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Can't Multiply, Don't Multiply

Can't Multiply, Don't Multiply

23rd July 2014

During a lovely visit to the Museum of Branding, Packaging and Advertising (if you’re ever near Notting Hill, it’s a nice place to spend the afternoon), I overheard something that made me fear for humanity.

A coachload of teenagers had just turned up, mercifully as I was making my way around the gift shop at the end of the exhibition. The Crystal Maze-style dim lighting, glass panels and twisting corridors aren’t conducive to moving in even single file, which is why I went home with a nice bruise on my head from leaning in too close to the cabinet. I wasn’t about to get stuck in there with a job lot of bored kids, especially as they were discovering the lack of…

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Damsel's Do's and Don'ts at The Edinburgh Fringe.

Damsel's Do's and Don'ts at The Edinburgh Fringe.

21st July 2014

Oh the wonderful journey into the Scottish countryside for four weeks of hiking, resting, taking in the mountains, meditative views…oh no wait it’s the Edinburgh Fringe. As a past frequenter, here are some tips.

Don’t do it.

Only kidding, it’s great.

Here’s a few do’s and don’ts.

DO

·  Take Berrocca. It’s the drug of choice for anyone who doesn’t like The Cocaines. Not only is it orangey it also gives you a sense of security and the dropping, fizzing, drinking action creates a nice OCD style ritual to ward off any bad acting spirits.

·  Meet people, have a fling. Meet more people; fling.…

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One to Watch: MIMOtv

One to Watch: MIMOtv

16th July 2014

There's a brand new channel on the block: MIMOtv.

It's a video platform and community for the best British quirky, arresting and original home grown comedy. Video blogging and the weird world of self-broadcasting, has started a revolution in DIY comedy and now some of the most interesting talent is coming through these channels.

For women, this is good news because it means there is an alternative route to success other than the unforgiving stand-up circuit. Budding comics, actresses, writers and directors can get their shtick out there and win eyeballs without getting an agent first.

MIMOtv was set up by Imogen O'Rorke and Miranda Wilson, who between them have exp…

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Vicky Arlidge Serenades Glastonbury

Vicky Arlidge Serenades Glastonbury

10th July 2014

After some friends of mine performed in Glastonbury 2013, I added it to my list of ‘things to do before I die’. But Glastonbury is the biggest and most prestigious of all UK music festivals, did I really stand a chance? Could the line up really be Metallica, Dolly Parton and... me, a 43 year old mother of two? If so, they’d be on the Pyramid Stage and I’d be in the first aid tent.

Resigning myself to the fact that it would probably come to nothing, I sent off an email with a couple of YouTube links asking if I might join their line up for Glastonbury 2014. Rather gobsmackingly they got back to me within a couple of hours and invited me to perform in their …

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How to achieve redemption as a Scot

How to achieve redemption as a Scot

7th July 2014

Performance artist Rachael Clerke is taking her show 'How to achieve redemption as a Scot' through the medium of 'Braveheart' to Edinburgh Fringe this year. The show is one of the winners of this year's IdeasTap Underbelly Award.

In keeping with Rachael's Scottish theme she made a video parodying the Scottish Government's advert to promote Homecoming Scotland 2009. The video cost £559,287, even without paying the singers who participated! The ad was voted by travel site Wanderlust as one of the worst tourism adverts ever made. You can see the original advert here. 

Rachael's version cost £150 to make. She also chose not to…

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