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Grahamstown Festival Favourites and Mistakes

2008-07-07 15:57
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Festival favourites
With all the food on offer it was almost impossible to begin to choose my favourite takeout without sampling at least 75% of the stalls' tasty treats. Although I would hardly call it "fine dining" or "refined cuisine", my favourite snack at the festival would have to be the Kudu burger. There's nothing like wild meat to get you in touch with the best the Eastern Cape has to offer. YUM!

Festival mistake
Underestimating the weather and saying "Ag, winter is winter. I know what cold is."
I didn't.

Weirdest thing I saw in GTown
A freight train stopping to give way to a cow at a railway crossing.


Festival Favourite

Cokey Falkow in Odd One Out. Or the skit we shot with comedian and director Rob Van Vuuren.

Festival mistake
Refusing to wear my keys around my neck on a lanyard. I spend about 5% of my life looking for keys I've temporarily lost. In Grahamstown, this figure doubled.

Weirdest thing I saw
The cops searching guys in the street outside the house where we were staying. They stopped two sets of guys for no reason, body-searched them. The weirdest thing about it was how friendly both parties were. It was like "Ok, thanks for the feel-up. Have a nice night!"

Festival Favourites
In Grahamstown there are trees - unlike the concrete jungle I live in! I had to stop myself from climbing up one. Although I’m sure no one would have raised an eyebrow. It’s the kind of town that allows you to go grocery shopping in your bed slippers if you so wish. I loved the chilled anything goes vibe, and the random friends I met and made.

Festival Mistake
I ate cereal out of a dog’s bowl.

Weirdest Thing I saw in GtownM
All the children seem to operate with toy (I hope) guns. It was a bit disturbing.


Festival favourites
Watching four hours of Jazz on Tuesday, going to the Rat & Parrot afterwards with real live locals and seeing up close that drunk Grahamstonians are just as hilarious as anyone else. As well as every moment I was within twenty yards of the pancake stall.

Festival mistake
Thinking I was too cool to be offended David Newton’s ‘eish’-inducing stand-up routine, Politically Incorrect.

Weirdest thing I saw in GTown
Everyone thinks the market is vacated at night, but I know differently. There’s vendors in them thar tents! Seriously, as deserted as it looks in the dark, probably a hundred stall owners were spending the night in tiny little tents, cooking rice and listening quietly to Brenda Fassie.

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