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Poem of the week: Down by the Salley Gardens by WB Yeats

Play me the musical version of ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’ and you are guaranteed to see me in tears within seconds. I fell in love with the words of WB Yeats while studying for my A-levels. I couldn’t believe that such effortlessly lyrical combinations could exist. Published in 1898, ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’ […]

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Culture Literature

Poem of the Week: ‘They Eat Out’ by Margaret Atwood

Like many, I was first introduced to Margaret Atwood’s remarkable way with words via her prolific and groundbreaking novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted as an acclaimed television series in 2017. But it is through her poetry that I have really understood her mastery of language. Atwood’s work is often labelled as feminist and this poem […]

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TV

Fleabag Season Two

Phoebe Waller–Bridge’s exemplary artistry shines through in the latest series of her beautifully candid comedy Fleabag. Set a year after the events of the first installment, Waller-Bridge’s second round reiterates her glorious tirade upon the symptoms of the modern millennial existence. All the characters whom audiences have come to know and love rear their ugly […]

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Features Lifestyle

Lent 2019: a time to give up bad habits and adopt good ones

With Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) having just passed, the time to start thinking about Lent is here. Originally a Christian tradition, Lent has long been associated with fasting. In recent years, this tradition has morphed into the giving up of something indulgent but not necessary, for example, chocolate. Lately, however, taking something up instead of giving […]

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Comment Student Elections 2019

Students should engage with the upcoming elections

To many students, the Edinburgh University Students’ Association elections are nothing to write home about. Each year, a handful of members of the student body go head-to-head for the chance to win one of the positions on offer. However, the results seem to not have much of an impact upon the general campus consensus. Even […]

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Editorial

On celebrity feminism

Type in the word feminist on Google and a whole host of celebrities appear, from Lily Cole to Shailene Woodley and even Benedict Cumberbatch. These days, the two words feminist and celebrity would appear to be synonymous with each other. Time and time again, we hear of famous women speaking out about their feminism and […]

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Editorial

Meet your new Editors-in-Chief

The Student sat down with incoming Editors-in-Chief, Grace Lavender (former Comment Editor) and Rufus Bouverie (former Features Editor), to discuss their plans for the paper, the content they’re looking forward to seeing and where they hope to be in five editions time. When did you first start at The Student? R – I started in […]

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TV

BBC One’s Les Miserables

The BBC’s new adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables, exploded onto our screens at the beginning of January to much anticipation. Hugo’s epic novel takes place in the midst of a France in turmoil, following the collapse of the Napoleonic empire and the reinstatement of the monarchy. Popularised by the musical of the […]