The last thing Aidan and I were expecting to see at the top of Arthur’s Seat was a gig – but that’s exactly what we found, when lovely man Barry Ferns put on Edinburgh’s highest performance, without doubt the Fringiest thing we’d seen at the Fringe. He’d also changed his name by deed poll to Lionel Richie. As you do. And he did a bit for our podcast too, what a splendid fellow. (Although it turns out it wasn’t me he was looking for.)
The Olympics Special is up and ready to listen to (remember you can get it on iTunes here) and what a time of it Team GB has had since we recorded it. At the time, we’d not managed to bag a gold medal. Here we are at time of release, and we’ve bagged an historic 22 – sensational. I even had to add an addendum after watching on Super Saturday simply to draw attention to the stupendous SIX we won in a single day – watching Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mooooooo Farah was a blinder, and needed putting on the podcast record. And so it was.
However for the same record, it appears my rose-tinted view of the Barcelona Games in 1992 led me to make up all sorts of stuff about it. I was positive we’d had more than five gold medals but that’s what we got according to Wikipedia.
NB. I say inspired; I was grossly overweight during the Barcelona Games and would stay so for a year, as well as getting lost during a school cross country run and ending up at the Yorkshire Show Ground (having started off in Yorkshire – I wasn’t bad on a national scale). But I definitely went jogging once.
For the sake of accuracy, I should point out my assertions that Colin Jackson won gold in the 110m hurdles in those Games were utterly wrong – he ran a final at woefully worse pace than his heats which had led to huge expectations (Britain, weighty expectations? Can’t be…). And Jonathan Edwards DID appear at Barcelona in the triple jump, but didn’t even get through qualification – it wasn’t until 1995 that he broke the world record twice. So there we go. Record book – set straight.
We don’t know about you, but we’re ruddy loving these Olympics – hope you are too. Let us know your thoughts – comment here or send us a tweet with the hashtag #candmpodcast. Or just don’t. And enjoy the special podcast!
So yeah, it’s already been about three weeks since we came back from Edinburgh’s hilly streets, and there’s documented proof that we’ve been to at least one more festival since, just for the ruddy heck of it. But all in all, we both had a cracking time and will be there again next year, unless something vile and disgusting happens to us in-between. If you get chance in the coming months, you should certainly check out the work of Tony Law, Andrew Lawrence, Terry Alderton, David O’Doherty, Dan Antopolski, Nat Luurtsema, Thomas Craine, Alex Horne (avec Section) and The Peacock And Gamble Podcast, which were all massive highlights. Links to follow soon (when I’m not using airport WiFi…)