Tuesday 7 August 2012: Postbox and 'minder'
Looking for all the world like a celebrity or a politician with a grey-clad goon standing on their shoulder in case of trouble, this pair are on a street corner round the back of Arthur's Seat. I spotted them on my way from Duddingston over the shoulder of the hill to Meadowbank for Tuesday football. I'd been to see L perform in her first show of her Fringe run with Theatre Alba at Duddingston Kirk Manse gardens. As part of their 'Irish Season' this year they are doing a couple of short Sean O'Casey pieces - Bedtime Story and Pound on Demand in the afternoon slot in the marquee and L has parts in both of them - the landlady Miss Mossie in the former and an officious and snooty Post Office customer in the second. Both involve an Irish accent, but as accents are a strength of hers, she sounded 'just grand'. Some minor glitches that you might expect in the opening show, but still plenty of laughs for the respectably-sized afternoon audience. And I'm sure they'll get better over the run. Four more this week and another five next week.
I did take a couple of possible blips in the gardens, which were looking lovely in the sunshine, but went with this shot instead. Earlier on I was busy with the DIY, painting the second coat in the guest bedroom. Can't believe it was a week ago that we were walking over Wansfell.
And playing football this evening meant I missed seeing VP (Vicky Pendleton) in her final race - the sprint final against her arch-rival, Aussie Anna Meares. Well, missed seeing it live. Caught up with it when I got home. Sadly sport being sport and not a movie it didn't quite follow the script and Anna won the gold medal, although only after Vicky 'won' the first sprint by the smallest possible margin only to get relegated for straying out of her sprinting lane. The, lets say, not quite impartial commentators seemed to think she was hard-done-by, but if it is the rule, she did break it, even if there was a bit a barging from Anna. Vicky seemed to miss her chance in the second race and Anna stormed to a 2-0 win. Still, a Silver to finish with to go with her Gold in the Keirin. Go VP!
Football was good, in the Edinburgh sunshine, and seven-s-side for a change. Our team started slowly and were three down at one point, but came back to win by three in the end. I seemed to be doing more to create goals to begin with, but got a couple of tap-ins towards the end, when we turned it round.