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The Short Rant: January is the cruellest month

All the dark and cold of winter, none of the lights or joy of Christmas. An unfortunate combination of cold, damp, and dark – coupled with a barrage of resolutions, and the pressure to become the new-and-improved you – intersect in a uniquely unpleasant way to make January, I would argue, the very worst month […]

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The Short Rant: North Bridge

Oh, North Bridge. You really couldn’t be any worse, could you? Your whole identity is very confused. You change your name every 5 minutes: Mayfield Gardens, South Clerk St, St Patrick’s Square for all of about 30 seconds. But as you walk from the south of the city to the north to catch your train […]

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The Short Rant: The struggle of wide-leg jeans

I’m sitting in Church. It’s a reflective service. People are praying, people are reflecting. The girl next to me? She’s silently, clumsily, wringing out the hems of her baggy jeans. She mouths an apology, stifling a giggle. But there is no apology necessary: as a fellow ‘Edi-girlie’, I too know the pain of trekking through […]

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The Short Rant: The library is too hot

The winter is closing in upon us, yet it is not the dark nights or the abrasive weather that I fear. Over the years one builds up an arsenal to deal with such conventional miseries. No, my real fear is the manufactured winter heat, and in no place is this more pronounced than in the […]

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The Short Rant: Travel is a nightmare

Increased flight security and awareness of the impact of plane travel have sparked a renaissance towards ideas of travelling by train, but has the UK entirely failed in making rail alternatives the easier option? Classic fresher, by week 2 I wanted to go home for the weekend. Don’t be mistaken, I love it here, it’s […]

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The Short Rant: Cheap Pints Now!

This article was originally published in print on the 23rd March Teviot. We’re all bitterly familiar with the gothic frame that plays host to our student union. But I’m certainly not alone in saying it’s never been my first choice for a drink. Edinburgh is hardly renowned for cheap pints but Teviot is taking the […]

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Seasonal Shift

This article was originally submitted on the 12th March I recently came upon a shocking, horrifying realisation. Perhaps you’re already aware. Perhaps you’re in denial. Regardless, brace yourself for this fact: winter only officially started on December 21st. And even worse, it doesn’t end until March 20th! Does that not just feel absolutely criminal to […]

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The Short Rant: the worser pasta

Grace O’Neal thinks she’s got pasta problems. Personally, I’m sceptical. But if she wants to stand by her claims, I invite her to come back with some stats, for example, what kind of glue? Is it eco friendly? Is it vegan? These are questions that a true pasta connoisseur of Generation Z would have investigated […]