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50 shades of Sue Gray

Now Sue Gray has released her findings it is clear to even the most ignorant of Cabinet Ministers that the government has been dancing the Macarena and Cha Cha Slide a few too many times to be considered ‘responsible’. And whilst the Tories were recreating their junior school discos behind the walls of 10 Downing […]

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Don’t Look Up

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ When astronomers Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) discover a meteorite that will cause an extinction-level event in six months, they must get the news out. After telling the President (Meryl Streep) about the catastrophic event, they are promptly ignored amid campaign worries and realise they must tell the world themselves. What follows is a satirical allegory of society, and the science world’s futile warnings about climate change, by an A-Lister cast […]

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Friday night at No. 10

After a long hard day at the office Boris Johnson’s staff ask him once again whether he would like a cup of tea. He reclines in his office chair, looking up from his conversation with Dominic Cummings.  “But it’s 6 – you mean would I like a G&T.” Cummings, sitting on the other side of […]

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A cop-out COP

Deep in his dream, memories emerge of an event long ago… *** With the bash of the gavel and mop of his brow, Alok Sharma could finally clock out and hurry backstage to surely find the nearest wall to punch through in frustration and despair. Yet another unoptimised UN climate summit. Not that this was […]

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The French Dispatch: A Love Letter to the New Yorker

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Journalists work backstage – we love to talk about other people in the spotlight, but no one ever talks about us. But in Wes Anderson’s fantastical tale about The French Dispatch, based in the small French town Ennui-sur-Blasé (literally boredom on blasé), the tables have turned. The story is about editor Arthur Howitzer […]

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William the Conqueror

Halle-fucking-lujah. The union is saved. Scottish nationalism has been struck dead in a single blow, never to rear it’s ugly head again.

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A Day at the Library

In the age of Covid-19, when one turns up at the library, perhaps the only hardship is the weather. Scotland, as each of Edinburgh’s well-mannered students will know, is a place of radiant sun and cool, crisp wind. But as one approaches the ‘Serene Study Space’ (SSS), one forgets the glorious weather for the dazzling […]

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January in the Principal’s Office

Look what we’ve found – Peter M’s diary for January! It was bound to happen some time or another  as everything gets leakED around here eventually…  Week 1 Monday 9:00am Beginning of term again, and just when I think everything’s fine, I get an anxious phone call from Colm.  ‘Peter, bad news, it’s LEARN’. ‘Oh […]