Paul and I visited the port of Leith when we first heard work had started on painting MV Fingal to create, Every Woman, a dazzle ship co-commissioned by 1418NOW and EdArtFest as part of the WW1 commemorations. This is it grey and ready for painting by Ciara Phillips and assistants.
We returned a week later, and amazingly, the sun was still shining on Leith. A few bold sweeps of blue and pink had already appeared.
Somewhat perilous position for painting – here the artist and her assistant appeared to be marking up the underside ready for the bold pattern to follow.
Today – after a wait for the sunshine to return and raise the temperature enough for me to be able to operate the camera – I saw the fabulous design in full glory; slightly reminiscent of Lichtenstein, it certainly dazzled! It’s well worth a visit – it looks as though it will be around for another couple of days.
A great night of fine curry, craft beers, chat and then a wee cabaret set, hosted by Hardeep Singh Kohli, on Friday night at V Deep. In true Scottish understatement style – they weren’t too bad. I’m not a comedian, as most of you are aware, so I’ll avoid the a Sikh, a Hindu, a Muslim and a McGonagall walk into a bar joke, partly because that’s just factual. The boy Kholi was joined by Imran Yusuf, Papa CJ and yer man Elvis and a good laugh was had by all.
I bumped into Elvis McGonagall in the Gents, as you do, had a chat and then, being a photographer, grabbed some shots of him as we were leaving. Unfortunately, the other guys had already fled the scene, so next next time perhaps.
So, to the photos. Couldn’t just pick one, so here’s a selection for you. That there’s an expressive face…
These fine, upstanding members insisted that they were part of a nice, wholesome show. I’m not sure I believed them, but they were both cocky and cheeky, so I might just give their show a go as it sounds damnably highfalutin.