Today the world's biggest art festival hits Edinburgh's gardens and closes for three weeks! The city's population doubles in size as people from all over the world flock to the streets and the various festival venues. The streets are filled with performances and exhibitions, actors arrive at bars in their outfits post performance and bars and clubs are open late - 3 am and 5 am.
When it's your first time at the Fringe you truly believe you'll be discovered. And maybe you will be. But even if you aren't, even if you end up exhausted, un-reviewed, soaked and sockless, performing at Edinburgh will probably be one of the landmark events of your life.
Trident isn't about defending the country from attack, it's about trying to perpetuate the delusion that the UK is still a major player in the world. It's there to keep the United Kingdom at the top table of the UN Security Council and enjoy the kudos that goes with it. It is a political and military ego-trip that is being paid for by every taxpayer in the country.
There have been a lot of jitters lately about Scotland being on the verge of jumping out of the UK since the Brexit vote. You hear it with Nicola Sturgeon, the steely Scottish First Minister, announced almost immediately that a second referendum 'must be, and is, on the table.' You see it from the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, dashing to Scotland with a commitment to the union. The surge of SNP memberships helps to stoke the flames...
Like many of you, I was devastated to learn on the morning of the 24th of June that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. I have always identified closely with our European neighbours and appreciate the diversity of culture that Europeans have brought to Scotland.
So, how've you been enjoying What-The-Fuck-apalooza? The fallout from the Brexit referendum - the most profoundly, uncomfortably, historically momento...
Determining whether this is indeed the case should start with a broad national conversation, centred not around unsubstantiated brash claims about the certainty of what Scotland would be like after independence - either positive or negative - but rather focused on developing a positive national vision based on outward looking democratic ideals, recognising the realities (both positive and challenging) of regional and global interconnectedness.
The EU is a political project that seeks to bind European nations together. That's fine, but Scots should be aware they would be trading one type of political union for another.
Like many of the 74% of under 25s who voted remain, I'm craving the best things about politics: to be inspired and reassured that things will get better. Under the current leadership I have little hope of finding those things in Labour, so it is vital that the MPs see the vote of no-confidence as an opportunity for the party to find its feet again, a real alternative to a government run without their electorate's best interests at heart.
I'm not going to claim we're out of the woods yet; there's a long way to go till the fruits of independence are laid bare. For starters, we're certainly not going to be spending that phantom £350million anytime soon (if it even proves to exist). But seeing people write off a historic opportunity on the basis of one day's events is absolutely crackers.
Ironically, anti-immigration press attention could counteractively lead to the type of homegrown terrorism its readers are seeking to prevent. While there appears to be no single reason to account for what leads a person onto the path of extremism, there is a close-knit relationship between marginalisation and radicalisation.
It is time to acknowledge the collective destruction and fear, and find the creative solutions that exist within this scenario. Resourcefulness, after all, is what we do best in the UK.
For now, if we do have accept the result be emotional and do the feel the pain of this because it is a tragedy for those of us who believed in a progressive future but the fight can and will go on.
Every single one of Scotland's 32 council areas voted "Yes' to the European Union, and the majority was almost two thirds. Edinburgh was the most strongly pro-EU place in the whole United Kingdom with almost 75% voting to Remain. That's a strong, confident unity. It feels good to be part of it. It attains the highest standard that you could expect of a referendum on such an issue. Scotland has spoken. We don't want to leave the EU and why should we? Go on yersel, England, into your cod Shakespearean tragedy. We're with Nicola.
If you, for simplicity's sake, wanted to slice the cake four ways: Scotland and Northern Ireland both seem to prefer to remain. While Wales is somewhat undecided, England tilts towards wanting to leave. Hence, the Kingdom seems more disunited than ever.
There's a misconception going round that Scots will be sitting at home quietly fuming right now. After all, they're the ones with the empty calendar this summer. But nothing could be further from the truth...