Why I'm glad August is finally over
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Every August hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Edinburgh to visit the Fringe Festival, and every September many Edinburgh residents breathe a sigh of relief when they finally leave. Every August the streets of Edinburgh become packed with people from all around the world, attending one of the biggest celebrations of comedy around the world. However, despite this world-famous reputation, I have spent most of the last month wishing the Fringe Festival would end. Firstly I must make it clear that I don't hate all of the opportunities that the festival brings for those of us who always live here. Indeed, I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't a frequent visitor to the numerous pop-up bars and special late-night licenses that only occur during the Fringe. Equally, living here during August has given me the chance to see some of my favourite comedians, who don't ordinarily tour in Scotland, right on my doorstep. However, these advantages come at an incredibly high price. For example, Edinburgh residents have to sacrifice their ordinarily beautiful city to thousands of posters and billboards covering every inch of available space. From almost entirely hiding Edinburgh Castle behind huge posters on the railings of Princes Street Gardens to dropped flyers carpeting the cobbles of the Royal Mile, it is basically impossible to actually see most of Edinburgh.
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