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Kim Jong-un: comic relief or supervillain?

Kim Jong-un reached seemingly impossible new levels of paranoia this week as the infamous North Korean leader imposed a nation-wide ban on sarcasm. Anything which may be considered an indirect criticism of the country’s government is now forbidden in every day conversation, with phrases such as “this is all America’s fault” being specifically targeted (this […]

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How to avoid destroying your new flat dynamic

It’s the time of year again where Edinburgh regains what some regard to be the noisiest and most annoying proportion of the population. No, not the Fringe – I’m of course referring to the start of the university year. Whether you were lucky enough to have a flat over summer or you’re moving in in […]

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What’s happening in the murky world of student internships?

Arguably one of the biggest, yet perhaps most subtle indicators of how British society has changed in the last few decades is the rise of the student internship. What was a rarity twenty years ago is now considered the norm, and for many a requisite step in following their chosen career path. Although there is […]

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European ‘Brexit’: should we stay or should we go?

With the upcoming referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU, Laurie Presswood investigates the historical relationship Britain has had with Europe and the potential consequences of a European Brexit. Britain’s potential exit from the European Union currently dominates the attention of our press, and could signify the biggest single change to our constitution […]

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Student life: are we ready for life beyond the student ‘bubble’?

Is university life preventing students from considering lives and perspectives of those outside the student ‘bubble’? Laurie Presswood investigates. The most recent census of 2011 revealed that full-time students make up more than 12% of Edinburgh’s population. With four different universities hosting almost 40,000 young adults, the city is a student hub – few would dispute […]

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Could a meat and dairy-free diet seriously help save the world?

Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise in Britain – recent reports show that around 12% of the UK’s population now follow a meat or dairy free diet. Although this could be attributed to an increased concern for animal welfare, a major player in this field is the growing belief that avoiding meat and dairy […]

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On This week in History: Docklands Bombing 1996

February marks twenty years since the IRA detonated a bomb in the Canary Warf financial district of London, killing two, causing an estimated £100 million worth of damage, and bringing an end to the seventeen month ceasefire which had been organised as part of the ongoing peace process. Nearly fourty people were injured in the […]

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The fight against motor neurone disease

Gordon’s Fightback greets visitors with the words “I’m dying. And fast”. This is the website created by Gordon Aikman in order to raise money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease (MND), the debilitating condition from which he suffers. As little as two years ago Gordon, who served as Vice President for Societies and Activities for […]