This year also marks the first time cabaret has its own section in the programme - though there have been plenty of burlesque and cabaret shows there in the past: La Clique was a sell-out for years, and The Ladyboys of Bangkok have performed on the Meadows for as long as I can remember. Edinburgh is the only place in the country, in my extensive experience, where a cab driver will cheerily tell you he's taking his wife to see some ladyboys on the weekend.
The stiletto shoe is much prized by women with smaller feet than mine. My feet are like big, square flippers; they can propel me through water at great speed but they're not so good in high heels. Which is lucky, because stilettos are living up to their name this week: a woman has just been charged with murder in the US for allegedly hitting her boyfriend in the head with her high heel. And this is hardly a one-off. Not only does just such a murder happen in the ropey Nineties film Single White Female but a shop assistant in Selfridges once told me she'd seen one woman stab another's hand with a stiletto during the sales. Turns out that sensible shoes really are the safest option, and not just for your bunions. 59ce067264