Culture



Home Comforts: The 1970s origins of chicken dish

16th December 2020

Mayonnaise is an instrument. When I asked my friends if they’d heard of a main course that consisted of chicken in a chicken soup-and-mayonnaise sauce with a topping of crisps and cheese, the reaction was broadly of horror. There is disagreement among my relatives over the origin of this family favourite, known only as “Chicken ...


Movements That Shaped Us: Hippie

16th December 2020

In a continuation of the series, we look at the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Emerging in San Francisco, Megan Farrimond explains why we shouldn’t associate the movement simply with a token hippie Halloween costume or the iconic Woodstock festival. So – turn it on, tune in and drop out. It’s hard to ...


Exploring Glasgow’s green spaces

15th December 2020

A guide to some of our locale’s loveliest outdoor parks and walks.  If Covid-19 has shown me anything this year, it’s my newfound adoration and deep appreciation of outdoor spaces – specifically those with an abundance of trees and the ambience of flowing water. Between stressful uncertainties of online classes, deadlines, jobs, and various other ...


Family Canon: Pretty in Pink

13th December 2020

The first of our new Family Canon series. “I just want to let them know that they didn’t break me,” says Molly Ringwald in one of the final scenes of the seminal 1986 film Pretty in Pink, standing in her living room in her homemade pink dress, preparing to go to prom, *gasp*, solo. The ...


Reverse resolutions: all I know now

13th December 2020

2020 wasn’t the year anybody expected, so what would you tell your January self if you had the chance? In 2019, “climate strike” was named word of the year by the Collins Dictionary. As we were entering 2020, we swore to ourselves, with one hand-on-heart and the other holding a glass of bubbly, to live ...


Seraphine: pop star or sales strategist?

13th December 2020

League of Legends’s latest marketing angle is a highly disputed new champion.  In late 2018, the team at Riot Games released one of their most popular pieces of content to date in the form of the girl group K/DA. Made up of four champions from the game League of Legends (LoL), K/DA (Kills, Deaths, Assists ...


The Weeknd, The Grammys, and award show corruption: Oh My!

12th December 2020

As a result of The Weeknd’s unfair Grammy snub, we take a look at the corrupt nature of the music award ceremony, from the Grammys, to the VMA’s, to the Brits; if they can’t fairly dish out awards … is there any point in award shows? On 24 November, the much-anticipated Grammy nominees were announced. ...


Tracking venues: Christmas edition

12th December 2020

The GG have your Christmas fix sorted, as we share the upcoming (virtual) theatre schedules of The Citizens Theatre and National Theatre Scotland for this festive season. As a vaccine-coloured light appears at the end of a long, dark tunnel, Glasgow theatre continues to diversify.  Though occupying theatres en masse still seems a while away, ...


Slow culture works at the Ubiquitous Chip

10th December 2020

Poetry installations: blending whisky with verse. An exciting medium to present poetry and explore the passage of time has arrived at Ashton Lane’s Ubiquitous Chip, but just like the process of whisky making, it will take time for the full impact to be revealed.  Glengoyne Distillery has rebranded as a company with an “unhurried” attitude ...


Review: The Haunting of Bly Manor

10th December 2020

This contemporary adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw has as many layered characters as spooky notes. Spoilers ahead… “You said it was a ghost story. It isn’t. It’s a love story,” says the bride-to-be at the close of The Haunting of Bly Manor. “Same thing, really,” the narrator rebuts. This closing interaction ...