2021 February



Now That’s What I Call An Existential Crisis

28th February 2021

Are we the dads the Now That’s What I Call Music franchise tried to burn?  Opening Twitter and being confronted by the onslaught of chaotic discourse surrounding MGMT’s Kids’ addition to a “dad rock” compilation album was, to put it lightly, food for an existential crisis. The infectious yet pessimistic kaleidoscope-pop track which soundtracked the ...


If you watch one film this month…

28th February 2021

Our monthly tips have a Covid-style reboot as inhouse film buff Madeline shares her top film recommendations for each culture subsection.  Music: Inside Llewyn Davis (BFI Player) The best of the Coens’ unparalleled filmography, Inside Llewyn Davis is a fictionalised adaptation of The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the autobiography of influential folk musician Dave Van ...


Olympic athletes caught in vaccination debate

28th February 2021

Sports Reporter Claire Thomson gives her take on the ongoing discussions on Olympic athletes having their vaccines prioritised. In March last year, the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the agreement that a second delay ...


New study reveals belief in conspiracy theories could peak at age 14

28th February 2021

This study has shed new light on the belief in conspiracies in young persons for the first time. New research involving the University of Glasgow has found that adolescent belief in conspiracy theories is heightened at the age of 14. The study, which involved UofG’s Dr Yvonne Skipper, was published in the British Journal of ...


Review: Undergods (GFF)

28th February 2021

Undergods is an entrancing, immersive dystopia. Undergods brings you into its “world” through the eyes of two post-apocalyptic scavengers, roaming a bleak and ashy wasteland in search of corpses to sell while they drink gasoline and swap strange tales through mouths of rotted teeth. Who are these people? Why do they do what they do? ...


Review: Castro’s Spies (GFF)

28th February 2021

An exhilarating tale of resistance and espionage forms the basis of this new historical documentary, as Ollie Aslin and Gary Lennon investigate the activities of those who lingered in the shadows of Cuba and America’s plagued relationship. Regardless of whether or not you are an avid student of 20th-century diplomatic history like me, I am ...


Translating artworks into the language of gastronomy

28th February 2021

 Artistic appetizers at the Uffizi Gallery. Although various forms of technology have increasingly been applied by cultural heritage institutions, the Covid-19 pandemic has sent them further into the digital space where all of us, whether we like it or not, are living at the moment. Among many galleries and museums worldwide, the Uffizi Gallery in ...


The Golden Globes’ diversity problem

28th February 2021

Michaela Coel’s landmark show I May Destroy You was outrageously snubbed by The Golden Globes while Emily in Paris received a bizarre nomination.  The nominations for the Golden Globes have been announced, recognising a brilliant wave of British talent for a variety of performances in film and television over the last year. Emma Corrin, Daniel ...


Manifesto analysis – Ruaridh Fleck for SRC Vice President of Student Activities

27th February 2021

Luke Chafer analyses Ruaridh Fleck’s manifesto for VPSA following their interview. The next candidate to be interviewed for the Students’ Representative Council’s (SRC) Vice President for Student Activities role was Ruaridh Fleck. The experience he will bring to the role is incredibly diverse, with experience in events management for his political arts start-up “Goodbye Collect...


Manifesto analysis – Sam Malis for SRC Vice President of Student Activities

27th February 2021

Luke Chafer analyses Sam Malis’ manifesto for VPSA following their interview. The position of Vice President for Student Activities is hotly contested this year, with three strong contenders. Sam Malis has a great breadth of experience from reviving the Geography Society as president, to subject roles within the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) as well as ...