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The Tragedy of Macbeth: Shakespeare done right

Shakespeare adaptations are hard to pull off. The early attempts by Laurence Olivier are very close to theatre – with traditional costume, adherence to the original text, and dramatic acting. In a phrase: theatre on film. Other adaptations try to re-invent the plays, in an effort to make them more ‘relevant’ to present-day audiences. The […]

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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. […]

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Is the van life for me?

For a long time, there has been a social blueprint ingrained in us that dictates how we should function as a member of society. The idea of getting a corporate 9-5 office job, somehow working your way up the property ladder and eventually going on holiday once a year seems an almost inescapable inevitability for […]

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The Minimalists: Less is Now

⭐ ⭐ 2 stars The world we live in is characterised largely by the immense accumulation of things. It has never been easier to buy consumer goods; sites like amazon allow us to have whatever we want sent directly to us, sometimes in a matter of hours. The rising minimalist movement has tried to push […]

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Closet minimalism – it doesn’t have to be bland

Closets can be a very personal space. Yes, they store your clothes, bags and shoes, but also memories and parts of your personality. My closet consists of a mountain of clothes that consistently crumbles onto my floor every time I try to get dressed in the mornings. If you can relate, this article might help you. Here’s the thing, […]

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The many benefits of minimalism on mental well-being

Minimalism is a trend that can be applied to almost all aspects of day to day life; decluttering your wardrobe, home, and bags can not only make your life simpler and more spacious, but can also have a great effect on your mental heath and well-being. ‘The Minimalists’ describe minimalism as ‘a tool to rid […]

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Maximalism vs Minimalism: two Lifestyle writers give their take on the different methods

When it comes to minimalism, Marie Kondo is the queen. Kondo is a Japanese organising consultant and former sociology student and is most notable for her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Her ‘spark joy’ criteria for which possessions to keep or to throw away is based on the emotional reaction they elicit and […]