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Come Dine with Us – thoughts on a student experiment

Many months ago, amidst the stream of dull days where we pretended to watch pre-recorded lectures, a lightbulb graced the mind of my pseudonymous flatmate – to host a ‘Come Dine with Me’ extravaganza within the flat. Across five consecutive nights, each of us would culinarily compete for bragging rights and a free dinner out. […]

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Sentimental kitsch – the wonders of Eurovision

Ukraine’s victory in Eurovision on Saturday, came on a wave of massive public support following the Russian invasion in February, with the Kalush Orchestra lying in fifth place after the jury vote before winning 431 out of a maximum 468 points in the public vote. Every country except Serbia placed Ukraine in their Top Three. […]

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Zelenskyy: A True Servant of the People

Opinion Editor Callum Devereux discusses the transformation of Volodymyr Zelensky from clown to commander-in-chief and how he has maintained his authenticity in the face of the Russian invasion.

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The tragedy of Ukraine and the demise of meaningful dialogue

Today, I’m thinking of an interview the comedian Russell Howard did a few years ago with Daryl Davis, a Black musician and activist whose remarkably civil conversations and friendships with members of the Ku Klux Klan gradually lead them to disavow their own racism. It is a fascinating, at times inspiring conversation. Specifically, I’m thinking […]

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The battle the BBC didn’t want

Nadine Dorries readied herself at her dispatch box, looking forward to deflecting attention from the media-shy Sue Gray and her start-up detective agency with an actual policy announcement. Except her announcement was not greeted by half-asleep middle-aged men on green benches on a Monday, but by over 8000 self-righteous comments on the Daily Mail website […]

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A cop-out COP

Deep in his dream, memories emerge of an event long ago… *** With the bash of the gavel and mop of his brow, Alok Sharma could finally clock out and hurry backstage to surely find the nearest wall to punch through in frustration and despair. Yet another unoptimised UN climate summit. Not that this was […]

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A Green Quandary: Slater, Harvie and Government

The news that Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie, Green Party co-leaders and Biodiversity and Active Travel Ministers respectively, are planning to join protests during the COP 26 appear simultaneously in and out of character, apt for one of the most politically radical parties, but out of character for government ministers. It perhaps reflects the strange […]

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Confucius Institute for Scotland vandalised

Editors note: This article was submitted for publication on 15th October. The University of Edinburgh has condemned recent vandalism which appeared on signage at the Confucius Institute headquarters as “totally unacceptable”. Signs promoting the Institute at its Abden House Headquarters were defaced with slogans declaring the institute ‘CCPHQ’ (Chinese Communist Party Headquarters), and ‘Tibetan’. The […]