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Edinburgh International Film Festival: the best (and worst) of

The timing of the Edinburgh International Film Festival was pertinent. This two-week celebration of cinema from around the globe squatted neatly over the Brexit vote, and whilst political discussion was notably absent within the film buff haven of the Filmhouse, it was hard not to note the decidedly international, connected outlook of the festival. A […]

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Alternative graduate careers: go abroad or stay at home?

Sibylla Archdale Kalid interviews Richard Davie, founder of TEFL Iberia, about his decision to work abroad. Distressing to the point of being taboo, the question ‘Do you have any plans for after you graduate?’ is enough to tell a first year from a fourth year, from the expression of mounting panic – or manic laughter […]

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Lost on the moon: loneliness amongst the elderly

With a recent study by the charity Age UK reporting that 3.9 million older people would regard the TV as their main company, it is clear that the epidemic of loneliness in the elderly has reached a state of emergency. In spite of all of today’s new forms of electronic communication between family and friends, […]

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The little known trauma of anaesthesia awareness

For most undergoing major surgery, the operation takes place whilst the patient is fast asleep. The surgery is carried out whilst you are in a state of controlled unconsciousness, ensuring you are unaware of the surgery and therefore unable to feel pain. In most cases, the administration of general anaesthetic runs smoothly. But what happens […]

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Working 9-5: the best way to make a living?

It seems inherently contradictory that that most mundane of social institutions, the 40-hour working week, should have served as muse to country darling Dolly Parton, and it is especially ironic that the classic song ‘9 to 5’ was written by a woman who had probably never worked an ordinary day in her life. For the […]

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Does your name shape your character?

‘The meaning of a word is purely a function of how it is used’. Such is the theory of early twentieth century philosopher Ludwig Wittenstein; in the same way that a portrait is used to describe the likeness of a person, a name belies the function of language and is thus representative of reality. However, […]

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Going underground: Iran’s illicit party scene

Officially there is no access to alcohol for Muslims in Iran, or nightclubs for anyone. Women must cover their heads in public. Although the ‘morality police’ have been reined in by President Rouhani, modest dress is strictly enforced. Also, the seemingly Orwellian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance restricts access to television, media, music, film […]

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From the goodness of our hearts?

Charities and volunteering are so integral a part of our lives that we give little thought to them anymore, but key figures in charitable institutions and some recent debates are starting to turn this on its head. Dan Pallotta, an American entrepreneur and humanitarian activist, has been calling for a rethink of the way we […]