Culture



Choke (Dir: Clark Gregg)

3rd December 2008

Tom Bonnick Inevitably, and perhaps unfairly, the immediate comparison everybody has drawn — encouraged by Fox Searchlight, the distributor, no less — with Choke, director Clark Gregg’s feature debut, has been with Fight Club. This is not without reason — after all, this is only the second film to be adapted from a Chuck Palahniuk ...


Science of self-realisation

3rd December 2008

George Binning scratches the surface of the Hare Krishna movement Who are you? Are you your body? Or your mind? Or are you something higher? Do you really know who you are? Does it really matter? Our materialistic society, with its un-enlightened leadership, has made it virtually taboo to inquire into our real higher self. ...


You’re a celebrity, get me out of here

3rd December 2008

David Kirkpatrick … gives reality TV a piece of his mind after celebrity status reaches a new low Ex-Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Metropolitan Police. No, you haven’t stumbled across a job vacancy, these six words are Brian Paddick’s claim to fame and ITV’s feeble attempt to provide a jungle full of recognisable faces. And joining ...


Cancerous Capers – Part 1

3rd December 2008

Jamie Ross This time last year, I was exactly the same as many of you reading this. A rosy-cheeked, eighteen-year-old fresher being gradually corrupted by all that Glasgow University had to offer. I prowled the disconcertingly sticky floors of The Hive, too inebriated to notice that it had already claimed both of my shoes. I ...


Kool, calm and collected

3rd December 2008

Michelle Williams … takes a look at the subtle side of fine dining in Glasgow Noone likes a show off. The fastest route to securing eternal public hatred is surely to take the most un-British of steps, and point your merits out for all the world to hear. Take the over-inflated egos of the likes ...


I’m too sexy for my shirt

3rd December 2008

Ben Freeman considers the perils of overt sexual imagery in the fashion industry The fashion industry is unarguably one of the most sexually charged arenas in the world (trumped only by the steel miners, of course), but does the use of nudity and sexual images cheapen fashion advertising? It is difficult to open a magazine ...


Yo ho ho

3rd December 2008

David Kirkpatrick Denial is a river in Egypt and I’m in it up to my neck. For weeks now I’ve been ignoring adverts for Iceland mini platters and turning a blind eye to the seasonal funfair in George Square. However, walking into town a billboard for Coca Cola caught my eye and officially started my ...


Off the cuff with Mr. Scruff

3rd December 2008

Gerry McKeever … sits down with British DJ Mr. Scruff to discuss a love of tea, six-hour sets and the state of modern music Andy Carthy (aka Mr Scruff) is generally recognised as one of the foremost exponents of ‘quirk’ in modern music.  Since the release of his first single in the mid-nineties, he has ...


At Death Cab’s door

3rd December 2008

Unashamed fan Crystal Chesters flags down Jason McGerr from Death Cab in Edinburgh for a chat Death Cab for Cutie were originally a preppy indie band from Seattle, whose melodic, poetic songs about being clever and confused attracted a large base of wussy fans. One of them was The O.C’s Seth Cohen, and once Seth ...


Digitalism – 22/11/08 – The Arches

3rd December 2008

Harry Akehurst Still young when they left the burrow in 2004, German dance duo Digitalism emerged straight into a field of serious heavyweights. Formed in Hamburg, they share a country with Boys Noize and border with current genre giants Daft Punk and Justice in France, and Soulwax/2 Many DJs in Belgium. If the geography could ...