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Why one should always have a sturdy suitcase

So I made it to Scotland! Besides the jet lag and the scurrying around to get registered for class and stuff, I have been slowly adjusting to life here at the University of Strathclyde. Still, getting here wasn’t so easy. Thus, today, I will extol the importance of one thing while traveling:  the sturdy suitcase. … Continue reading

Adventures in Scottish Cookery: Scotch Shortbread

One of my ways of immersing myself in a place I intend to visit is to cook and eat the place’s food beforehand. As the adage goes, the way to my heart (and mind!) is definitely through my stomach. Since my cooking skills are mediocre at best, desserts were the way to go. The easy … Continue reading

The push for Scottish independence

In my zeal to understand my future semester-long home, I’ve been following the talk about Scottish independence. So, what’s exactly happening? On Jan. 10, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond of the Scottish National Party (SNP) called for a referendum on Scottish secession in 2014. Of course, I’m not nearly acquainted enough with its nuances to … Continue reading

Scottish Arts and Culture Reviews: A Look at the Film Trainspotting

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece … Continue reading

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January 2012