Reviewed today: Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, Collings And Herrin Podcast Live, The Gospel At Colonus, It's Always Right Now Until It's Later, Mervyn Stutter's Pick Of The Fringe, The Stand Late Show.
London in the summer, eh? You'd think that after a quarter of a century of living here, I'd have got used to it by now: but it still surprises me every year.
All of a sudden, everybody in the world decides that this is the place to be. The pavements are crammed full of people stumbling around aimlessly, not knowing where the hell they're supposed to be next. The bars and restaurants are packed to bursting, leaving no room for those of us who actually support these establishments for the other eleven months of the year. And don't get me started on the way tourists clog up the transport system with their inability to understand simple instructions like 'stand on the right'.
It's a good job I'm going to Edinburgh next week to get away from all that sort of thing.
Well, that's a coincidence, isn't it? The 2010 Edinburgh Festival has just started, and here I am with a new book of reviews covering my Festival visits throughout the Noughties. You'd almost think I planned it that way, or something.