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A TV and Film Lover’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, it can often catch us off guard, unsure about what we should do for the occasion. With the weather getting more miserable by the day, what better way to spend your time than in a cinema or at home watching some Netflix (although some would prefer to Netflix and chill […]

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Is Valentine’s Day Outdated?

February the 14th, a day of stuffed toys, red roses, and chocolates, of course followed by a romantic candlelit dinner. While expectations are an inherent part of relationships, is Valentine’s Day still applicable? Does the holiday revert to the problematic gender stereotype and heteronormity? What value does the holiday still serve in today’s society? After […]

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Small business, big heart

Valentine’s Day, a blooming business opportunity for university students The year is 2021. Romance is dead. We are all locked in our homes. And the country’s professional artists have all launched their new careers in ‘cyber’. But despite the continuing pandemic carnage there are two local artists who have teamed up to try and get […]

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Stuck in love? Check out these fun Valentine’s Day ideas

If you’re lucky enough to have someone to spoil this Valentine’s Day, why not go all out? Flowers don’t last forever and let’s face it, chocolates disappear before you can say ‘be mine’. So, read on for some unique ways to make a memorable day. Botanical Gardens Take advantage of one of Edinburgh’s many attractions […]

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Culture Literature

A Many Splendoured Thing

A Many Splendoured Thing, the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s Valentine’s Day offering, saw storytellers Harriet Grindley, Maria MacDonnell and Bob Mitchell perform together as We Three to explore the themes of love and romance through an assortment of tales and music. The three performers took it in turns to tell stories which ranged from Scottish folklore to […]

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Exploring Non-Romantic Love in Literature

What makes love in literature compelling? Too often, fiction focuses on romantic relationships that are difficult, tragic, unrequited or even obsessive. The types of relationships that fit these categories can seem uniform: romantic, intimate, and commonly featuring an end goal of marriage. The love that characters might feel for family or friends, on the other […]

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Science

Will male contraception be derived from Cupid’s arrow?

Heterosexual men, are you struggling with what to buy your female partner this Valentine’s Day? Look no further. Simply get your lover the latest issue of their favourite scientific publication, the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. They will be thrilled to read that a potential male contraceptive is on on the horizon, based on a recent […]

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Is love just a chemical reaction, or is there more?

You know the feeling. You’re in a bar, café, or on the train, gazing at a stranger from afar instantly believing it is love and that you are going to live happily after. It is a re-enactment of The Notebook; you’re the next Lancelot and Guinevere, the next Romeo and Juliet – hopefully without the […]