Culture Literature

Introducing: Zadie Smith

The author of prodigious works such as White Teeth and On Beauty, Zadie Smith is a big name in contemporary fiction. Smith’s novels deal with issues of race, identity and friendship, weaving together characters who are complex, relatable and fascinating. Hailing from London herself, most of Smith’s novels are set in the British capital. Smith […]


On improving the functional, yet fractured, politics of the UK

Following today’s political discourse, in this country especially, is exhausting. The same series of events appears to occur time and time again. A question arises, speculation and debate are publicised, yet in the end nothing changes. It would seem, to an outsider, that British politics is collapsing in on itself. Parties are divided, leaders are […]

Lifestyle Reviews

Review: Melon Bay Smoothie Bar

Nestled in the midst of Clerk Street is Edinburgh’s latest addition to the smoothie scene. Having opened to the public on Monday 26 November, Melon Bay is a fresh new face on one of Edinburgh’s busiest streets. Only a short walk from Appleton Tower and George Square and with a range of deliciously healthy flavours to […]

Comment Student Experience

Physical and mental health: two sides of the same coin

We all have mental health. The wellbeing of our minds is as important as that of our bodies. The two are interconnected, in more ways than one. Yet we continue to see them as separate entities, we continue to treat them under different guises and we continue to give preferential value to taking care of […]



Sunday night saw the penultimate instalment of the fifth season of ITV’s crime drama Endeavour: the vibrant prequel to the Inspector Morse series. Exploding back onto our screens after a year’s hiatus, the series picked up in mid 1968, a year which was punctuated by protest and change. Having passed his Sergeant’s exam, Morse is […]


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Edinburgh

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in Edinburgh today, marking their first visit to Scotland since the announcement of their engagement. The couple began their visit at Edinburgh Castle, meeting and greeting members of the public in the esplanade. Despite the artic conditions, crowds flocked to the top of the Royal Mile to catch a […]


Unrealistic New Year’s resolutions are damaging

Nowadays, the arrival of a new year is synonymous with the advent of a ‘New You’. The phrase ‘New Year, New You’ has been adopted by many of the mainstream advertising giants when it comes to the conception of their January campaigns. Take Barclays for example: in their latest ‘Barclaycard’ advert, the banking company leads […]

Features Lifestyle

Tips for tackling your December exams

With the December exams now fast approaching, it’s pretty obvious that most of us will be spending a lot more time either in the library, a cosy café or a chilly Edinburgh kitchen over the next few weeks. Although exams can be anything from an unnecessary bore to an overwhelming pressure, if you follow these […]