Very soon we'll be escaping Christmas in the city. The Edinburgh version has expanded this year with another city square taken over by log cabins selling gluwein, hog roast rolls, bratwurst, pancakes, beer, and wooden crafts that are renewed daily from container lorries with various European number plates. And the new attraction is the Star Flyer, which hoists you up 60 metres for a view of the city.
I haven't tried it, not having a great head for heights, and certainly not since a bit fell off it and landed in the gardens. Thankfully no-one was injured.
If Christmas-themed attractions pall, there are other city delights such as art to fall back on. This display in an art gallery I pass on my way to work caught my attention recently.
Perhaps I'm just not sophisticated enough for city living. Which would you prefer - commercial Christmas or ironic art? I'll be happy to leave them both behind and escape to winter darkness and the windswept banks of the River Spey.