Thursday, 3 May 2012


I was thinking only the other day what a beautiful bird the gannet is. They rarely appear in Buxton at Fringe time or any other time come to that. The lack of suitable cliffs and seas must be a contributory factor. I know that in some places they are driven out by competition from other seabirds - but I don't think that is the case here. Does anyone have any evidence to support the hypothesis that faced by rivalry for food and breeding grounds with magpies then the gannet often loses out?

There are other wonders of nature hard to spot in Buxton. I'm not the most eagle-eyed of observers it must be said but I can't remember when, if ever, I last saw a three-toed sloth - and there are plenty of trees. You'd have thought that Go Ape - located in the grounds at Poole's Cavern -  was pretty much made for the sloth. Strange how the world works. Don't you ask yourself the same question?

However, far from strange is this news and don't say we didn't warn you, the Military Tattoo in the Dome is a sell out, despite, being the biggest event in the history of Buxton Fringe. Not a ticket to be had. So well-done everyone involved with that. Good job there are still another 150 events to consider between 7-25 July. All are listed in full detail on the website -

The printed programme will be available from the beginning of June - if you want to be among the first to get one then dare I suggest that you go to the Railway, Bridge Street, in Buxton on Wedneday, June 2nd at 7.30? There will be a screening of the film The Devil's Backbone (made by the same director as Pan's Labyrinth).

If you miss that then the following Wednesday, June 9th, at the Eagle Hotel on Buxton's Market Place there is on the usual Club Acoustic session - starting at 9ish (you know what musicians are like). My lips are sealed but rehearsals for a very special item have begun already and apart from the Fringe programme some new Fringe merchandise will be available. How much more exciting can life get?

by Keith Savage - Published 15/05/2010

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