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Duke of Edinburgh, former Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, dies

The announcement was made with “deep sorrow” from Her Majesty the Queen about the passing of her “beloved husband” on Friday 9 April at midday.  An outpouring of condolences was seen following the news.  Boris Johnson, the prime minister, said Prince Phillip had “earned the affection of generations” and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer mourned […]

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Film

The new age of the music biopic

It has long been said that the greatest mark of success for any singer is to see themselves immortalised on the silver-screen. Who could forget Eminem’s iconic performance in 8 mile, or indeed Jamie Foxx’s moving portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray? Enter the 21st centuries new favourite genre: the music biopic. The biopic genre […]

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Features

Interview with the Governor of Edinburgh Castle

There is a lot of talk right now about what it means to be Scottish in the 21st Century, as the independence debate grinds on. One man, the Queen’s man in Edinburgh Castle, embraces a version of it which he says is embedded in the rocks and stones of that castle; in his name and […]

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Trouble in Palace Life: Royal divorces represent a cultural change

The Royal Family has a famously bad track-record when it comes to marriage, or rather, staying married. This reputation surely won’t be helped by the announcement that Peter Phillips, the Queen’s grandson, is separating from his wife Autumn; or by the announcement later in the same week that the Earl of Snowdon, the Queen’s nephew, […]

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A Royal Waste of Time

Three things came to mind while watching the shambles that was the Queen’s speech: One – The pomp and ceremony of it all. We knew it was a charade before the participants put on their fancy-dress costumes. Two – The actual content of the speech sounded like a rubbish comedy routine. It would have been […]

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Windsor Time Up?

Wills and Kate, Harry and Megan, Charles and Camilla. Big Liz herself. We all know who they are, and we all must put up with the media’s fetish-like obsession with one absurdly wealthy family. They are famous for fame’s sake. The royals have not earned their place in Buckingham palace nor have they done anything […]

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Film Reviews

Bohemian Rhapsody

“The only thing more extraordinary than their music is his story,” is one of the official taglines for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic that has been years in the making. An indisputable statement it seems, for anyone who hasn’t seen the film. Bohemian Rhapsody opens on Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) preparing for the 1985 […]

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Comedy Fringe Theatre

Six

A brand new cast form a historical tableau of leading ladies at this years’ Fringe. Henry VIII’s wives finally get the Hamilton treatment: ‘Tonight. We’re Divorced, Beheaded, LIVE!’ Who needs a throne when you’ve a microphone? Not these six. Written by Cambridge English and History graduates Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Six is given a […]