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The free speech façade

As I returned home from work one night a couple of weeks ago, I turned the radio on to hear the news that the writer Salman Rushdie had been stabbed. Shock rattled through my system, followed by complete disbelief. Despite his death warrant being announced over 30 years ago by the Ayatollah of Iran and […]

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Fringe 2022: Lost and Found Review

I was in George Square gardens the first Sunday of the Fringe when I received an airdrop request, which I of course accepted. The airdrop was a photo of the flyer for Lost and Found, a play put on as part of Theatre Paradok’s Paradok Platform, which is putting on nine new pieces of theatre […]

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How to cope with failure: unpacking success at University

It seems sometimes that the fear of failure inflicts more distress than failure itself. Out of the many emotions students may feel on a daily or weekly basis, there seems no bigger dread than failure. We reside within a culture that seems to have an invisible cloak of shame when it comes to things not […]

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Pandemic passions: making time out count

A brand new 2020 diary, scrumptiously leather-bound with gorgeous thick paper waiting for my scrawling hand. Fast forward to March 2021 and this diary is practically empty. My concept of time has been completely rehashed, all tasks rotating around the small circle of kitchen-desk-bathroom. My social calendar is blank and my scheduled hours at University […]

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ME Time: Lifestyle’s Maya Sargent and Emma Gill take on the world of podcasting

It’s hard to believe the origins of our podcast ME Time, because it genuinely began with a throw-away comment on FaceTime whilst baking brownies (that’s just what life has come to *sigh*): ‘let’s start a podcast.’ A month later, it has become a fascinating, addictive and wonderful passion project that we are obsessed with. Both […]

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Trials and Tribulations

Satire I firmly believe that very few experiences in life are more traumatising than when one’s private education is put in jeopardy – awaiting the commencement of my university classes this semester has caused me a great deal of pain, not to mention the uncertainty of all these unnecessary lockdowns. As an Indian student studying […]

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Studio from home: how a remote university challenges creative minds

It is no breaking news that home is becoming our workplace, our new gym, our new restaurants, and now that autumn is here our new university. For art students, it is the entire studio moving into their flat. They have collaborative design thinking via calls, model making in the kitchen. Let’s have a look at […]

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Transformed university libraries: a student guide

I miss the sight of a hundred Chilly’s water bottles. Yes, that is my clearest memory of pre-pandemic University of Edinburgh libraries. Offering toasty rooms, an absence of kitchen-clattering flatmates and the motivating atmosphere of other focused students, libraries were veritable havens of productivity. So, with some university libraries back open again, I ventured into […]