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‘Toodle Pip, Ip’ – Din Edin, August – An Ode to the Odes

This is a tale of two Welsh bards with whom I spent my summer, one stuck in a folkloric past, and one whose folkloric present I was able to be a part of. Perhaps a tale of bardic Welshmen and a second year English Literature student has more place in Comedy,  yet this is a story […]

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There’s SNOW time to wait on climate reform

Scotland is snow-free for the 9th time in the last 300 years. Let’s say that again, Scotland is entirely, completely, snow-free for only the 9th time in the last 3 centuries. Another way to put that would be that Scotland is snow free for the 4th time in the last 6 years. We’ve ignored sign […]

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Nicola Sturgeon says an independent Scotland would apply to rejoin the EU

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that an independent Scotland would apply to re-join the EU. Given that during the 2016 Brexit referendum, all 32 local authorities in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, this may not come as a surprise. In order to re-join the EU as an independent state, Scotland would encounter some economic […]

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In Memory of Robbie Coltrane

Moving tributes have been published by everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson who Coltrane starred alongside in the Harry Potter film adaptations to Steven Fry and Hugh Laurie who, in the 1980s, both shared the screen with Coltrane in two television series: Alfresco and Blackadder. Even the first minister Nicola Sturgeon added to the […]

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Review: Don’t. Make. Tea.

“If you are capable of killing and disposing of a body, can you really call yourself disabled?” There are many Scotland-based theatre companies whose productions effortlessly delight and challenge their audiences, but none so encapsulate their political vision for the theatre (and the world) throughout their practice quite like Birds of Paradise. The premier disability-led […]

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Me, my Phone and I – does technology dominate our experiences?

I was one of the hundreds standing there at the Queens funeral procession about a week ago at the Royal Mile. Anyone who attended can probably recall the scene: hundreds of people packed together like sardines, standing on tiptoes, leaning on each other, blocking others’ view to catch a sight of Her Deceased Majesty, who […]

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The Monarchy and Scotland

Whatever your position on the Royal Family may be, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II serves as a reminder to all of us of the fleeting nature of life and the immediacy of mortality. It binds us closer to our loved ones. The procession of the Queen’s body through these green lands has further highlighted […]

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Coronavirus Cases Soar in Scotland

This article was originally submitted on the 26th March As Covid restrictions ease across the UK and Europe, hospital cases have continued to hit record highs in Scotland. Last week, one in eleven people tested returned positive results.  As a result of this increase, three hospitals in Lanarkshire were reported as beyond full. Since then, […]