2021 December



Winter exams weighing you down? It’s time to take a break

29th December 2021

As the days get darker and the stress gets heavier, it’s important to not lose track of who you are and why you came to uni. Rewind to September. As our glorious summer faded and the dust settled on what was for me an excellent 1B, I couldn’t help but think that the high-grade glories ...


Travelling the world through the power of food

29th December 2021

Elena Adams shares why she thinks that trying new food is the best part of travelling. People travel for many reasons; the weather, scenery, tourist attractions, and to experience different cultures. But, if you’re anything like me, then the best reason is the food. It could be in a local restaurant, or a food truck ...


It was the best of times, it was the age of foolishness: my four years at Glasgow

29th December 2021

Fourth year Iona Murfitt reflects on her experience at Glasgow, what she has learned, and her advice for current first year students. I’m looking at the class photo that we took in first year. Couldn’t I keep my eyes open? What am I wearing? Wasn’t it yesterday when I groggily stumbled off the coach at ...


Review: Whistler: Art and Legacy @ Hunterian Art Gallery

28th December 2021

James McNeill Whistler’s life and legacy are beautifully exhibited at the Hunterian. James McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, but spent his working life in Europe. He studied topography at the United States Military, and had family who constructed railways, bridges, and ships which shaped Whistler’s interest in art and landscape. Though he never ...


Recipe: mulled wine

28th December 2021

Writer Nina Bossicart shares her favourite recipe for the ideal festive mulled wine. This recipe is inspired by Jamie Oliver’s mulled wine recipe, and is the one my mum makes every year. It can be adapted for white wine or cider, and can also be lower-alcohol if you bring the wine to a boil and ...


Why do we feel pressure to read the classics?

28th December 2021

Elena Adams questions whether we should read the classics just because we feel we should. Classic literature is intimidating. They’re full of big confusing words, can be a bit dull at times, and are (for the most part) full of dark and depressing imagery. Of course, that’s not always the case but classics aren’t classics ...


Auckland Reviewed

28th December 2021

Is Auckland the cultural hub of New Zealand, or a boring warehouse? Flora Gosling describes her experience. If you ever travel to New Zealand/Aotearoa, odds are the first place you’ll go is Auckland. It’s the largest city in the country, with nearly a third of the population of the country living there, and so you ...


Rereading old favourites

28th December 2021

Writer Kate McIntosh discusses the pros and cons of rereading old favourite novels when there are so many new titles to delve into. In March, award-winning writer Derek Owusu appeared on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read, in which two guests discuss with presenter Harriett Gilbert a book of their choice. Owusu chose F. Scott ...


Portrait of a Scottish Artist: Joan Eardley

28th December 2021

Joan Eardley’s paintings resonate with countless Scots due to the exploration of the country’s conflicting dualities in her work. Joan Eardley (1921-1963) produced some of the most significant works in the history of Scottish art during the mid-20th century, splitting her time between painting the street children of Glasgow’s East End and the wild sea ...


RuPaul’s *Bro* Race

28th December 2021

Writer Marcus Hyka examines the recent cishet addition to Ru Paul’s highly successful reality show of competing drag queens, and its implications. “It’s finally time for a straight White man to have their piece of the pie”, jokes Maddy Morphosis, the first cisgender, heterosexual drag queen to be competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race in the ...