Culture



The groupie: problematic role or simply Band Aids?

24th December 2020

Chloe Coldwell proposes that the role of groupie, entwined with drugs, an uneven power dynamic and often under-age fans, is perhaps more complex, sexist, and questionable than music critics let on.  With “sex, drugs and rock and roll” being the defining, unholy trinity of the 1970s rock music scene, the role of the groupie was ...


It’s okay to stay in this holiday season

24th December 2020

There’s still plenty of ways to enjoy Christmas during Covid. Sorry, Halloween lovers — Christmas will always reign supreme in my heart. Is it the feeling of coming in from a cold, dark winter’s night, putting on your pyjamas, and watching Love, Actually for the hundredth time? Maybe the jolt of excitement you feel whenever ...


Alternative Christmases

24th December 2020

Ruth Johns-Bishop argues in favour of breaking tradition by travelling elsewhere for Christmas break. After being cooped up in our houses for so long, it’s tricky to remember a time when travel was totally possible. On top of the shorter days and grimy weather, it’s even more tempting to nosy at future travel ideas and ...


Christmas cultures quiz!

24th December 2020

Ever wondered about all the wacky, wild, and wonderful Christmas traditions of countries around the world? Check out our quiz to take a virtual trip around the globe this holiday season. It’s officially Christmas, so the scrooge inside me is being forced to submit to the “Christmas spirit”, one mulled wine at a time. I ...


Swapping frost for Florida

24th December 2020

Christmas isn’t all about snowy wonderlands and sunset at 3pm – sometimes a tropical festive period is much better! With my grandparents living in Florida my whole life, I grew up spending most Christmas Eves on the beach, and the festive season surrounded by twinkling palm trees and the odd iguana. When we spent Christmas ...


Theatre and religious propaganda

22nd December 2020

Uncovering the historical relationship between theatre and religion. Theatre and religion have been interlinked since the Greeks and Dionysus, their relationship standing the test of time. This is for one key reason: theatre and religion were one of the few things all social classes, globally, had access to. Theatre was a staple in informing and ...


Christmas dinner: delivered

21st December 2020

These restaurants ship Christmas right to your door. The coronavirus pandemic has turned the country upside down, and has forced us to find new ways to celebrate the big occasions. This Christmas, many people will be spending the festive season alone or in smaller groups, and questioning whether the hassle of preparing and cooking a ...


Alternative Christmas flicks

20th December 2020

Not your typical Christmas movies.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably sat through Elf and Home Alone a few (or far) too many times, but you still want to get into the festive spirit. Or maybe you’re also not a big fan of most soppy, cliche Christmas films. But enjoyable, wintery films set at ...


Stocking your bookshelf this Christmas

18th December 2020

Cosy up with one of Reilly’s festive recommendations. With his gravity-defying sleigh, eight flying reindeer, and the world’s most powerful passport, it looks as if St. Nick may be the only one travelling this Christmas. Of course, for those of us stuck at home, the holidays are not necessarily ruined. Many bibliophiles and homebodies have ...


The Vegan Leather: “Although lockdown was limiting in a way, it forced us to be more creative”

16th December 2020

Marie, Tom, and Gian from Paisley based art-synth quartet The Vegan Leather chat to The Glasgow Guardian about creating new music during lockdown, going back to their music roots and the awaited release of their new single Gloaming. The current global events have changed the face of the music industry as we know it. There ...