Edinburgh’s Hogmanay minus 1

Catalan musicians
Catalan musicians playing on a temporary stage at the west end of George Street, Edinburgh.

This evening Jane and I went into town with Jane’s elder sister Pauline and her husband Paul to see the Catalan-themed festivities, as part of the build-up to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. We parked nearby and walked to the west end of George Street, where we were immediately greeted by giant figures and ordinary-sized people but with massive heids dancing to a Catalan band (photo above).

Further along George Street we stood and watched a group of Catalans building human pyramids from themselves (below).

Catalan acrobats creating a six-level human pyramid

It was very impressive, and looked terribly dangerous. I suspect, however, it wasn’t so much a piece of street theatre as they’d lost one of their members and this was the easiest way to alert him to their position in the crowds.

Disappointingly, having just battled our way through the crowds towards Hanover Street, we passed the Ceilidh dancing just as their World Record attempt was about to start. We’d just got out the other end when they announced that they were about to begin the record for the largest “Strip the Willow” ever. We paused long enough to decide whether to battle the crowds again to fight our way back, but decided that a drink at The Dome was a better idea.

One drink later — Jane and Pauline got the last 2 chairs in the place, while Paul and I sat on the floor — we were back out, and like the Wise Men returning by another route. But not before Jane spectacularly managed to spill two drinks and smash one glass just turning around!

On our way back we stumbled upon some firey dinosaurs (below). Like you do!

Dancing dinosaurs

They were ‘dancing’ up George Street to some weird drum ‘n’ bass track, and some guy playing through what sounded like an oboe on steroids. It was quite … scary, to be honest!

Returning to the car we noticed a cow on a balcony (below). It’s not a great photo as it was taken on my Nokia 5140i on Night Mode, but you get the gist:

A cow on a balcony

Giants, Catalan musicians, dancers and acrobats, smashing glasses at the pub, dinosaurs and cows: the recipe for a perfect evening!

Calendar and Lectionary Guide 2005/2006

A calendar, completely unlike the one used by the Church to work out which festival we should be celebrating this week.

Each year the Scottish Episcopal Church publishes a free guide to its calendar and lectionary. This guide helps to keep us clergy right throughout the year, as it lists each Sunday and major festival, with details such as its name (eg Week of 1 Advent), its category (1 through 6), its liturgical colour (eg Violet) and what Daily Prayer order should be used (eg DP Anticipation).

I’ve just finished formatting this booklet for the Web. For the first time, this document is now available for download in its entirety. It is available on the Liturgy page in HTML (webpage), A5 PDF booklet, and A4 PDF landscape formats.

Slowly but surely I’m getting through the various liturgy documents that need to go on the website. But it takes time. This one document took me about four hours.

No more springs

Ikea lorry parked outside our house

Look who turned up early this afternoon (above): Mr and Mrs Ikea pulled up outside shortly before one-o’clock-and-time-for-lunch (see Genesis for details) and delivered our new mattress (below).

Our kingsize bed

I know that you can’t tell from the photograph alone, but that’s the most comfortable bed I’ve ever laid down upon in that whole bedroom. I forgot to take a photo before we made the bed.

It’s firm, it’s soft, it’s comfortable and no more dirty-great springs in my back at night. Happy Christmas, Jane! (That’s our Christmas present to one another: a mattress. Proving once and for all that we are definitely ‘grown-ups’!)