Apr. 2nd, 2007

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[Adapted from email]

I saw a comedy/music show last night (in aid of Bowel Cancel UK, hence the title) that included performances by Bill Bailey, Rhona Cameron, Karen Dunbar, Stephen Frost, Barry Cryer and Eddi Reader. [Ed - Zowie! But the recipient of the email wouldn't have heard of any of them.]

I thought you'd be interested in Barry Cryer (OBE for services to comedy drama). He started at the Windmill Theatre in London, subject of the film 'Mrs Henderson Presents'. He's written for Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Jack Benny, Les Dawson, Kenny Everett, David Frost, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise (and with Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman, etc etc). He appeared in At Last the 1948 Show, Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies, The Goodies, and All You Need is Cash (Rutles). He's a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats. And finally, his record of "Purple People Eater" was number 1 in Finland because it was released there instead of the original.

Impressive, eh?

P.S. Bill Bailey's really good too, does a lot of musical jokes. He did the voice of the whale in the film of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy too.

P.P.S. Bill Bailey also plays theremin (though he didn't last night) and bouzouki and the lucky bastard's got perfect pitch. The major problem with understanding his humour is that, like Weird Al Yankovic, he references a lot of pop music I don't know that well. However, I *did* recognize the theme to EastEnders, a popular soap opera--not sure if I'm proud of that or not.
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[Adapted from email]

Rather to my disappointment, we hardly had any snow this winter, so XC skiing or even sledding ("sledging") was out of the question. Considering how chilly my flat can get even when it's above zero outside though, perhaps that was for the best. There is a year-round artificial ski slope outside Edinburgh that I hope to try some time.

I'm doing okay, although finding it rather a strain to work two jobs and still have voice left for church choir now that I'm at Camera Obscura from 9.25 to 6.10 five days a week. At any rate, I'm starting Alexander Technique (http://www.alexandertechnique.com/) lessons today and I have a week-long holiday after Easter.

My working holidaymaker's visa runs out in May, so I can't support myself through regular work after that time. However, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe are all registered as "permit free festivals" so (if I understand this correctly) I would be allowed to work for any of them while here on a tourist visa. Thoughts? [Ed - An employee at the Fringe office later told me this was impossible.]

If only Dad had asked for British citizenship when he had the chance...

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