Brian Ferguson’s diary: Fiona Hyslop | Fringe football match
WITH new chief executive Janet Archer having agreed to meet the media ahead of Creative Scotland’s festivals reception, the spotlight on the day fell on culture secretary Fiona Hyslop (below), who gamely agreed to a couple of impromptu chats with reporters amid the revelry.
The Cairn String Quartet, which started life busking on the streets of Glasgow, had provided the mellow soundtrack to the early stages of the event in the Out of the Blue Drill Hall off Leith Walk.
But as Ms Hyslop deftly handled a string of questions about the festivals and the independence debate, the quartet’s arrangements seemed to take a dramatic, turbulent turn, building to a slightly deafening crescendo that left the head spinning. A complete coincidence, I’m sure.
AFTER the stooshie over the Edinburgh International Festival’s planned First World War theme for next year’s outing, it’s nice to see signs of peace breaking out between two warring factions on the Fringe. Word reaches us of a détente – perhaps inspired by the Christmas Day truce of 1914, when football matches between British and German soldiers in the trenches were played during a temporary seasonal ceasefire. The long-standing rivalry between PBH’s Free Fringe and the Laughing Horse Free Festival will seemingly be put aside for a charity football match between comedians from each venue, with star turns as the coaches.
All proceeds from the match will be going to the National Autistic Society.
The comic behind the idea, Bob Fletcher, promises “nose-bleedingly good fun in the name of a good cause” at the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill playing fields on Sunday from 10:30am.