“I’m The Worst At Languages”

I’ve heard so many variations of this sentence that it surprises me when someone says they like learning languages. Nevertheless, no matter how often people tell me they are the worst, I don’t buy it. Maybe you won’t become a translator of medieval literature, but you can learn a language well enough to enjoy a wee summer holiday, or even a year abroad.

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Theatre Review: Le Villi

 Le Villi on May 21st at Theatre Royal was the final performance in this season’s ‘Opera in Concert’ series.  Consisting of two parts, the first included three instrumental pieces by Giacomo Puccini accompanied by some information about the music and the author. After the interval, the two-act opera Le Villi was performed as an operatic concert. ‘Opera in Concert’ is perfect for those who already like listening to classical music and opera, but don’t have a background knowledge of composers and eras.

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A qmunicate Cavalcade of Comfort-viewing

Illustration by Isabelle Ribe 

We at qmunicate know all too well that exam-time is a season wrought in caffeine and tears. Thus, in a gesture to all those labouring in the cold grasp of deadlines, and those lucky few who’ve drifted carefree into summer, we’ve compiled our favourite comfort viewing in an effort to spark a little cinematic warmth within you.

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Testing Out Mindfulness

Mindfulness is in. What began as a form of Buddhist meditation has now been picked up by the mainstream, with even the NHS recommending it as a treatment for mental health conditions. It seems like everyone and their gran is preaching the benefits of switching off and finding your inner peace. So qmunicate challenged 5 of our contributors to take a break from their stressful lives of lectures, essays and making the best magazine in Glasgow. Here they report back on the challenges and benefits of the latest craze in mental wellbeing.

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Avocado, avocadon’t? Is Clean Eating Falling Out of Favour?

Is the “clean eating” lifestyle going out of fashion? KFC announced a clean-eating burger, only to reveal that it was a marketing scheme to build excitement for a new Dirty menu. This contrast of “clean” with “dirty” in the context of food has been a central part of the “clean eating” trend’s criticism. Moreover, it gained notoriety through uneducated promotors giving nutritional advice to a large community without having anything but personal experience to back it up. Unfortunately, for many people this trend ended in orthorexia nervosa, a fixation on the right food and in lack of nutrients. Therefore, many people, even its once-faithful followers are welcoming this “food cult” leaving the spotlight.

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