It’s that time of the year again, when all flock to Edinburgh. Festival season – explored in Angela Bartie’s new book The Edinburgh Festivals: Culture and Society in Post-War Britain.
Most of Central Belt Shuffler’s trips to the festivals also end with a flocking back west – and home – across the Central Belt to Glasgow. Such was one night, a couple of years ago.
The train drew into Queen Street after a foray over to the Edinburgh International Book Festival for a bit of bookish stimulation. Central Belt Shuffler emerged into a very different cityscape. Not the quotidian contrast of Edinburgh and Glasgow, but one with an additional skin. Glasgow had been temporarily turned into Philadelphia, for the filming of a zombie movie, released in 2013 as World War Z.
Glaswegians temporarily became tourists in their own city, having their photos taken with the Philadelphia street plans, signposts, and taxis. While Edinburgh was attracting thousands of visitors into its heart, Glasgow had transported itself 3000 miles away.