2012 June



Brain Pickings summer reading list 2012

21st June 2012

The science of creativity, the creativity of science, and what your internal clock has to do with Saudi Arabia. Maria Popova Summer, with its steady supply of barbecues, picnics, parties, and other heavy doses of sociality, makes the need for a well-timed antidote of solitude more urgent than any other season, and what better solitary ...


Stay up all night, and at 4am …

20th June 2012

When everyone else is in bed, your mind’s eye comes out for a wee look at the web. Music to listen to … by Shaun Murphy 1. Last Step “Sleep” planet.mu/discography/ZIQ303 2. Aphex Twin “Ambient Works” 3. The Other People Place “Warp” bleep.com/release/6676 4. The sound of a run-out groove in a record you’ve forgot ...


Give real nightclubs a go

19th June 2012

Simon Bryan If you’ve been a student in Glasgow for any length of time there’s a good chance you’ve already been lured away from the familiarity of the student unions to an actual nightclub at some point. I’m not denying that there are people who genuinely enjoy going to a veritable meat-market and hearing the ...


Venture to the biggest & best park in Glasgow

18th June 2012

Alice Hockey With the Kelvingrove and Hunterian on your doorstep there is often no need to venture far to enjoy culture and art. However since term is over and Glasgow outside the West End awaits, grab your bike or your railcard (train to Pollockshaws West via Glasgow Central) or the 23 bus from Dumbarton Road ...


Watch Europe crumble

17th June 2012

Oliver Milne Tonight will see the the conclusion of one of the most intense months of punditry since man started selling ink in barrels. The second Greek election in as many months will decide the fate of the euro, austerity economics, democracy, the bookability of cheap package holidays to Kos, and human freedom itself. So ...


Bake your way to bliss

16th June 2012

Words: Laura StockwellPhotos: Dasha Miller Baking at home isn’t normally associated with students. Maybe those quirky, cool ones who make apron and oven gloves look hot can pull off that domestic deity persona. For most of us though, home baking seems like too much effort for far too little gain. Especially when Greggs is just ...


Visit a distillery: learn chemistry, get pished on the cheap

15th June 2012

Ruaridh MacIntyre Whisky, it’s synonymous with Scotland and if you’ve never had a dram then right now is the best time to start. It’s 10am you say? Too early for whisky? I can’t quite hear you over the taste of this fine single malt and the violent tremor in my hands. Scotland has nearly 100 ...


Let the Rain Come Down / Down, Down, Down

14th June 2012

Lucy Hansen I came to Glasgow for rain. Rain gets me, covers me, I like how it drips down my neck and onto my chest. It’s the scourge of the vain; making every hairdo frizz and makeup bleed. Although, even rain-fashion appeals; the swish of un-natural fabrics, the clash of a rain jackets’ primary palette. ...


Five great music festivals, and five ways to enjoy them

13th June 2012

Jean-Xavier Boucherat FESTIVALS! 1. Doune the Rabbit Hole. It’s in Doune. 2. Dimensions Festival. It’s in Croatia. 3. Go to Ieperfest. It’s in Belgium. 4. Go to Greenman. It’s in Wales. 5. Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons is running the Meltdown Festival at Southbank this August. Acts this year include well knowns such ...


Get on a boat, go see an island

12th June 2012

Michael Comerford If this is how good the view looks on video, imagine what it’s like actually being there. Though, statistically speaking it will be dark and pishing it down. Hmm. If during your time in Glasgow you don’t step foot on a boat, you’re almost certainly denying this city its historic right of existence. ...