Visiting Edinburgh

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Talk: Animals and Madness

Speaker: Professor Chris Philo, Professor of Geography, University of Glasgow

Louis Wain was a relatively well known British illustrator working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly known for his depictions of cats. It is claimed that ‘cats drove him mad’.

This talk will explore the ‘madness’ of both human and animals, the curious cross-codings arising between ‘mad’ people and troublesome beasts, and parallels in the spaces/environments that they have occupied or to which they have been consigned.

Oktoberfest at Pitt Market

Submitted by edg on Thu, 29 Aug '19 7.47am

The Munich Oktoberfest gets a Scottish makeover down in Leith.

This 3-weekend Oktoberfest event is presented by the Pitt Street Market, in partnership with Barney’s Beer. As well as regular traders of the Pitt Market, there'll be live music on the Saturdays from local bands.

Beers on tap in the beer hall will be from six of Munich’s finest breweries - Augustiner, Hofbräu, Spaten, Paulaner, Löwenbräu, and Hacker Pschorr.

Midnight Paranormally Active and Haunted Underground Vaults Tour, Auld Reekie Tours, Review

Expectations were understandably high for a tour of what is described as “the world's most haunted and paranormally active location”.

The rendezvous point was some way up the Royal Mile, and about a dozen or so of us gathered for the tour. A couple were delayed, meaning it was ten minutes late starting, but then we were off, the walk taking us past various landmarks, including the Heart of Midlothian and the Mercat Cross.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2020

Submitted by edg on Fri, 14 Jun '19 5.30pm

For scale, no show in Edinburgh can rival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Literally hundreds of performers, both from Scotland and bands and outfits from abroad, gather under the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The series of displays, which take place on the castle esplanade (an 18th century parade ground), combine breathtaking shows of military precision, often a battle re-enactment, military bands, traditional dancers, and a rousing finale of mass pipes and drums, topped by the lone piper playing from the castle battlements.