Monday, October 9, 2017

Street shows in UK

One of the things I like to observe when on a trip abroad is the street show. They are interesting and entertaining. But if you look a little closer you will find the reason why some of them do these shows. Like for example Jess Josie Lee who is travelling the world funding herself doing what she likes best  – busking.  Clicked this while she was singing away to glory at Cornmarket Street, Oxford,  on 25th July.  

These two guys (known as the Mangor DUO) were too good on their guitar. Spotted them at Reading.  

It is also interesting to watch the pedestrians as they pass by. You can see their body automatically sway to the music as they pass the speaker (at least those who are musically inclined) (watch these two girls at 2.50) 

At a mall I saw this Yamaha keyboard display cum sale section. The salesgirl was a pro and belted out some good numbers, a part of which I managed to capture. 

Unfortunately there was little audience for this man on his accordion, probably he has selected a quiet street behind a store. 

This guy was outside the King’s Cross railway station and the music he played went well with the rush hour traffic around the railway station. 

I have captured most of these and strung it up into a small video.
Saw these guys playing at Chester cross (the junction of Bridge Street and Watergate Street) You can see the street names written on top. All street names are elevated and displayed at an height of about 20 feet. It was only later I realized that this cross road had some historical significance. 

Jason Allan was performing not far from Chester Cross.

Princess street at Edinburgh is a hub of activity when it comes to busking. It was nice and sunny with many tourists sprawled out on the lawn. 

You could hear music from different quarters (without disturbing each other) 

 Apart from music there were other artists trying to make some money using their skill 

On Princess street I found the statue of John Wilson totally covered by a tree. In 1854 when John died he never thought that he would be standing tall totally covered by foliage. 

When you walk around you come across some shops with unusual names.  Saw this one in York 

These two are from Bath. I noticed that people do contribute generously. 

The levitating street performers comes up with newer and newer ideas to catch your attention (and a few coins if possible) 

These two girls produced some excellent music. I purposely clicked with the elderly couple in the foreground. Wonder how Princess Street was when they were young. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Taste of Scotland

What a perfect ambiance for a show. 

Held at the mansion of Prestonfield, the guests settle down in anticipation. 

Dinner is served before the show. The portions of the three course meal may look small, but its filling and I couldn’t do justice to it. 

The show starts with Cameron Goodall explaining (with glee and delight) what Haggis is. 

This is followed by a dram of malt whisky from Prestonfield’s famous collection. The three Scotish tenors were introduced with a song and dance sequence. 

There is a scene of Glencoe and the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion followed by the sword dance. 

Some of the guests were invited to the stage and they had a merry time trying to keep up with the professionals. 

 A glimpse of this can be seen in the 22 minute video (the best I could capture from where I was sitting) I liked the solo instrumentals 

 and also the singing by Brigid Mhairi. 

On the whole an enjoyable evening. 

Incidentally I spotted Cameron Goodall the next day at the Military Tattoo helping one of the Bagpipers put on his shoulder straps properly. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pune and Cycling

What could be a better place to flag off a cycle rally to bring in awareness among people regarding the benefits of cycling. S.P. College which was built exactly a century ago has been a mute witness to the transformation of this city from the “City of Cycles” to two wheelers and four wheelers. 

I reached there at 6.15 am and found this huge crowd in front of me waiting to get their names ticked off (against the online registration) 

Noticed people from all age groups. I was told that the eldest guy was 82 years old (and the youngest was 6) About 1200 citizens took part. 

The organizers made all the necessary announcements and the guys who opted for the 22 kms cycling was waved off first. 

There were other shorter Cyclothon tracks of 12 kms and 8 kms.
I could not snap pictures en route as I was a participant in the 22 km rally. The route was from S P college, Tilak Rd, FC Rd, University Rd, Pashan, Bavdhan, Chandani Chowk, Paud Rd, Karve Rd and back to S P College.
It was nice to see early morning Sunday joggers on the way. It was also nice to see very young boys and girls taking part in the cycle rally. They were later felicitated on completion. 

On the whole there was a sense of happiness and camaradeire among all the participants with the feeling that they have accomplished something. 

Have made a one minute video on the complete event.

While clicking S P College, my cycle decided to make its appearance in the foreground, participant number PC 118   :-)