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Witch, Please! Inside the Edinburgh Occult Society

It was Valentine’s Day, yet the general mood was one of warm-hearted platonic conviviality. We’d navigated the labyrinthine stairways of Pleasance to find ourselves part of a small congregation of…

In conversation with: Sam Marks

When I ask Sam Marks if he’d consider himself a big name on campus, he looks sheepish “I would not,” he says. “When people are like, ‘oh, you know, Sam…

As the cost of living crisis escalates, a beloved George Square business goes up for sale

Elaine Mason was a woman with a vision — a vision of soup. For years she had dreamt of opening a cafe with high-quality homemade soups and accompanying breads. This…

The Edinburgh Christmas Market: overpriced tat or festive fun?

Edinburgh’s annual Christmas market celebrates its 24th anniversary in 2023. It’s a festival beloved by residents and tourists alike, filled with fantastic food and flashy attractions. It was also listed…

A bull in a China shop? China Marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative

This month, China celebrated 10 years since the beginning of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a development program which has seen China lend an approximate $1 trillion to finance…

Expanding our tunnel vision: humanitarianism must extend further

We are at an impasse, as ongoing territorial disputes internationally show history brazenly repeating itself. We watched in horrified surprise as the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February…

#RomanEmpire: TikTok’s Latest Trend

A new TikTok trend where women ask men how often they think about the Roman Empire has revealed an obsession amongst some men with the Roman age. The trend was…

50 Years Since Chile’s Military Coup: Reflection, Remembrance and Reckoning With the Past

Fifty years ago, on September 11, 1973, Chile underwent a radical transformation that forever altered its history. For those unfamiliar with this pivotal event, let’s journey back in time. Chile…