'In this way I shall preserve many things that would otherwise be lost in oblivion. I shall find daily employment for myself, which will save me from indolence and help to keep off the spleen, and I shall lay up a store of entertainment for my after life.'

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This blog mainly contains reviews from the Edinburgh Festivals from 2008 to 2010 which I wrote for the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. These reviews cover everything from comedy to contemporary dance; children's theatre to Handel.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

David Longley: No Going Back Review

David Longley: No Going Back

Eastern philosophy has attracted a great deal of western interest in the last 50 years. From Tao mysticism to Feng Shui the intellectual mists of the orient have gently crept into every middle class living room in Britain, and now sit unread on coffee tables everywhere.

Much of the time the philosophy is pretty common sense stuff. First rule of Feng Shui? Clean your bloody room. Sun Tzu the author of The art of War also embodies this approach. For example: [Wise voice] ‘If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril’ sounds wise but actually means: [Cockney voice] ‘If you’ve no idea what is going on you’re probably crispy ducked, mate.’

Not that impressive, once you actually read the stuff. But boy does it make you look spiritual and deep at social forays! David Longley and his limp stand-up about Ying-Yang, psychology and being not like other blokeish blokes certainly gives a window into his knowledge of the preceding spiritual froth. Longley, probably a Buddhist, is as a very nice man but lacks any comedic karma.

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