Arts & Culture

Sandra Hale | A letter to Edinburgh

31/07/2017 Sandra Hale

“My second bit of advice is this. Don’t stay in Edinburgh after you’ve seen my show on my first performance date, August 3rd. Rent out your house/flat for quadruple the amount you would get normally. Believe me there are loads of comedians and actors who as I speak, are doing all manner of things to get some cash together to pay for accommodation in Edinburgh, so why shouldn’t it be you that reaps the benefit?”
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Arts & Culture

Your body on vacation: how to be chill

31/07/2017 Katie Kopajtic

“As Edinburgh Fringe gets underway, thousands of performers will binge drink, pick up smoking and eat cheap crappy food. At least, that will probably be the case for me. I have a strategy for this. My fitness goals are to drink a pint of water for every beer after the third and aim for eight hours of sleep a night. I think that is about all any performer could handle.” (Read More)

Film & TV

Review | ‘Dunkirk’

30/07/2017 Luke Murphy

“There are several leading characters in the film but there is nobody around which the entire story revolves. Not even Kenneth Branagh’s Commander who stands on the pier attempting to direct the evacuation is master of his own fate. All rely on the other interlinking perspectives of the story. The perspective of Mark Rylance’s retired veteran’s pleasure boat crossing the channel to a war zone is fuelled by the duty to do his bit.  As is Tom Hardy’s endless dogfights in the air knowing he might lack the fuel to get himself home.” (Read More)

Ideas & Discussion

You are not oppressed

22/07/2017 David Bone

This article deals with the difference between oppression and prejudice. Many people now claim to be oppressed now but are rather suffering from prejudice from a tiny minority of their fellow citizens. As a result, many people have a ‘victim mentality’ which isn’t really justified. (Read More)

Art, Design & Photography

Montpellier: Why it out-sexes Paris

20/07/2017 Annie Maddison

Listen up, mesdames et messieurs: it is time to rethink your plans for a romantic getaway in Paris. Madness, you say? Just hear me out – I’ve been there, lived there and would happily give away the old T-shirt. (Read More)

Photograph: 'The pro-EU march from Hyde Park to Westminster in London on March 25, 2017, to mark 60 years since the EU's founding agreement, the Treaty of Rome' by Ilovetheeu / CC
Politics & Society

Is May safeguarding the position of EU and UK citizens?

“At face value, it appears to be a good deal. However, when one reads the small print, it becomes apparent that there is no value in the offer, and it lacks the certainty that Theresa May continuously refers to. The offer has come after the EU Council Decision of 22 May proposing their policy on safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU. Therefore both sides have now adopted their position. However, the UK’s offer is nowhere close to what EU would like to secure as a part of the exit deal.” (Read More)

Arts & Culture

Alastair Stewart | Why Inception is the greatest movie ever made

03/07/2017 Alastair Stewart

“The best anyone can hope for is an acknowledgement of a film’s status even if they have a distaste for it. Is there a secret to achieving even that? Movies are in the eye of the beholder, but ‘great’ pieces, whether small or large budget productions, enjoy the Shakespeare effect: if the themes explore human nature and exist on an emotive level as much as an intellectual one, they’ll grab the crown.” (Read More)

Politics & Society

Homelessness and expense: The reality of the private rented sector

01/07/2017 Oliver Murphy

“While, of course, the series undoubtedly explores areas such as unaffordability and sub-standard living conditions, we must remember that it acts only as a microcosm of society, by exploring the conditions of only a handful of private tenants. Indeed, the fact of the matter is that the impacts of the Private Rented Sector are becoming more profound and widespread than ever before.” (Read More)