2016 Edinburgh Festivals

Well, I feel that this time of year came around very fast! One year further away from working at the Fringe, and another new perspective. About halfway through the Fringe, I would have said this was my worst ever in terms of enjoyment (and actually getting to see stuff!) – but I managed to pull it all around right at the last weekend – and probably have the best one ever! Phew.

So here’s my list. And before I start, I’ll say I’m not ashamed I saw less than ever. I still view it as compacting a year of culture into one month and I think this is by far more balanced than I’ve made it in the past.

EIF's Deep Time from the Office

EIF’s Deep Time from the Office

  1. Deep Time (Edinburgh International Festival) – from my freaking office! You can’t argue with me when I say I have the best office ever!
  2. Laura Bates (Edinburgh International Book Festival – a Book Group event – Laura is the creator of the #everydaysexism project and it was great to get fired up on her views on the world.
  3. Sigur Ros (Edinburgh International Festival) – was lucky enough to be a guest of the EIF to this show which was BRIGHT – and also amazing.
  4. BBC at the Fringe – Fred McAuley (Fringe) – a last minute invite to be part of studio audience. Was good fun with my pal Gemma.
  5. Ben Aaronovich (Edinburgh International Book Festival) – my fav author of the year. Was really really lovely to see him, meet him briefly (squee!) and hear about his process for writing and developing characters. If you haven’t already – go read Rivers of London.
  6. Club Cumming (Edinburgh International Festival) – last night fun on the last Saturday of the Fringe. I danced with the hubster and friends until 04:00. Not like me at all! Had a blast!

    Having a fab time at Club Cumming

    Having a fab time at Club Cumming

  7. Teatro Delusio (Fringe) – beautifully executed – extremely dull (nuff said)
  8. Pip Utton: Playing Maggie (Fringe) – am extremely bias as Pip is a fab friend – but this was the first time I’d seen him and I was blown away. Loved it. Also went down extremely well with the audience. So it wasn’t all bias 🙂
  9. Dracula (Fringe) – with the hubster – was fun and enjoyable – a good light humour for a lazy Monday afternoon.
  10. Attrape Moi (Fringe) – a fantastic physical theatre and circus act from France – was a really fab show to end my festival season on.
Us with the Pipster

Us with the Pipster

So, I had a great time in the end. I also managed a trip to Dundee and to London – a first in about 8 years of leaving Edinburgh during the festivals. Regrets? I didn’t see enough of my friends – something to work on next time.

Roll on next year!

What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts on shows you attended, or if you saw anything I saw too. I love a comment on the blog me. 😉


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Links – Found Interesting w/c 01 August 2016

More varied sources from this week’s post. The following are articles I’ve enjoyed/found interesting so far this week:

  1. The ‘Busy’ Trap – All about how we all love to say we’re busy!
  2. A cut-out-and-keep guide to remaining non-threatening at work – Some food for thought on how women have so much to think about when they are in leadership roles. I must admit, I’ve done quite a lot of this rephrasing in the past.
  3. The Yoga of Darkness – Really interesting article about how yoga is not all sweetness and light. I’ve been in a place where sometimes yoga can make me feel a bit worse, emotionally, and I haven’t quite known what to do with it. This article helped me realise that I’m not alone!
  4. “Why? Should I Go See It?” – Such a good post about why the new Ghostbusters article is a bag of awesome. Everyone should see it!
  5. Forget big change: start with a tiny habit – amazing wee TED talk from BJ Fogg about how forming many little habits makes for bigger change. There are more BJ Hogg videos out there which I’m intending to look up this week.

Quite a feminist slant this week!

I’ve had a good week generally so far. I gave up sugar a few weeks ago (hardest thing I’ve ever done!) and this week I’ve started a new exercise regime (run/yoga/run/yoga/run/yoga/rest day). Hoping to see some differences over the next few weeks!

Inspired by Sarah Wilson, I created a "Go-Crate" for helping me get going with exercise!

Inspired by Sarah Wilson, I created a “Go-Crate” for helping me get going with exercise!

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Links – Found Interesting w/c 18 July 2016

Follow on from last week’s post, some things I read this week that might be of interest:

  1. Zen Habits – How to Develop an Awesome Sense of Direction – I’m glad I’m not the only one with a terrible sense of direction! Some great tips on what you can do to try and orientate yourself in a new place. Can’t rely on Google Maps for everything!
  2. Buzzfeed – 21 Feminist Books Every Girl Should Read In Her Lifetime – Have read 13/21 of these! But I do think I’d like to make my own list one day. Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In seems to be missing!
  3. Zapier – How an Award Winning Food Blogger Used Trello, Todoist and Zapier to Grow Traffic 10x – Really getting into Zapier and all it offers at the moment – this a great blog about developing content for blogs using these three great tools.
  4. Inc.com – Bill Gates, Warren Buffett And Oprah All Use The 5-Hour Rule – Love the idea that if you spend an hour a day reading/creating/thinking then it can add to your success. Seems obvious really! I went through a phase of listening to TED talks every morning for a while which was great for this. I do try to put time aside for regular reading (actually writing this blog is helping me keep to a schedule for the moment) but it’s hard work.
  5. Backchannel – “Airbnb’s Sheryl Sandberg” is the Valley’s Quiet Superpower — Backchannel – really interesting article about Belinda Johnson, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer (read Brian Chesky’s Right Hand) and how she’s helped keep Airbnb ahead of the game.

    Belinda Johnson

    Belinda Johnson from Airbnb has a pretty inspirational story (photo credit: bizjournals)

  6. Zapier – Trello Everything: 28 Ways to Maximize Your Work with the Visual Task Management Tool – Well it wouldn’t be a blog from me if it didn’t have Trello in it would it?!
  7. Harvard Business Review – Learn to Love Networking – A great article on things to focus on when meeting new people. Some tips in here that I’m definitely going to try out!

You’ll notice that I dip into the same blogs often (Trello, Zen Habits, Zapier) – so if you think of any website that you think I should check out – please do let me know as I’m totally on the look out for new things to read and use for curation.

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Links – found interesting w/c 11 July 2016

Some things I’ve read this week which might be of interest.

  1. The Psychology of Checklists: Why Setting Small Goals Motivates Us to Accomplish Bigger Things – Trello Blog – Well, most people who know me, know I love Trello! This is a great wee article on why checklists make sense – not just practically but psychologically. If you’re into lists – check out The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande – it has changed my life!
  2. 21 Top Podcasts to Listen to for a Healthy Work-Life Balance – A great article with inspiration for some new podcasts to listen to. I’ve already subscribed to some – looking forward to my walks to and from work. (Big thanks to my pal Catrin who got me up and running with podcasts again!)
  3. To Create a Habit, Tell a Good Story : zen habits – Zen Habits is one of my favourite blogs – this article focusses on the positive reinforcement you can do when working on a new habit. It’s working well with my “give up sugar” challenge at the moment!
  4. New Recipes We Love – IFTTT makes me so creative! I really enjoy reading their Recipes We Love section – not to necessarily to use those recipes but to give me food for thought on what might be useful. An example for me would be the If It’s Raining Tomorrow Let Me Know (below) – for me, it doesn’t quite work in time – it always tells me too late – so I’ve written my own recipe, using the same ideas. Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 17.22.12
  5. How To Find Your Most Productive Hours – Trello Blog – OK OK so another Trello example – but this article, on how to work out when you’re most productive, looks really good! I’m totally trying this out over the next couple of weeks. I’ve been feeling out of sync lately and think this might do the trick!
  6. 17 TED Talks Guaranteed To Change Your Life – I don’t agree with all these talks (I’m not an Amanda Palmer fan) but I think it’s great food for thought – TED talks are awesome – and I heartily recommend you watch/listen regularly.
  7. Sheryl Sandberg, like so many, did not get how hard it is to be a single mother – bit behind on reading this article – but I’m always so inspired by Sheryl Sandberg, one of the First Ladies of Tech.
  8. A Reading List for Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” – If you’re like me and love Beyonce’s latest album (I can’t stop listening!) then this reading list is for you. Some friends and I are in the process of setting up a Feminist Book Group and this list is going on there to discuss!

Hope you find this useful – please do share any thoughts, or any articles/blogs you think I might like!

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