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Meadows Share: insight into Edinburgh’s online free-cycling community

The old ideal of the tight-knit neighbourhood, with the whole block coming together to build a house, sharing tools and resources, seems to have died with mass production and 1950s consumerism. Now everyone has their own hammer, so to speak. However, the internet plus the focus on limiting waste has coalesced to form a modern […]

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Wellbeing Week and resources for wellbeing at university

Join the conversation. This was the tagline for Wellbeing Week (12-18 November), a programme of events organised by the Edinburgh University Students’ Association to “raise awareness of mental health and well-being among students and staff.” This week is well timed. Every November, the Movember Foundation asks people to help change the face of men’s health […]

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Is social smoking causing more damage to us than we think?

Does smoking a limited amount really avoid the serious ill effects of smoking cigarettes? Research presented in the Journal of American College Health reports that university students at least think it does. But in reality, not a lot of conclusions have been reached. Here’s the relevant information: The amount of tobacco consumed and the rate […]

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The man behind the beard: who really is Father Christmas?

The only good thing about finals season is that Christmas music is finally socially acceptable to play again and Netflix releases all of its gloriously bad Christmas movies. Christmas has become a massive commercial affair, with Father Christmas’s face at the centre of it all. But who really is this cultural amalgamation, Father Christmas/Santa Claus/St. […]

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A little summary of the US midterms for clueless Brits

In assuredly the first (and probably last) time, former US President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump quoted each other nearly verbatim in speeches weeks before the midterms, calling this election “the most important in our lifetimes” (although Trump was quick to add “besides ‘16”). Of course, a lot of people in politics claim this […]