2009 November



The road to Copenhagen

30th November 2009

Tom Bradley What images first come to mind when one thinks of Copenhagen? Overpriced beer? Hans Christian Anderson? Peter Schmeichel and the Laudrup Brothers? By the end of this year it will be nothing so trivial. Come January 2010, the word Copenhagen will be synonymous with either a history-making international deal on climate change, or ...


Paranormal Activity (Dir: Oren Peli)

30th November 2009

Lee Roden Paranormal Activity follows the story of Micah and Katie as they try to film some of the strange goings-on in their house, which they suspect is being haunted (note: the two characters are played by Micah Sloat and Katie Fetherston respectively — see what they’ve done there?) As a self-confessed cynic regarding the ...


The Cage Paradox

30th November 2009

Leon Weber Here’s an interesting challenge: name an actor or actress with a spotless resume. Not so easy, eh? In my eyes, the only one who comes even close is John Cazale. All the films he has starred in received Best Picture Oscar nominations, including The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer Hunter. Then ...


The Lovely Bones (Dir: Peter Jackson)

30th November 2009

Tom Bonnick Watching Peter Jackson’s new adaptation of the bestselling 2002 novel The Lovely Bones in Leicester Square, mere hours before it would enjoy a Royal Premiere, provided an irresistible opportunity to speculate on what possible reasons could have led to it being selected for such an honour. Not just because it seems an unlikely ...


Serious Men

30th November 2009

Tom Bonnick In a lot of ways, the experience of meeting Joel and Ethan Coen is much like watching one of their films. This hadn’t occurred to me until I saw their latest work, A Serious Man — largely because I also hadn’t met the Coen brothers until then either — which is being widely ...


In defence of binge drinking

30th November 2009

Staff Writer I am a firm believer in the redemptive qualities of alcohol. Any minor failure, casual provocation, or slight humiliation is enough to convince me that what I need is a long, slow soak in an ocean of booze. Only once my blood stream is comprehensively saturated, only once the world is spinning at ...


Frisbee more fun than in the sun

30th November 2009

Joe McLean I have to admit my sporting knowledge of Frisbee amounted to memories of playing it during lazy summers in Kelvingrove Park and on California’s sandy beaches. But guzzling cold beers, and avoiding tenacious dogs while doing so, didn’t exactly take a lot of exertion. So I was slightly cynical about the “sport” of ...


Kendo puts Glasgow to the bamboo sword

30th November 2009

Harry Tattersall Smith Everybody was Kung Fu fighting; yet the latest martial arts trend sweeping Glasgow is Kendo. You’ve probably seen them across campus — they cut striking figures dressed in long black robes with meshed silver masks. You could be forgiven for being slightly intimidated — there is a certain Harry Potter Death Eater ...


GUHXC title bid put on hold

30th November 2009

Glasgow 1-1 Aberdeen Clare Toner As Glasgow took on Aberdeen, spirits were high. Given their superior position in the league, the match should have been a straightforward win. However, throw a cup tie into the mix and anything can happen. Glasgow started the game well, mounting an early attack against a sloppy Aberdeen defence. This ...


20th Century faux pas

30th November 2009

An interesting development in the future of news media emerged this month, when Rupert Murdoch not only made further threats to charge for all online content on The Sunday Times’ website, but also declared that he would have all News International material removed from Google search results, insisting that displaying the copy from his web ...