The art of listing as you wend your way around the city's watering holes

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Watch where you put your pint, it could be a piece of art.

To mark the festival, Scottish artist Ross Sinclair has distributed over 43,500 subversive artworks celebrating Edinburgh around the city's pubs, souvenir shops and tourist traps.

There are 20,000 beermats scattered across pubs like The Oxford Bar and The World's End, which list, among other things, the top 10 Edinburgh footballers and 10 people murdered by the Victorian corpse-sellers Burke & Hare.

A metal sign at the Scott Monument lists 10 fictional Scots. And 12,000 postcards on sale at Pride of Scotland and Waterstones offer lists of the most recorded crimes and top drugs used in the city. Perhaps not one to send home to Grandma.

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Sean Browne (David Beckham), Tom Davey (Prince William) and Dugald Bruce-Lockhart (David Cameron) in Three Lions

 

Mobile that rang in the Nick of time

Hats off to Dugald Bruce Lockhart, currently playing David Cameron in The Three Lions, for ad-lib of the Fringe so far. The farce features a running joke about the PM trying to avoid his Deputy's calls so when an audience member's phone rang out not once, but twice during a performance this week, he had the perfect response: "If that's Nick Clegg, tell him to bugger off!"

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