|2005 - Be There.... George Square!|
On one of the hottest nights in June, Steve and Lesley hosted a barbeque. With two grills going and a spread of food that would have kept Homer Simpson (and Crofton) happy, we managed to keep the hungry hoards at bay with a tempting array of burgers, sausages and chocolate bananas... hmmm bananas.
The drink flowed freely (funny that!) and as darkness descended we headed indoors where things really stepped up a gear. As you can imagine being the shy, retiring group that Showcase is it was a difficult task to get them to sing on the karaoke, but they got the hang of it pretty quickly and we were treated to such delights as Brian's rendition of That's Life, AJ's Viva Las Vegas and Susan's My Heart will go On.
The City Under the Ground
On a warm summer evening in July, a group of twenty intrepid explorers set off to discover the secrets of the hidden streets under the City Chambers. The majority gathered for some liquid refreshment (or was that Dutch courage) before meeting at the entrance to Mary King's Close just as twilight fell.
We were greeted by Mary King's "daughter", our guide for the evening. Down we went until we reached the head of the close - and what an amazing sight - there we were standing at the top of a street! We were guided through three closes in total - with background and insight to each.
All was going well and we had kept our singing down to the bare minimum, with only a couple of haunting choruses of You'll Never Walk Alone led by Tom Munro, when we met up with the guide's sister. At this point our President, Fiona MacFarlane, who was leading the way, and hence was in the optimum position to see the arrival of the ghostly apparition, gave a fine performance that any dancer would be proud of, as she leapt across the room!
Alas, she wasn't the only one who got a case of the jitters. Our own Charlotte Nichol, despite having been on the tour before, still managed to jump out of her skin when being subjected to a ghost story about a family of residents in the close. But special mention must go to Lizzie-Anne Pyper for having the foresight to wear her Wellington boots - she was, after all, going underground.....!
All in all, a good evening was had by everyone who attended - and as far as we know, no one had nightmares!