Skulking admiration

October 25, 1996

International misunderstandings No. 357: an eastern European academic, visiting Edinburgh for a higher education conference, congratulated his hosts on the attractiveness of the city's prostitutes. It emerged that the objects of his admiration were a completely different type of social pariah - office workers who were skulking on the doorsteps of their New Town offices to smoke a surreptitious cigarette.

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