The theses are in, the dissertations done, the Master degrees for all intents and purposes COMPLETE. We have all been booted out of our beloved(ish) postgrad student halls and have either left Edinburgh already, will soon, or are hanging around until our tier 4 visas expire. I can barely believe that I will no longer… Read More Thesis… it?
Non-religious friends, worry not. Religious friends, don’t get hopeful. I have a friend from Lausanne (yes, of the golden era) visiting, and we decided today to heed another friend’s advice to check out a choral performance at St Anne’s cathedral. We ended up sitting through a Palm Sunday special of The Crucifixion, a nineteenth-century choral… Read More A Transcendent Palm Sunday
Genteel poverty: high thinking, simple living. This is a catchphrase coined by a friend of mine, who embodies this sentiment better than anybody else I know. It strikes me as particularly apt in my present situation, looking for part-time work to pay my extortionate Edinburgh rent and remain solvent. As someone whose attitude tends more… Read More Genteel Poverty
My Burns Night celebrations this year spanned across two evenings, and involved heaps of haggis, neeps and tatties and finding myself in a circle of at least 100 rowdy strangers, doing the dutty wine on a kilted Scotsman. Let me explain. For those of you not in the know, Burns night is a uniquely Scottish… Read More Burns Night in Edi
Christmas is over and those of us wishing to experience Hogmanay in Edinburgh (Hogmanay is Scots for new year) are trickling back in to the ‘burgh and readying our livers for some serious New Year’s damage, fully intending to start 2016 on thoroughly the wrong foot. Here in Edi a load of us will be… Read More Time for a New Year
Good god, it’s been a whole month since I last wrote an article. I can only apologise, though none of my peers have exactly been clamouring for more reading. We have all spent the last few weeks scrambling to meet our winter deadlines and prepare for exam season. The main topics of small talk for… Read More Semester Done
Let’s talk about languages; it’s been a while, and it is one of my favourite topics. I am currently learning German (again), which I love, but I am feeling a slow onset of despair at ever becoming fluent in this language. I realised today that all my best friends here are at least bilingual –… Read More The Importance of Being Multilingual