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Another world is possible

21st January 2009

Scott Lavery talks to socialist activist and former Labour MP Tony Benn about politics and his lifelong battle for justice As Margaret Thatcher’s pit-closure policy intensified, Tony Benn stood in solidarity with the trade unionists on the picket lines, demanding a fair deal for miners. When Nelson Mandela was denounced as a terrorist and sentenced ...


The Pinter of our discontent

21st January 2009

Following the death of Harold Pinter, James Maxwell pauses for thought on the life of the Noble prize-winning playwright The poet, polemicist and playwright Harold Pinter, who died last year on the 24th of December, was one of the dominant figures of Britain’s post-war cultural landscape. Despite the critical savaging his first work, ‘The Room’, ...


The battle of George Square

21st January 2009

On the 90th anniversary of Bloody Friday, Julie Sherry & Gareth Beynon analyse the significance of Red Clydeside Walking through George Square today, with its Christmas decorations, fairground rides and ice rink, it is hard to believe that this festival of consumerism was the site of a bloody confrontation between radical workers and the state. ...


The world’s oldest conflict: Gaza’s ruins

21st January 2009

 James Foley As fragile ceasefires are announced by both Israel and Hamas, James Foley reports upon the history and geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East conflict Tony Blair asked a disgruntled electorate to let history judge the value of the War on Terror. Already, history’s verdict is damning. Barack Obama assumes office on January 20th ...


The Race of Champions

21st January 2009

Suzi Higton London’s Wembley stadium was recently transformed into a giant Scalextric track for the annual televised Race of Champions. In front of almost 50,000 fans, 16 motorsport legends, past and present, including Lewis Hamilton and David Coulthard, took part in the competition which consisted of two major events, the Race of Champions (ROC) Nations ...


Wembley’s pitched battle

21st January 2009

Wembley Stadium laps up the power struggle of the motorsport world, Suzi Higton reports. The Race of Champions to many is a relatively unknown concept in motorsport, outside of the wider known Formula One seasons and The World Rally Championship (WRC). The event however was first held over twenty years ago in Paris to celebrate ...


Ain’t no mountain high enough

21st January 2009

Harry Tattersall Smith John Muir, a cult hero to geography teachers nationwide and perhaps our country’s most eminent naturalist, once claimed: “the mountains are calling and I must go.” And it is by this mantra that the Glasgow University Mountaineering Club seems to abide. The club, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, was formed in ...


Boxing club in fighting spirits

21st January 2009

Suzi Higton Glasgow University Boxing Club had recent unprecedented success at the Scottish University Championships, the club scooping  two golds and a silver medal at the nationwide competition. Remaining undefeated at the championships that were held at Strathclyde University at the beginning of December, the club’s success was underlined by the fact that for many ...


A clear voice of authority

21st January 2009

Tom Bonnick talks to Raimi Gbadamosi about race, language and power When I sit down to interview Raimi Gbadamosi, the first thing that he remarks upon is that my Dictaphone looks like a Gameboy. In print, this seems like any other throwaway aside, but in person it is slightly disconcerting, having so mundane and familiar ...


Valkyrie (Dir: Bryan Singer)

21st January 2009

Emily McQueen-Govan After a repeatedly delayed release, problems with casting, and eventually, a whole host of well-known names led by that most famous and ridiculed of all, Tom Cruise, Valkyrie seemed a project that would not make it past the reviews. Set in July of 1944, the story is that of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg ...