Now that the height of the summer is over and we’re about to descend back into the gloom of the rest of the Scottish year with an unsatisfactory thud, it’s time for a more realistic, pragmatic approach to astrology. Mags isn’t feeling quite herself recently, so she’s enlisted some friends to write her section for her. Pay close attention.
The grassroots community event Free Pride is entering its second year of providing an alternative to mainstream Pride. Last year, in protest of Glasgow Pride’s entry fee, a group of LGBTQ+ individuals from around Glasgow came together to put on a free and inclusive alterative. Held in the Art School, it was centered on live music and talks from various people and organisations that are normally marginalized or ignored in the LGBTQ+ community. With a focus on re-politicizing Pride, it was a breath of fresh air compared to mainstream Pride, which seems to have devolved into an excuse to just get drunk while covered in rainbows and corporate sponsorship.
Being a shot girl is like being an animal in the zoo, except you don’t have the bars.
I needed some fast cash, and one of my friends suggested being a shot girl. Sign up to the agency, get placed in lots of different bars and clubs in Glasgow to sell shots a few nights a week, and get cash in hand at the end of each shift. Sounds great, right? At first I loved getting all glammed up and feeling like some sort of fierce Coyote Ugly at work. I would listen to Beyonce’s ‘Grown Woman’ and think I was dead feisty. Fast forward three months to now and I’ve just quit – girl power it was not.
In association with the Grosvenor
Ever since I saw first few minutes of Spirted Away back when I was eight, I have loved Studio Ghibli. The studio’s films have always been on my list of ultimate favourite films, and When Marnie Was There is no exception.
Three committee members of the GU Charity Fashion Show are taking part in a tandem skydive to raise money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) on the 27th of August. Raphaella Gordon-Saker, Nicole Baxter & Jocelyn Gilmour will be jumping from 10,000 feet somewhere over St Andrews in a fundraising bid for their partnered charity.
This may be an unpopular opinion, but the rainbow food trend we’re seeing all over Instagram, or the ‘Top 30 Rainbow Foods You Need To Try’ listicles that plague our Facebook feeds? It’s gross, and needs to be stopped. I’m all for rainbow dyed cakes and sweet things (to an extent – this rainbow cake was just fucking unnecessary), but when it comes to dyed savoury food, I’m out. Who looked at a cheese toastie and thought: “you know what would make this better? If it looked kinda mouldy and tasted like artificial shit”. Yes, people are actually making cheese toasties and filling them with rainbow food colouring. We’ve all been there: accidentally putting far too much food colouring in your icing to try and get that perfect shade of red, only to realise it now both tastes and looks like shit. Now, imagine purposefully doing that to normal, already perfectly appetising food. To learn more about this stupid trend, I looked up some rainbow coloured savoury food and, to be honest, I’m not even angry – I’m just disappointed.
Disney is a global media giant; probably the most successful media branch of all times. They currently own Marvel Studios who, with their Marvel Cinematic Universe, has produced by far the highest grossing franchise of all-time. They also own Lucasfilm and are arguably milking the Star Wars name for everything they can, including spin-offs and a brand new sequel trilogy. On top of that, most of us grew up on their 2D animated films or the 3D styles adopted by Pixar, as well as some live action features. Even today it’s impossible to go anywhere without seeing Frozen merchandise. But in spite of the occasional stinker such as Home on the Range, Disney films have rightfully earned a special place in the hearts of millions.