Me with my shiny scarf
2014 festivals! I’ve had a great time! Spend lovely times with super friends (you know who you are), seen some amazing shows, worked my socks off!
I’ve made a wee list of the shows I’ve seen. I must say, I’m impressed with how many I’ve gotten to see yet again and as I pay for the majority I’ve seen, I’m now super poor for the next month!
- A Series of Increasing Impossible Acts (theatre)
- Swing (theatre)
- Simon Callow in Juvenalia (theatre)
- Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (dance)
- John Robins: This Tornado Loves You (comedy)
- This is Ceilidh (cabaret)
- Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?! (comedy)
- Daniel Kitson and Friends (comedy)
- Confirmation (theatre)
- Tiger Tales (dance)
- Bianco (Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus)
- Miann (dance)
- He Had Hairy Hands (theatre) (x2!)
- Glenn Cosby: Food Junkie (comedy)
- Morgan & West: Parlour Tricks (comedy)
- Daniel Sloss (comedy)
- re: Fujisan (Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus)
- Book Dance Split Bill (dance)
- James I (theatre) – Edinburgh International Festival
- Black Grace (dance)
- Cuckooed (theatre)
- James II (theatre) – Edinburgh International Festival
- James III (theatre) – Edinburgh International Festival
- Letters Home (theatre)
- Sara Pascoe (comedy)
- Bridget Christie:An Ungrateful Woman (comedy)
- Sweet Mambo (dance)
- Virgin Money Fireworks Concert (music)
Highlights for me were – He Had Hairy Hands – so good I saw it twice, The James Plays with the EIF and Black Grace (Nom!).
Did you have a good festival season? What were your highlights? Let me know!
Just this week I’ve started a resolution.
Every day at breakfast, I’m going to watch a new TED talk. The purpose of this is to give me a time to think and learn new things and to give me a bit of inspiration to start the day. I first came across TED in 2011 when they held their TED:GLOBAL event here in Edinburgh. My husband was working their event and we had to take a day off to get married (Loooong story here).
So far I’ve watched:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – The Danger of a Single Story
A really eye opening talk about how one vision of an event or person can have dangerous repercussions – has taught me to continue to try to be more open minded. (NB Chimamanda mostly recently gifted words and vocals to Beyonce’s new album with the song ***Flawless.)
Carin Bondar – The Birds and the Bees are Just the Beginning
A funny and weird talk about how the natures sex acts are not as “simple” as we thought. Made me laugh!
Paul Rothemund – Playing with DNA that Self-Assembles
Brief (5 mins!) talk on how DNA can be manipulated – pretty inspiring!
I’m really enjoying so far and looking forward to picking out more talks to watch.
If you have a favourite TED talk to recommend, send along in the comments – would love to watch it!
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2013 was a great year for reading and since 2011 (I was sure it was longer!) I’ve been setting myself a challenge of reading books, some from a list of books I’ve been wanting to read for a while and others that I find as I go along.
Last year was one of my better years from reading from my list – just two outstanding – and so I’m sticking to 2 x 12 books. 1 x 12 from the list below and the rest as I go along. Although I read nearly 50 books last year, I’m keeping my total target at 24 books.
The list below is:
01. Elizabeth Jane Howard – The Light Years
02. Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake
03. Jeffrey Eugenides – The Virgin Suicides
04. Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowlands
05. Khalid Hosseini – And the Mountains Echoed
06. Chad Harbach – The Art of Fielding
07. Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible
08. Walter Isaacson – Einstein: His Life and Universe
09. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Women’s Prize for Fiction Short List)
10. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent (Women’s Prize for Fiction Short List)
11. The Undertaking – Audre Magee (Women’s Prize for Fiction Short List)
12. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing – Eimear McBride (Women’s Prize for Fiction Short List)
By the way, if you have any recommendations on what to read. I’d love to hear them!