2020 October



E-scooters set to scoot into Glasgow

21st October 2020

A city council committee has recommended a trial scheme and could be deployed in Glasgow as early as this year. Electric scooters could be deployed in Glasgow before 2021, as a city council committee has recommended a trial scheme. These battery-powered scooters, extremely popular in the United States and mainland Europe, offer a “last mile” ...


High levels of anxiety and PTSD found among nurses and care staff dealing with Covid-19

21st October 2020

Glasgow’s Dr David MacTaggart estimates 43% of Northern Italy’s care staff have been left with moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and PTSD working during the pandemic. A recent study has revealed high levels of anxiety and PTSD amongst nursing and care home staff resulting from dealing with Covid-19.  In the first detailed on the ...


No(lan) woman, no cry

21st October 2020

Why is Nolan’s portrayal of female characters so consistently terrible? A central criticism of Christopher Nolan’s films regards his representation of women, which consistently takes the form of a male character’s dead wife, thus perpetuating the “stuffed into the fridge” trope. This is such a virulent feature in TV and film that it has created ...


The gallery experience in a post-lockdown world

21st October 2020

A perspective on new possibilities for viewing art.  Have you ever heard that charming saying; “take me to a gallery and kiss me between the paintings”? That is the dream for us art lovers. But what if now your partner, friend or Tinder date can’t kiss you between a Michelangelo and a Raphael, an Andy ...


Edinburgh Fringe Festival revamped

20th October 2020

What does a theatre festival look like online? The Fringe Festival has long been the pièce de résistance of the Edinburgh annual calendar. From some of the biggest names in entertainment to the small, unknown artists who are yet to be discovered, the festival is all-inclusive and caters to everyone’s interests. Performances range from circuses, ...


Fresh Voices: Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman

20th October 2020

The first in our newest series exploring up and coming literary talent. The protagonist of Sayaka Murata’s debut novel, Convenience Store Woman, lives an objectively mundane life. Having worked at the local 24-hour store for over a decade, 36-year-old Keiko Furukura has never had a relationship, or even another boss, and lives in a tiny ...


Suicide Prevention Day: where is the funding?

19th October 2020

In response to Suicide Prevention Day, Annika Kapp considers how current support services in the UK are failing. Content Warning: Contains references to suicide, OCD, and depression.  10 September marked the annual Suicide Prevention Day; the time of the year when social media tells you to check up on your loved ones and awareness campaigns ...


Review: Schemers

19th October 2020

An energetic trailer and promising premise lead to disappointment in the cinema. My first film review for this paper was going to be a momentous event. I walked to The Everyman with buoyant optimism, to watch a film that had the look of a Scottish classic. Schemers is based on a true story, set in ...


Our top 5 NPR Tiny Desk (home) gigs

19th October 2020

Writer Oliva Marrins shares the greatest Tiny Desk concerts, from their home to yours. How can we enjoy live music now? Generations left lost without a mosh pit, the electricity of the crowd, or pint of suspicious smelling “beer” thrown towards them; was it even worth experiencing a concert via YouTube? The introduction of the ...


Review: The Boys in the Band

19th October 2020

 A nuanced and urgent portrait of the lives of gay men in the early 1970s. Based on Mart Crowley’s disruptive 1968 play of the same name, Joe Mantello’s The Boys in the Band transports his acclaimed 2018 Broadway revival to the small screen for Netflix. Released before the gay liberation movement gained traction, Crowley’s play ...