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Culture Theatre

Spamalot

Spamalot is a euphoric celebration of Monty Python, daubed with a few modern flourishes and presented as a refreshingly un-reverential take on musical storytelling. The cast supply Python-esque intonation, timing and slapstick physicality that is both engaging and entertaining. The originality is not tarnished by replication and the mimicry is a delight to watch. However, […]

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News

University of Edinburgh identifies tropical areas at risk of climate change in the Congo

Over the past three years the University of Edinburgh has participated in a collaborative research project between universities in the UK and the Republic of Congo to map the world’s largest tropical peatlands. Preventing the destruction of the peatlands – situated in the Cuvette Centrale depression that extends across the border between the Republic of […]

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Sport

Does British football have a problem tackling sexism?

Content warning: rape Three days after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman, Chedwyn Evans was included in the 2012 PFA League One Team of the Year. At the time, the animosity surrounding the case seemed to obscure the fact that the PFA considered three days an adequate period to let bygones be bygones. […]

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Editorial

Thoughts on empathy, privilege and freedom of speech at university

Empathy is a uniquely important characteristic as term begins at university. For many, early September represents the unfolding of new horizons and the illumination of new experiences that are yet to enrich a person’s viewpoint. For others, it may seem like the perfect storm of unknown quantities and pitfalls to be negotiated whilst teetering outside […]

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Sport

What could a ‘Brexit’ mean for football in the UK?

As with so much of the debate surrounding a British split from Europe, much of what is outlined below is conjecture. While many who support Britain leaving the European Union would discount an argument based around unknowns as brazen fear-mongering that fails to provide a solid foundation on which to build an argument to remain […]

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Sport

Triumphant Scotland beat France for first time in a decade

While in his post-match interview Man of the Match Stuart Hogg admitted that although Scotland “Had poor performances in the past […] [today’s performance] makes amends.” It seemed as though Scotland’s performance was not only intended to sure up support from an oft-disappointed crowd but also to cement the confidence of the team itself following […]

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TV

The Secret Lives of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds: Channel 4

The Secret Lives of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds series is fooling nobody. The programme is essentially a better version of Big Brother, where the personalities are endearingly lacking in self-awareness, and you are not exposed to overwhelming waves of guilt for watching it. Set in a play school wired with copious amounts of […]

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Culture Theatre

The Sound of Music

Image courtesy of Sarah Moyes. Edinburgh Playhouse. Run Ended. The story of an enthusiastic Austrian nun who, when sent to nanny seven unruly children by the Mother Abbess, unwittingly falls in love with not only the children but their damaged naval commander father on the eve of the Anschluss, is a true classic in both […]