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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

26th June 2011

Oliver Milne With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On Monday, a new team of SRC Sabbatical Officers take up residence at the John McIntyre Building. Failed VP Student Support Candidate Oliver Milne offers them some words. This week’s Court meeting saw the adoption of many of the recommendations made by the SRC, students and staff ...


Luxury, labour and life

22nd February 2010

James Maxwell … talks Marx and alienation with professional philosopher and documentary-maker Alain de Botton. A lot of people don’t like Alain de Botton, the professional philosopher, author and documentary-maker. Or, at least, a lot of people I know don’t like Alain de Botton. He is viewed, by a select-cut of my most cerebral and ...


In defence of binge drinking

30th November 2009

Staff Writer I am a firm believer in the redemptive qualities of alcohol. Any minor failure, casual provocation, or slight humiliation is enough to convince me that what I need is a long, slow soak in an ocean of booze. Only once my blood stream is comprehensively saturated, only once the world is spinning at ...


In praise of twitterature

19th October 2009

Everyone has become awfully snooty about Twitter recently. In part, this is because it has reached the critical mass of followers necessary for any social networking mechanism to stop being cool. But to an ever-growing number it is also being seen as a genuine threat to the way we gather news and process information. Undeniably, ...


Freshersfluenza

28th September 2009

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The Thorn in China’s side

16th June 2009

Hannah Millar marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Tibetan uprising, and looks at the current situation with the troubled Himalayan region...


Striking back: Memories of a miner

28th April 2009

On the Twenty-fifth anniversary of the miners strike, Pete Ramand speaks to former miner Ian Mitchell about the dispute that changed Britain. It is 25 years since the miners’ strike, which is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in British history. Margaret Thatcher considered the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), especially its leader Arthur Scargill, ...


It’s crunch time

29th September 2008

As the global economy goes into downturn, James Maxwell and Callum McCormick investigate the credit crunch and what it means for students Over recent months, ‘the Credit Crunch’ has become a near-ubiquitous phrase, used in reference to the continuing contraction of the global credit markets. However, it fails to convey the depth and scale of ...


21st Century Feminism: Girls Allowed

29th September 2008

After the recent publication of the Sex and Power report from the Human Rights commission, Kirstien Hodgson asks if feminism is as relevant today as it once was I have of late realised that I am increasingly becoming numb to the predictable responses I usually receive when I dare to utter the word ‘feminism’. Have ...


Cause for conCERN

29th September 2008

George Binning Possibly the most important event in the history of science almost happened this month, but due to technical difficulties in the Large Hadron Collider we will have to wait until next year. Nevertheless, the world seems to have caught LHC fever. For all its notoriety though, the LHC is still woefully misunderstood; the ...