Another world is possible

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,…

The Pinter of our discontent

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…

The battle of George Square

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…

The world’s oldest conflict: Gaza’s ruins

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…

The Race of Champions

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…

Wembley’s pitched battle

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…

Ain’t no mountain high enough

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…

Boxing club in fighting spirits

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…

A clear voice of authority

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…

Valkyrie (Dir: Bryan Singer)

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 Wrestler (Dir: Darren Aranofsky)

Frank Lazarski In Barry Levinson’s 1982 picture ‘Diner’, there is a scene in which Mickey Rourke, as Boogie, is at the local dance. Against a backdrop of mealy-mouthed teenagers twisting in a music hall, he talks with a dark…

Role Models (Dir: David Wain)

Lewis Porteous Role Models opens with a comic set piece in which Stifler from American Pie forces Paul Rudd to smell his index and middle fingers, while alluding to having recently engaged in sexual activity with the hot, subservient…

Revolutionary Road (Dir: Sam Mendes)

Tom Bonnick Of all the year’s releases, Revolutionary Road must be the one with which the most inflated set of expectations come attached — and for a number of reasons; some good, and some bad. The one that has…

Frost / Nixon (Dir: Ron Howard)

Laura Doherty Our generation are probably more familiar with David Frost for peering through celebrities’ keyholes, rather than for coming face to face with one of the more infamous US Presidents in recent history. Enter Frost/Nixon to help pave…

The future’s gloomy

Lewis Porteous Given the staggeringly low cost of buying DVDs online and the increasing ease with which upcoming films can be illegally downloaded well in advance of their domestic release, one would expect our nation’s cinemas not to torture…