IT’S the time of year when everyone who lives or works in Edinburgh should take pause, take a step back and look at their city impartially. We locals – not incorrectly – complain about the state of the roads, the cost of the trams and the pathetic attempts to keep our city litter-free.
But it’s during July and August that our city becomes the best in the world.
And, sometimes, amid all the day-to-day stresses, it’s easy to overlook this.
Yesterday, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival – part of the Jazz and Blues Festival – brought thousands on to the streets as the city builds up to the International Festival, the Fringe and the Book Festival.
Add in the Arts Festival, the Tattoo, the Fashion Festival and the Television Festival and it’s easy to see why the Capital’s population doubles at this time of the year.
Want to see some live music? Saturday saw the Commonwealth Games concert on the Esplanade and last night Tom Jones played to a full house there, too.
Some live sport? There’s Commonwealth Games diving at the pool starting very soon.
The list goes on and on.
All of these events bring people to the city who spend money will local businesses. That keeps our economy buoyant.
And, to cap it all, the weather is pretty decent, too.
Yes, Edinburgh has its stressed and strains. But each and every one of us who chooses to make this our home should be proud to tell people we are from Edinburgh.
A city with a 1000-year-old castle in the middle, The Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, an extinct volcano, World Heritage sites, the New Town, Princes Street Gardens, the Water of Leith, Dean Village.
And there is no better time to appreciate it.
So, even for a little while, let’s stop griping about the things that are wrong and shout loud about why we live in one of the greatest cities in the world.