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Sunday was, due to the season, up the hill for a practice, but this time after picking Jim up from Bonnyrigg. We managed a quick fireraising session at the end, which went surprisingly well given the time since we last did it. Then I took him back out to Bonnyrigg and went to the Ann Purna with L&S for dinner, as it's due to change hands soon. I don't go nearly often enough - it was as lovely as ever. Hopefully it'll stay that way. After that, the ISIHAC Greatest Hits show at the Festival Theatre, with them and my folks. That's the first time I've seen a game show do an encore - and the first time I've heard 1500 people attempt an unrehearsed rendition of "Donald Where's Your Troosers" on kazoos, too. Very fine. We all got to keep the kazoos.

Later I started reading Kevin MacNeil's "The Stornoway Way". I took a break at about three and finished it today. It's very good - a clever, funny, and sad memoir of a young Stornoway man who's never got his life together, and has moved back to Lewis after years busking round the world. The bits that are funny are very funny, the bits that are sad are tragic, and all of them are clever. I will have to find out what my Stornowegian friend makes of it, by lending it to him if necessary.

Today I went to Mo's birthday picnic on Portobello beach. This was very good, although Nivine setting her hair on fire was a little alarming. Fortunately no harm seems to have been done. During the early evening there was a very loud rumbling with no obvious cause. It turned out that it was two Tornadoes turning on their afterburners over the Castle - apparently the RAF were also having a birthday party. Show-offs.
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ISIHAC after work last night, with me mum and dad, Alex and Nuala, CJ and Fran, Lara and Seth, Stuart, Tef, Matthew, Martin Lyndon, Gus, and about 600 or so other people also in attendance. And very good it was too. The guest was Ross Noble, who made his mark early on. The panellists were making jokes about how old and decrepit they all were (Barry started it, of course) and Tim remarked that a woman had recognised him and asked if he was indeed Tim Brooke-Taylor, adding "That's me showing my age". Ross then said that he'd recently been mistaken for Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen by a woman he'd met, although understandably because "I was wrecking her house at the time."

Tim then sprayed half a glass of water over his notes and demanded that he get notice of any actually funny jokes in future. You won't hear that in the broadcast version, though, because it was in the warmup before the title music. It's going out Thursday at 6:30 pm on BBC Radio4, and will be streamable for the next week in the usual manner. Anything I told people about it being a live broadcast, you'll notice, turned out to be entirely wrong.

After that a few of us went to the Hoose, and from there I went over with Fran and CJ to the Traverse bar, where Mark, Michael Jackson and Dave Hetherington (with Pauline, although I didn't recognise her at all from my vague memories of her) from Potterrow Committee circa 1990 were having a drink. It was very good to catch up, and we stayed until the place closed, whenever that was.
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So, those of you who said they'd be interested - did you get tickets? I got some tickets, but not quite enough for all of you. I can try and get some more (as could you, of course) but I don't know if any of you have scored your own.

So do any of you still want me to try to get you some?
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The Fringe website at http://www.edfringe.com seems to be working. And they seem to have at least a few ISIHAC tickets left, for those of you that are interested.
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Anyone fancy seeing ISIHAC recorded at the Pleasance at the end of August? 7 quid a ticket, apparently.

Also, someone here's selling an HP officejet v45. 20 quid.

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