EDINBURGH: Breaking up the United Kingdom is a serious business - but at Edinburgh’s famous Fringe festival, comedians are bringing some light relief to Scotland’s big debate over whether to split off as an independent state.

“Scottish independence? You’ll regret it when you’re sober,” read a huge inflatable blimp that floated this month above Scotland’s elegant capital, which hosts thousands of theatre and comedy shows every August for the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. With just over a year to go before Scotland’s historic referendum - which could see the 5.5 million-strong nation move to split from England, Wales and Northern Ireland - a string of shows on the Fringe programme tackle the thorny issue of independence.–AFP