Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. We can't help with most of these demands but leisure wear is right up our street! You can feed your fashion addiction at Xile with the launch of fresh new label TRAINERSPOTTER.
We've been keeping an eye on this fresh British streetwear collection for a few seasons and the A/W '11 collection is absolutely off the clock! The design team's love of vintage sneaks and street culture is clear to see in these eye catching designs. Since its inception in 2004 the brand has explored the worlds of sports heritage, street subculture and graphic design to great effect. Bold colourful designs with a tongue firmly in cheek have become the label's stock in trade. A/W '11 is no exception with dazzling colourways, fresh prints and pop culture style motifs. Look out for the signature grenade print tees, nautical sweats and faded retro polos.
August is upon us, hordes of beefy American tourists and camera happy Japanese have descended on the Royal Mile to create a zombie like procession of festival goers. The streets are awash with enthusiastic theatre school kids, cheerfully grinning as they thrust flyers for their nu-jazz musical into your hands. Now I hate to sound like a killjoy but ENOUGH ALREADY! Fair enough, Edinburgh is 'the place to be' in August but should I really have to slalom down the Royal Mile on my way to work.
There are some minor advantages to life in the festival city... We've highlighted our top 5 must see festival experiences below... Let us know how you get on with them.
Camille O'Sullivan (3-26th August) Pleasance Grand
The sultry French-Irish singer returns for another red hot series of shows. Expect classic Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Jacques Brel covers in her unique style. Ideal date night experience.
Spank! (5-28th August) Underbelly
A late night comedy tour de force in the heart of the Underbelly. Runs from midnight to 3am with an ever changing lineup of comics. Come and go as you please, this is the perfect antidote to clubbing.
The Robert Burn Experience (mon-fri until the 26th August) Monteiths Restaurant
An ideal lunchtime treat for tourists and locals alike. Enjoy a three course Burns feast alongside the skirl of the pipes, Scottish song and stories and a complimentary dram of Talisker single malt whisky. The food is exceptional and a real bargain at £17 a ticket.
Free Run (3-29th August) Udderbelly
Experience the thrilling discipline of Parkour live at the Udderbelly. 3Run have appeared in Hollywood blockbusters such as Casino Royale and Pirates Of the Caribbean with their explosive blend of martial arts and acrobatics.
Jerry Sadowitz (6-14th August) Assembly Hall
Unmissable series of shows from the deeply troubling Scot's comedian. Expect crude jokes, amazing magic and genital exposure. Enough said!