Saturday, July 18

I see... MEN IN DRESSES

where: the Grassmarket

Cycling back from the cafe today I see men in dresses outside a bar in the Grassmarket. It's not unusual to see men in dresses in Edinburgh - for thousands of years Englishmen have celebrated their stag nights by coming to Edinburgh and putting on dresses and drinking ten pints - but these two are very fine examples so I ask if I can take a picture. At first they are a bit shy and unsure - no girl likes to seem easy, after all - but eventually I win them over. Soon they urge me to go into the bar and take more photos of men in dresses ("there's some terrible sights in there"), but I happen to be wearing a bright yellow fluorescent cycling jacket and waterproof trousers, and don't fancy my survival chances in a bar full of well-oiled stag-nighters.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah I remember you... you probably don't remember me, but I used to serve you at the elephant house during the latter half of 06 and parts of 07 :) I stumbled across this and am amused that I remember your love of tiffin. Must read your book/s. Regards, Australasian Former Elephant House Barista.

Coo said...

I just finished reading your book 'White man falling'. Being a Tamilian myself, i was so shocked that a non-south indian (dare i say white man) managed to grasp the nuances of the average tamilian household this well! And of course, ridiculously funny. Awesome. I'm waiting to get my hands on your other book :)

Mike said...

Hello Anonymous - I can't know if I remember you, you'll have to narrow things down a bit, there are so many Australasian Former Elephant House Baristas. But thanks for the hello! If there is tiffin in Australasia, I may visit. Mike

Mike said...

Hello Coo - thanks so much for the kind comments on White Man Falling, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know. Try reading White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, if you haven't read it already - that's really awesome. Mike