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A cop-out COP

Deep in his dream, memories emerge of an event long ago… *** With the bash of the gavel and mop of his brow, Alok Sharma could finally clock out and hurry backstage to surely find the nearest wall to punch through in frustration and despair. Yet another unoptimised UN climate summit. Not that this was […]

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Online exams and Restriction Exhaustion

In an unsurprising yet disappointing move, Durham University announced this week that its exams for the 2021/22 period will remain online. Edinburgh will not be far behind: in an email to students from Colm Harmon in late October, prospects for further opening this year were made out as overwhelmingly bleak. Yet again, the narrative of […]

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The Pasta Disasta of 2k21

Grace O’Neal thinks she’s got pasta problems. Personally, I had never even heard of bow-tie pasta needing glue to hold itself together (as do most of us, let’s be honest, so who am I to judge) and I’m not even 100% convinced it’s true. But if she wants to stand by her earlier claims, I […]

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A Meta review: is new always better?

Teens harmed, democracy at risk, and a potentially illegal monopoly – but hey, nothing a shiny new name can’t fix! Reminiscent of BBC’s The Apprentice, where teams vacuously brainstorm a name that sounds adequately self-important and pretentious, whilst imposing some forced meaning on it, Facebook’s Meta revamp is nothing more than a self-righteous attempt to […]

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Paterson, corruption and a dearth of parliamentary decency

What do you get when you cross entitled, greedy men with positions of power? Our parliament, apparently. Who would have guessed? As a British citizen whose rights and interests are represented in Parliament, I am appalled by Owen Paterson’s conduct. It undermines the democratic system, and – as phrased by the report into his actions […]

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A Weegie’s perspective on COP26

As I read articles during the run up to COP26, I felt slightly aggrieved that I was missing the most exciting thing to happen in Glasgow since the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It seemed like quite bad luck that I was moving away from home mere months before COP26. As anyone who has been to Glasgow […]

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A small drop in a very large ocean

Starting November off with a bang, Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland would pledge £1 million to help developing countries to deal with the “loss and damage” of climate change. This money will be coming from the Climate Justice Fund which will be increasing from £6 million to £24 million. Scotland has received praise from […]

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The Short Rant: the forbidden pasta

As any student, when it comes to pasta, I’d say I’m knowledgeable. So knowledgeable, in fact, that I have a favourite type, fusilli, and more importantly, a least favourite type: farfalle, or “bowtie pasta” as it’s known on the streets. As most seem to overlook, there’s lots to hate about farfalle. It could be the […]