I’ve got 10 mins of internet time left, so I’ll have to make this quick. I’m still in Edinburgh, still performing every day at 17.30, and still to audiences on the small side of tiny. Actually I exaggerate slightly, since things could be very much worse (we haven’t been down into single figures since the first week). We’ve done seventeen performances now, and have eight left. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t royally fed up with the show, and that the songs aren’t now so heavily burned into my psyche that I may never recover. I’ve never done a run as long as this before, and I guess it gives a better idea of what it would be like to do this as a career. (Not that I’d ever seriously consider doing so. I’m far too realistic about my talent levels for that.)

It’s still great to be in Edinburgh though, and the festival is as gloriously frenetic and insane as ever. ‘The Royal Mile’ is the centre of festivities, and runs from some palace that I can’t remember the name of up to Edinburgh Castle in the middle of the old town. With so many shows battling fiercely for audiences the Royal Mile becomes a veritable freak show, with many a costumed thespian mugging unsuspecting tourists with assorted publicity materials. Street performers also abound, for example a man riding a unicycle on a tight-rope juggling flaming torches, or a Can-Can dancing string quartet known as ‘Graffiti Classics’. With nothing bettter to do, it would be more than possible to spend an entire day being entertained for free.

I however have plenty to do, most of all seeing the 30+ shows I’ve managed to get to so far. A recent highlight that I must mention is ‘School Ties’, which has to rank as one of my favourites thus far. An extremely witty and impeccably performed musical take on life in school. Unfortunately, none of you can go see it, but I can assure you it would be well worth it if you could. But since you can’t, that isn’t much use. I’m rambling…

I can’t type any more now, and may not be able to for a while. My posting via email appears to have broken, most likely due to the software upgrade my server recently underwent, and I can’t access the things I need to try and fix it. At least the main site is still functioning, but it may mean I only post a few more times between now and the middle of September. I’m off to Cornwall a week on Tuesday though. Hooray! On a 06.50 train, taking 11 hours to get to Penzance. Boo!