2009 November



Othello (Citizens Theatre)

9th November 2009

John Gerard McFaulds Whenever I see the words “modern” and “Shakespeare” together, I tend to shudder and think of the playwright spinning in his grave. However, Guy Hollands’ modern retelling of The Bard’s domestic tragedy Othello exceeded my initial cynical expectations by superbly pulling off the fusion of classic Shakespearean dialogue with modern setting and ...


The Beggar’s Opera (Tramway Theatre)

9th November 2009

Lauren Martin John Gay’s original vision of a criminal underworld was steeped in satirical criticism of the eighteenth century aristocracy, where common social values are diminished to critique the abuses of power and wealth in a morally bankrupt society. Vanishing Point’s drastic re-imagining of The Beggar’s Opera is described by its director Matthew Lenton as ...


Pioneering English thesaurus published

9th November 2009

After 45 years of work by the English Language department at the University of Glasgow, the world’s first historical thesaurus has been published. The project is the culmination of almost half a century’s laborious efforts by researchers, staff, students and volunteers. The aim of the project, which was the brainchild of Professor Michael Samuels in ...


The original of Nabokov

9th November 2009

Tom Bonnick Next week, on November 7, Penguin will publish The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov, and in doing so, they have ignited in me a moral conundrum the likes of which I have not seen since I found out how tasty foie gras was. The novel remained unfinished when the author died in ...


SRC elections plagued by poor voter turnout

9th November 2009

Nick Sikora Turnout at the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) autumn elections remained poor again this year, with only 5% of students using their vote. The elections, which were held on October 21, for the positions of International Students’ Officer, General Representatives and First Year General Representatives, saw only 910 students cast their ballot, out of ...


Tunnel vision: exploring Glasgow’s underground

9th November 2009

George Binning Beneath the bustling streets of Glasgow lies a largely forgotten network of disused train tunnels and underground chambers. This cavernous underworld, rich in its own history and folklore is quite irresistible to the urban explorer. Investigating tunnels is nothing short of a thrilling experience, and one of the few activities today for which ...


Vets tame the GURFC Barbarians

9th November 2009

GURFC 11-25 Vets Harry Tattersall Smith After a year of tumultuous off-field controversies, it must have been a relief for the newly formed Glasgow Barbarians to start letting their rugby do the talking. Yet on a night when they were looking to put past demons to bed it was a performance that delivered perspiration but ...


Glasgow cash in on Bank frailties

9th November 2009

Glasgow 51-6 East Bank Joe McLean Glasgow lined up for their third league game of the new season at Strathclyde University’s Jordanhill Campus on a cold and dark November night. Inside on the netball court things were soon heating up as Glasgow played the game at a blistering pace. Coach Leanne Hillan’s attack-minded side dominated ...


Unreconstructed views

9th November 2009

It came to light this week that the recent plans announced by the principal to change the structure of the University have caused much concern amongst the staff. UCUG, the union for university staff at Glasgow, has stated that its members are suffering from stress as a direct result of these proposals — which must ...


Science, schmience

9th November 2009

There has been a disturbing trend developing, one that extends from the highest levels of government through to the general public. We are entering a phase where science is taking a backseat to rhetoric; where rationality is being suspended in favour of populist rabble-rousing, and at the risk of pointing fingers, blame for this phenomena ...