The Festival finally finished earlier this week. I mangaed to see a few more shows – some good, some not so good.
For the second time I saw the ‘Circus Of Horrors‘, which had some entertaining performers – rollerskating acrobats and the infamous Gary Stretch.
However, another circus show I went to was the ‘Cirque Surreal‘, which had some great performers – including an amazing juggler. He juggled with loads of footballs. At one point he was spinning a football on his right hand, juggling 3 footballs with his left hand, kicking another ball up repeatedly with his foot, all while headering another football. That’s something you don’t see everyday.
I also got tickets for some comedians including Frank Skinner – he was good, but not as good as I was expecting. Still, there’s not many comedians that can make jokes from paedophiles and pensioner porn films. One comedian that was really funny was the Australian Jim Jefferies
For the third year running I went to see Gamarjobat. Their new show this year was ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Penguin’. The shows these Japanese guys have put on over the last two years have been fantastic, but I was a bit disappointed with them this year.
The Edinburgh Film Festival was also on while I was in Edinburgh. One movie I went see was Planet B-Boy – a documentary that “re-discovers one of the most incredible dance phenomena the world has ever seen…. known as B-boying to an audience who only remebers it as breakdancing from two decades ago“. It was an excellent film, and when it ended the film director Benson Lee was there for a Q&A session. An added bonus was that one of the crews that featured in the documentaery – the world famous Korean B-boy group Last For One were also there. They won Battle Of The Year 2005 -
Last For One Battle Of The Year 2005:
Battle Of The Year is an annual event to find out which is the best B-boy group in the world. Currently the top B-boys come from Korea and Japan. One group that was also in Planet B-boy was the Japanese crew Ichigeki:
A few hours after the documentary finished I went to the ‘CastleRock Breakdance Championships 2007‘. Again the Koreans Last For One came along and ‘battled’ with some UK B-boys. Some of the UK crews were impressive, but ultimately the Koreans won it.
While walking down the Royal Mile I was pleased to see that the folk band Ghurt Yoghurt were again back in Edinburgh. I first saw this Ukrainian folk band busking last year. I not really a ‘folk music’ fan but they played some good tunes. I even bought some of their CD’s. Unfortunately the weather in Edinburgh this August was terrible, with it raining most of the time. However, this did not stop Ghurt Yoghurt busking.