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Doon the watter: to the Ayrshire coast with ye!

26th June 2012

Fraser Sutherland The summer is the best opportunity to get out the city and look further afield, you might have seen island life thanks to Michael or Ruaridh, but what about following the River Clyde like millions of Glaswegians before you? As an honest Ayrshire lad I can tell you my home ‘shire has a ...


Go to the Glasgow Jazz Festival (27th June – 1st July 2012)

25th June 2012

Paul Towndrow The Glasgow International Jazz Festival was started in 1987, when Glasgow was bidding to become the European City of Culture for 1990 and has gone on to forge a reputation as one of Scotland’s most vibrant music festivals. This year (it’s 26th) the festival runs from Wed 27th June – Sun 1st July, ...


Do something fun with the Arduino

24th June 2012

Andrew Back What could be better than the simple joy of having a machine do your bidding! But computer programming is hard, right? Well, not if you make use of a tiny little computer called Arduino. A small circuit board around the size of a pack of cards, the Arduino is as flexible as it ...


Enjoy some Czech cinema

23rd June 2012

Sam Beaton You’ve realised that the Glasgow “summer” lasts for about an hour and it’s now pouring down outside. Or you’ve got a dismal summer job while your pals are Inter-railing around Europe. Maybe you’re just disappointed with the soulless, CGI-enhanced crap that gets churned out of Hollywood every few weeks. Whatever your reasons, Central ...


Go for a ride on public transport

22nd June 2012

Tommy Gore Bus There’s something about sitting on the top deck of a doubledecker bus that seems to bring out my inner child, harking back to the days when my mum used to take me into town shopping on the bus. I was always disappointed as a child if that bus wasn’t a doubledecker, and ...


Brain Pickings summer reading list 2012

21st June 2012

The science of creativity, the creativity of science, and what your internal clock has to do with Saudi Arabia. Maria Popova Summer, with its steady supply of barbecues, picnics, parties, and other heavy doses of sociality, makes the need for a well-timed antidote of solitude more urgent than any other season, and what better solitary ...


Stay up all night, and at 4am …

20th June 2012

When everyone else is in bed, your mind’s eye comes out for a wee look at the web. Music to listen to … by Shaun Murphy 1. Last Step “Sleep” planet.mu/discography/ZIQ303 2. Aphex Twin “Ambient Works” 3. The Other People Place “Warp” bleep.com/release/6676 4. The sound of a run-out groove in a record you’ve forgot ...


Give real nightclubs a go

19th June 2012

Simon Bryan If you’ve been a student in Glasgow for any length of time there’s a good chance you’ve already been lured away from the familiarity of the student unions to an actual nightclub at some point. I’m not denying that there are people who genuinely enjoy going to a veritable meat-market and hearing the ...


Venture to the biggest & best park in Glasgow

18th June 2012

Alice Hockey With the Kelvingrove and Hunterian on your doorstep there is often no need to venture far to enjoy culture and art. However since term is over and Glasgow outside the West End awaits, grab your bike or your railcard (train to Pollockshaws West via Glasgow Central) or the 23 bus from Dumbarton Road ...


Watch Europe crumble

17th June 2012

Oliver Milne Tonight will see the the conclusion of one of the most intense months of punditry since man started selling ink in barrels. The second Greek election in as many months will decide the fate of the euro, austerity economics, democracy, the bookability of cheap package holidays to Kos, and human freedom itself. So ...