2009 September



Digging for victory

28th September 2009

Claire Strickett Tower blocks loom in the distance, there’s a hum of traffic on the nearby A803, and from just behind a hedge comes the rumble of trains and the drone of the station announcer’s voice. But in spite of these occasional reminders, here at Springburn Allotments, watching a butterfly flit in the late summer ...


An open letter to Michael Mann

28th September 2009

Leon Weber Dear Mr. Mann, Firstly, I would like to say that I have admired your work for many years. You have created unforgettable cinematic milestones when Manhunter taught us to be afraid of Hannibal Lecter long before The Silence of the Lambs. Or when you united Al Pacino and Robert de Niro for the ...


The Soloist (Dir: Joe Wright)

28th September 2009

Marta Sørensen You’d be hard pressed to find an actor who’s had a comeback quite like Robert Downey Jr.’s. Covering all bases with clever career choices and thus hammering home the point that he is now, more than ever, all good looks and versatility, during the last two years Downey Jr. has pleased the studios ...


Freshersfluenza

28th September 2009

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Hold the front page

28th September 2009

We — by which I mean everyone in Britain; not just students — often take the advantages of a free press for granted. It rarely occurs to anyone who regularly watches the news or reads a newspaper how incredibly lucky they are to be able to do so, and for the same reason that noone ...


Safety is paramount

28th September 2009

It is sad to start the year with news of a girl being raped just a few hundred metres from the University, but it is also vital that students, particularly those new to Glasgow, are aware of the need to look after themselves in a city of this size. The West End is often thought ...


Dorian Gray (Dir: Oliver Parker)

28th September 2009

Sarah Leslie Sandwiched in between the two new St Trinian films, director Oliver Parker’s latest offering, Dorian Gray, acts as a stark contrast to the frivolous 21st century school girl fun of his other recent work. Dorian Gray tells the story of a handsome young man (the titular Dorian Gray, played by Ben Barnes), who ...


Sorority Row (Dir: Stewart Hendler)

28th September 2009

Leon Weber After the horror genre has enjoyed a wave of original ideas and stories over the past years everything finally seems to be getting back to normal; that is, rehashing the same ideas (torture porn, handheld camera, evil child), updating classics from the 70s and 80s (Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine, Nightmare on ...


My Goodness, My Guinness

28th September 2009

On the 250th anniversary of Guinness, Lucy McIver recounts the history of Ireland’s biggest cultural export It is 250 years since Arthur Guinness signed the lease for St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin. A quarter of a millennium later, his name is synonymous with stout, and it is the rallying cry of St Patrick’s Day. Indeed, ...


A degree of failure

28th September 2009

Gavin Lavery argues for the revocation of disgraced banker Fred Goodwin’s honorary degree from the University of Glasgow At the end of summer 2008, the global economy found itself engulfed by a financial crisis that precipitated the most devastating recession in generations. The crisis was the culmination of more than twenty years of high-risk banking ...