2009 April



State of Play (Dir. Kevin McDonald)

28th April 2009

Claire Strickett After a somewhat fraught production process, the film adaptation of the acclaimed BBC mini-series State of Play has finally made it onto the big screen. The action has shifted from London to Washington D.C, and none of the original actors remain, but otherwise, this taunt, character-driven tale of political corruption and crusading journalism ...


Perks of the job

28th April 2009

Lewis Porteous It goes without saying that organising the content of a bi-weekly student paper’s two page film spread is a job of which there are many perks. One such lagniappe is that I am occasionally invited to special events where I am free to rub shoulders with the elite of Scotland’s entertainment and media ...


The entertainment game

28th April 2009

Tom Bonnick For those familiar with The (other) Guardian’s Lost in Showbiz column, Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over The World And Why We Need An Exit Strategy will undoubtedly be greeted with a rapturous welcome. Marina Hyde has turned her weekly railings against the inanities of celebrity culture into a proper book, with all the ...


Cause for celebration

28th April 2009

A pub setting creates great intimacy in The Birthday Party, writes Dominic Maxwell-Lewis In the wake of Harold Pinter’s recent death there has, unsurprisingly, been a resurgence of his works throughout the country and a respectful hush of admiration at the mention of his name; playwrights and critics the world over adopting a demeanour not ...


Skinted or minted

28th April 2009

Charlotta Poppius makes a case for treating your living room to a design feast. If your wallet can’t stretch to designer, Claire Strickett finds an alternative. Spring cleaning should definitely be on your to-do list at this time of year, especially with revision to be distracted from. As you get ready to chuck out your battered ...


Cancerous Capers – Part 5

28th April 2009

Jamie Ross The last fortnight can only be described as an interminable nightmare. After spending a vast proportion of my recent time boastfully lauding it over other cancer patients due to feeling tip-top, the Cancer Fairy finally took it upon himself to mercilessly beat me into the ground with his giant stick of misery. The ...


Board room games

28th April 2009

David Kirkpatrick When the weather’s too miserable to venture out, it has been known of my friends and I to indulge in a board game of an evening. Being inept at general knowledge and hopeless at sport, board games are one of the few opportunities I have to shine. On one such recent night, triumphing ...


All fluff and nonsense

28th April 2009

Ben Freeman and Michelle Williams discuss the state of fur today: wanton cruelty or standard practice? Ben Freeman Looking back at pictures from Hollywood’s Golden Era, the glamour of the 1950s simply drips from the pages of history. The women are swathed in jewels and fur, only adding the decadence that era showcases. In this ...


US students choosing exile over debts

28th April 2009

George Binning As student debt in the US hits $700 billion American international students are resorting to self-imposed exile rather than paying off their “exploitative” student loans. Sallie Mae is the primary student loan company in the US with over 10 million borrowers holding a total debt of over $126.9 billion. The company has attracted ...


Residents question Murano safety

28th April 2009

Sarah Smith Students living at Murano Street Student Village have voiced their concern at the relative lack of information given to them about crimes in the nearby area. Over the past year, Guardian has reported on a number of incidences involving the student halls, including students mugged at knifepoint during Freshers’ Week and the failure ...