Sunday, June 26, 2005

Return to Wigan

Long chatty breakfast with my Edinburgh B&B hosts, Annie & Robert. Piled into the car at 9.45am and made our way down the A702, via Lamington to the M6 and back to Shevington/Wigan in 3.5hrs. Entertained on the radio by excerpts from Glastonbury festival and Ruby Wax on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. followed by some inspired silliness with I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. I remember hearing this show last Sunday while walking the Great Glen Way: one of the panellists had been asked to sing The Smiths' Girlfriend in a Coma to the tune of Tiptoe through the Tulips, which made me weep with laughter. Other clips here:

Another recent radio highlight was a little tribute to jazz great Stephane Grappelli, with sometime collaborator, guitarist John Etheridge providing anecdotes and hilarious impersonations of Grappelli. Also on TV, an Irish commentator said that the new smoking bans in pubs mean that a new (Guiness generated?) odour previously hidden by tobacco was now quite apparent...ew.

In lieu of photos, a map showing my Scottish travels. Points 8-13 show the segment walked.

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