Inside Edinburgh: mind-reading Fringe fixture Chris Cox predicts your favourite acts

Edinburgh Festival FringeWe know what you’re thinking: how on earth do I pick out the cream of the comedy and avoid the am-dram dullards at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

How do we know this? Because entertainer, comedian and all-round showmanship-wonder Chris Cox has been peering into his murky toughened glass ball, and he told us. Not via high-energy brainwaves and mind-bending telepathy, but via high-energy thumb and mobile telephony.

Chris Cox – comedian, mind-reader, entertainerChris has performed sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, in London’s West End and at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, won numerous awards and plaudits from critics and colleagues (Ricky Gervais said he was ‘brilliant’).

Using, as he puts it, ‘a mongrel hybrid mix of witty chit chat, magic, psychology, body language, influencing, devilish good looks… and lying’, he has provided us with the insider’s insider guide to surviving (and enjoying) the Edinburgh Fringe (including such gems as, how to make a giant ball out of flyers, where to fill your face-hole, and the tip-top acts to catch).

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Inside Sydney (and Melbourne and Tasmania) #2

SydneyFollowing on from last Friday’s interview with Hilary Doling, editor-in-chief of Luxury Travel & Style Magazine, here’s the second of our insiders’ guides to what’s hot in Australia (and we’re not just talking about thermometer-bothering regions such as Kimberley and Top End). Just to recap, I was in Sydney (left) and Melbourne last week to launch the new Mr & Mrs Smith office down under, and was lucky enough to bump into some of the people responsible for making these east coast cities buzz like jarfuls of bees. This time, we’ve persuaded editor-at-large of Gourmet Traveller Leo Schofield to share his favourite places in Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania with you.