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Culture Literature

Poem of the week: from One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each

35. Ki no Tsurayuki  As the human heart’s so fickle, your feelings may have changed, but at least in my old home the plum blossoms bloom as always with a fragrance of the past. 76. Fujiwara no Tadamichi  Rowing out on the vast ocean,  When I look all around  I cannot tell apart White billows […]

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In reflection: emo robins and a socially distanced nature walk

When I was little, there were three things that I loved: the first was reading, the second was writing, and the third was nature. The first hobby is currently intermittent and, ironically, being a literature student hasn’t helped. The second remains a thriving passion to this day. And the third? Like many people growing up, […]

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Art Culture

Ade Adesina: Aurora at The Academicians’ Gallery

The Royal Scottish Academy introduces Adesina’s exhibition “Aurora” as follows: “Focusing on the effects of climate change, deforestation and energy consumption, Adesina’s ecological-minded, monumental linocuts, woodcuts and etchings approach the limits to which the medium of printmaking can be pushed.” Adesina himself outlines his work as a commentary on the changing world, and this is […]

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Lifestyle Wellbeing

Take a Break: four relaxing routes to consider during the revision period

Winter is here, with exam season almost upon us and the list of deadlines ever increasing. At this time, it is more crucial that we aim for an effective and productive revision process as well as strive for excellence. To maximise our potential, it is always necessary to take a short break after a long […]

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A lost childhood? How the digital age is changing our brains

Childhood has changed. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery writes in the The Little Prince “All grown-ups were once children … but only few of them remember it.” Yet, whether adults remember how to be a child is becoming increasingly irrelevant, as the children of today have to contend with a plethora of issues that arguably thrust […]

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Science Science

Insects beware, pitcher plants are lurking all over the world

A recent study, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, has found that different species of the carnivorous pitcher plants located on different continents developed their defining characteristics in response to similarly stressful environments. The plants were also found to have similar strategies for handling the insects they capture, despite the carnivorism developing independently in the […]

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Culture Literature

Blackwell’s Presents: An Evening with Jim Crumley

An intimate gathering at Blackwell’s bookshop last Wednesday gave nature enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in discussion with seasoned Scottish nature writer Jim Crumley about his new book, The Nature of Autumn. Alongside taking questions from the audience, Crumley opened up about his personal writing process and his sources of inspiration. While Crumley had initially […]