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Edinburgh Festival 2010

Packing the essentials

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.

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