Would you hire me as a baker if I had no idea how to bake bread? Probably not. And you'd be right.
The Sun is the UK’s most read newspaper. Since 1970, Page 3 has hosted a topless female model. The feature has been branded objectifying, misogynistic and damaging to men’s perceptions of women, and women’s perceptions of themselves. Finally society has said enough is enough. The ‘No More Page 3’ petition already has 184,000 signatures. Cafébabel spoke to Ceris Aston, founder of NMP3 Edinburgh
After David Cameron, it is now José Manuel Barroso who’s raising an obstacle to Scotland’s march towards independence. The referendum, scheduled on 18th September 2014, will solve the question, but, in the meantime, it stirs up passions and fosters double-talks.
A horde of fur-clad Vikings clutching flaming torches proceed steadily through the starless night. They do not shrink against the cold, nor flinch as a fierce cross wind threatens to extinguish the fire. Instead, they sing lustily - of heroes, dragons and bygone battles. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported into an older, wilder time. Yet this is 2014 – at Shetland’s Up Helly Aa
Peggy Hughes can often be seen dipping her finger into one of Edinburgh’s many literary pies, before adding salt, pepper or nutmeg. That's when she isn't organising literary salons, festivals and publications within her role as Dundee's Literary Development Officer. We caught up with her in Edinburghs' cafe-bookshop Looking Glass Books to talk about Electric Bookshop and literary tattoos
Reading a short story or a novel by Ali Smith can seem like chatting to the best kind of polymath friend. You leave with a mental list of books you can’t wait to read (essays by Italo Calvino, or Muriel Spark’s Momento Mori), music to play in the car (from Gershwin to Beethoven) and curious facts you can’t quite believe. (Is that really how the music for The Wizard of Oz was composed?)
Post-it poets is back! We’re relaunching with Jessica Johannesson Gaitán, who’ll be one half of our upcoming column on poetry in translation. Jessica grew up in Stockholm with interludes in Colombia. We met her in Edinburgh where she writes, hits a tom drum and works at the Scottish Poetry Library. She co-runs therookeryinthebookery.org which reviews gems in translation
Scotland has been granted the right to fight a democratic referendum. Catalonia, on the other hand, is ever rebuffed by an intransigent Spanish government. Tensions are rising and support for the Catalan independence movement is growing quickly
On 2 October, the UK prime minister delivered his keynote speech at the conservative party annual conference. In between opposition labour party-bashing and self-congratulation, he proposed various worrying measures which a non-coalition conservative government would enact. Cameron’s brave new world is one which looks bleak for young people, as he proposes cutting all benefits for under-25s
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