Looking At Edinburgh

19 August 2008

Royal Mile: road closed

At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: a section of the Royal Mile is closed off to everything but foot traffic for three weeks in August. People prepare to celebrate, even in the rain…

Tents by St Giles

In West Parliament Square, a camp of white tents shudder in the rain. The road block by St Giles is set up for street theatre and foot traffic, so long as the Festival Fringe lasts.



15 August 2008

Disturbed American Tourist May Not Survive the Festival

hot dog statue outside Mitchells cafe

We all know we need them. They come annually in flocks and herds during the Festival, and as singles or pairs the rest of the year. They buy the tartan tat and the bottles of whisky with pipers on the label. They listen to our stories about the haggis. They tell us their stories about how their great-grandfather’s cousin on their mother’s side was a Scot and they’ve always felt more Scottish than anything else. And after a couple of weeks or a month they go home again: poorer, more tartan, and we hope, happy with their Scottish experience.

But sometimes, you have to wonder what on earth is wrong with the eejits…

This photo is available on Redbubble: Disturbed American Tourist May Not Survive the Festival.

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