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Old 07-15-2008, 12:09 PM   #1
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Has anyone attended the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and if so...any other touring suggestions. I will "hopefully" be attending the 2009 Tattoo while visiting friends in London!
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Old 07-15-2008, 12:57 PM   #2
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Yup, been many times (in fact this year will only be the third time since I was seven that I have been unable to make it). Well worth attending, but be warned the weather can change suddenly, there are very few public washrooms (mainly just portaloos under the stands) and the seats are very uncomfortable, especially if you are tall. Don't let any of that put you off though, if you haven't been before you will be blown away by it. Now of course with my work hat on I should suggest that the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (which has just finished for the year) is a lot closer to Maryland ....
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:53 PM   #3
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Get your tickets EARLY as they sell out long in advance. Festival time is madness in Edinburgh, with all the hotels booked at very high rates.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:59 PM   #4
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Funnily enough they only sold out a couple of weeks ago this year, the tourism crunch is hitting them too, but yes, Iain's advice is good advice. Book early.
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:18 PM   #5
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Book early, take a rain hat and a cushion. Get an Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme early (the tickets for the actual Festival events are through the roof!). Consider staying just outside of Edinburgh and taking the bus in - or even better -

stay in Glasgow and only go to Edinburgh if you absolutely have to !

Seriously, the Tatoo is an amazing spectacle, and the Lone Piper - ahhhhhh
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:12 PM   #6
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It is always a great spectacle..although over the years..The Military part of the title is misleading...there is a great contribution from our armed forces..but we aint got no Pipe Bands left ,and a lot of the guys are away serving...we have had choirs from Africa...Mini skirted young ladies from Korea and New Zealand..(not a bad thing!)....but its not like the old days!!!
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:33 AM   #7
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It is always a great spectacle..although over the years..The Military part of the title is misleading...there is a great contribution from our armed forces..but we aint got no Pipe Bands left ,and a lot of the guys are away serving...we have had choirs from Africa...Mini skirted young ladies from Korea and New Zealand..(not a bad thing!)....but its not like the old days!!!
The Old Marshal has it right. I've been to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and it's grand, and well worth seeing. It is, however, a bit too "diverse" for me. I'd like more pipe & drums/brass marching bands, guns & grenades, more of the regiments, more "military" and less of the variety show from around the world. That's just my preference.
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I'll be there with my kids Aug 23rd.... can't wait!

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Old 07-16-2008, 03:53 PM   #9
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The sight of the massed Pipes and Drums..or if you were a Gordon Highlander..drums and pipes..coming over the drawbridge is amazing....I could not on my first time coming over the drawbridge ...blow into my instrument..the occasion just got to me..I think hyperventilation.is the proper term nowadays..but once out there the experience of a lifetime..!!piperkeith..enjoy..!!
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:58 PM   #10
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There was an article in The Scotsman newspaper a while back which highlighted a fascinating debate in regards to the Tattoo organizers booking some strange groups recently. The text is below.


Brian Ferguson, Scotsman, Mar. 29
EDINBURGH’S world-famous Military Tattoo was at the centre of a race row today after a string of offensive comments were posted on its official website.

Anti-racism campaigners have demanded action over the online forum after it emerged Maori and Zulu performers from previous years were described as “Negroes” and “savages.”

The Tattoo fans’ forum features a string of bitter disputes about invitations extended to groups from abroad. Several contributors have accused Tattoo organisers of “dumbing down” the event by including Maori and Zulu groups in recent years, saying they have effectively “invaded” Edinburgh Castle.

There are rumours on the website about a rap group from Harlem being invited to take part in this year’s event, which have sparked demands for a protest against the organisers, warning it is a “disaster in the making”.

One visitor to the website, referring to Zulu performers, said: “I can recall many in the crowd talking amongst themselves as to why this sort of group, with their spears and warpaint, are here dancing and chanting their awful gibberish. These people are simply from a land that time forgot.”

A contributor using the title Harold, from Newcastle, said: “The Tattoo is reaching for all sorts of acts that have very limited appeal to an audience which has travelled to Edinburgh to see a traditional Tattoo and not these sort of primitive types.”

Another contributor, who uses the name “Ex-Scots Guard”, states: “The appearance of these kinds of bone-in-the-nose displays in the Tattoo are simply beyond comprehension.”

One woman, Christine, states: “I don’t care if you call me racist. Neither Zulus nor Maoris belong at the Tattoo. Spare us their barefoot dancing and the right din that they shout out on the hallowed esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.”

One visitor, from Australia, hits back: “I hope you are a young person with some chance of growing out of this pitifully pompous, imperialistic racism.”

The Tattoo is seen as one of the jewels in Edinburgh’s tourism crown and last year’s event generated in excess of £23 million for the city’s economy.

A spokeswoman for the Commission For Racial Equality said: “Edinburgh prides itself on being a multicultural and welcoming city, and the Tattoo attracts visitors from all over the world.

“Some of the posts on the Tattoo’s website forum completely contradict this image of the city and could discourage people from attending not only the Tattoo, but also Edinburgh’s other festivals. We expect the organisers of the Tattoo to take immediate action to investigate and remedy the situation and monitor the forum so that it doesn’t contain any offensive material.”

Ticket sales for this year’s Tattoo, which will feature performers from Australia, Russia, Norway and the United States, are more than 18 per cent up on last year.

Brigadier Melville Jameson, the Tattoo’s chief executive and producer, said: “I’ve not seen the website for the past few weeks as I’ve been abroad, but will looking into this as soon as possible.

“We’ve had problems in the past with comments that have been completely ridiculous and some of the debate can go a bit over the top, with people saying very stupid things.”

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