Edinburgh Festival Day 1: Festival Eye

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ON FIRST LOOKING INTO THE FRINGE PROGRAMME

With apologies to Keats

Much have I travell'd and at some expense

And many dodgy plays and comics seen

As halfway round the kingdom have I been

For entertainment - nothing too intense

Agit-prop, well-meant had me cringe

Stridency, the bedmate of pretence

But nothing ever challenged common-sense

Like the programme for the Edinburgh Fringe

Then felt I like those small domestic pets

Fascinated, puzzl'd and afraid

On seeing stranger creatures at the vets

Than any that their mother ever made

And learning people there kept marmosets

Or brought their llamas in to have them spayed

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