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So that was the Edinburgh Fringe

This year’s Edinburgh Fringe felt bigger than before. In fact, it felt a lot bigger in many ways. The crowds seemed denser and much more difficult to navigate through, and even the cab drivers said it was a bigger event than in previous years. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but it felt like it.

I did enjoy this year’s fringe. As always there were highs and lows. Amazing shows, and things that are better left unremembered. But that’s the way it has always been, and I’ve been going for quite a while now.

Going to the Fringe is always a gamble. Just because a show has a 5 star rating doesn’t mean it’ll actually be good or indeed that you’ll like it. Added to that, the weather is an even bigger gamble, although you could argue that it’s always going to rain if you’re in Edinburgh for the fringe, and I’d say that’s a pretty safe bet.

But it was good this year, and it was fun on the whole. It’s a tiring holiday though. It’s the kind of holiday that you come back from more tired than when you left, and that’s getting increasingly difficult.

I’ll be posting thoughts on my favourite shows over the coming days, but as for those that didn’t appeal to me, I’ll leave them alone and won’t bother boring you with them.

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And then Phoenard arrived

Phoenard Prototyping Device
Phoenard Prototyping Device

I’d sort of forgotten about funding this on Kickstarter until it arrived. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with it. I did have a couple of ideas, and I’m sure I wrote them down somewhere, so I’ll have to look them out and see what I can do with it.

I’m sure it’ll find a place and I’m sure I’ll have some fun with it too.

2 comments on “Trying out Beer 52”

Trying out Beer 52

A first box from Beers 52
A first box from Beers 52

So I found out about this company from the GBBF programme, and I decided to try them out. I got an offer for the first box at half price, and it seemed like a good point to try this out.

So the first box arrived and had an eclectic selection of beers. I was also pleased to see this little extra in there …

Something from Beers52
Something from Beers52

Which was nice. I thought that the first beer I’d try out would be this one …

Soundwave beer
Soundwave beer

Because I thought that the name was excellent. However, when I poured it out of the bottle, this is what I got …

Soundwave IPA in the glass
Soundwave IPA in the glass

Which isn’t what I was really looking for, and wasn’t really a great start as far as I was concerned. I contacted Beers 52 about it, but didn’t really get the answer I was looking for sadly.

So far, the other beers I’ve tried from the box have been pretty good, but this one, the first one, was a disappointment as far I was concerned, and not the result I was after.

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Doctor Who and the Drosten’s Curse

Doctor Who and the Drosten's Curse
Doctor Who and the Drosten’s Curse Audio Book

I bought this with some trepidation as I wasn’t entirely sure about the write up and the reviews on Audible. Also, the last Dr Who audio book I bought (non Big Finish that is) was pretty bad, “Corpse Marker” had a lot of promise as it came out of one of my favourite stories, The Robots of Death, but it certainly didn’t live up to that high standard.

Even so, I thought I’d try this, and, so far, it isn’t bad. It is very amusing, and very reminiscent of the Douglas Adams 4th Doctor stories. Witty, amusing, quirky. However, perhaps too much so. In a way, it sound like it has been written almost to be like those Douglas Adams stories, and in a way sails to close to that particular wind. Having said that, I’m not hating it. In fact, I’m quite enjoying it, even though at times it seems like there’s been more attention to the witty writing style than the actual story.

I haven’t finished it as yet, but when I do I’ll let you know what I really think. With no spoilers of course.