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The intricate world of Cordwainer Smith

In this second of some personal pieces presenting, for a general audience, science fiction literature, Ross Hetherington sails through the unique future history of Cordwainer Smith. What does the future hold for human beings? No one…

Those crazy Finns and their crazy sports

The perks of exercise are well-known and the variety of sports to try in Glasgow is large, and still you haven’t found the one, the sport for you. Maybe the gym machines…

Weighing up his options

Finding it difficult juggling university studies, work and socialising? Imagine you were also an elite level weightlifter training three hours a day with a view to taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Sound difficult?…

Don’t let Glasgow’s museums ruin you

Being born and raised in Glasgow I have been to my fair share of the city’s museums. Before long, though, the word “museum” had connotations of boring afternoons looking at boring things – the same boring…

Spotify: the fast food of the music industry

This September I got Spotify for the first time. My flatmate had been using it since 2008, and I’d always resisted – initially because of a stubborn dedication to a CD walkman, then because of an…

Istanbul in 48 hours

Istanbul is a city where history walks the street with you. When I arrived Sabiha Gökçen Airport and began the bus journey to the centre of the city I was struck by its rich historical texture.…

Defying Cancer: the microscope and the moustache

On December 1st, men across the globe finally unencumbered themselves of the overgrown and unsightly bristle that they had nurtured above their top lips for the last month. This came as welcome news to friends, partners,…

5 Songs from Sweden with love

Saunas, Ibrahimovic, Gamla Stan, Gothenburg, ABBA. We love Sweden, they love us – and they love pop music too. Did you know that outside of the USA and UK no-one produces more of the stuff. On…