The Edinburgh Fringe finished yesterday (Monday 28 August 2006), and the closing stats show that the 60th annual event was the biggest one ever with a record 1.5 million tickets sold – a ten percent increase for the sixth consecutive year. That was in a year without any big Hollywood stars treading the boards and - barring Mel Smith’s tussle with his unlit cigar due to Scotland’s new smoking ban (See The Goss, 8 Aug 2006) – no big shocks. The Fringe office received almost no complaints compared with previous years when the likes of Corpus Christi, XXX and Jerry Springer have generated bagfuls. Perhaps the biggest news out of Edinburgh this past month has been the continuing cries of concern from some of the Fringe’s leading venues, who are lobbying for more government support for the festival in the face of increasing global competition. The Fringe may still be the world’s largest arts festival but, they ask, for how much longer?