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The Short Rant: January is the cruellest month

All the dark and cold of winter, none of the lights or joy of Christmas. An unfortunate combination of cold, damp, and dark – coupled with a barrage of resolutions, and the pressure to become the new-and-improved you – intersect in a uniquely unpleasant way to make January, I would argue, the very worst month […]

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Short Rant: I Hate The World Cup

Upon reading the title, many adjectives probably came to mind about the pillock who penned it. Killjoy, traitor, and friendless all probably come to mind, but hear me out. Yes, I hate the world cup, but it’s not for any moral objections or my lack of affection for the beautiful game.  On Monday, I found […]

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The Short Rant: North Bridge

Oh, North Bridge. You really couldn’t be any worse, could you? Your whole identity is very confused. You change your name every 5 minutes: Mayfield Gardens, South Clerk St, St Patrick’s Square for all of about 30 seconds. But as you walk from the south of the city to the north to catch your train […]

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The Short Rant: The struggle of wide-leg jeans

I’m sitting in Church. It’s a reflective service. People are praying, people are reflecting. The girl next to me? She’s silently, clumsily, wringing out the hems of her baggy jeans. She mouths an apology, stifling a giggle. But there is no apology necessary: as a fellow ‘Edi-girlie’, I too know the pain of trekking through […]

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The Short Rant: The library is too hot

The winter is closing in upon us, yet it is not the dark nights or the abrasive weather that I fear. Over the years one builds up an arsenal to deal with such conventional miseries. No, my real fear is the manufactured winter heat, and in no place is this more pronounced than in the […]

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The Short Rant: Travel is a nightmare

Increased flight security and awareness of the impact of plane travel have sparked a renaissance towards ideas of travelling by train, but has the UK entirely failed in making rail alternatives the easier option? Classic fresher, by week 2 I wanted to go home for the weekend. Don’t be mistaken, I love it here, it’s […]

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The Short Rant: Lunch Till I Die

Lunch is the best meal.  You may ask why I chose lunch as the best meal, you may well counter that lunch consists of  boring sandwiches or bland soups. But I’m not arguing on the basis of the meal’s typical content, rather on the flexibility of socially-acceptable foodstuffs. Now what do I mean by this […]

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Cave dwellers, find your own study space

This article was originally published in print on the 23rd March As a Mediterranean human being expatriated in a land of long, dark winters, you can understand the joy I feel when, around this time of the year, the sun reappears again. A blue sky and bright sunshine can single-handedly bless and make tolerable weeks […]