I don't think I ever would have gone of my own accord, instead I ended up there kind of by chance. Months ago I was asking my Mum what she wanted for Christmas as she's notoriously difficult to find a gift for. I did remember when the Wearable Arts used to be in Nelson she was a huge fan of going, so now it's run out of Wellington I figured maybe we could get her tickets and fly her up for a weekend. Unfortunately that hit a brick wall when Mum said "No I've been to that plenty of times and I don't really want to go anymore...". At that my heart sank as I figured I was back to the drawing board searching for this metaphorical needle in a haystack. However my Mum then mentioned "...it would be interesting going to that Military Tattoo thing though". After a little research I managed to find some tickets still available and booked seats fro Mum, Sam and I, then it was just a matter of counting down the days till Feb 21st.
It turned out to be a really interesting event coordinated with a lot of skill and discipline, which is what you would expect from a cast made up mostly of soldiers I suppose. The field was set up with a replica of Edinburgh castle which made it so much more fantastical than just seeing drill teams march out of the stadium tunnels. Below is a shot of the closing act with most of the performers present on the field.
The show incorporated mostly kiwi acts but also included some others from around the world. The South Australian Police band was there, the Norwegian King's Guard brought both a band and a drill team and there were of course British representatives including the obligatory Scottish pipe and drum bands.
However the stand-out performance was the Swiss drum team. They were throwing drumsticks and flags around with the dexterity of gymnasts and towards the end of their set they had all the stadium lights turned off and lit their drumsticks on fire while the flag bearers set off fireworks from the top of their flag poles. It was an amazing sight which the below photo simply couldn't do justice.
My poor old camera isn't up to the task of doing night shots and I couldn't even find an image scouring the interwebs, so the best part of the act will have to remain a pleasant memory for those who were there.
It really was an incredible experience so if you get the chance to attend it, here or in Scotland, I'd highly recommend it. Just a warning though that you should get there a little early. The demographic for this event is...shall we say...more experience in life than most of us. So with all the walking sticks and zimmer frames it's a slow crawl to reach your seat.
In Natcon related news I'm a few steps closer but still behind. It's going to be a close call to get everything done in time as life is just so very busy and it's not looking like slowing down over the next couple of weeks. This is how far I have progressed with the Kitsune escorts:
It's looking like an uphill battle but still very much in the realms of possibility right now so fingers crossed all will go to plan. I'll post another update the weekend of March 12th to show you all where I'm at.
Until then here is a picture of two baby Platypus in fedoras to make you go awwwwwww...