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Spank's Edinburgh Diary, Saturday 10/08/2013

Edinburgh Festival 2013

When inspiration fails to strike, just take a photo of the programme covers. Sigh.Let's see if I can still remember how to do this.

Here's a terrifying thought. Regulars will remember that my first ever Edinburgh Festival was in 1989. If I'd been coming every year since then, this one would be my 25th visit. Except, of course, I haven't: years off in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012 mean that this is only my 18th fest, which is a much less impressive figure. (This year's London Film Festival, however, will be my 25th. Gulp.)

Thanks to my usual two-years-on-one-year-0ff rule, I haven't been to an Edinburgh show since August 27th 2011. I think the break is a good thing, generally: it's easy for the festival to become predictable when you go every single year, and a gap helps you appreciate the rest of it more. But now I'm back, heralded by the twin auguries of fire and pandas. I'm just a little concerned that this time round, I'm not quite as prepared as I have been in previous years - will I be able to cope?

Well, as usual, I've got the support mechanism that is Spank's Pals joining me up here. Anne, The Belated Birthday Girl, Charmian, Dave, Diane, Eve, Jon, Kate, Nick, Pam, Rhian, Stephen, Teresa, Tim and Tomas are all going to be around for various subsets of the next seven days. Over the coming week I'll be providing daily reviews of all the stuff I see in the International, Fringe and Book Festivals, and the others may chip in now and again when they've got something to say.

In my review page for August 27th 2011, I finished off with the words "I think I'll need to investigate bringing BrewDog on board as a sponsor for 2013," having fallen for their beer heavily during that year's festival. Little did I know that two years later, they'd be close to being the sponsor for my whole bloody site. Will we make similarly important discoveries in Edinburgh this year, be they alcoholic, culinary or even - God forbid - artistic? Watch this space.


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