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Art Culture

Online Exhibition Review: About Time

How do you begin to review an online art exhibition? That was the question I asked myself, between the second and the third glass of wine. Sitting in my flat, staring at a computer screen. So many aspects of our lives have now been reduced to this. Isolated, deprived of the world’s sights, sounds and […]

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Features Student Elections 2019

Breaking down the 2019 election: what next for the UK?

Our political landscape has been transformed with disorientating speed. The December election just passed can only be described as a political cataclysm. The tribal loyalties that underpinned our two-party system have been overturned; Boris Johnson has achieved nothing less than an electoral hat-trick. How do we explain this? All the old certainties about voting patterns […]

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Culture Literature

Havergey review: John Burnside’s loveably weird utopia

Welcome to Havergey: a remote island on Scotland’s west coast where a ‘real community’ has been built, far from the smoking rubble of what The Machine People left behind. John Burnside’s quirky environmental manifesto is a curious mixture of Taoism, deep environmentalism, good humour and the occasional ironic sci-fi reference. Burnside makes no secret of […]

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Culture Literature

‘Language is given a violent potential’: The Unquiet, read by L. Kiew

The debut poetry pamphlet  by L. Kiew, The Unquiet, is a unique collection from a writer of great promise, whose connection with this city goes back to her Creative Writing Masters degree at the university. In a reading at Lighthouse Bookshop, this English-boarding-school-educated Chinese-Malay poet invites us into a world of violent linguistic confusion and identity crisis. Perhaps […]

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Culture Theatre

Ulster American

Content warning: strong language “Muthafuckas like you and me have to take a step back.” This is the central thrust of Jay’s philosophy: a swaggering, blustering, silver-fox, macho incarnation of Hollywood Liberalism’s worst excesses. He’s played brilliantly by Darren D’Silva with a furious, dominating energy, striding around set like a colossus, silver hair slicked back. […]

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Culture Literature

Fool For Love: The Not So Subtle Art of Medieval French Seduction

On a street where everything is named ‘Scottish’ something, the Scottish Storytelling Centre stands out like a gem. Wednesday night sees the performance of Fool For Love: a collection of stories extracted from a medieval manuscript, stored in the Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow, and converted into a visual and auditory spectacle that […]

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The outrage against the Gillette ad only points out its relevance

In his flustered, vitriolic, testerical response to Gillette’s new advertising campaign, Piers Morgan has shown himself to be a far bigger snowflake than the millennials he loathes. The advert was released on 13 January, and the controversy that has so far arisen only goes to prove the point that the ad is making. In times […]

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Protesters jailed trying to protect community against fracking

Imagine if you were put on trial and sent to jail for the crime of causing financial inconvenience to your fellow citizens. Your selfishness had caused local business owners to lose pocket; on the stand you were unrepentant, motivated solely by the unshakeable and “unswerving confidence” that you were justified in your actions. You might […]