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Oh! What a lovely island!

Posted on 21 Aug, 2012

If you've never heard of the Edinburgh fringe, then before you ask, it's not a new David Beckam-inspired hairstyle craze sweeping the nation. In fact it's the world's largest art show, containing the best book, comedy and theatre shows the planet has to offer. Since it's debut in 1947, the Edinburgh Fringe has been trickling through the English/Scottish border and exciting us all with snippets of hilarity and genius. In England, we now have a well of information and knowledge concerning this yearly humerous romp, which is why so many of us make the trip north in August.

In terms of comedy, for veteran turns, the month-long event is often used as key stop-off point on a tour, while up-and coming comics welcome the Fringe as an important profile-raiser. For both, playing night after night at the same venue gives the act a chance to hone their material, experiment, and refine their 'voice'.
Even for dilettantes on the unpaid circuit, the annual trip to Edinburgh is an opportunity to turn a decent pub act into something more professional, with nightly shows giving many a turn some much-needed tuning. Click here for a round-up of the top jokes of 2012 so far!
In our age of rocket trains and budget airlines, we seem to only get familiar with our destinations, and any Fringe festival-goers will probably pass-by a whole lot of Britain before they arrive in the cultural capital of Edinburgh. GoGroopie wish to put the brakes on and appreciate the in-between. Just take the majestic lakes that fill the midlands for example; a district like no other that forgets time and space, and places you in the moment. Furthermore, no-one quite does B&B’s like England, and no-one finds the cream of the crop quite like GoGroopie. So climb into your car, take the roof down (weather permitting, and if you’re lucky enough to have a convertible), relax and allow your senses to fill you with British pride. Make this world-renowned festival spark a breath-taking trip through Britain.
Talking of British pride, recently Bradley Wiggins (fresh from his Olympics and Tour de France triumphs) held a charity bike ride through the heart of England, so it would seem that this is the time - this is the year! From pub to lamppost they did cheer, sipping on their fine English beer! Wow...that rhymes, but i bet the Poet Laureate (Carol-Anne Duffy) can do one better:
Translating the British, 2012
A summer of rain, then a gap in the clouds
and The Queen jumped from the sky
to the cheering crowds.
We speak Shakespeare here,
a hundred tongues, one-voiced; the moon bronze or silver,
sun gold, from Cardiff to Edinburgh
by way of London Town,
on the Giant's Causeway;
we say we want to be who we truly are,
now, we roar it. Welcome to us.
We've had our pockets picked,
the soft, white hands of bankers,
bold as brass, filching our gold, our silver;
we want it back.
We are Mo Farah lifting the 10,000 metres gold.
We want new running-tracks in his name.
For Jessica Ennis, the same; for the Brownlee brothers,
Rutherford, Ohuruogu, Whitlock, Tweddle,
for every medal earned,
we want school playing fields returned.
Enough of the soundbite abstract nouns,
austerity, policy, legacy, of tightening metaphorical belts;
we got on our real bikes,
for we are Bradley Wiggins,
side-burned, Mod, god;
we are Sir Chris Hoy,
Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton, Kenny, Hindes,
Clancy, Burke, Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas,
Olympian names.
We want more cycle lanes.
Or we saddled our steed,
or we paddled our own canoe,
or we rowed in an eight or a four or a two;
our names, Glover and Stanning; Baillie and Stott;
Adlington, Ainslie, Wilson, Murray,
Valegro (Dujardin's horse).
We saw what we did. We are Nicola Adams and Jade Jones,
bring on the fighting kids.
We sense new weather.
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