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Edinburgh Diary

Edinburgh Diary

Brexit does not seem to have affected the tourist inflow and Edinburgh is close to being uncomfortably full.

Edinburgh Diary Photograph by Kashif Masood

Fringing the fest

The atmosphere on the Royal Mile is electric. It’s the eve of the 69th edition of the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the world’s largest arts festivals. Handbills advertising the most delectable smorgasbord of performances have sprouted everywhere, and the queues wind down many blocks. Cops stand about, alert of eye and stance, but unintrusive. The mehendi stall has upgraded itself and now the shingle reads: ‘Healing Henna’. I catch the eye of the sweet-faced Indian woman waiting for customers and we exchange smiles.

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