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Culture Film Reviews

Review: Remote

Remote directed by Mahyad Tousi and Mika Rottenberg is an unsettling depiction of the longing for human contact during quarantine. We follow several days of a woman depicted by Okwui Okpokwasili as she battles her way through boredom and desperation while stuck in her apartment.  It is a very visually pleasing and stimulating experience with […]

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Culture Edinburgh International Film Festival Film

EIFF 2022: The Narrow Road Review

As the world leaves the Coronavirus pandemic behind, it is almost inevitable that it will become the subject of many films. The Narrow Road, a film set in Hong Kong in 2020, is an early entry into this genre. Yet it does not try to tell the story of the pandemic in Hong Kong, or […]

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Comedy Fringe

Fringe 2022: Tim Key, ‘Mulberry’ – Poems and Jokes from Inside – Review

In Mulberry, Tim Key – ‘a celebrity shorn of his fame, reduced to government-issued pyjamas’ – recounts his experience of lockdown-life via a series of surreal poems and stories. ‘I decided to spend some time in the hall bit, in-between the bathroom and the bedroom. It was not a bad area.’ It is this strange […]

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Comment

How much more of me is there to boost?

Hearing Novak Djokovic’s troubles on entering Australia, I was jumping for joy. He’d always come across as selfish and entitled on tour, and to see this finally catch up with him felt nothing short of justice. However, as time went on, and the world began to turn on arguably the greatest tennis player of all […]

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News

Controversial Scandi-Bar had £400,000 price tag

The University of Edinburgh’s Scandi-bar, designed to provide students with additional hospitality space during the pandemic, was recently revealed to have cost £416,361.60 to build despite being open for only 61 days.  The project’s price tag has been at the centre of a dispute between the university, its students, and local businesses, who have condemned […]

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Music

Rediscovering gems: the timeless charm of Sade

 During the past few months, I, like many, have been in search of musical solace: enter Sade. The captivating Nigerian-born British singer and her eponymous band have provided many moments of peace, quiet and clarity during the uncertainty and turbulence of a third lockdown. Combining soul, smooth jazz and sophisti-pop, Sade provide aurally exquisite sounds […]

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News

England’s lockdown to be eased on 12 April as planned

The Prime Minister has tonight set out the government’s latest Covid-19 update.  Despite announcing that lockdown restrictions in England are to ease further from the 12 April, the Prime Minister cautioned the UK population not to “be complacent” – a message that remains at the heart of the government briefings.  England will be entering step […]

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Lifestyle

Five lockdown charity shop alternatives

Lockdown(s) have triggered us all to take conscious steps towards improving our lives. For many, this has taken the form of clutter clear outs and closet purges, making way for a minimalist ‘new you’. Now that the sunny weather is finally making an appearance in Edinburgh, your spring clean senses might be tingling even more. […]