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Richard Quartermaine
1st January 2018, 12:28 PM
At this time for many years I have enjoyed the Annual Edinburgh Tattoo on television. Tonight my wife and I were absolutely enthralled with it's most magnificent production I have seen. A recording can be bought and we are certainly going to get one. In fact two, one for our son in the US who was in the Junior Black Watch when we were living in Perthshire back in the 1970s. Such beauty, talent and precision!
Richard

Dennis McGuckin
1st January 2018, 04:44 PM
Hi Richard, Have to agree with you.
I went to see it at our local movie theater.
Love the pipes and drums.
The Scottish dancers were incredible.
Not too thrilled with the America contingent though.

Doc Vernon
1st January 2018, 09:18 PM
It was a great show Richard!
Cheers

Richard Quartermaine
1st January 2018, 09:30 PM
I go along with that Den. It was good to see Shetland represented and that Viking Longboat scene was indeed spectacular. The Skye Boat song in Japanese (her beautiful voice) and the precision of her crew. Wow!
Richard

Dennis McGuckin
1st January 2018, 10:46 PM
Yes the Japanese girl also sang one of my mams favorite songs.
Anne Laurie, in Japanese.
Beautiful.

Keith at Tregenna
1st January 2018, 11:39 PM
Never been to an actual Edinburgh Tattoo but enjoyed many over the years on TV.

Last visit, arrived as they were taking down the stands and seating.

So impressive on TV, likely live.

Was told the area was usually a car park.

Reminded me of my only visit to Andorra years ago.

Apparently, the main car park (we were there summertime)
was the learner / starter slope during ski season.

K.

Dennis McGuckin
2nd January 2018, 04:19 AM
Without wishing to offend my Scottish friends.
I think the mountains in Scotland are all in the ski beginning category.
Believe the highest has less than 2000 ft vertical.
That doesn't mean the hight of the mountain.
Vertical is from the ski base to the top of the highest lift.

robpage
2nd January 2018, 04:31 AM
Thinking about the Edinburgh Tattoo whatever happened to the tattoo that we used to get annually I think from the Earls Court Arena used to always be on TV a two or three hours show of horses and military precision it must have stopped at least 30 years ago

Des Taff Jenkins
2nd January 2018, 04:56 AM
Hi Richard.
I think it was the best ever. My wife and I were a bit miffed that the Japs were invited, but when that girl started singing that though went out the window, perfect pitch.
I think there was more of the Scottish theme this time which was great, I could listen to the pipe bands anytime.
Cheers Des

Richard Quartermaine
2nd January 2018, 10:15 AM
Rob, I hope we get it here on TV. Royal Tournament celebration of armed forces to be revived after 11 year gap - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/7823139/Royal-Tournament-celebration-of-armed-forces-to-be-revived-after-11-year-gap.html)
Cheers, Richard

Richard Quartermaine
2nd January 2018, 10:25 AM
Hi Des, we also thought it was the best we've seen. New senior 'producers' are taking over and that will be a hard act to follow but I have no doubt that they will rise to the occasion.
Cheers, Richard

Bill Cameron
2nd January 2018, 10:55 AM
Richard, being a resident of Auld Reekie, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, is great event, best seen sitting in the live audience, the atmosphere is electric. Have been in the audience a few times and also been lucky enough to have worked there as a member of HMS Scotia, a local Royal Naval Reseve unit, assisting as stewards. Scotlandís current government would dearly love for the show to fade, die and go away, they cannot stand the Union Ensign and its colours. I hope they never succeed in stopping the Tattoo.

Richard Quartermaine
3rd January 2018, 11:38 AM
Bill, that would indeed be wonderful experiences. The nearly three years we turned the byre of Auld Smiddy in Kinclaven, nr Stanley into a couple of self catering units were great times. We went in to the The Auld Reekie frequently but not, sadly, to the Tattoo. The nicest gesture was from Forsythes, clothiers, Edinburgh for our daughter's uniform for the Bridge of Earn school. It was an account for payment addressed to Mrs McQuartermaine, in Lieu of Mrs M. M. Quartermaine. It turned out some decades later that she learned her great, or great - great grandparents (Robinson) hailed from Perth (the original Perth).
Polititions.... We've got a bunch that wants Oz to be a republic. Reason: one of their ilk could become El Presidente - Lord help us!!
Richard

Keith at Tregenna
3rd February 2018, 12:49 AM
The Royal Edinburgh Military TATTOO 2017 (Full)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aetZLFg5t1k

Marian Gra
3rd February 2018, 01:56 AM
#!4, Keith your link is of a dress rehearsal - not a regular show!

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017 - YouTube
Video for youtube official 2017 edinburgh tattoo▶ 59:01
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e82budbYTlE

Richard Quartermaine
3rd February 2018, 10:45 AM
M and I are delighted to see the new series of the SHETLAND programme coming tomorrow evening on the ABC.
Shetland : ABC TV (http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/shetland/)
Our and our dogs' friends and veterinarian over many years, now retired, John and wife Adrienne Isbister are from Shetland stock. On the last episode there was this beautiful spotless new blue truck and trailer with ISBISTER SHETLAND right down the side. Met Adrienne a few days ago at the greengrocers and was quite chuffed with the series. Only way I'd miss the viewing would be to be taken off in handcuffs - or a worse alternative.
Richard

John F Collier
3rd February 2018, 11:51 AM
Not in any way trying to distract from the Edinburgh Tattoo Thread or to compare the two events:
The Royal Tournament was started in 1880 and was held at Islington London, after WWII it was moved to Earls Court London,
We used to go there as a family in the late 70's and in the 80's it was a fantastic show with military reenactments, military
bands and the Royal Artillery horse drawn field guns being raced around the arena was a sight to behold, but my favorite was
the RN field gun competition where two teams raced to assemble field guns, it was an obstacle race with things to overcome
including a span of about 70-80 yards where they had to rig up ropes and pulleys to hoist the gun parts across, it was a very
dangerous competition and exciting to watch "hats off to those fella's they were incredible", sadly Tony Blair decided it was
too costly and closed it down, can't help thinking he preferred the real thing which was even more costly in lives and money.
Cheers JFC

John F Collier
3rd February 2018, 04:41 PM
Not in any way trying to distract from the Edinburgh Tattoo Thread or to compare the two events:
The Royal Tournament was started in 1880 and was held at Islington London, after WWII it was moved to Earls Court London,
We used to go there as a family in the late 70's and in the 80's it was a fantastic show with military reenactments, military
bands and the Royal Artillery horse drawn field guns being raced around the arena was a sight to behold, but my favorite was
the RN field gun competition where two teams raced to assemble field guns, it was an obstacle race with things to overcome
including a span of about 70-80 yards where they had to rig up ropes and pulleys to hoist the gun parts across, it was a very
dangerous competition and exciting to watch "hats off to those fella's they were incredible", sadly Tony Blair decided it was
too costly and closed it down, can't help thinking he preferred the real thing which was even more costly in lives and money.
Cheers JFC

I've just watched a video of the 1988 Field Gun competition on youtube, if you've never seen it it's worth a look, I always
booked early to try and get in the front row, the atmosphere was fantastic, maybe Marian can post the video here for us
I'm sure you will enjoy it. JFC

Marian Gra
3rd February 2018, 09:40 PM
Here you go lovely:)

Royal Navy Field Gun Competition 1988 - YouTube
Video for youtube clip of 1988 Field Gun competition▶ 7:11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxz4aPoudv8

John F Collier
4th February 2018, 12:19 AM
Here you go lovely:)

Royal Navy Field Gun Competition 1988 - YouTube
Video for youtube clip of 1988 Field Gun competition▶ 7:11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxz4aPoudv8

Thanks Marian, like I said you need to be there to soak up the atmosphere but it's really great to see it again, bless you :)