2020 November



Review: Positions by Ariana Grande

24th November 2020

Ariana’s Nickelodeon days and her Cat Valentine persona are well and truly dead and buried, as she releases her sexually charged sixth album positions. Editor-in-Chief Holly Jennings takes a look at Ariana’s latest work; including her slightly disappointing collab with the “unofficial king of sex music” The Weeknd and wonders – is positions a sexy sensation? ...


Music snobbery and the taste complex

24th November 2020

Who and what decides that some music is innately better than others?  Indie-rock artist Beabadoobee recently caused a stir after posting a series of Instagram stories telling her fans to buy her album instead of The Vamps’ album, which was set to be released on the same day, in order to “show they have taste”. ...


The pros and cons of creating in the internet age

22nd November 2020

Likes, retweets, and comments can be as much of a drawback as they can be a benefit. As we get closer to a world that, only a decade or so ago, was a dream of science fiction, it seems like people are more adept at living in the phantom lands of infinite cyberspace than in ...


The sun won’t set on the student clubbing experience

22nd November 2020

Although first-years are having a year without the traditional clubbing experience, Michelle Osborne argues clubs will make a roaring comeback amidst students when they reopen. This time last year, I was sitting on a train to go home and have a night out with my friends for the first time since coming to university. I ...


Scotland grind out victory against Italy

22nd November 2020

Scotland triumphed 28-17 following a fright at the hands of an inspired Italian team Following on from their historic victory against Wales last month, Gregor Townsend’s men were keen to get their Autumn Nations Cup campaign off to a positive start. Their opening game was against Italy in Florence and would earn them a fifth ...


The Matrix is about trans people – and so is every other movie

22nd November 2020

Goose Masondo explains the significance of trans allegories in our favourite films. When you think of queer cinema, what comes to mind? Perhaps Brokeback Mountain, the classic gay cowboy romance? Or Blue is the Warmest Colour, the catalyst for lesbian awakenings everywhere in the early 2010s? Or perhaps even more recent additions to the canon, ...


Bitter about glitter litter

22nd November 2020

The use of glitter has a profound effect on our ecosystem. Should we avoid using it? With Santa’s sleigh soon approaching, it’s important to consider the use of glitter and the concerns that it poses to the ecosystem. Recent research into the effect of glitter has shown that it may be harmful to the ecosystem; ...


Review: Lovecraft Country

20th November 2020

A powerful and necessary show that blends out-of-this-world fantastical horrors with the real horrors of racism and White supremacy.  H. P. Lovecraft is a revered science fiction and horror author, known for pioneering the cosmic horror style early in the 20th century. He takes a special interest in the fragility of human existence, the horrors ...


Imagine a Scotland…

20th November 2020

With support for Scottish independence at an all-time high, Ciara McAlinden gives her top tips for what our new government should do when we go it alone. The topic of UK politics is a dreary one – there’s no doubt about that. It’s easy to become disconnected from the daily updates about which group of ...


Review: Supernova

20th November 2020

A road movie with a tragic edge, Supernova is a beautiful but unpretentious representation of unconditional love. A campervan journey through the Lake District is the kind of classic UK “staycation” which might ring particularly familiar after this past summer. It is also the basis for writer-director Harry Macqueen’s latest film, Supernova: ambling country roads ...