Yesterday we were lucky enough to attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Melbourne.
A few facts: It is only the 4th time it has been held outside of Edinburgh. There are 1,200 performers. The director for the Melbourne performances has directed the past 3 Tattoos in Edinburgh. A tattoo is a military performance of music or display of armed forces in general. The term comes from the early 17th century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe (“turn off the tap”), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks.
We didn’t know any of these facts before we went along and didn’t need to – we just sat and enjoyed the spectacle. It was wonderful. We took a dear friend with us and she even shed a tear or two.
As a side entertainment I watched a very cheeky seagull steal the limelight. Australian ovals often have seagull intruders. Do you remember Steven the Seagull at the cricket? Well I’m not sure if this was Steven but if it wasn’t he had been inspired by him.
Can you spot him in each of these photos (just)? I’m sure he thought he was directing the performers, or was he just enjoying the music? He didn’t fly away until the finale when all the performers were on the arena and there wasn’t much wriggle room left for him.
I have dozens and dozens of photos but I won’t bore you with them all.
Bye for now,