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Is The Truman Show the world we live in today?

One evening, post deadlines and pre-Christmas, I was with my family scrolling through Netflix when I stumbled upon a familiar, but sadly forgotten classic: The Truman Show. I watched the film years ago, but hadn’t seen it in what felt like an age. My fifteen year old brother read the description and was intrigued, but […]

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News

Arthur’s Seat fire caught on camera as Bonfire Night sees a high number of incidents across Edinburgh

The famous Edinburgh landmark Arthur’s Seat saw emergency services being called to put out a huge fire last night, with footage of the incident emerging from an individual named Cholo Mam. Although the fire was expected to last throughout the night, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service left in the early hours of the morning […]

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Features

Instagram for saving the planet: what is The Climate App?

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought significant disruption and change into our lives. The origins of the virus are still debated to this day, with several absurd theories floating around. Yet, one of the most widely accepted theories is that this is mother nature’s way of telling us that enough is enough, that humans must stop […]

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Features

In reflection: emo robins and a socially distanced nature walk

When I was little, there were three things that I loved: the first was reading, the second was writing, and the third was nature. The first hobby is currently intermittent and, ironically, being a literature student hasn’t helped. The second remains a thriving passion to this day. And the third? Like many people growing up, […]

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Features Lifestyle

Amazon Alternatives: where to buy

When I saw my mum ordering six bottles of chilli oil from Amazon, I began to protest with great frustration and, upon reflection, perhaps with a little too much indignation. “Couldn’t we wait to buy it in the shops, and did we really need it?” I cried, as I rattled out the endless list of […]

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Features

Farewell Features: an editor’s take on the section’s personal impact

I remember, vividly, the first time I ever wrote for The Student. Indian politician Shashi Tharoor had visited the university, and I was eager to make my mark on the paper, with my passionate views on colonialism and the British empire. Arguably, this could have been a piece for the Comment section. Yet, given that […]

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Comment

Misidentification, Brexit posters and Katy Perry: don’t ever tell me racism is over

I recall telling my father, rather fervently, that, in my defence to pursue English Literature as a degree, that things had changed; we were no longer second class citizens, that everyone was more or less equal now. He laughed, told me I had forgotten my place, and that things had not changed as much as […]

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Voices

The history of the British Empire is missing from our education system

In my last written piece for Voices, I wrote about the importance of teaching people of colour in Scotland – and the UK – about their heritage. So, when I found out that a group of London based sixth form students had created mock newspapers with headlines such as “Boris Backs Empire Education”, and distributed […]