Sic Transit Gloria Bantz

“I utterly despise banter. Not the humorous conversation between people you are familiar with, which is the traditional and proper definition of the term ‘banter’ at least as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary. The sort of pleasant, light-hearted and time-limited back and forth between family, friends and colleagues that can often produce happy memories or progress the working day to its glorious end” (Read More)


Summer Is Coming

The short humorous article lists the authors’ reasons for why, contrary to popular opinion, summer is actually a massive conspiracy that we are all too scared to say we dislike. (Read More)


Why I hate vegans

“Taxidermy is soon to be found only upon the walls of edgy right-wing night-clubs. Veganism is on the ascent and has quickly become an echo-chamber of sanctimony and righteous indignation. Quinoa and tofu; pine nuts and avocado: these are the altars at which the vegan worships, and the vegan worships loudly.” (Read More)


Reflections on not drinking (as much)

“The second is the ostentatious stinker who tries to proselytise in manner and tone without actually having the gumption to go the full hog, tables upended and bottles out the window martyr to the cause. This, of course, overlooks that most people are doing precisely what this gentle soul objects to and will be offended anyway by their vain social haughtiness.” (Read More)

Photograph: 'St. Andrews Square, Edinburgh' / Chris Fleming

Review | Dishoom / Edinburgh

“Ultimately, Dishoom’s true triumph is to showcase the skill of the staff and menu with pomp but no condescension. This is a place sure of itself but not cocky; offering specialised dining while clearly hoping for the first-time visitors to relish in their formula. Ignorance is bliss here, and an introduction to another world, or, as they would have you believe, another time. ” (Read More)

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Review: The Dhabba / Glasgow

If you’re lucky to have a seasoned Edinburgh migrant to give you a tour, you’re in good fortune: you can simply name food and be given the names of great establishments in quick succession. In this case ‘Indian’ was met with ‘Dhabba’ and a prompt march to an evening of most enjoyable dining. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Maison de Moggy / Edinburgh

Maison de Moggy has taken a novelty and turned it into a practical idea. The issue that most have – but which quickly becomes apparent – is the cats are taken care of. Set hours operate to ensure that they have time to sleep and the rooms, while small, are a sprawling maze of hidey holes, bridges, baskets and beds. Toys are littered around and they are fine examples of animals which have truly become accustomed to the cooing and petting of wave after wave of human visitors. (Read More)

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Review: Wings / Edinburgh

Wings is on the list and is actually more of a cross of Andalusian spirit and Scottish gluttony than you might think. The southern region of Spain prides itself on small portions accompanying a meal: they’re normally free of charge with an alcoholic beverage, but the size of the portions mean you can have a happy balance of good food and a drink. (Read More)

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Review: Polpo (Maiden Lane Branch) / London

When looking in London for a restaurant that isn’t hugely expensive and is possible to get into without booking there’s quite a few options to go from. Admittedly turning up at 6.30pm helps, but we walked into Polpo, (the Maiden Lane branch) and were shown straight to a table – we did pick the time just right though as shortly after a standing room only queue formed which I suspect was there for the rest of the night. (Read More)