Culture



Is this the end of the cinematic experience?

30th December 2020

With the recent closure of Cineworld and Picturehouse cinemas, many are asking the horrifying question: is this the end of the cinema industry? My gut answer to this question is no, I do not think this will be the end of cinemas. Cinemas offer a unique viewing experience that cannot be mimicked. I think that ...


Review: Dolly Alderton’s Ghosts

29th December 2020

Alderton’s debut novel is an instant hit to get stuck into as the days get shorter and the nights get darker. When I heard that Dolly Alderton was back on the bookshelves this October, I couldn’t help but get excited. A few years ago, I read her 2018 memoir Everything I Know About Love and ...


Festive cocktails for New Year celebrations

29th December 2020

Try these easy-to-make cocktails wherever you find yourself this Hogmanay. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and, amid the new nationwide lockdown, this year’s celebrations will be very different. With the closure of pubs and bars during such a festive occasion, a homemade cocktail can be an alternative way to keep our “spirits” ...


An app to help your mental health?

28th December 2020

Researchers at UofG are collaborating on an app to help mental health, but is the app store already filled with similar programmes? Over the course of this past year, the gradual escalation of the Covid-19 pandemic has not only dramatically disrupted many of our regular routines and activities, but the long-lasting implications of the disease ...


Shuggie Bain: a story of poverty, addiction, and Glaswegian masculinity

24th December 2020

Lucy Dunn reviews this year’s Booker Prize Winner by Scottish-born Douglas Stuart. Starting and ending with a teenage Shuggie living alone, parentless, in a Southside bedsit, Douglas Stuart’s debut novel is raw, gripping, hopeful and devastating. In 1980s Thatcher-era Glasgow, the language is violence and the currency is sex. Not the commonly-portrayed white-collar patriarchy so ...


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 ...