evening was even more hilarious because some couple kept rowing and the woman would storm out followed by the man. That’s just pure comedy fodder.

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August 26th, 2009
Darling Clothes

“Quintessentially feminine” is how Darling Clothes describe themselves and I couldn’t agree more. I get a real hippy, bohemian and quirky vibe from their clothes and I love it! Here are my favourite pieces:


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August 24th, 2009
Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’09 – Lewis Schaffer

Guess what? We were late to this show too! And Lewis said to us as we walked in, “I’m warning you! I’m a pro-American Jew boy!” The whole crowd laughed and it pissed me off a little, I must admit. It didn’t detract from the rest of the show though, really very funny. It was a free show too so can’t complain.

We did run into Lewis later on that evening. Twice. We ended up chatting to him for quite some time and I told him his comment earlier on had annoyed me. He explained though that he makes fun of EVERYONE, no matter who they are and that it’s all done in jest. There’s a big debate about racism in comedy at the moment (I will be writing more about that when I talk about the Richard Herring show) but I’m of the opinion that it’s not comedians using it as an excuse to be offensive, more to make us think. Also, Lewis said I was “too pretty to go see the Chippendales” so I guess I’ll have to forgive him. I’m so easily won over.

Anyway, do go and see Lewis Schaffer in Edinburgh this week if you can or when he’s back in London.

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August 24th, 2009
Southend-on-Sea or not to be

Today we planned a trip to Southend-on-Sea but then this happened:


We made the most of the FOUR hour wait by taking in the sunshine and scenery (there was a horse) and shouting back at the arsehole drivers who felt the need to jeer at us as they drove by. There was also some singing involved (Bohemian Rhapsody). We didn’t make it to the seaside but sometimes you don’t need to get to the seaside.




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August 22nd, 2009
Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’09 – Isma Almas

The first show we saw at the Ed Fringe this year was Isma Almas. We were late and she said “The Asians are late, typical!” And that was the high point of the whole act. She has some good ideas talking about growing up in Britain with Asian parents but I just didn’t think it was that funny. Early days yet, I’m hoping that she’ll improve with experience. **

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August 21st, 2009
The NEW Argos Catalogue

In Liverpool Street Station ne’er a day goes by when there isn’t something being given away to the thousands of passengers that pass through. I’ve seen all sorts from food items to stationery to the Argos catalogue…umm, what?

Yes, that’s right. Today there were about five or six people giving out bags with a copy of the Argos catalogue in it, all shouting “get your Argos catalogue here” whilst thrusting the bags into our hands. Like it was the most exciting thing you’ll ever get. Like you can’t pick it up from Argos in your own time. Like you can’t visit their website if in fact you do need something from Argos in a real hurry. One of them shouts, “Get your catalogue here, ABSOULTELY FREE!” Like you’ve ever actually paid for one!

This shouldn’t shock me of course, Argos is the strangest store since Index.

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August 20th, 2009
Is it just me…

…or have the Dragons been eating too many beans?

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August 19th, 2009

I miss this blog, I miss writing on it. I’ve somehow convinced myself that I have nothing interesting to say but we all know that’s not true! ;)

So I make a pact. I will write something every day. I can’t promise it will be interesting but it will be at least one post every day. And it will be more than 140 characters!

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