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Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Michael Winslow Guest Blog
Every time I think about Scotland wonderful and colourful pictures and memories overwhelm my head. That's the very reason why the Americans built a Harry Potter theme park, complete with Hogwarts Castle to size, in Florida. It still does not compare, even though it is huge.
To get the chance to play Scotland is another one of those ultimate bucket list things people have for those who have never been there. My first experience was to go to Glasgow to the University, where the students and staff are absolute Police Academy and Space Balls fans, and made my visit and show a smash success. Even though it was a one-show stop, I realised that everyone went to great lengths to show my wife and myself great hospitality.
The only issue for me was how to be able to even try to match the quality of the fish and chips and batter that we were served in that restaurant down and around the corner from the university, whose name escapes me, in the building from the 1540s or earlier. It haunts me to the point where I have no choice but to return for more.
I saw a news travel article a while ago where the reporter was picking on Glasgow, and I beg to disagree. I have had such a great time here that I get the reason why people want to make movies there, which explains why Brad Pitt was there recently. Perhaps that unnamed critic should try his luck at the MMA dojos and learn a few things, then join me for dinner.
Glasgow makes you pay attention. The taxi driver was an excellent stand-up comedian himself, explaining why the Scottish accent was better than everyone elses... "Aye, but watch the @!**#% road mate, don't wanna die laughing!"
Thanks for sending us Craig Fergusson. No, really. We Americans watch him every night knowing full well that it is all off-the-top-of-the-head-without-a-net-below. Other stand-ups would kill to be able to do that.
The other thing is, I look forward to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer for my second time, complete with the Castle and 1500s building designs. Walking through the college there, I finally understand why J.K.Rowling wrote Harry's stories that way. I get it J.K. Brilliant. Just one thing though; I am not good with freezing weather, and need to eat more steaks to build up. The coldest winter ever for me was the summer I spent in beautiful bonnie Scotland. Sorry folks, but I got thermals under me Kilt. Keeps my whisky flask warm under there.
Massive respects to ya, Scotland :-)
Michael Winslow: The Man of 10,000 Voices is at the King's Theatre on Thursday 22 March