Future of the Left – Broadcast 2/11 Preview
Welsh rockers, Future of the Left, return to Glasgow on November 2nd, playing songs from their new album How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident, a record described by NME as “Fourteen tracks of pure atomic fury and scalpel-sharp lyrics”. Featuring ex-members of Mclusky and Million Dead, the Welsh quartet put on a ferocious live show reminescent of Pulled Apart By Horses or early Biffy Clyro with brilliantly titled tracks such as ‘Robocop 4 – Fuck Off Robocop’ and ‘Sheena is a T-shirt Salesman’.
Hey ho. After their successful Glasgow show qmunicate sat down with Olli Vänskä, Turisas violin player and all round bad-ass motherfucker for a chat about life on the road, scottish cuisine and keeping the bar staff entertained.
In the United States, we say that you’ve been denied a real college experience if you haven’t studied abroad. At the end of sophomore year, my campus was abuzz with students who were eagerly awaiting their upcoming semesters in a variety of exotic locations all over the world. I had friends who wanted to fall in love in the illuminated streets of Paris, to study biodiversity in the untamed wilderness of Brazil, to wake up to the sight of a Venetian canal, to wake up at 3pm on a beach in Barcelona with vomit in their hair.
Consequently, when I announced that I would be studying in a land renowned for kilts and haggis, and where Willie the Groundskeeper was the most recognisable cultural icon, I was met with a mixture of befuddlement and surprise. “Why Scotland?” people would ask, and even now, it’s difficult to express just what drew me to this little country in the corner of the world.
Oran Mor – 13/10
It’s a little disconcerting when your first thought upon walking into a gig is whether this is the right place or not. With seats laid out and a clientele of mostly polite-looking, bejumpered couples, Oran Mor looks more in A Play, a Pie and a Pint mode than a live music set up, but the merch desk and gathering crowd serve to put such concerns to rest and a quiet buzz begins to build.
This Tuesday the secretary of the Glasgow University Young Conservatives, Ruaridh Frize was forced to resign from his position and expelled from the Conservative party over comments posted on his controversial blog On The Right Track UK.
Though the article, originally published several weeks ago (and indeed the entire blog) were first limited to invite only and then later removed entirely, several readers took screenshots of the blog which began to circulate on social networks. In the most recent article, entitled “Why are feminists obsessed with exploiting rape?” Frize suggested that “…feminists could not care less about victims of rape; they’d gladly wheel her to the nearest abortion clinic, shove her in an ‘I Don’t Regret My Abortion T-Shirt’, take a picture for their website and then kick her to the curb”, compared students in state schools to wild animals and suggested that the “typical feminist isolation from men is very rarely through personal choice”, eliciting a string of outraged responses from commentators.
Qmunicate’s initial enquiry to GUYC requesting they confirm Frize’s position within their organisation and comment on whether such views were widely prevalent within the Conservative Party received a brusque redirection to Michael Tait, the Scottish Conservative Party’s media director, who later informed qmunicate that Frize had been expelled by the party.
When presented with quotes from the article by qmunicate Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and Honorary President of Glasgow University Young Conservatives, said that such comments were “completely unacceptable” and “in no way representative of the Scottish Conservative Party”. A Conservative spokesperson also went on record as saying the Scottish Conservatives “did not wish to be associated with these deeply offensive comments”.
Qmunicate also contacted SRC Gender Equality Officer, Clopin Meehan for comment on the situation but received no response.
Mr Frize has since privately contacted qmunicate in order to issue an apology.
As his band prepare to return to the stage with a brand new record, qmunicate’s Alice Black caught up with Jon Fratelli to discuss touring the world, new beginnings and a special night in the QMU.
This Saturday, 10th August, sees the return of the biggest LGBT event in Scotland as Glasgow Pride once more takes over the city for the day. Originally launched in 2004, this year’s Pride celebrations will include a walking parade around the city centre and live events and entertainment all day on Glasgow Green as well as after parties in venues across the city.
If you have read a paper, watched the news, or been on campus at all over the past few months, you will be aware of both the Yes Scotland and Better Together campaigns involved in the future of Scotland. The facts are these: there will be a referendum on Scottish independence towards the end of 2014; if successful, Scotland would become independent by 2016. The question will be ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’
After one-and-a-half qualifying campaigns under Craig Levein, which included some inglorious highlights such as a 96th minute winner at home to Liechtenstein, the 4-6-0 formation in Prague and draws against the international powerhouses of Macedonia and Lithuania, the SFA finally appointed a new manager so that we can put that bastard of a tenure to bed. The man they’ve chosen is Gordon Strachan.
Strachan in his last managerial role at Middlesbrough
So, the new plan to ‘save Scottish Football’ has emerged from the dark dungeons of the SPL and SFA. Obviously oblivious to the fact that the SFL have a huge voting majority of Scottish football teams, the SPL have suggested their own ‘improvements’ to the football setup in Scotland, adopting what has been described as a ‘continental’ model. This is true; the system being proposed by the authorities in Scotland is indeed based upon models which used to be in place in such footballing big-hitting nations as Austria. ‘Used to’ being the crucial term, here. Indeed, as an interview with former SFA President George Peat revealed, the Austrian Football Association actually approached Scotland when this model fell apart, and little more than a decade later, we’ve decided to give their model a bash.