We're very pleased to be able to take down the Alan Johnston banner as he has finally been safely released. I shouldn't imagine such buttons made all that much difference, but we're none the less glad he's safe and well, and wish him a speedy return the airwaves.
With the Edinburgh festivals fast approaching, the Fringe kicks off on at the start of August (the programme for Venue 40, where I volunteer, is now out too), the International festival on Friday 10th and the Jazz festival even sooner, reviews should be appearing thick and fast. Last weekend's trip to Glyndebourne is now documented (see previous post) and my trip to London for a number of Mackerras concerts will appear in due course. The Proms too has started (though with a rather disappointing Elgar cello concerto and Beethoven 9th). See here for a roundup of my highlights.