Culture



Canines on camera

17th November 2021

Views Editor Ciara champions the power of puppy presence in film and TV.  As someone who still, unironically, uses the word “pupper”, it may come as no surprise to you, reader, that I am obsessed with dogs. In my own humble opinion, every film starring a dog, whether they’re 2D, CGI, or just very talented ...


An Introduction to Charles Rennie Mackintosh

17th November 2021

Writer Lorna Doyle explores the impact of the legendary Glaswegian designer. If you know where to look, there are fragments of Charles Rennie Mackintosh grafted on almost every street corner in Glasgow. As an architect, his modern vernacular charm and penchant for roses were the flesh and bones of a quiet upheaval of Victorian Glasgow, ...


Creating space in a post-lockdown world

17th November 2021

Rebecca Richard explores how to make time for creative hobbies as high-speed life ramps up. As the initial three-week lockdown slowly turned into three months, I found myself at a loss for how to fill my time. The normally hectic months at the end of the academic year were suddenly freed up as exams were ...


Why you should use The StoryGraph (instead of Goodreads)

17th November 2021

Olivia Winchester tests The StoryGraph as an alternative method to keep track of your reading for the next academic year. With its 90 million users, Goodreads has long been the place for book lovers to catalogue their reading, find recommendations, and become a part of a literature community. Goodreads was originally started by Otis and ...


Streaming comedy specials could change live performance forever

17th November 2021

As comedy turns into a cinematic space on streaming platforms, will its liveness be able to survive? It’s late in the evening and you’re not sure what to watch. A drama would be too hard going on the brain after a long day and a teen rom-com isn’t quite going to fit the mood. Scrolling ...


Coffee and cake for one?

17th November 2021

Five places to curl up with a book in the West End.  As an avid reader, I love going around the West End searching for new spots to read. After living in Glasgow for a year, I have come to cherish those little unique cozy cafes and outdoor spaces that have become a haven to ...


Speak Properly: An ode tae ma Glaswegian accent

17th November 2021

“The Glasgow accent was so strong you could have built a bridge with it and known it would outlast the civilization that spawned it.” – Val McDermid “Working-class”, “rough”, “unattractive”. These are a few words that have been used to describe Glaswegian in aw of its glory. The stigmatisation of Glaswegian has existed for years, ...


Where has my attention span gone?

17th November 2021

Zein Al-Maha Oweis describes losing her ability to concentrate on reading after the effects of lockdown. As the new semester begins and reading lists hit my university email with that dread-inducing ping, I begin to wonder if I will have time for leisure reading. The type of reading that has you on the edge of ...


Books for beginners

17th November 2021

Zein Al-Maha Oweis gives three books to get beginners started on their reading journey. Reading has always been one of my favourite hobbies. I am forever known for having my nose stuck in a book. While reading is second nature to me, some may find it difficult to find an author or book to get ...


Coffee table books you’ll actually want to read

17th November 2021

Yulia Ovcharova suggests book-lovers’ alternatives to the Dior, Prada and Chanel books lining influencers’ shelves. The greatest Roman orator, Marcus Tillius Cicero, is usually credited for the quote: “A room without books is like a body without a soul”. Whilst many people will probably find books as vital as Cicero’s alleged quote implies, some take ...